You’d think in a quarterback league, we’d spend more time celebrating the league’s best quarterback — but you’d be wrong. Dave Dameshek rectifies that by paying homage to the player whose greatness is evergreen.
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Shek and Rank are joined by Daniel Jeremiah to recap all the footballing action this weekend, including Peyton Manning falling short in his big return to Indianapolis and the Heisman trophy favorites. Handsome Hank then joins for “The Blacklist” to debate the biggest injury from Week 7 and MVP candidates before opening up a gift package from Scotland.
Download: DDFP 199: Week 7 recap
Dave Dameshek is joined by “Handsome” Hank who fills in for Adam Rank, who is on assignment, with guest producer “Neck-tie” Milner. The trio open a can of worms on the best two-topping pizzas. Dave, as always, shows his age-ism by downplaying pineapple as well as the “scam” of hair conditioner. And by the way, half of the “ATL Debate Club,” Marc Sessler, joins the cast to share his list of the top quarterbacks in the league, much to the chagrin of Dave and Hank. Finally, Shek and Hank share their excitement for Super Bowl L in San Francisco as they prepare their restaurant checklist years in advance.
On the finale of the #DDFP ”Top 100: Players of 2012″ reaction podcast, Dave and Rank commend the players’ choice of Aaron Rodgers as indeed the NFL’s best player; but is Calvin Johnson ranked too high? Plus, which single player is the most valuable asset to a team’s defense in the NFL?
On side A of the #DDFP 67, Dave and Rank welcome in new NFL.com writer Daniel Jeremiah as the guys discuss the best quarterback divisions in the NFL. Handsome Hank also makes a return and defends Reggie Bush’s recent comments about being the NFL’s leading rusher next season. Plus, check out who’s on #TheBlackList this week.
Shek presses through his Tim Tebow-induced anguish to break down the wild-card round with the help of Rank and DDFP’s favorite 2012 Pro Bowler, No. 89 Steve Smith, who also talks about taking his Panther pals to Hawaii, bad QBs and Ike Taylor. Sudsy the NFL Stat Man then stops by to provide salient numbers leading up to the divisional round matchups. Will you enjoy Episode 45? To quote Marv Albert, “Yes!”
Much obliged to everyone for the terrific responses (and spirited debate – it boggles my mind that some of you don’t consider Favre’s comments insulting, but I digress) to our question, “How should Rodgers fire back at the Ol’ Gunslinger?”
After careful consideration, the winner for best response is Travis Bateman from Saint Catharines, Ontario. That’s right, America: you lost to a Canadian.
Congratulations, Travis, you’ll be receiving a copy of Jonah Keri’s fantastic book about the Tampa Bay Rays, “The Extra 2%”.
In honor of #8 Aaron Rodgers, I’m listing my eight favorite submissions.
Special acknowledgment to Andrew Anaki Lucas of Westfield State, for his suggestion that Rodgers send Favre a text with a Super Bowl ring around… well, you know… but of course, the NFL is family friendly. We don’t reward that sort of filth. It does, however, make us laugh.
* Travis Bateman • Saint Catharines, Ontario
“I didn’t hear Brett’s comments, they must have been intercepted before they got to me”.
“I was surprised Favre didn’t retire sooner.”
Sean Heimbuch • Menominee, Michigan
“I sure hope I get as many opportunities to choke in championship games as Brett did”.
“I have 6 letters that end this argument: XLV MVP”
Stephen Waterman • Lowell, Massachusetts
“I want to thank Brett for his kind words, and remind him again, that there is no need to congratulate me via text.”
Patrick Broe • London, United Kingdom
“The only number four green bay will remember is the 4 rings I’m going to bring”.
Kim Boisen • Aalborghus Gymnasium
Rodgers should wear a torn up pair of Wranglers around his waist, to wipe his hands on before each snap – and his only comment should be “Thank you Brett, for the very useful things you’ve shown me”
Alex Reardon • Normal, Illinois
“Aaron, did you hear the comments made by Brett Favre?” Rodgers – “Who?”
Thanks again to all who submitted. Check back soon for our next exciting contest…
This just in: Brett Favre is a bitter old man.
I’m sure you saw/heard/read his comments about Aaron Rodgers on an Atlanta radio show this week. In case you missed ‘em, though, here’s what the Ol’ Gunslinger had to say about his very successful successor’s championship run last season:
“I’d like to think that he watched, he learned, and then when he got a chance to play, he brought in his ability. He’s got tremendous talent, he’s very bright, and he got a chance to watch and he saw successful teams do it right. … He just kind of fell into a good situation. On top of that, he’s a good player. … The talent around him is even better than when I was there. So I’m really kind of surprised it took him so long.”
Classy, Brett. Lucky for you, Rodgers has always comported himself with quiet dignity (something he apparently didn’t watch and learn from you), even when you attempted to un-retire your way back into the starting gig with the Packers. Too bad, because it’d be exceptionally satisfying for the rest of us if Rodgers would fire back by saying something like, “A Vikings QB taking shots at me? Oh, well — I’m sure Bart Starr had to deal with the same thing from Joe Kapp.”
Instead, I expect he’ll keep his yap shut and let his arm and legs do his talking, winning big games and validating my assertion in this week’s Shame Report that he’s better than #4 ever was.
Like I said, along with his on-field virtues, Rodgers also seems to be a class act. Good for him… but bad for us. Therefore, I think it’s incumbent upon us fans to insert ourselves into this currently one-sided rivalry by offering how we think Rodgers should respond.
Turning the other cheek might be the right thing to do, but it’s definitely not as much fun as talking some trash. It’s time for you to speak up on behalf of the reigning Super Bowl MVP. How should Rodgers fire back at the Ol’ Gunslinger?
Like that snake and his apple in the Garden of Eden, I’ve even got a prize to tempt you. Best response wins a copy of Grantland.com writer/our pal Jonah Keri’s exceptional book about the winning ways of the Tampa Bay Rays, ‘The Extra 2%’. Do your best… I mean worst… (but as Hank Williams Jr has reminded us, there is a line – please don’t cross it).
Dave Dameshek explores the weird world football fans would live in had Packers GM Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy gave in to Brett Favre’s demands following his unretirement in 2008.
Some weeks ago on an episode of the Dave Dameshek Football Program, my main man, Adam Rank, and I discussed the importance of buying the right jersey in these economically difficult days for our nation. Unless you make Nnamdi-type loot, you probably can’t afford to buy several players’ jerseys from your favorite team before you finally arrive at the perfect choice. Like Luke Skywalker flying his X-wing in the Death Star, you’ve only got one shot… so it better not just impact on the surface.
Rather than relying on the Force, though, how ‘bout if we help each other — team-by-team — to arrive at the optimal choice for a fan to sport. And where better to start off than in Green Bay, home to the defending Super Bowl champeens? Here’s my tentative list …
1. Max McGee’s green No. 85 – what’s cooler than going on a late-night bender on the eve of the first Super Bowl, then catching two touchdowns in the big game? (Answer: nothing… especially in the beer country of Wisconsin)
2. Aaron Rodgers’ green No. 12 – the man who needed only three years to equal his predecessor’s Lombardi total. Green, ‘cause that’s what he wore in Cowboys Stadium vs. Pittsburgh
3. Paul Hornung’s white No. 5 – the road jersey goes better with the fair hair of the All-America running back
4. Ray Nitschke’s No. 66 (green or white) – in sports history, only Mario Lemieux wore the number better
5. Bart Starr’s green No. 15 – Favre may have all the individual passing records, but Bart’s got the championships. Besides, the name ‘Starr’ just looks cool on the back of a jersey
…Before we etch it stone, I’d appreciate your input. Please be a dear and write your suggestions in the comments section. As you may have noticed, Favre’s name doesn’t appear. Feel free to make your case… but considering he abandoned the green-and-gold to go play for the Jets and arch-rival Vikings, you better be quite a wordsmith to convince me you’re right. By the way, if you’re wondering what the worst jersey is, the correct answer is Mark Chmura’s No. 89. If you don’t know why, search his name and “high school party” on Google.