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Brett Favre takes jet to Green Bay, hangs out, flies back
2014-12-10

In his first public appearance in Green Bay since he retired from the NFL in 2010, Favre appeared at his eponymous steakhouse in town which was packed to the gills, per reports for a fundraiser for Rawhide Boys Ranch, a local home for troubled youth founded by former Packers quarterback Bart Starr, who is battling ill health.

Favre kicked off the 30-minute chat alongside Steve Young with five big words.

"It's exciting to be back," Favre said.

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Favre's appearance was a surprise. Earlier in the day, media reports swirled that Favre was on his way to Green Bay but that he did not plan to attend the Monday night game against the Atlanta Falcons. He was believed to have left soon after the presentation with Young to return back to his home in Mississippi.

Favre did not speak with the media afterward, and the next time he might be seen in Green Bay could be next season when he's expected to be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame, along with a ceremony that has been years in the making with a few bumps on the road.

It appears that Favre and the franchise are on the best terms now that they have been since his left the Packers in 2008.
"Obviously the history with my departure from Green Bay and all those things has made wonderful news, good or bad," Favre said, "but I think we're well beyond that."

The fans certainly were. His steakhouse was packed, and fans heard Favre and Young trade stories about their battles together, former Packers and 49ers coach Steve Mariucci and other tales of yore. The audience ate it all up.

Just as the fans will eat up Favre's return for his July induction into the Packers' Hall, along with a ceremony at a regular-season game in 2015 to retire his jersey. Expect the good times to be there once again, like they were ever so briefly on Monday.




NFL Health Update: Q&A with Chicago's Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth
2013-08-29

Q&A with Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth of Northshore University HealthSystem
Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth of NorthShore University HealthSyst Apuestas Super Bowl em serves as neurological consultant for the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Fire and Chicago White Sox. Pieroth is also a member of the Heads Up Football Advisory Committee. She answered some questions on culture change and sports safety.
Q. With kids heading back to the playing field this fall, what's the No. 1 thing you tell parents about youth sports safety?
A. I want all parents to know that youth sports organizations take the health and safety of their children very seriously. The governing bodies for each youth sport (football, baseball, hockey, soccer and many more) work diligently to examine injury rates in their sports and seek ways to reduce or eliminate those injuries. I would strongly encourage all parents to talk to the coaches or the heads of their local organizations to make sure they are following proper safety guidelines.
Q. How does your experience with professional teams lend itself to treating youth athletes?
A. To work with athletes, professional all the way down to our youngest participants, you need to appreciate the heart of an athlete. That 10-year-old may not have the experience level of a pro player but he or she may have the same level of determination and love of their sport. We need to value the dedication of the amateur athlete as much as we do the professional.
Q. What concerns do you hear from players and/or parents about head injuries?
A. The most frequent concern relates to the possibility of permanent dysfunction from a concussion. I explain to each parent that if the injury is managed well and the athlete does not suffer another concussion while they are healing from the first, we expect full recovery. Additionally, parents ask a great deal of questions about equipment. I tell them to be very skeptical of any products' claim that it reduces or eliminates concussion. To date, there are no helmets, mouth guards, headbands or other sport accessory that will fully prevent a concussion.
Q. What sort of culture changes have you seen regarding head injuries across all sports?
A. I have been assessing athletes with concussions for 16 years now and have seen a dramatic shift. In the beginning of my career, athletes, their parents and the medical community as a whole tended to minimize the significance of concussions, even multiple concussive injuries. We have seen a rapid change in the focus on concussion, which has resulted in much greater education for athletes, their parents and all those who care for these athletes. Unfortunately, we also have a significant amount of misinformation that is available to the public, which can cause some unnecessary concern. Our challenge now is to make sure that information available is scientifically sound and specific for various age groups and sports.
NFL Foundation donates equipment to Heads Up Football league in Moore, Okla.
NFL Foundation Chairman and Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President Charlotte Jones Anderson joined former NFL players Kenny Blair and Roy Williams on Monday to announce a donation of equipment to the Oklahoma Elite Football League. The league lost its storage facility and equipment when tornadoes devastated the area in May. The announcement was made during an evening practice for the league.
The donation by the NFL Foundation replaced helmets, shoulder pads and tackling dummies. The Oklahoma Elite Football League is one of the more than 2,700 youth football leagues across the country that is participating in USA Football's Heads Up Football initiative. Blair and Williams are serving as Heads Up Football Ambassadors for two of the league's teams.
During the practice, Anderson, Blair and Williams had the chance to see the children practice Heads Up Football tackling techniques.
Teams host USA Football/Heads Up Football events
Houston Texans: The Texans invited 30 youth football players from the Cy-Fair Sports Association's Spillane Texans to attend practice, meet players and get a demonstration of proper tackling from General Manager Rick Smith. The youth league is taking part in Heads Up Football beginning this season. Smith spoke about the importance of academics and teamwork.

"I think it's important that we teach proper technique and remind these young men of the proper ways to tackle, proper equipment fitting and the certification process that we have for the coaches," Smith said. "All of those elements that are present in the USA Football program are very good for participants and for the game of football."
New York Giants: The Giants hosted a Heads Up Football Protection Tour event on Aug. 20 at MetLife Stadium. USA Football Master Trainer and Northeast Region Manager Ed Passino and former New York Giants Pro Bowl center Shaun O'Hara instructed more than 150 youth football players and 100 parents from the tri-state area on Heads Up tackling, concussion awareness and equipment fitting.


2010 NFL Betting Tactics
2010-08-23

The 2010 NFL season is drawing closer day by day which means that there are going to be many people who’d be interested in earning online bingo a share from their favorite team’s wins too. Then there’d be those who’re new to the whole art of betting for a NFL team. This article gives a basic way of tackling betting in NFL.

Most betters have some predetermined idea when they are betting. They always have something specific in their mind to move forward. And what this article’s function is to further set and seal this bet so as to increase the probability of winning for those who’re betting.

If you think your team has a chance at winning then you need to keep a few tabs in your mind to help you in betting in the future. Pick all your matches the same way as you do but the team should have a minimum of 52.5 percent edge over the other teams so as to break even. This means that a team that is given 11, 12 or 13 points is a team to be looked out for. Remember to go through the NFL schedule so as to have an idea of the underdogs who are playing at home. Now what needs to be done is to contrast the surface of the stadium of the team which is playing at home versus the stadium surface of the team playing away is used at playing on. This makes betting for a team easy because then what you only need to do is choose the home underdog team since they have a lesser advantage in winning at a new turf.
Some other things that you need to look before betting for a certain NFL team are –

1. The team has won a minimum of at least one game at home and away.
2. The team has a positive yielding/winning ratio probably a 63 percent or more.
3. The team should not be last in defense or offense in their division.

You need to set only a reasonable amount of money for every game especially if you are a beginner. You need to have a certain grasp of the game before you begin a full-fledged betting on NFL. Unadventurous betting would keep you safe while increasing your profit even though it would be a slow start. Betting is exciting. So if you want a good 2010 NFL season, bet with caution and keep your cool under stress. Head over to www.sportsbook.com the home of Football Betting today and get in on the action.