Random thoughts

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.

  • Written by MATT HAMMOND

Gas and TV don’t need to mix

Miriam BaierIt’s no wonder Americans are tired.

Not only do we work longer hours and get less vacation time than our foreign counterparts, now we can’t even be left alone while we’re pumping gas.

Never mind that “back in the day” getting gas only involved driving in to the station, stopping at the pump, telling the attendant how much gas we wanted and then relaxing while it was pumped and our windshield was washed and maybe even our oil and water checked. All without exiting our vehicles. Ahh, those were the days.

  • Written by MIRIAM BAIER

Favre’s legacy is taking a hit as saga drags on

Matt HammondHis statistics and accomplishments cannot be taken away, but many of the warm and fuzzy feelings fans had for Brett Favre during his career seem to be quickly fading.

When Favre announced his retirement from the NFL in March, the timing appeared perfect. He was going to walk away from the game on a high after helping his team reach the NFC Championship game.

With a Super Bowl ring and his name atop several lists of NFL records, he really had nothing more to accomplish on the field.


A legend in Green Bay, Favre was going to be an icon forever in that football-crazy city.

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Washington Post’s Saslow burned Flag City

TJ HubbardA town not an hour north of Bellefontaine was recently attacked, and it’s possible you don’t know anything about it. No bombs fell and there were no human casualties, but a community was put under fire, nevertheless.

On June 30, an article by Eli Saslow, “In Flag City USA, False Obama Rumors Are Flying,” appeared on the front page of the Washington Post. It unfairly damaged the reputation and assassinated the character of Findlay and its citizens. This is to say nothing of the fact that Saslow’s story flies far afield of good journalism, and his editors ought to be fired for allowing it to run on the front page.


You don’t have to take my word for it. Below, the article is reproduced in its entirety. Please feel free to form your own opinions about it. But first, for your consideration, here are some of the questions that I had after reading the piece:

Indians making right move with Sabathia

Matt HammondIf the reports are true and C.C. Sabathia is indeed heading from Cleveland to Milwaukee, Indians general manager Mark Shapiro deserves a pat on the back.

Sabathia definitely needed to be traded for several reasons. Number one, he is going to be a free agent after this season and it was not likely that the Indians would be able to re-sign him. Since they were probably going to lose him anyway, it makes a lot of sense to trade him now and get something in return. Reportedly, the Indians are going to get big-time prospect Matt LaPorta and possibly more prospects from the Brewers for Sabathia.


Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden made a huge blunder two years ago when he decided not to trade Alfonso Soriano at the deadline despite the fact that Soriano was going to be a free agent. Bowden thought the Nationals would have a good chance to re-sign Soriano, but he instead took a big pile of cash from the Cubs. That left Bowden and the Nationals with nothing.

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