Shanoff's Wake-Up Call: Favre, Artest, Angels

Today's Calls: Brett Favre vs. Mark Murphy, Ron Artest vs. T-Mac, Mark Teixeira vs. Manny Ramirez, Carlos Zambrano vs. Doug Davis, Pat White vs. Tim Tebow and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: Brett Favre has petitioned for reinstatement, presumably to be granted. Now what? ↵

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↵Well, the Packers sent new team CEO Mark Murphy to Mississippi last night to try to talk Favre into not reporting to Packers camp. ↵

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↵Here's what he should tell him, and it's a pretty simple message: ↵

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↵"We will NOT release you." ↵
↵"We will NOT trade you." ↵
↵"We will NOT start you." ↵
↵"Still want to come back?" ↵

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↵The Packers are under no obligation to let him compete for the starting QB job, but that's not the point. ↵

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↵The point is that Favre wanted out. The Packers re-tooled the team around Aaron Rodgers. Now Favre wants in. ↵

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↵So: He is welcome back, but it should be under the team's conditions, not the player's. Let Favre come to camp and gripe: So what? He wouldn't be the first backup QB to do it. ↵

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↵But the Packers should quit acting like sniveling losers here; putting Favre in his place is better than any of the other alternatives. ↵

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↵NBA Trade Mania: Ron Artest to the Rockets. Love this for Houston, giving them a "Big Three" (Yao, T-Mac, Ron-Ron) to rival any in the West. GM Daryl Morey is as good as they get. ↵

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↵(As for the Kings, I'm not sure I see giving up the versatile and valuable Artest for Bobby Jackson and unproven rookie Donte Greene. Jackson is old/limited and Greene needs lots of shots.) ↵

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↵MLB Trade Mania: Mark Teixeira to the Angels, in a move for October, not September -- the playoffs, not the stretch run. ↵

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↵The Angels have the best record in baseball. Their lead in the West (11.5) is virtually indestructible. And they have dominated the defending champ Red Sox, sweeping them over their last 7 games. ↵

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↵(Last night was as dominant as any of them, with John Lackey throwing 8.1 IP of no-hitter en route to a stifling 6-2 complete game win.) ↵

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↵So why make the move? The Angels obviously feel their opportunity is now, and they are willing to trade the rising Casey Kotchman for a 3-month rent-a-player. LAA is winning the perception game, too. ↵

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↵Trading Manny, Cont'd: I renew my objections from yesterday. What about the D'backs sub-.500 record indicates they don't need Manny? (Meanwhile, the hot rumor is that the Mets are interested in Manny; another team that can't hurt to have one of MLB's top bats.) ↵

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↵While all this power is being traded (or wishing to be traded), let's all remember that Barry Bonds can be had for n-o-t-h-i-n-g. ↵

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↵Carlos Zambrano leads Cubs past Brewers: It was his best start of the year in what might have been the Cubs' biggest game of the year -- 8 IP, season-high 9 Ks, 5 H. (Best stat: Brewers have scored all of 1 run in the last 21 IP against Big Z.) ↵

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↵More rivalry games: Twins over White Sox, thanks much in part to Justin Morneau. ↵

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↵Doug Davis pitches brilliantly: Is it better or worse for him that virtually everything he does is viewed through the filter of " ... even after battling cancer this spring." ↵

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↵Fantasy Stud: Matt Garza, who threw a CG shutout (the first of his career), allowing only 5 hits and out-dueling Roy Halladay. ↵

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↵Milestone Watch: Ichiro reaches 3,000 hits. Should you include his career in Japan? Of course you should. (Then again, I think Herschel Walker's USFL career should be counted toward his eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.) ↵

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↵NFL Camping: When will Peyton Manning play and why won't the Colts let the media see him? ... JaMarcus Russell held out of Tuesday night practice (elbow). ... Tough break for Steelers fans, who lose P Daniel Sepulveda with an ACL injury for the 2nd time in less than 3 years. ... DT Sedrick Ellis ended his holdout with the Saints; now go earn that money, rookie. ... The Cowboys wouldn't have to deal with California earthquakes if they actually held their training camp in, y'know, Texas. ↵

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↵NASCAR apologizes for Indy tire snafu: Well, there are two options moving forward. Either stop having races in Indianapolis (ha) or stop using Goodyear tires. Tough to see how NASCAR will figure this out. ↵

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↵CFB Media Daze: Big East. What a year for the Big East 2007 was. South Florida was a sensation. West Virginia was a BCS title-game contender ... right up until Pitt played the spoiler. Rutgers stayed relevant. UConn and Cincinnati broke through into the Top 25. ↵

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↵Pat White is the most electrifying QB in the country next to Tim Tebow, but it is unlikely that WVU can survive a rough schedule to make the national-title game: Auburn in Morgantown, at UConn, at Pitt and a season-finale barnburner (or couchburner, as it was) vs. USF. ↵

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↵NBA: Emeka Okafor signs 6Y/$72M deal with Bobcats. Given Charlotte's resignation (not enthusiasm) in re-signing him, it's worth reminding everyone that not long ago, some foolish "experts" actually thought that Okafor should have been drafted over Dwight Howard. ↵

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↵Tim Donaghy gets 15 months in prison: Drat, I bet the over. (Mike Florio has more analysis.) ↵

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↵NHL: Steven Stamkos signs with Lightning. I've said this before: Between the Rays, South Florida, the chance the Bucs can get Favre and now the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, Tampa is a hot sports town. ↵

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↵The Last Word: It's a little pathetic that the sports-blog world is such a "boys' club" that PlayingTheField.net had to be created, officially launching today. ↵

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↵That said, it is a great hub to read some of the most talented women in the sports-blog universe, and it is a more than welcome addition. ↵

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↵Congrats to founder Sarah Schorno and the excellent group of contributors she has brought together. ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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