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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2008 8:29 pm | Updated: 11:30 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Eli Manning has a message for the Green Bay television station who yanked a "Seinfeld" rerun off the air after hearing it was his favorite show.

"No Soup-er Bowl for you! Come back ... one year!"

On behalf of us locals, a facetious "thanks" to the Packers for choking up the NFC title like a bad block of cheddar and unleashing the New York media on our fair Valley.

Is there anything else that could have been handed Green Bay?

The Cowboys were gone.

The game was on their ice, er, turf.

The weather was perfect - for the Iditarod.

And if the Giants missed one more field goal, Tom Coughlin's rosy cheeks may have turned a color that isn't even in the crayon box.

But all the mystique and all the Brett Favre magic couldn't overcome the fact that many Packers had never been this far before. The youngest team in the league finally showed its age. It's nothing to be ashamed of, and we'll hear from the Packers again before Favre retires three or four years from now.

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More than 30 years after Portland's LaRue Martin had seemingly solidified his place as the worst No. 1 draft pick in NBA history, Kwame Brown of the Lakers continues to build a body of work that threatens his perch.

Anyone expecting ASU to sweep through the Pac-10? A split in the Bay Area is fine, although blowing a 12-point second-half lead at Stanford hurts. Now the Devils have to take care of business against Washington and give it their best shot against a phenomenal Washington State team.

Now that the Coyotes have put themselves in the playoff race, will management pull the trigger and bring in some short-term scoring help. The team has room under the cap and room in Wayne Gretzky's lineup and plenty of assets in the farm system.

The Suns have the best record in the Western Conference, but Mike D'Antoni won't be coaching at the All-Star game. He was the coach last year, and the NBA prohibits coaches from going in back-to-back years.

It may not have been the smartest thing, but Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers gets the tough guy award. He played Sunday with an ACL in his right knee that he says is "totally gone," and six days after having arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage.

LaDainian Tomlinson might not have been able to play Sunday. But was that an excuse for sitting all bundled up with his helmet on instead of rooting on his teammates and being a leader in any way possible.

Don't think Sam Cassell wasn't auditioning for the Suns when he poured in 32 points against them last week. If the Clippers buy out his contract - admittedly a long shot - he makes a lot more sense than Damon Stoudamire for Phoenix's needs.

Trevor Ariza of the Lakers broke his foot in practice and will be sitting next to Andrew Bynum for - you guessed it - eight weeks. Could this be the injury that forces the Lakers to roll the dice on Chris Webber? Stay tuned.

Just when the NHL was riding the momentum of the Winter Classic, Sidney Crosby goes down with a serious ankle injury and everyone in the league feels the pain. Next week's All-Star game in Atlanta will be missing the sport's biggest star.

In the category of "Lousy Career Moves," the nominees are: Shelley Long, Britney Spears and Tiki Barber.

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