The Morning Percolator: Favre Watch 2010 begins
Here at the Daily Jolt, we prefer our coffee on the stove top and not from the electric drip machine. We're just old-school that way. Here's what's happening this Friday morning...
…It’s only May 14, but Brett Favre Watch 2010 has already begun here at the Daily Jolt. Of course, the speculation around the Minnesota Vikings quarterback began as soon as he threw the late interception against New Orleans in the NFC Championship game, but I figured I’d wait at least until late spring to jump on the media bandwagon.
The latest “hot rumor” surrounding Favre is courtesy of Charley Walters’ Wednesday column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, in which he writes that Favre will bypass having surgery on his left ankle, making it unlikely that he will play in 2010 based on reports earlier in the offseason that he would need a minor procedure on the ankle in order to play again.
Up until this point, the general consensus has been that Favre would somehow find a way to be back on the field in the fall — especially with the Vikings returning most of the key pieces from last season. But what if Favre actually is done playing? After coming off one of the best seasons of his career, can he actually dial it back up and go through the rigors of a 16-game regular season and a highly competitive postseason? Training camp? Forget about it. We know that he’ll still be in Mississippi when Vikes camp opens. Opening day in September? That’s a different story.
Or maybe the Tarvaris Jackson era really will recommence in the Twin Cities...
…Brian Westbrook’s days as a free agent may be nearing an end. The former Eagles running back, who has battled injuries throughout his productive career in Philadelphia, met with the Denver Broncos on Thursday to discuss a possible role with the club. Westbrook recently met with Redskins brass in Washington, where he would be reunited with former teammate Donovan McNabb if the two sides agreed to a deal. After dealing with multiple concussions during the 2009 season, the market for Westbrook has been unique — unusual for a player with his accomplishments, yet one that is becoming the norm for running backs with health concerns.
The St. Louis Rams met with Westbrook earlier in the offseason, where he would have been brought in as the backup to Steven Jackson, who is coming off back surgery. The Green Bay Packers have also been a rumored destination for the former Villanova star.
Westbrook already passed a physical with the Rams, so that was a huge first step in the recruiting process for potential suitors. But does he have anything left after a year in which he produced just 455 yards from scrimmage? With a full training camp and preseason action to prove to his team and to himself that he can be effective after dealing with his head injuries, Westbrook could be an ideal third-down back — especially for a team that employs a heavy dose of screens. The Broncos currently have second-year pro Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for 947 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie, and Correll Buckhalter, who backed up Westbrook in Philly, in their backfield.
…Quick question: who is major league baseball’s current wins leader?
a) Roy Halladay
b) Chris Carpenter
c) C.C. Sabathia
d) Felix Hernandez
Answer: None of the above. Washington’s Tyler Clippard, a onetime N.Y. Yankees farmhand, leads the majors with 7 wins after his perfect eighth inning against the N.Y. Mets on Wednesday. Now, keep in mind that his last three victories came following blown saves. But that’s the life of a relief pitcher, and he’s been a true savior for the Nationals, who are quietly staying in the NL East race.
…Miley Cyrus, a Daily Jolt favorite, is still taking heat for a provocative video for her song “Can’t Be Tamed.” Frankly, I can’t see anything wrong with it. Check it out for yourself on this lovely spring Friday.
…Don’t look now, but the San Diego Padres have a 3