Favre, Packers finally mend fences

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Four years into his retirement, the Packers will finally honor Brett Favre in a proper manner.

Yes, he was (and is) vastly overrated, and his annual should I/shouldn't I retire exercise was the worst part of many NFL summers.

But there was never any doubt that Favre deserved to have his number retired and be inducted to Green Bay's HOF.

Whether it was the Packers or Favre (more likely) behind the silly delay, there was just something horribly wrong about it.

Not to make everything about the Broncos (on a Broncos site), but for those of us who got to enjoy John Elway's career (holy smokes, it's been 16 years), this is another reminder of how fortunate we were.

Broncos

Like us, Troy Renck is puzzled at Wes Welker's status as the top punt returner. However, Isaiah Burse apparently didn't acquit himself too well during the scrimmage.

Not that he's making a big deal of it, but Mike Klis wasn't impressed by Denver's defense on Saturday.

DE Kenny Anunike has been among this summer's more impressive undrafted rookies.

News

The Giants opened the preseason by defeating Buffalo 17-13 in the HOF game; Ben Stockwell, Eric Edholm, Josh KatzowitzJudy Battista, and Christmas Ape discuss.

Josh Gordon's suspension appeal is continuing today, after having gone for a reported ten hours on Friday.

Atlanta added safety Tyrell Johnson; San Francisco waived Chiefs bust WR Jon Baldwin; Washington waived/injured WR Jerry Rice, Jr.; the Giants placed RB David Wilson on IR.

Cleveland stole tackle Michael Bowie off waivers from Seattle, as New England (of course), New Orleans, and Dallas also tried to do.

Analysis

While the NFL wastes its time trying to make extra points more interesting, even the HOF's lone placekicker thinks it's time to rid the game of the formality.

Team previews/camp reports: Detroit (Andy Benoit); St. Louis (Robert Mays); New England (Jarrett Bell); Dallas (Robert Klemko); Miami (Peter King); Tennessee (Dan Greene).

Mike Tanier discusses the watchability of this year's preseason and checks out Johnny Manziel's Cleveland-area haunts.

Media

As Peter King sees it, maturation for Cam Newton means speaking to Peter King. Thankfully, Christmas Ape and Tommy Craggs offer their takes.

Drew Magary is sick and tired of the echo chamber that is reporting and reaction to new NFL contracts.

William Rhoden decries the downfall of thoughtful sports commentary, as evidenced by schmucks like Stephen A. Smith.

Maths

Neil Paine's era- and team-adjusted analysis of career wide receiver stats ranks Rod Smith as the very best of the 10,000+ yard guys.

Andrew Healy says it's becoming more and more rare that young teams have sustained success in the NFL.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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