Retiring Brett Favre Rooting for Packers to Make Super Bowl

Yes, the latest installment of Favre’s long-running retirement came Monday, as the league confirmed . It did not, however, confirm whether they were filled out in ink. Pencil would raise some suspicions, as would erasable ink or, perhaps, lemon juice. But people do suspect he means it this time, considering he was knocked around like an aging, purple-clad piñata this season. His legacy is a complicated one,, but he seems concerned enough about it that he let it be known that he’s , which is a pretty transparent attempt to make it up to his former, scorned team.

But his former, scorned team is moving on. Its current ill will is saved for , although that they are using some bitterness left over from the N.F.C. title game loss to the Giants four years ago as motivation, too. They might get a little us versus the world jolt from reading that Roethlisberger is the most trustworthy quarterback left in the playoffs, although Judge does acknowledge Rodgers is the hottest and suggests he would not trust Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to hold his pen.

If you’re looking for bitterness in the American Football Conference matchup, Jets Coach Rex Ryan is determined to thwart you. Changing up his strategy this week after hurling invective at the Patriots last week, Ryan has decided to smother the Steelers with love, , which is odd considering Ryan’s history as a Baltimore assistant, .

There was plenty of rivalry animosity in college basketball Monday night, with No. 5 Pittsburgh toppling No. 3 Syracuse, in an entertaining game, . It showcased just how impressive the Panthers’ home-court advantage is, , but was more impressed with how many of Pitt’s players stuck around to play as seniors.

In college football, Monday gave us the continuing progression of Auburn players who won’t stick around to be seniors, led by Cam Newton and Nick Fairley.

In tennis, most of the big names at the Australian Open will be sticking around for at least another round, with the notable exception of Sam Querrey, whose dispirited first-round loss has why he seems to care so little. In her first match, No. 3 Kim Clijsters beat the former No. 1 Dinara Safina without dropping a game and felt terrible enough for Safina that . At least Safina didn’t take it out on her racket the way Agnieszka Radwanska continually did, leading to .

Clearly, she’s not a smitten Packers fan.

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