Favre's follies

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt wants input on how to give Brett Favre a "welcome back" when he returns to Wisconsin as a Minnesota Viking on Nov. 1.

This could be a lot of fun, except that the mayor wants to do it respectfully and tastefully.

Favre spent 16 years with the Green Packers, retired and unretired a few times, and landed with the rival Vikings this season.

In honour of Favre's indecision, the mayor suggests creating the world's largest waffle in the shape of No. 4, Favre's number.

That might be acceptable, frankly, as long as they dangle it from the Ray Nitschke Bridge.

Flushed away

A man in Vermont has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his 19-year-old son with a corkscrew during an argument about a clogged toilet.

This incident could have been avoided if only they had a free-flowing Maple Leafs brand crapper.

TV hijinks

Some Cogeco cable customers got rather irate at 4:14 p.m. Sunday when coverage of the Baltimore Ravens-Minnesota Vikings overtime thriller was dropped with about two minutes to play. As the Ravens were getting a final opportunity to win, coverage was switched to the start of the Buffalo Bills-New York Jets game.

Oops.

Over at Sportsnet, viewers in the East, Ontario and West regions got the Arizona Cardinals-Seattle Seahawks game at 4 p.m.

Pacific region viewers got the Bills and Jets.

Reasons?

a) Someone at Sportsnet is really bad at geography;

b) Why give the people what they want when, alternatively, you can make extra profit by trying to sell them a package of all four Sportsnet channels?

Railroad run

Kenyan Simon Sawe was gearing up for the final stretch of the Des Moines Marathon when, to his alarm, he had to stop for a passing freight train.

"I couldn't believe it. It was a long train," said Sawe, who was only a quarter-mile from the finish line.

Sawe had to wait for about a minute, which allowed his nearest competitor, David Tuwei, to catch up.

After the train passed, Sawe and Tuwei sprinted to the finish line.

It ended fairly enough, with Sawe winning by five seconds, narrowly averting a, ah, railroad tie.

First prize was $3,000 and a copy of the Doobie Brothers' Long Train Runnin'.

Call blocking

The Washington Redskins have been so dreadful that head coach Jim Zorn has been forced to relinquish his play-calling duties.

That job now falls to Sherm Lewis. That wasn't Zorn's call, either.

Things are so bad for the beleaguered coach, they've taken the call-waiting feature off his phone.

Say what?

"Longtime Globetrotters opponent the Washington Generals ask if they can play Redskins next."

-- Houston Mitchell of the Los Angeles Times after the Redskins' 14-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

"The Redskins are now the worst-run franchise in pro sports in the country, if not on the planet."

-- Kevin Blackistone of Fanhouse.com.

(Blackistone acknowledges that there are a number of other poorly run franchises, but the Redskins take the cake because they are on Forbes Magazine's list of the top 10 most valuable franchises.)

What's in a name?

The WNBA's Detroit Shock is being relocated to Oklahoma, where the team is sure to be renamed the Tulsa Awe.

GARY.LOEWEN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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