The $20 million offer that Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy made to Brett Favre on Wednesday, aimed at making a long-term commitment to him regardless of whether he plays this season, might be enough to keep the quarterback on the sideline. If Favre takes the offer, it would end weeks of uncertainty and growing dissatisfaction among his many fans and allow him to bow out of a contentious situation gracefully. In turn, it would bail the Packers out of a public relations nightmare they helped create with poor communication with Favre during the off-season. An NFL source who wanted the Packers' side to be explained said Murphy's financial offer was wrongly being portrayed as a bribe. He said Murphy first proposed a 10-year formal relationship with Favre in March after the quarterback's retirement and did not bring it up for the first time Wednesday during his nine-hour visit with Favre and his agent in Hattiesburg, Miss. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) Comment
Father knows best, and Ken Griffey Sr. knew it was time for his son to move on from the Reds. The elder Griffey, who works for the Reds as a scout, said Junior called him at 2 a.m. Thursday to tell him he had been traded to the White Sox and that the Reds needed his approval. He wanted advice. "I told him he had a great eight-year run in Cincinnati, nothing to apologize for," Senior said. "With the injuries, it was amazing he reached 600 homers. A great accomplishment. I told him the only thing he didn't have was the ring and that he should go for it. The White Sox have a chance to get him that ring." Senior said Junior said softly, "OK, Dad. Thanks." (Chicago Tribune) Comment
There are two reasons that the Indianapolis backlash was so ravenous in the couple of days after the race, aside from the actual race itself. The first reason was NASCAR's initial reaction -- that good fans will shut up and keep buying tickets. And the second reason is that this has happened before -- Charlotte or Atlanta, take your pick -- so there really isn't much explanation for the problem to have grown this big. Goodyear may bear some responsibility, at the very least since they should be aware that their name is attached to this. But ultimately, NASCAR is culpable for their product being in a decline that is growing steeper with the unacceptable piling up of preventable displays like we saw in Indianapolis. A local short track charging a tenth of what NASCAR collects for seats would have been embarrassed by it. Indy 2008 is going to be historic, and for awful reasons. The CEO needs to take responsibility for that. Where is Brian France in all of this? NASCAR's CEO hasn't done anything publicly to address yet another black eye in a sport that doesn't have a lot of unblackened eyes left. And it continues an ongoing reign in which few positives can be found. (The Frontstretch) Comment
The Indians' Ben Francisco makes a diving catch against the Tigers' Marcus Thames in the second inning Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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