Word on the Street: Favre picks the Packers

Word on the Street: Favre picks the Packers

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011
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Favre picks the Packers

Don't worry, NFL fans, he's not coming out of retirement again. At least not yet. But apparently, even though he hasn't played in Green Bay in three years, he hasn't lost any love for his old home.

In an e-mail response to NFL analyst Ed Werder, Favre said that he believes the Packers are "by far" the best team left in the NFL Playoffs and that he will be rooting for them in their NFC Championship matchup against the Bears on Sunday.

"(Packers QB) Aaron (Rodgers) is the best QB and the receiving corps is the best ever, maybe," Favre said in the e-mail. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Singletary joins the Vikings

Less than a month after Mike Singletary was fired from his head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers, the former Bear great is back among the employed. Singletary confirmed today that he will be joining head coach Leslie Frazier's staff in Minnesota as the Vikings linebacker coach and assistant head coach. (Rotoworld)

Sox avoid arbitration on Pena, Danks, Quentin

The White Sox announced on Tuesday that they avoided arbitration with starter John Danks, outfielder Carlos Quentin, and releiver Tony Pena, signing all three to new contracts.

Danks will earn 6 million in 2011 while Quentin's new deal is worth 5.05 million next year. Pena rounded out the group, agreeing to terms on a 1.6 million contract. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Cubs follow suit; sign Marshall, Garza, Gorzelanny

On the same day that their cross-town rivals avoided arbitration with three of their players, the Cubs signed lefty reliever Sean Marshall, newly acquired starter Matt Garza, and soon-to-be former-Cub Tom Gorzelanny to new contracts.

Marshall's deal is for two years and is reportedly worth 4.7 million while Garza's deal was valued at one year, 5.95 million. Gorzelanny's new contract (which, of course, will be paid by the Nationals once he is traded) is worth 2.1 million. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Lee DeWyze not a wise move?

Does it really matter who sings the national anthem? Apparently, it does to some Bears fans.

Though the reports have yet to be confirmed by the Bears or FOX TV, who will be broadcasting the Bears-Packers NFC Championship Game, it is rumored that American Idol winner Lee DeWyze of Mount Prospect, Ill. will have the honors of singing the national anthem instead of fan favorite Jim Cornelison.

The rumor has set the blogosphere ablaze, with some fans suggesting that choosing who sings the national anthem is part of a team's "home field advantage." (The Daily Herald)

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

For the past two seasons, David Accam was a bright spot on bad Chicago Fire teams.

This season, with more talent on the roster, Accam has blossomed into one of the most dangerous players in the league.

He had a hat trick and an assist in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Orlando. That gives him 10 goals and six assists on the season. Only two other players in Major League Soccer have 16 combined goals and assists, New York City FC's David Villa and teammate Nemanja Nikolic (the leading goal-scorer in the league).

“I thought I could do anything on the pitch today,” Accam said. “I just wanted to enjoy myself and entertain the fans and also help the team win. That’s what we did today, especially after my first goal. I just thought I could get more goals and also help the team win.”

Accam’s big game comes after he sat out the previous two games, which were both played on turf. He wasn’t listed on the injury report, but coach Veljko Paunovic said, “he didn’t recover from the physical issues that he had in the previous game.”

The rest seemed to do Accam some good, but his success in the game (as well as his recent run of eight goals and four assists in his last eight matches) coincides with questions about his future. He was recently rumored to be the target of a Turkish club.

In the past, Accam has spoken about his ambition to play at the highest levels. Typically, that means Europe. General manager Nelson Rodriguez said last month that he expects offers to come in for the 26-year-old because he is a good player in his prime ages.

So is Accam playing like someone trying to earn a new contract? That could be either impressing potential suitors in Europe or boosting his negotiation position with the Fire. Rodriguez has talked about contract negotiations with Accam before, and said those will not resume again until after the season.

“I wanted to be in a team where I would develop as a person and also win trophies, whether here or somewhere (else) I don’t know,” Accam said. “For me, I’m doing really well here and every year if I keep playing well there will be always interest. I know there is a lot of interest because I’m doing well. For me it’s always extra motivation to keep doing well. You don’t know where I will end up, whether here or somewhere else. I’ll just keep playing.”

Accam’s play earned him another call-up to the Ghanaian national team. He will join the team on Sunday for a pair of friendlies in the U.S. The Black Stars will take on Mexico in Houston on June 28 and the U.S. in East Hartford, Conn., on July 1 as the two North American countries prepare for the Gold Cup.

“That’s where I want to be,” Accam said. “I want to be playing for the national team so it’s extra motivation for me to perform well and also to go to the national team.”

Accam has been one of the most productive players in MLS this year, based on goals and assists, and is young enough to draw the attention of plenty of teams. For now, the Fire have him as a key part of the best season the club has had in years.

“I think that he understands very well how to play with the team that we have now and with the teammates that he is surrounded with,” coach Veljko Paunovic said. “We just have to work to give David opportunities… Then we expect that performances like that will come even more.”

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