Random News of the Day: Me, myself and I (and Brett)

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Random News of the Day: Me, myself and I (and Brett)

Thursday, Aug. 19, 201012:40 PM

By Joe CollinsCSNChicago.com
I would like to show you an excerpt of my column from Aug. 20, 2009:

From The Research Department: I found a full copy of Brett Favre's introductory press conference from Tuesday August 19th and I found that Queen Favre used the words "I", "I've", "I'm", "I'll", "Me", "My", "Myself" or "Mine" a combined 235 times. Just the "I" words alone were uttered 191 times. And amazingly, that number is twice as much as the amount of times he used the word "the" (90). The tally:I - 180I've - 4I'm - 6I'll - 1Me - 22My - 18Myself - 3Mine - 1And get this -- the number of times he used the word "we" in that same press conference? Only 19. Or how about the number of times he used the word "us"? ZERO.
Fast-forward to Wednesday. Same scenario. Same podium. Same goofy grin. Same aw-shucks-I'm-back routine. Same Q&A nonsense a day after TV news stations followed Favre from the airport to the Vikings training facility. Sound familiar? Makes me wonder if his 2010 introductory press conference was any different word-wise than the one from last year. The Minnesota Vikings Web site has a transcript of Brett's comments.

Let's break it down:

I: 240
I've: 7
I'm: 23
I'll: 6
I'd: 3
Me: 19
Mine: 3
My: 22
Myself: 3
We: 35
Us: 7
Team: 19
OurOurs: 4

Hey look! He actually used the word "us" seven times! He's getting better!

But not really. A couple of interesting points to ponder:

Brett Favre used a form of the word "I" (I, I've, I'm I'll, and I'd) a combined 279 times. His press conference was 33 12 minutes long. That works out to an average of 8.32 "I" words per minute. If you want to tack on the "Me" words (me, mine, my, myself), the average soars to 9.73 "selfish" words per minute.

Favre was asked about the Jeep story with Ryan Longwell (sixth question in the press conference). He answered the question using the word "I" 59 times in his answer. Fifty ... nine. Try duplicating that. I dare you.

Anybody else find it amusing that he used the words "me" and "team" the same number of times (19)?

In fairness, Favre's actions truly speak louder than his words. Two-hundred-eighty-five consecutive starts -- or 309 if you count the playoffs -- tells you that alone. The guy can play. Might throw a wobbler into double-coverage every now and then, but he still can play. And I'm sure most Vikings fans would welcome him in right now, given the current talent at the quarterback position.

But his selfishness and self-centeredness, intentional or not given the situation, especially considering the media hype, is beyond repair. I have seen a myriad of reactions by my fellow sports producers and other friends, which have ranged from the passive-aggressive ("Ha ... another news crew following Brett in a black SUV going down a highway. I wonder if he's in the back seat talking with O.J") to the flat-out aggressive ("GIVE me the remote! I'd rather watch 'Cheaters' or 'Maury Povich' right now").

I also feel sorry for my fellow sports journalists in the Twin Cities that have to put up with this annual media circus. I can't imagine the stress level involved for having to follow every breath he takes (cue that song from The Police). Maybe they like this kind of adrenaline rush, I don't know. But whether you're a Brett Favre fan or not, you have to be shaking your head at this mind-boggling showcase of self-centeredness year in and year out. It borders on nauseating. But we all fall for it in some capacity. You get vacuumed into the hype machine and there's not much you can do about it. No matter what, the guy's star power has some kind of impact on you as a sports fan.

I can tell you how it plays a role in my life: the movie "There's Something About Mary" is forever tarnished. Even though Favre has a minor role, it's enough for me to temporarily change the channel.

To "Cheaters", maybe.

Or something like that.

Joe Collins is an assignment desk editor for Comcast SportsNet and contributor to CSNChicago.com.

Watch: Illini present Huskers with signed jersey in honor of Sam Foltz

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Watch: Illini present Huskers with signed jersey in honor of Sam Foltz

Big Ten teams have been honoring Sam Foltz all season long, and Illinois came up with a new way to honor him Saturday.

The Nebraska punter was tragically killed in a car accident in July, and teams playing the Huskers this season have done everything including lay flowers on the 27-yard line (Foltz wore No. 27) and wear helmet stickers honoring Foltz.

Saturday, Illinois visited Lincoln, and the Illini's specialists presented the Huskers' specialists with a Foltz Illinois jersey autographed by the team.

And Nebraska caught the emotional exchange on video. It's a must watch.

It's certainly been an emotional season for Nebraska, but it's great to see the whole Big Ten coming together to honor Foltz's memory.

Northwestern offense comes to play in upset win over Hawkeyes

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Northwestern offense comes to play in upset win over Hawkeyes

Forget everything you thought you knew about the Northwestern offense.

A unit that's looked sluggish through a rough 1-3 start came to play Saturday, scoring touchdowns on three consecutive second-half drives to pull an upset 38-31 win over Iowa at Kinnick Stadium.

Down 24-17 early in the third quarter, the Wildcats scored on touchdown drives of 75, 77 and 80 yards, all the while the defense holding the Hawkeyes to just a pair of three and outs in that same span.

Clayton Thorson hit Austin Carr for touchdowns on two of those drives — Carr had three touchdown catches on the afternoon — and Justin Jackson sprinted away for a 58-yard scoring rush as Northwestern put a two-score gap between itself and Iowa. Even a fourth-quarter score by the Hawkeyes couldn't close that gap.

The Cats piled up a not-all-that-impressive 362 yards of offense, but it was plenty compared to the Hawkeyes' 283 yards. Northwestern out-rushed Iowa, 198-79.

The game started in almost near-perfect fashion for the Cats, with Thorson running in for a touchdown after a long punt return by Flynn Nagel. But the Hawkeyes evened the score shortly thereafter, Akrum Wadley rushing in for a touchdown after a long punt return by Desmond King.

After a field goal, Thorson hit Carr for the first time on the day to put Northwestern up 17-7, but the momentum turned from there. Iowa scored on a short field off a punt, Jay Scheel making a great catch on a C.J. Beathard pass to set up another Wadley touchdown run. Then Brandon Snyder forced a Jackson fumble, and the Hawkeyes turned that into another score, Beathard finding Riley McCarron for a go-ahead touchdown before halftime.

But after an Iowa field goal, Northwestern's offense took over in the third quarter. The Cats got a score to cap a 75-yard drive with Carr making a highlight-reel catch in the end zone. Then the defense forced a three and out. Then Jackson scampered for that 58-yard score. Then the defense forced a three and out. Then an 80-yard drive wrapped with Thorson finding Carr on a crossing route, and the receiver bounced off a would-be tackler to reach the end zone for a two-score lead.

Iowa did score once more in the fourth quarter, Beathard leading a nice 75-yard touchdown drive. But once more the Northwestern defense stood tall and picked off Beathard at game's end to secure the upset.

The Cats looked like a totally different team on both sides of the ball, particularly after an ugly, mistake-filled loss to Nebraska last weekend. The offense was incredibly productive for that second-half stretch, 38 points being the most Northwestern has scored in a game since last September's win over Eastern Illinois and the most scored against an FBS team since November 2014 wins over Purdue and Notre Dame.

The defense deserves a heck of a lot of credit, too, limiting Iowa's offense to just 283 total yards and just 79 rushing yards a week after getting shredded by Nebraska for 556 yards. Ifeadi Odenigbo sacking Beathard four times and doing so in clutch moments, all four of his sacks coming on third down. The Cats had six sacks on the game.

Meanwhile, Iowa continued to have offensive struggles two weeks after falling to North Dakota State and one week after mustering just 14 points in a one-touchdown win over Rutgers. And the defense, as it did in those two games, had more trouble shutting down the run as Northwestern racked up 198 rushing yards.

The win sent the Cats to 2-3 on the campaign, and they have a bye next weekend before a trip to Michigan State.

The Hawkeyes fell to 3-2 with the loss and face Minnesota in the Floyd of Rosedale game next weekend.