Notebook: Favre on Strahan; key dates

The retired Packers QB weighs in on the retired Giants DE in an interview with SI's Peter King. Also, some key dates are coming up on the Packers' calendar.

Brett Favre and Michael Strahan presumably will be going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame together in 2013. Which is fitting — at least for Strahan.

Of course, you can't think of Strahan without thinking of his single-season sack record, which he got at the expense of — or with the help of — Favre in the final moments of the 2001 regular-season finale.

With Strahan announcing his retirement on Tuesday, Sports Illustrated's Peter King tracked down Favre for his thoughts on his buddy's decision and the controversial sack.

"I just laugh at it," Favre said. "I don't even think about it. There are so many plays in that season, and in his career, that people can focus on, and if they focus on that. ... Shoot, people can have their own opinion. I'm glad he has the personality, which I do' too, to be able to say, ‘So what?'"

Favre told King that Strahan's retirement "shocked" him.

"I guess the timing is good, after winning a Super Bowl," Favre said. "I hate to say it in comparison to me, but he's still got a lot left. When you played that team, it's amazing a 15-year vet is the guy you have to be most concerned with taking out of the game. That's the way it was with us this year. And that's what offenses attempted to do with him, I always thought."

Mark your calendars

Three important dates are coming up on the Packers' calendar in the next week:

— Tickets for the Family Night Scrimmage go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster either in person, by phone or the via the Internet at There's an eight-ticket limit. The Packers' ticket office at Lambeau Field will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $8 for the scrimmage, set for Sunday, Aug. 3. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m., with drills at 6:30, the scrimmage at 7:30 and the jersey giveaway and fireworks to follow.

— The Packers' final organized team activities practice that will be open to the public and reporters is on Thursday. Practice starts at 11:15 a.m. in the Don Hutson Center, with fans allowed to watch for about an hour.

— The three-day minicamp starts Tuesday and runs through Thursday, June 19. All practices will be inside the Don Hutson Center. The 10:15 a.m. practices all three days will be open to the public for about an hour. There will be a second practice the first two days that will be open to only the media.

— A little further out on the calendar, the Packers' annual Tailgate Tour departs on July 8.

The tour, which will include team president/CEO Mark Murphy and the man he replaced, Bob Harlan, as well as players Brandon Jackson, James Jones and Jason Spitz, will stop in Fond du Lac on July 8, Janesville on July 9, Stevens Point on July 10 and Marinette on July 11.

Go to for details on each stop.

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