Shanoff's Wake-Up Call: Favre Forecast Calls for Zero Titles, Lots of Titillation

Today's Calls: Brett Favre vs. Jets fans, Carlos Pena vs. Ryan Ludwick, Sidney Ponson vs. Joba Chamberlain, LeBron James vs. David Beckham, BYU vs. BCS and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: Oh, sweet mercy, Brett Favre will be playing in ... New York? ↵

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↵It seems vaguely fitting that after a month of 24/7 Favre coverage, the most overexposed athlete will go to the most overexposed market in America. ↵

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↵New York Post: "BRETT THE JET" ↵

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↵New York Daily News: "JET FAVRE" ↵

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↵Sporting News: "J-E-T-S: Brett! Brett! Brett!" ↵

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↵Simply by adding Favre, the Jets become the most must-see team in the NFL this season — quite a neat trick, considering they share a town with the defending Super Bowl champs. Everything is more intriguing: ↵

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↵Favre vs. Tabloids ↵

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↵Favre vs. Belichick (twice!) ↵

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↵Favre vs. Eli Manning ↵

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↵Favre vs. Joe Namath ↵

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↵Favre vs. Jersey sales ↵

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↵Interestingly, expectations are the least of Favre's worries: He joins a team that shouldn't be considered a playoff contender. Anything he can conjure beyond last season's four wins, in fact, feels like a bonus. ↵

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↵The jersey color might be the same, but this isn't Kevin Garnett going to the Celtics, turning a horrible team into a champion; this is turning an irrelevant team into a relevant one. Big difference. ↵

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↵(At the same time, it is a way better deal for Favre: KG was in a title-or-bust scenario. With Favre, the AFC 6-seed would be overachieving.) ↵

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↵Brett Favre in New York. There will be no titles, but there will be titillation. ↵

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↵More Favre coverage, which will eclipse everything else today ... ↵

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↵Repercussions 1: Would the Jets trade Favre? How much would the Vikings be willing to trade to land Favre from the Jets? It looks moot: Adam Schefter (via PFT) says the Jets trade includes a kicker of three 1st-round picks if Jets re-deal Favre to a verboten team. ↵

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↵Repercussions 2: What about the Cheeseheads? The noise from NYC will likely drown out what should be a day of lamentation for Packers fans. Ready to share your icon? ↵

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↵Repercussions 3: What about Chad? Needless to say, I don't expect the inevitable Chad Pennington release will spark a Favre level of mania. ↵

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↵Repercussions 4: What about the Madden 09 cover? Here is the updated version. ↵

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↵MLB Instant History: The Rays are not fading. They are not scared. They do not care about your late leads. They are rolling along. ... Huge win for the Phils over division-rival Florida (and it's coupled with a Mets loss). ... Joba might be down, but Sidney Ponson is up-up-up. ... Fantasy Stud: Ryan Ludwick, who homered in his 5th straight game and is angling for NL Fantasy Stud of the Year. ... Mark Cuban is saying all the right things. ↵

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↵Tonight's NFL Preseason Games: ↵

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↵Jets at Browns: Favre! Favre! Favre! Favre! ↵

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↵Giants at Lions: Yes, champs get upstaged. ↵

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↵Ravens at Pats: NE riding 1-game L streak. ↵

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↵Chiefs at Bears: Two sorry QB situations. ↵

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↵Saints at Cards: High expectations for Bush. ↵

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↵NFL Fan Conduct Policy, Cont'd: You know, I really think I underplayed this yesterday. Again, the devil is in the enforcement. What: Like the NFL is going to ban all those leering misogynists at Giants games? (Meanwhile, nice to see the Rams and Titans setting a good example.) ↵

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↵NBA 08-09 Schedule: You didn't really think that Hornets-Magic on Xmas Day would be the league's headliner, did you? Please: It's Lakers-Celtics on Christmas Day, the biggest day of the regular season. ↵

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↵NBA: More on the LeBron/Europe option. Crazy? How is this any different from David Beckham leaving soccer in Europe for MLS? Besides the fact that Beckham is an even bigger global star than LeBron. ↵

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↵(Well, aside from Becks bolting at the end of his career, while LeBron would be leaving the NBA in his prime. But believe this: For $50 mil, Beckham would have left EPL for MLS as a 20-something player, too.) ↵

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↵And if you had told EPL fans 10 years ago that Beckham would leave to play in the U.S., they would have reacted with similar scoffs to the ones you're hearing now about LeBron leaving the NBA. ↵

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↵Olympics: The U.S. women's soccer team being shut out by Norway before the Olympics even officially start is a bit of an iffy omen, isn't it? (The U.S. men's team fared better.) ↵

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↵Meanwhile, Joey Cheek deserves another medal for having his visa revoked by the Chinese government. Yes, how dare he attempt to raise awareness about China's role in the Sudanese genocide in Darfur. ↵

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↵Golf: PGA Championship. Let's review: Without Tiger, all of these events are entirely forgettable. Especially competing with Favre in NYC, the start of the Olympics and a weekend I have to spend prepping for a fantasy football draft. ↵

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↵CFB: Is BYU this season's BCS party-crasher? ↵

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↵CBB: Toledo point-shaving scandal. You call that a point-shaving scandal? We Northwestern folks know a little something about point-shaving scandals, and until your players are shaving points in both basketball AND football, you're sort of small-time. ↵

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↵CBB: Bill Self is rewarded for shedding his tournament Choker label with a national title (not to mention turning down Pickens' mega-millions to jump to alma mater Oklahoma State) with a 10Y/$30M deal. Looks like SN’s Mike DeCourcy called it back in April. ↵

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↵The Last Word: It's a good thing this Favre trade went supernova today, rather than tomorrow. It would have eclipsed the Olympics. The shallowest preview anywhere — coming tomorrow! (Complete SN Olympics coverage here.) ↵

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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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