For the love of the game

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For the love of the game

By Adam Hart
CSNNE.com

Wicked Good Sports is often bombarded with Letters to the Editor. So often, in fact, that these letters are rarely read, except when providing an escape during staff meetings.

The following is a letter written by a nearsighted American who lost her glasses and unwittingly owns a television stuck on mute and ESPN. Normally, this letter would be ridiculed and tossed in the trash along with candy wrappers and used paper plates -- yes, even the candy wrappers are ridiculed. But hers is an underrepresented group in today's society, and that's just really sad.

For the love of the game

I am saddened by the passing of Brett Favre.

The hours and hours of highlights broadcast on television have brought comfort, knowing his contributions to American society were many in number and high enough in importance to merit such television coverage. No matter which channel I select, Brett Favre is there.

Countless people have stood up on television to eulogize him, and they all are very nicely dressed. Though doubtful, one can only hope they emphasize the amount of fun he had playing football, and steer clear of the scandals. My grandchildren have informed me sending pictures is his latest faux pas; guess that's why they no longer send me their school photos.

Regardless of how inappropriate it is to mail a photograph to another, scandals have no place in a time of mourning. The human soul requires time to heal, and picking at old wounds is counterproductive.

So let us join forces with the television and broadcast our appreciation for Brett Favre. We may not have the massive amounts of footage -- if it weren't for how many years he played, I'd say he posed for the camera after every play -- but we have our memories. And our credit cards.

"For the love of the game," indeed.

Sincerely,

Anonymous

Post Script: I also express sympathy to the family of that baseball player who died. His highlights shared the broadcast with Favre, an honor his family must hold dear.

If they awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Letters to the Editor, that'd be Top 5 easy.

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)