Weekly Sports Update for Aug. 26, 2010

By Nicholas Guldin
August 24, 2010

Brett Favre has once again decided he is not quite done with football yet. He returned to the Vikings last week and played an un-eventful four plays in Sunday’s preseason loss to the San Francisco 49er’s. Without Favre the Vikings drop in the NFC standings significantly, but with Favre they become an instant NFC powerhouse. This will be Favre’s 20th season in the league. He also holds the record for most consecutive games played but at the age of 40 his age might slowly begin to creep up on him. Favre had ankle surgery over the summer but clearly feels good enough to play and possibly lead the Vikings to the NFC Championship once more.

Lou Piniella officially retired from the game of baseball Sunday, August 22nd. His lavish career extended over a period of 48 years. Pinella is the 14th-winningest manager in baseball history. In 1969, Piniella received the Rookie of the Year and in 1972 was named an All-Star with the Kansas City Royals. He then was traded to the Yankees where he won two World Series rings as a skilled outfielder. In 1990, Piniella’s Cincinnati Reds won the World Series due to an extremely skilled bullpen. “As a player, he wasn’t a Hall of Famer, with 1,705 hits, and if he were judged solely as a manager, he probably wouldn’t be good enough. But the body of work absolutely is enough,” claims ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney. Piniella will be missed.

It can be easily seen that Kevin Kolb is more than ready and capable to take over the quarterback position for the Philadelphia Eagles. After two solid preseason games, Kolb looks to face vicious defenses in the regular season. The season opener for the Eagles is Sunday, September 12 against the Green Bay Packers. Kolb will have to prove himself early and often to beat this defense, which is ranked in the top 5. Todd Herreman’s has recently returned from an injury and will be there to boost the morale and quality of the offensive line. Aaron Roger’s recently filled the shoes of Brett Favre in Green Bay. Can Kolb do the same with McNabb in Philadelphia?

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