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Favre Inactive; Ripken’s Streak Remains Safe

Brett Favre, who is expected to retire after this season, will never reach baseball great Cal Ripken’s record of 2,632 straight starts. He is inactive for tonight’s Vikings-Giants game, ending his record consecutive starts streak at 297. Counting playoff games, the streak was 322 games. He injured his shoulder last week when he was tackled by Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats.

The streak began against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 27, 1992. George H.W. Bush was president. Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” was atop the Billboard charts. Children born that week are now high school seniors.

Between then and now, two Bushes and a Clinton run the White House, and a fourth president would also make his home there. The compact disc would supplant the cassette tape, and would be eclipsed in turn by the mp3. Favre would even become a grandfather, the only known active NFL player to achieve that honor. The federal budget would climb from less than $1.4 trillion to over $3.5 trillion.

The times, they have changed. Brett Favre playing on Sundays was about the only thing that stayed the same.

There was some hope that Favre would be starting tonight and keep constancy alive; mother nature did all she could to buy Brett some extra time to heal. Winter weather stranded the Giants in Kansas City on Saturday night, delaying the game for a day. Then the Metrodome’s inflatable roof collapsed, covering the indoor stadium’s field in snow. The game was moved to Detroit’s Ford Field, which has the advantage of an intact roof.

But it wasn’t enough. Brett Favre will be there when his Vikings try to beat the New York Giants tonight on an unfamiliar field in Detroit. But he won’t be starting, and he won’t be playing, which is at least as unfamiliar sight to the sports world.

Spring Is Here

Snow is on the ground. But spring is here. The boys of summer are getting ready. Spring training is underway. The Brewers’ pitchers and catchers officially reported to camp yesterday. The first official workouts are today.

The team is looking good this year. The pitching will alm0st certainly be better than last year; nowhere to go but up, really. The offense probably won’t be quite what it was the last two years, but still looks pretty good. And the defense should be better, especially at shortstop and center field. Because attendance is so strong, the front office was able to push payroll to near $90 million, or a little less than half the Yankees’ payroll. Not bad for the smallest market in baseball.

Here’s hoping that leads to another playoff run.

Regulation of the Day 63: Sports Agents in New Hampshire

It is illegal to be a sports agent in New Hampshire without a Secretary of State-issued certificate (see page 14). Don’t forget your biennial renewal!