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Packers: Favre Watch

Senior writer jclombardi reviews funny Favre watch stories.

Packers ‘rid’ themselves of Favre, move on: While you never say never when it comes to Brett Favre, it would appear that the Green Bay Packers will never again have to endure the circus that comes with facing their former iconic quarterback on the field – or answer questions about him in the locker room. As the Packers (7-3) prepared for Sunday’s colossal showdown with the NFC-leading Atlanta Falcons (8-2) at the Georgia Dome, their focus was appropriately on extending their four-game winning streak, not on gloating over their two victories over the Minnesota Vikings and Favre, who has said on several occasions that this will be his final NFL season. If anyone needed a reminder about what a pain in the tuchus the entire L’affaire Favre was to the Packers since his unretirement in July 2008, they didn’t have to look any further than coach Mike McCarthy’s curt answer to a question regarding it and the hulabaloo created on the Internet by a post-game photo of quarterback Aaron Rodgers after he and Favre met briefly on the field after the Packers’ 31-3 triumph at the Metrodome. Other than perhaps Rodgers, McCarthy is likely the happiest to have the book on Favre closed. While the quarterback and the franchise he spent 16 glorious years with will someday have to make peace with each other, that was obvious when Associated Press writer Chris Jenkins asked McCarthy, “When you look back to Sunday, that might be the last time you face the circus of Packers vs. Brett Favre. Is it nice to be rid of that?” Replied McCarthy: “I’m rid of it; you need to get rid of it.”

Rodgers, Favre, and “The Smirk”: So as it turns out, the smirk on Aaron Rodgers’ face had nothing to do with what he’d just accomplished. You’ve probably seen the photo somewhere of Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers quarterback, wearing a sly grin and looking directly into Associated Press photographer Hannah Foslien’s lens as he and ex-teammate Brett Favre, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback, went their separate ways following their post-game hug and chat. The look on Rodgers’ face was interpreted by many to be a glimpse into the joy Rodgers was feeling after just having beaten Favre and the Vikings for the second time this season after being swept by them last year. According to Rodgers, who had seen the picture on the Internet and the hulabaloo it created, the explanation was considerably less significant. “That was, Brett and I embraced,  and then he made a funny comment about (Packers offensive line coach) James Campen as we were separating,” Rodgers explained Wednesday when asked about the photo at his locker. “And I looked back and smirked about his comment about James Campen and they froze it.” Shaking his head and smiling, Rodgers added, “You can put any tag you want underneath that picture. I can tell you exactly what happened. People are still going to read into that.” Asked how we know that was the real reason for his smile, Rodgers replied, “How do you know? Because that’s never been my personality. Agreed? I looked back to see if James was back there and I had a smirk on my face. I wasn’t smirking at anyone. Maybe James Campen.”

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