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How should Rodgers fire back at the ol’ gunslinger?

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).

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DDFP: Jonah Keri, NCAA conference shakeup and R.E.M.

The Extra 2%‘ author/Grantland.com writer/old pal, Jonah Keri, sits in with Shek & Rank for a conversation so rangy we had to cut it into two parts. Among the subjects: is there any player whose injury could cause NFL ratings to dip; the NCAA’s conference shakeup; which NFL team that’s considered a contender is least likely to be perceived that way by November; REM’s best albums; Romo’s lung; Vick’s brain; the Giants’ lying hearts; and so on. Plus, Shek & Rank jump in the DeLorean to see who wins Week 3′s biggest game.

Here is side A:


And side B:


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