Detroit Lions, torn between Stafford and Culpepper

Now that the 2009 NFL season is yet to open, some teams haven’t yet decided or are still in the “fuzz” of who’s going to be the starting player to play their offense.

Those teams include the Detroit Lions, where they are torn between the rookie John Matthew Stafford and the three-time Pro Bowl selection Daunte Richard Culpepper.

Hmm… does that sounded a bit unjust for you? Nothing to worry or feel bad about. In fact, many critics and analysts have predicted Stafford to play the starting position on week 1.

Anyway, Lions wouldn’t sign up the rookie for a $78M worth of contract deal with almost $42M guarantee, for nothing! That amount sure has to mean something, plus the fact that he was drafted 1st overall on the 2009 NFL Draft- indeed the Lions has really big plans for this guy.

Although Coach Schwart haven’t disclosed anything regarding whose going to be the opener on the game on Sept. 13, he always pertain to the best player- to take the place as their starting QB and thus- play the offense of the team.

In a little time, we’ll all find out and will either be glad or shocked, on who’s going to take that spot for the starting QB’s position of the Detroit Lions.

However, we are to expect a head-to-head battle between these two gentlemen who both seem so urged to get the position.

Stafford said during an interview that he has the mind-set to play the starting QB job for the Lions on the week 1 of this season. And that seeing other players to do their trainings very well, such as Daunte, makes him more inspired and motivated to play and make it even better for himself.

Culpepper, on the other hand, feels the same adrenaline as well. He too, believes that he’s going to be the man to play their offense, and thus to win the division. In fact, Culpepper is really making a great effort to show his potential as he comes back with a lot of trainings and discipline, including losing some weight. And Schwart have noticed that in fact, but still wouldn’t close any statements as of the moment.

Who do you think will get the spot for the Lion’s starting QB? We want to hear from you!

Favre, the future starting QB for the Minnesota Vikings?-PART 2

Viking Head Coach Brad Childress talks about Favre’s possible chances to be a Vikings.

During an interview, Childress addresses Favre’s repaired throwing shoulder to be “pain free.”

Childress did close any statements regarding the status of whether Favre is going to play for the Vikings or not. Also, we are all aware that Favre’s doctor told, even Favre himself, that the outcome of his surgery can be known in a month or more from now. And he may have had his throwing shoulder repaired successfully, the quarterback veteran still needs to undergo a lot of trainings and medications until he is 100% sure that he can perform exactly like how he did before.

And now, that’s going to be a big question. Will the Brett Favre before can still perform well or even better with Favre’s shoulder’s condition? And will the Vikings can count on him as the playmaker of the team? Surely he’s an excellent football star, may be during his earlier years, but a lot better QBs emerging this time, will he still be able to surpass their performances?

If you can observe, the Viking still feels the need for a good QB to play their offense. The quarterback’s position for the Minnesota Vikings is known to be one of the few weak spots of the team that needs to be given some close attention and further tuning, especially now that the NFL season is yet to come.

Let us just all wait and see what will be the future, for both Favre and the Vikings.

Favre, the future starting QB for the Minnesota Vikings?

The ever controversial Brett Favre thinks about coming out of his retirement…again.

After Brett’s “latest” retirement, The New York Jets being the last team he had played for, and who had formerly grant his release last May 2009, last June 15, it was said that Favre’s most likely considering playing again in the NFL, probably with the Minnesota Vikings.

Although Favre said that he had just undergone surgery on his arm, and it will still take him some weeks before finally concluding if he can or cannot play, and if he’s throwing arm will be all good for the coming season.

About the speculated arrangements with the Vikings for his allegedly return, Favre told that Vikings coach Brad Childress wanted him to attend the Minessota Viking’s recent team activities; but Favre declined to, so as to avoid some media frenzies once they saw him there; then after a few weeks, if the result of his rehab is not good, it will create another issue with the media, why he suddenly will not be available to play?! And to cut it short, Favre admit that he had some talks with the Vikings, but very occasionally for that matter, and that the team has not plans, as what he knows, on assessing his readiness to play.

As you can remember, Favre has already talked about retiring for the Nth time now. Recalling the first time he did decide for his retirement was when he was with the Green Bay Packers last 2008. There have been some issues and legal matters that had cause more conflict between Favre and the Packers, until his petition was at last granted on August 2008, and in which later on, Favre was traded by the Packers to the Jets.
After the season with Jets, Favre once again decided to retire, and told that is was for good.

And now, after 4-5 weeks, with the condition of his arm, say if it is good, do you think Favre will go for the 2009 season once more? Do you think Vikings will be ready to accept him as their new starting quarterback, and not just a backup? We’ll all find out, after some few weeks, and until the NFL season starts. And we’ll try to keep you posted with that.

Minnesota Vikings Joined the 2009 Race for the Cure

The Minnesota Vikings Team joined the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure last Mother’s day to contribute to breast cancer awareness move and to give honor to all breast cancer victims and survivors, as well as those who are just currently battling the disease.

The Vikings members and staff, together with their families joined the 5K run/walk along with the nearly 50,000 individuals, who joined together to help raise money for breast cancer awareness, education and research.

Some of the Vikings who were sighted in the event were LB Chad Greenway, QB John David Booty, OL Brian Daniels, and safety Eric Frampton, Viktor the Viking, and a handful of Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders.

During the event, aside from the participants in the 5k walk/run, a number of booths were also set up for the race. Including them were a Panera stand, a Caribou tent who gives away coffees, and the Vikings booth as well, attended by some of the Vikings players.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, together with its partners, supporters, and contributors, is known to be a global leader against breast cancer. Since 1982, the organization has already invested more than a billion dollars in its dedication to fight breast cancer all over the globe.

Thanks to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to all breast cancer fighters, to all the participants in the run, and to every people who help in cancer awareness-that through their own little way, they can be a medium to help spread breast cancer awareness throughout the globe, so that people, especially women, will be educated and enlightened not to fear the diseases but to face it and fight it, and later on save more lives.

The first ever Fan Forum Call of the Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings, headed by Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf and VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman facilitated on a Season Ticket Owner Conference Call last April 27, exclusive for the Vikings season ticket owners.

The idea of the move is to increase the enjoyment of the Vikings season ticket holders by giving them the opportunity to hear directly from the Vikings staff the latest happenings about the team particularly for the coming 2009 NFL season.

In cooperation with the company Broadnet, the conference calls were exclusive only for the Vikings season ticket owners.

The first ever Vikings Fan Forum flowed tremendously well as they had thousands of fans who participated, giving mostly positive comments and feedback, according to the Vikings VP of Sales & Marketing/CMO Steve LaCroix. LaCroix added that the team is looking forward in doing this kind of move again, in the future.

The forum was hosted Vikings and KFAN radio personality Paul Allen. The program lasted for more than an hour, having smooth and light conversations among Allen, Wilf, Spielman, and the callers who were given the privilege to talk and ask questions about their beloved Minnesota Vikings.

The team is still in the arrangement of conducting the Vikings Fan Forum again, may be two or more programs to go before the 2009 season ends. This move is a continuous effort made by the Minnesota Vikings to maintain a harmonious regular communication with the Vikings fanatics and followers, and of course, to encourage more fans to purchase their season tickets.

Larry Foote, from Pittsburgh Steelers to Detroit Lions

The seven year veteran linebacker Larry Foote of the Pittsburgh Steelers will now wear the Detroit Lions Jersey.

Born on Detroit, Michigan, the 6-1, 239 pounder heads back home, as he signed a one year deal with the Detroit Lions on May 6, 2009. With Foote’s professional debut with the Steelers during the 2002 season, Foote requested his release after seven years of his pro career in Pittsburgh.

Larry played college football at the University of Michigan, where he was awarded as the Defensive Player of the Year being their team’s top linebacker during his senior year in 2001, before being drafted by the Steelers on the following year.

And now he comes back to Detroit and will finally play for his home town. Foote said that it’s a great opportunity to come home, and play for the Lions.

Foote will now join the defense line of the Detroit Lions. He will be joining the rest of the new veteran players in the team including linebacker Julian Peterson, defensive tackle Grady Jackson, and the cornerbacks Eric King, Phillip Buchanon, and Anthony Henry.

Foote is definitely a big impact to the Lions’ defense being a veteran, but at the same time, he has to deal also with the fact of being a new comer in his new team. Foote said that he just want to get mentally ready, to break to ice with his new teammates, and to prove his worth to the team. Foote had met Head Coach Jim Schwartz and the rest of the Lions staff last May 5. And so far, Foote had felt at home being with the Detroit Lions.

Anthony Adams of the Chicago Bears, a move towards a healthy heart.

Defensive tackle Anthony Adams of the Chicago Bears came home to Detroit, Michigan last Sunday, May 3, to participate at the pre-Mother’s Day luncheon, for the benefit of the American Heart Association.

Adams’ purpose is to help spread awareness to the people about different heart diseases, which in return, should take care of themselves, to prevent it and to have a healthy heart.

Adams contributed in the event, together with his mother, Connie Davis. The retired halfback Jerome Bettis, also a Detroit native, participated with the awareness program as well, together with his mom, Gladys Bettis, who actually has a heart disease.

Adams, can relate too, because in fact, his grandma Shirley Myrick happens to have the same case, and had undergone triple-bypass surgery already.

Adams shared his feelings about seeing someone you love suffer because of the condition has never been a good thing. And that through the event, he can be a medium in providing awareness to the people about how important and delicate our heart is. Adams also added that it is not enough to feel healthy- we should live healthy and take those checkups regularly.

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary agency that aims to build healthier lives, free from any heart disease. Its goal is to reduce the incidents of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood cholesterol, and other related heart ailments.

This month is the American Stroke Month. And together with Anthony Adams, and the other responsible individuals, let’s join them by having a healthy living, and realizing the importance of having a healthy heart, and body, as a whole.

Green Bay Packers welcomes a new linebacker

The 22-year old Clay Matthews III from the University of Southern California is definitely a Packers now.
Matthews was selected by the Green Bay Packers as the 26th pick overall in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
The Green Bay traded 3 picks to the New England Patriots, 1 second rounder and 2 third round selections to take Matthews in the 1st round.

Clay Matthews III studied at the University of Southern California and played for the USC Trojan football team (2004- redshirt; 2005-2008 seasons) under the supervisions of linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr. and head coach Pete Carroll. Beginning as a walk-on student athlete, Clay mainly played for the special teams as a reserve linebacker during the 2005 season, until he was given a full athletic scholarship prior to the 2006 season, as he was acknowledged by the coaching staff at USC. Known to be a bit undersized and a late bloomer during his earlier years, Matthews committed himself to undergo thorough training and workouts to gain size and to level up his strength and stamina. Clay continued his role as a reserve linebacker during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. His efforts were paid off as he was awarded as the USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons, from 2006 – 2008, which made him the only player in the history of USC to be given such an award three times in a row.
Football definitely runs in the blood of the Matthews family. His father Clay Matthews Jr., was a former linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons, and had earned 4 Pro Bowl selections during his time. His uncle Bruce Matthews was a Pro Football Hall of Famer and named to be one of the greatest offensive lineman in the history of the league. Matthews’ grandfather as well, Clay Matthews Sr., played for the San Francisco 49ers during the 1950’s. And Clay’s two brothers, plays football as well, one for the University of Oregon and other is for USC just like him.

According to Tom Fanning of, Matthew told that he is indeed very pleased to be with the Packers, as the team really shows their interest in him and is certainly looking forward on how he will make an impact on the team.