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Matt HammondFinally, the Brett Favre saga has come to an end. Here are some thoughts on that drama and some other happenings in the sports world.

Favre traded to the Jets

The circus surrounding Favre’s comeback looks to be over now that he was traded to the Jets late Wednesday night. ESPN will now be scrambling to fill the half hour on Sportscenter that it had been devoting to constant Favre updates.

I believe the trade is the best possible outcome for all parties. It became clear that Green Bay was ready to move on with Aaron Rodgers and Favre was obviously not going to be happy being the backup quarterback. A trade was the only viable option for the Packers at this point.

The Jets make sense for Favre because Chad Pennington was not the answer at quarterback.

Pennington has had injury problems and when healthy, he has not shown he can be an elite signal caller.

New York has some quality offensive players and Favre may be the piece it was missing to make a long postseason run.

Ohio baseball

It has not been a fun summer for Ohio baseball fans. The struggles of both the Indians and Reds were summed up by their losses Wednesday.

The Indians’ bullpen has been a wreck all season and that was again the case in Wednesday’s meltdown against Tampa Bay. Cleveland was unable to hold a three-run lead in the ninth inning. It is hard to fathom how the bullpen can go from being the team’s strength to its Achilles heel in just one season.

As for the Reds, when will they show mercy for Homer Bailey and send him back to the minors? Bailey has become a glorified batting practice pitcher in Cincinnati. He is getting shelled outing after outing.

After giving up six runs in five plus innings to the Brewers on Wednesday, Bailey now has a 7.93 ERA to go along with an 0-6 record. He has clearly lost any confidence he had in himself, but apparently Dusty Baker has not as he continues to trot Bailey out there every five days.

Buckeyes open practice

Expectations are always high among Ohio State football fans, but there is an extra buzz in the air this fall as 18 starters return from a team that went to the BCS championship game last year.

Two factors have emerged as possible stumbling blocks, though. The first is off-the-field problems. Backup safety Eugene Clifford already has left the program because of ongoing legal issues, while starting defensive back Donald Washington and starting defensive lineman Doug Worthington apparently may miss a game or two because of disciplinary reasons.

Like everybody else, the Buckeyes also must avoid injuries. Several players have been held out of practice this week and the pads have not even gone on yet. A rash of injuries could be tough for the Buckeyes to overcome even with all the talent on the roster.

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