Black and Blue all over: Favre's 'guarantee'

I was sitting at Brett Favre's Wednesday news conference when he said: “Honestly, I see us sitting here next week having this press conference again. If that doesn't happen, to me it will be a shock.”

It was in response to a question about whether he plans to play next season, and I took it as Favre’s way of saying he hasn’t thought about it because he remains in the routine of the season. He has said many times in his career that the end of the season always comes abruptly and is in fact “a shock.”

I didn’t make anything of it -- and trust me, I’m always looking to make something of nearly nothing. Somehow, however, it ignited a war of words with Dallas safety Gerald Sensabaugh, who joined some media members in claiming Favre had guaranteed a victory over Dallas in Sunday’s divisional playoff game.

“We'd have to beat ourselves to lose," Sensabaugh told local reporters, according to my NFC East buddy Matt Mosley. “The way we're playing right now, I don't think we can be beat.”

Favre made a rare Thursday appearance before local reporters to say “I’m not guaranteeing anything.” According to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, Favre added: “The last thing I ever want to do is be bulletin-board material. Of course, I gave the Cowboys a ton of respect. They deserve it. They are playing outstanding. They are playing -- and I'm speaking NFC -- as well if not the best maybe in the league. San Diego, obviously, would argue that. How could I sit there and say, 'Well, next week possibly [we] could be home?' That very well could be true, could be over, for both teams. I'm sure people want to take it [as] he's guaranteeing a victory.”

Favre doesn’t need me to defend him, but I really don’t think anything about what he originally said should be interpreted as a guarantee. It’s silly hype for a huge game that doesn’t need any. Sensabaugh, however, took the bait and offered up a genuine bit of trash talk for the Vikings. Excellent work, Gerald. See you Sunday.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press discusses what life is like to be named Jasper Brinkley, as in the Vikings’ middle linebacker, when your twin brother is named Casper Brinkley.

  • Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune hasn’t gotten over the 1975 “Push Pearson” playoff game between the Vikings and Cowboys.

  • Struggling in its search for coordinators, Chicago should consider Mike Martz for offense. Writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune: “If the process remains as open as [general manager Jerry] Angelo says it is, then he needs to open his mind wider than it seems to the idea of Mike Martz. For reasons that defy logic, the most qualified, interested candidate still has his nose pressed against the Halas Hall glass. The most dynamic moves the Bears could make this offseason would be hiring Martz and installing FieldTurf at Soldier Field to provide the right surface for his offense. This organization could use some firm footing.”

  • If there is a Plan B for the Bears defense after getting spurned by Perry Fewell, ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson isn’t aware of it.

  • Green Bay’s special teams weren’t much better this season than in 2008, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • The Packers are awaiting news of CBA negotiations so they know whether a group of eight players, including five starters, will be free agents or not this offseason. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the situation.

  • Rookie defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill made an impact on Detroit’s run defense this season, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.

  • It’s too early to know if Lions coach Jim Schwartz will be a top-flight coach, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.