VU Daily Blog: 7/14/10

A look at Brett Favre's speech at the ESPYs, more extensive comments from Favre in a magazine article, John Randle's donation to the Hall of Fame and what the Packers' financial statement could mean for the Vikings. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 10:53:00 PM

Favre wins an ESPY, no comment on future

Brett Favre won an ESPY for Best Play for his touchdown pass to Greg Lewis with two seconds remaining for the game-winning score against San Francisco. Over 75,000 fans voted on the award.

Favre thanked fans and teammates, but he didn't make any announcement about his future at the ESPYs.

"A lot of debate about better pass, better catch. That was one heck of a catch, one heck of a catch," Favre said. "Two plays prior to that is when he came into the game. It was just an awesome catch, awesome play. … That was just a little blip on the radar of what type of season we had. We had a great season and a lot of fun at 40 years old. I still felt like I could do it. You guys made me believe it. It was just a magical year. Thank you."

Favre did not win the ESPY for Best Record-Breaking Performance for his consecutive-starts streak.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 2:13:00 PM

Packers' financials of note to Vikings fans

The Packers, the league's only publicly held team and therefore the only NFL team that is required to release its financials, gave the annual financial report on Wednesday.

Here are the basics of what was released, according to

"On Wednesday, the team reported record revenue of $258 million — mostly because of revenue sharing from NFL Network. With a slumping economy leading to high unemployment and less discretionary income to spend at the stadium, that's great news for the team located in the NFL's smallest market.

"However, the Packers reported only a modest net profit of $5.2 million, up from $4 million last fiscal-year. Operating profit plunged from $20.1 million to $9.8 million.

"That's because, according to the team, operating expenses soared from $228 million to $248 million. That increase is hitched entirely to player costs, which soared from $139 million to $161 million. Player costs are defined as salaries, signing bonuses and incentives, and health and pension costs."

According to figures cited by the Vikings, each of their opponents in the NFC North — Chicago, Detroit and even small-market Green Bay — generate $30 million more annually.

The Vikings receive $15-20 million in subsidies from other NFL teams, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said at the Metrodome last fall that revenue sharing in its current state is going away.

Given those statements and the fact that the Vikings are lowest revenue-producing team in the league, their financial statement can't look much better than the Packers' revelation today.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 10:56:00 AM

Randle adds memorabilia to Hall of Fame

John Randle's sacks put money in his bank account and fear in quarterbacks. The sack of goodies he sent last week to the Pro Football Hall of Fame generated gratitude.

"What was found inside the box made the day seem like every holiday wrapped into one for the Hall of Fame's curatorial team," read a story on the Hall of Fame's web site.

Randle donated a helmet from the 1999 season and the shoes he wore in 2000, his final season with the Minnesota Vikings, a hand strengthener, and shoulder pads he used for his final eight NFL seasons. The interesting part of the shoulder pads is that each breastplate has a "mud flap" with a Harley-Davidson logo attached.

The defensive tackle, who played for the Vikings from 1990-2000 and the Seahawks from 2001-2003, will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 7.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 9:35:00 AM

Favre had second thoughts heading to Vikings

Brett Favre has said that 2009 was the best season of his career, but that doesn't mean he didn't have his doubts heading to the Vikings last year.

Favre signed with the Vikings on Aug. 18 and missed the Mankato portion of training camp, but he told Men's Journal that he was having second thoughts as Brad Childress drove him to the Vikings' Winter Park facility.

"I was driving into training camp and I'm saying, ‘God, what was I thinking.' I thought, ‘This is a mistake,'" Favre said, according to a USA Today recounting of the story.

Favre also talked about how his trade from the Packers to the Jets went down and provided more insight into his disdain for the way things were handled when he decided to end his retirement and met with Packers general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy.

"There was just silence. I said, ‘Well, what are we gonna do?' They made it pretty clear I wasn't going to play there, and I said, ‘How about the Vikings or even the Lions?' I wanted to stay in the same division," he told Men's Journal. "They said that wasn't going to happen, but maybe Tampa. I said, ‘Fine, trade me to Tampa. I'll whip your asses in week four.' Maybe that was a mistake. I'm flying back to Hattiesburg thinking I'm going to the Bucs, and I get off the plane and (agent Bus Cook) tells me I've been traded to the Jets. I said, ‘Bull,' but they were smart; they released the news so I'd look like an ass if I backed out."

Favre said he still hasn't made up his mind about playing for the Vikings in 2010, but he said the wear and tear on his body wouldn't be a factor in his decision.

"Playing another year probably isn't going to make a difference; the damage has already been done," he said.


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