Dibs and Dabs
Cleaning off the desk after a hot, muggy week. State Fair, Sheboygan's Brat Days and a Brewers homestand against Houston loom this weekend. Here are a few things I didn't get to in long-form:
--I have no problem with a mosque/Islamic education center going up in the vincinity of New York's Ground Zero, but then again, I didn't lose anyone close to me on September 11th, 2001. Some say it's disrespectful, but I wonder where the line is drawn (there are bars, restaurants and even strip clubs within a few hundred feet of what many consider sacred ground--where is the line for them?) What does strike me is the fact that we're coming up on the 9th anniversary of the tragedy with no permanent memorial in place on-site. It took a while for all involved to agree how to proceed, and a plan is now being executed. Maybe you saw it. Chances are you haven't seen it like this.
--There's no doubt in my mind Brett Favre texted fellow Vikings and front office types, saying he won't be back in 2010 (if he didn't, why did Minnesota's brass immediatedly freshen up his deal with freshly found milliions?). And, I don't buy his denials--sorry, 4Ever Nation but this guy's had a fast and loose dalliance with the truth for years (see his two previous "retirements"). That said, I can't believe the "Deadspin" story that has Favre supposedly sending pictures of his junk to a woman who worked with the New York Jets at the same time he was the team's starting QB. I choose to think he's not that stupid. I'd like to believe that a man who came so perilously close to losing his wife during his carousing days in Green Bay wouldn't step off the fidelity wagon. I put the onus on his accuser who, so far, is hinting that she has digital proof but has yet to produce a single kilobite. "Deadspin" is a good place to go if you want to find a photo of a drunken jock or an athlete stepping out, but the website is fallilng woefully short this time around in terms of making it's story stick. Their source is a woman who parlayed tight tank tops worn at football games into a career on a "Versus" cable sports show. Her professional pedigree is sketchy at best and this fable is, too, unless she comes up with something resembling proof.