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Word on the Street: Favre picks the Packers

Word on the Street: Favre picks the Packers

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011
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Favre picks the Packers

Don't worry, NFL fans, he's not coming out of retirement again. At least not yet. But apparently, even though he hasn't played in Green Bay in three years, he hasn't lost any love for his old home.

In an e-mail response to NFL analyst Ed Werder, Favre said that he believes the Packers are "by far" the best team left in the NFL Playoffs and that he will be rooting for them in their NFC Championship matchup against the Bears on Sunday.

"(Packers QB) Aaron (Rodgers) is the best QB and the receiving corps is the best ever, maybe," Favre said in the e-mail. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Singletary joins the Vikings

Less than a month after Mike Singletary was fired from his head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers, the former Bear great is back among the employed. Singletary confirmed today that he will be joining head coach Leslie Frazier's staff in Minnesota as the Vikings linebacker coach and assistant head coach. (Rotoworld)

Sox avoid arbitration on Pena, Danks, Quentin

The White Sox announced on Tuesday that they avoided arbitration with starter John Danks, outfielder Carlos Quentin, and releiver Tony Pena, signing all three to new contracts.

Danks will earn 6 million in 2011 while Quentin's new deal is worth 5.05 million next year. Pena rounded out the group, agreeing to terms on a 1.6 million contract. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Cubs follow suit; sign Marshall, Garza, Gorzelanny

On the same day that their cross-town rivals avoided arbitration with three of their players, the Cubs signed lefty reliever Sean Marshall, newly acquired starter Matt Garza, and soon-to-be former-Cub Tom Gorzelanny to new contracts.

Marshall's deal is for two years and is reportedly worth 4.7 million while Garza's deal was valued at one year, 5.95 million. Gorzelanny's new contract (which, of course, will be paid by the Nationals once he is traded) is worth 2.1 million. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Lee DeWyze not a wise move?

Does it really matter who sings the national anthem? Apparently, it does to some Bears fans.

Though the reports have yet to be confirmed by the Bears or FOX TV, who will be broadcasting the Bears-Packers NFC Championship Game, it is rumored that American Idol winner Lee DeWyze of Mount Prospect, Ill. will have the honors of singing the national anthem instead of fan favorite Jim Cornelison.

The rumor has set the blogosphere ablaze, with some fans suggesting that choosing who sings the national anthem is part of a team's "home field advantage." (The Daily Herald)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

Laurence Holmes, JJ Stankevitz and Mark Grote join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The pressure continues to mount on Rob Manfred as the Astros scandal lingers. He apologized on Tuesday but should that be enough for him to keep his job?

17:00 - Drew Brees is heading back to New Orleans, so Teddy Bridgewater will be looking for a new home. The guys discuss if he'll be too expensive for the Bears. if he is, who could come to Chicago to join Mitch in the QB room at Halas Hall?

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Bulls coach Jim Boylen stumps for Rudy Tomjanovich's Hall of Fame bid

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Bulls coach Jim Boylen stumps for Rudy Tomjanovich's Hall of Fame bid

In case you forgot, Jim Boylen once worked for Rudy Tomjanovich. In fact, the former Rockets coach gave Boylen his NBA start, hiring him as an assistant coach and video coordinator way back in 1992.

Boylen saw first-hand the coaching chops and commitment Tomjanovich displayed as the Rockets won back-to-back NBA titles while Michael Jordan was playing baseball in the mid-1990s. So it's beyond loyalty when Boylen says he believes, like many others, that Tomjanovich belongs in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The organization named Tomjanovich a finalist over All-Star weekend in Chicago.

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"He's deserving," Boylen said. "I don't know why he's not in there yet. It doesn't make sense to me. Two championships, a gold medal."

That's a reference to Tomjanovich coaching USA Basketball's gold-medal winning team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Tomjanovich is an occasional visitor to the Advocate Center to watch Boylen.

"What he did with those Rockets teams and his playoff games — sixth seed in '95 — nobody's duplicated that. To win it from the sixth seed, play on the road like we did," Boylen said. "He has an unbelievable record in elimination games, which I think is a true test of your coaching and being able to communicate your message. I think he's getting in."

Does Boylen possess inside information?

"No," Boylen said, smiling. "He's due."

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