Usually, fireworks happen in the first week in July.
This year, they happened over the last week.
Favre vs. Mark Murphy
Favre, perhaps the greatest quarterback of all time, is coming out of retirement. Hooray, right?
Wrong. Mark Murphy and the Green Bay Packers have said, and stand by their decision, that they will make Aaron Rogers the starter for the '08 season.
So, what will happen to Favre, who holds every major QB record, including most career TDs, most career passing yards, and most wins?
Mark Murphy, president of the Pack, has offered Favre upwards of $25M over the next 10 years to have Favre stay home and fish.
The bad thing is, Favre still wants to play. And, pending reinstatement from commissioner Roger Goodell, he will do just that.
Yao vs. Artest
Earlier this week, the Houston Rockets made a statement, trading Bobby Jackson, Donte Green, and a 2009 first-round pick to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the controversial Ron Artest.
Center Yao Ming, playing for China's Olympic basketball team, expressed his concern about team chemistry, attitude, and Arest's past history of rushing the stands (in connection to the Pacers/Piston brawl that left Artest suspended for 73 games.)
Yao and Artest connected via phone this week, and Yao is now excited to bring Artest to Houston. "Having a player like Artest takes our team to the next level." Yao told the media. Yao's Rockets haven't moved past the first round of the playoffs since he joined the franchise in 2002.
Twins vs. ChiSox
Not since Chuck Knoblauch returned to Minnesota and was greeted with golf balls and hot dogs from left field has such mayhem erupted in the Metrodome.
And it all started with a blown call. ChiSox pitcher John Danks hit Twins OF Denard Span in the knee while Span pulled back a bunt. The home-plate umpire called a strike. Gardenhire came out to argue, and got tossed.
When Gardy punted his cap, the fans responded, by throwing caps, baseballs, and garbage onto the field. Sox manager Ozzie Guillen pulled his players off of the field, and got into an argument with a fan above the White Sox's dugout.
After a short delay, the game resumed and the Twins came from behind to beat the Sox 10-6, creeping within a half game of the first place White Sox.
Wie vs. Sorenstam
Michelle Wie is doing it again. She is playing against men. And Annika Sorenstam doesn't agree. Sorenstam's argument? Wie can't win against women. Why should she be playing against men?
It's true. Michelle Wie has never won an LPGA tournament. She has placed as high as second in a 2005 LPGA tournament, but has not since such success since. She has never made the cut at a PGA event, and she has won money playing against men only during the 2006 Asian Tour SK Telecom Open.
Smith vs. Lucas
Carolina Panthers' All-Pro WR Steve Smith got into a sideline brawl with CB Ken Lucas at training camp on Friday. The brawl happened when the starters were on the sideline while the special teams ran drills.
Smith, reportedly, has not gotten along with Lucas since he joined the Panthers in 2005.
Lucas was carted off the field, holding an ice pack to his left eye.
This isn't Smith's first altercation. In 2002, he punched teammate Anthony Bright during a film session.
There has been no word whether a suspension will be sentenced.
Dayton vs. Peoria
15 players and two managers suspended in a 10-minute brawl that landed one fan in the hospital.
Suspension ranged from three days to 60 days, for a pitcher that threw a ball that hit fan.
Peoria's interim manager Carmelo Martinez, who is filling in for Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as manager, was suspended for 20 games, and Dayton manager Donnie Scott was suspended three games.
The brawl broke out after a confrontation between Martinez and Scott.
Manny vs. Beantown
"The Red Sox don't deserve a player like me."
The players didn't want him. The front office didn't want him. The fans didn't want him. So, eight years and two championships later, Manny Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox are parting ways.
And it is about time.
Ramirez has long been accused of not giving 100 percent, for his "Manny being Manny" attitude, and his constant nagging to be traded.
So, the Red Sox dealt their thorn across the country to the offense-needy LA Dodgers.
Bear vs. Senior US Open
The Golden Bear wasn't the only bear on the course during the Senior US Open. There was also the black bear, who was wreaking havoc, stealing picnic baskets, and trashing sand traps. But it didn't attack any people. Said the bear, "Old, wrinkly golfers don't taste very good."
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