Favreageddon is over.
Barring a playoff rematch, we won't encounter the kind of anticipation and buildup before a sporting event than what we experienced when Brett Favre returned to Lambeau Field as a member of the hated Vikings.
In the wake of Minnesota's 38-26 victory, many Packers fans are undergoing a pain transition. The searing, stabbing sensation is giving way to a dull ache and will eventually be replaced by a feeling of numbness.
In order to speed the recovery process, we thought it would be a good idea to recap some of the things that sports fans may have missed during Favre-a-palooza. Here is a quick rundown:
Buck shots: After losing their season opener at Philadelphia, the Bucks defeated Detroit in impressive fashion on Saturday night at the Bradley Center. Rookie point guard Brandon Jennings is off to a spectacular start. He nearly reached a triple-double in his debut and was the spark in the victory, which was marred by Michael Redd's knee injury.
Redd strained his left patellar tendon while executing a dunk in the third quarter Saturday. He underwent an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) exam on Sunday and will be out at least two weeks, but likely a bit longer.
Off the court, the Bucks declined to exercise their third-year option on Joe Alexander's contract.
"It was a difficult decision not to pick up Joe Alexander's option," general manager John Hammond said. "Joe has missed valuable on-court development opportunities due to injury during the first two training camps, and this year he will miss almost the first three months of the season with his hamstring injury.
"We believe Joe can be a good NBA player, but his latest injury has hampered our ability to further assess his progress."
The Bucks are on the road tonight and will face Chicago. They'll play at Minnesota on Friday night and host the Knicks on Saturday.
Strong to the finish? After frustrating losses at Ohio State and against Iowa derailed their chances of having a storybook season, the Wisconsin Badgers took a week off, pounded Purdue and now head to Indiana. A strong finish amid a favorable schedule could help secure a good bowl berth and set the stage for 2010.
Boys of spring: The Brewers announced their spring training schedule on Monday, with the opener slated for March 4 at Scottsdale Stadium and the final exhibition games coming against Detroit April 2 and 3 and Miller Park. Once the World Series ends, general manager Doug Melvin will scour the market to supply arms for new pitching coach Rick Peterson. Chris Bosio, who was the interim pitching coach last season, will work as an advance scout next season.
Series gets serious: Speaking of the World Series ... Chase Utley and the Phillies staved off elimination with a victory Monday night and are preparing for Game 6 Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Well, they are resting in preparation for Game 6. The Phillies decided not to work out today. Their victory was huge for Major League Baseball, which is enjoying excellent ratings for the series and didn't want it to end in five games.
Ancient warrior: The Admirals play host to the Chicago Wednesday night at the Bradley Center and the featured attraction will be 47-year-old Wolves defenseman Chris Chelios, a former University of Wisconsin star who is playing in the American Hockey League after 21 seasons in the NHL.
Sneak preview: Marquette coach Buzz Williams took his squad to Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend for a controlled scrimmage against the University of Virginia, which is coached by former UW-Green Bay star Tony Bennett. The Golden Eagles face Milwaukee School of Engineering in an exhibition game at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bradley Center.
Getting started: The Wave begin practice today in preparation for the season opener Nov. 22 in Monterrey, Mexico. The team announced Monday that Hewerton Moreira, known as Hewerton and pronounced "Everton," has signed with the club after spending the past two seasons in Detroit and Philadelphia.
"First, the organization of the Wave is so professional, being around 25 years," Hewerton said. "They make it very easy to work in a team like that. Also, the experience I had when I was there when we won the championship (in 2005). Working with Coach Tozer will be very good for me.
"Also, I love the city, my wife is from Milwaukee, I met her the first time I was there, so that makes it easy for me."
The Wave home opener is Dec. 6, against Monterrey.
Host of “The Drew Olson Show,” which airs 1-3 p.m. weekdays on The Big 902. Sidekick on “The Mike Heller Show,” airing weekdays on The Big 920 and a statewide network including stations in Madison, Appleton and Wausau. Co-author of Bill Schroeder’s “If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers” on Triumph Books. Co-host of “Big 12 Sports Saturday,” which airs Saturdays during football season on WISN-12. Former senior editor at OnMilwaukee.com. Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.