FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
All Eyes Descend on Green Bay for Epic Battle:
Favre’s Highly Anticipated Return to Lambeau Sunday Only on FOX
Isolated ‘Favre-Cam’ Follows Every Move of No. 4’s Return to Frozen Tundra
Streaming Video Available on FOXSports.com & NFL.com
Aikman on Rodgers Playing Against the Legend He Replaced:
“I Can’t Even Imagine What That’s Like”
Bradshaw Sits Down with Favre for Candid Interview on Emotional Return
VIKINGS/PACKERS PREPARE FOR THE FAVRE BOWL IN LAMBEAU – The 2009 NFL on FOX campaign rolls into Week 8 on Sunday, Nov. 1 with doubleheader coverage of six exciting matchups—each presented in crystal clear HD. Emotions are expected to be high at 4:15 PM ET, as Brett Favre makes his return to Lambeau Field, leading the Vikings against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call the action from Green Bay. Also featured at 4:15, Larry Fitzgerald and the NFC Champion Cardinals host the Panthers. The early games are highlighted by an NFC East clash. At 1:00 PM ET, seven hours before the Phillies and Yankees meet in Philly for Game 4 of the World Series, Eli Manning and the Giants enter Lincoln Financial Field to take on Donovan McNabb and the Eagles. In Dallas, Tony Romo and the Cowboys look to keep their offense on track as they host the Seahawks. 49ers coach Mike Singletary entrusts his offense in the hands of former No. 1 pick Alex Smith as they go on the road to face Peyton Manning and the red-hot Colts.
Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET with America’s most-watched pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY. Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee co-host the Emmy Award-winning program and are joined by analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson. The crew is joined by NFL Insider Jay Glazer who presents the latest league news and scoops in the FOX NFL SUNDAY studio and comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo contributes his weekly “Frank’s Picks” segment.
In this week’s show, Bradshaw, an outspoken critic on the way Favre handled the off-season and his ultimately signing with the Vikings, sits down with the legendary quarterback to discuss his mindset and emotions upon his returning to Lambeau Field in a rival’s uniform. Also, Long finds out what the Packers can do to prevent Vikings DE Jared Allen from causing as much damage as he did in their earlier matchup.
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FAVRE-CAM LETS FANS FOLLOW EVERY MOVE NO. 4 MAKES ON FOXSPORTS.COM & NFL.COM — With all the hype surrounding Brett Favre’s return to the place he called home for so many years, it’s fair to assume fans attending the game will have their eyes glued on him from the moment he runs out of the visitor’s locker room and takes the field for warm ups to the last second of this highly anticipated ‘homecoming.’ FOX Sports gives fans watching at home the same opportunity. A camera stationed high on the 50-yard line will be isolated on Favre from the second he takes the field against his former team until the moment he runs back into the locker room. A constant video stream of this select angle is available to fans by logging on FOXSports.com and NFL.com.
HALL OF FAME QB AIKMAN PREVIEWS EPIC SHOWDOWN IN GREEN BAY — In the most anticipated matchup on any network this season, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre leads Minnesota into his former home, Lambeau Field, as the Vikings take on quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL on FOX lead analyst Troy Aikman shared his thoughts below. Aikman, along with play-by-play broadcaster Thom Brennaman and sideline reporter Pam Oliver call all the action LIVE this Sunday, Nov. 1 (1:15 PM PT/ 4:15 PM ET LIVE) on FOX.
AIKMAN ON FAVRE’S PERFORMANCE THIS SEASON, AT THE AGE OF 40 — “The thing that is most impressive is not that he’s played at such a high level, it’s that he’s been able to come back week after week and continue to play. We tend to take it for granted with him now because he hasn’t missed a game. We have to remind ourselves that he’s 40 years old! When I retired at age 34, it was hard to come back after a physical game during my last season and be prepared the following week to play physically. You’re just so sore and it started taking longer and longer to recover. Now he’s six years older than what I was and yet he’s still coming back and is able to play and fight through a lot of things. To me, that’s the most impressive part.”
AIKMAN ON MINNESOTA SUSTAINING THEIR SUCCESS THUS FAR — “They have so many great pieces in place. The important thing for them is staying healthy. Minnesota went Pittsburgh and could’ve won. They went toe-to-toe with them and beat a good Baltimore team. They’ve played some good teams and have found ways to win.”
AIKMAN ON AARON RODGERS FILLING FAVRE’S SHOES IN GREEN BAY — “The most comparable situation to what Aaron is going through would be Steve Young’s start in San Francisco. He was replacing Joe Montana yet Joe was still playing. That’s the hard part. It was going to be hard for anybody if Brett had just retired and you’re going to be compared to him. But then to be compared to him while the guy is still playing and playing at a high level, I can’t even imagine what that would be like. I’ve been very impressed with how Rodgers has handled it. I’ve been impressed both publicly as well as privately. I have the opportunity to visit with these guys privately and I will tell you that he’s been as classy in my conversations with him as he has been publicly. I’m sure it hasn’t been easy for that entire organization or Aaron. I think Aaron has handled it unbelievably well. Fortunately for him, he’s played well.”
AIKMAN ON FAVRE SETTING FOOT IN LAMBEAU AS A VISITOR — “The first time these two teams played he talked about how nervous he was. I’m sure that experience was very emotional but different because of where that game was played. This will bring about a different set of emotions. On the other side, I think there will be a level of comfort for him because it is a place he is so familiar with. Granted he’ll be playing against his former team but he’s done that. The strange thing will be that he’s going to be dressing in the visitors’ locker room. My guess is that, he’ll without even thinking about it, walk into the Packers’ locker room because that’s what he did for all of those years. It’ll be different for him viewing the game from a different sideline than he stood on for all of those years. I think it will be a much more emotional experience for him than anything he experienced on Monday night in Minneapolis.”
GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE COV. TIME
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston 45% 1:00PM
& Tony Siragusa
Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
San Francisco 49ers at Indianapolis Colts Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan 29% 1:00PM
Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
MARKETS INCLUDE: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Nashville, New Orleans, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys Dick Stockton, Charles Davis 17% 1:00PM
& Nichelle Turner
Dallas Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, TX
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Portland, San Antonio, Seattle, Tulsa
St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions Ron Pitts & John Lynch 2% 1:00PM
Ford Field – Detroit, MI
MARKETS INCLUDE: St. Louis
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman 91% 4:15PM
& Pam Oliver
Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals Chris Myers, Brian Billick 6% 4:15PM
Landshark Stadium – Miami, FL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Phoenix, Raleigh