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News » Charley Walters: MInnesota Vikings' Brett Favre in no hurry to read his fan mail

Charley Walters: MInnesota Vikings' Brett Favre in no hurry to read his fan mail

Charley Walters: MInnesota Vikings' Brett Favre in no hurry to read his fan mail Brett Favre, who returns to Green Bay to face the Packers as the Vikings' quarterback on Sunday, doesn't pay much attention to the mail he receives at Winter Park until after the season.

"Most of it is saved until the end of the year, and we'll go through it at our office back home (in Mississippi)," said Favre, who led the Packers to Super Bowls in 1996 and '97.

Favre didn't know if his mail this week included letters from Green Bay.

"There probably is," he said, adding, "there's probably Mississippi, there's probably Hawaii."

Favre joked that he checks his mail for "something ticking ... white powder."

Sunday afternoon's Vikings-Packers telecast on Fox will be available to 91 percent of the country. Locally, the game's rating could reach a regular-season record of nearly 80, meaning nearly 80 percent of TVs in operation would be tuned in to the action at Lambeau Field. For comparison, the TV rating for the Yankees-Phillies World Series Game 4 that follows on Fox that day is expected to be less than half the Vikings-Packers rating.

Among spectators at the Wolves-New Jersey Nets season opener Wednesday night at Target Center was Hastings native Craig Kilborn, former host of CBS' "Late, Late Show." Kilborn, 47, is having meetings about making a comeback on TV.

Nearly 2,000 tickets remain for Friday's Timberwolves game against Cleveland with LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal. The same for next Wednesday against Boston with Kevin Garnett.

Arriel McDonald, a popular former Gophers Basketball guard under Clem Haskins (1989-94), played three seasons and was a highly paid star for the perennially successful Maccabi Tel Aviv team under general manager Moni Fanan.

Fanan reportedly hanged himself the other day after falling deep in debt in an investment scandal involving some of Israel's top sports figures.

McDonald said he was shocked at the news.

"A big surprise because I didn't know he was feeling that kind of pressure, that kind of financial strain," McDonald said. "It's really hard to even put this into words because you didn't expect him to do anything like that. That's totally unexpected."

McDonald played for Fanan from 1999-2001.

"He was doing some things on the side, offering financial help to some of the players who were on the team," he said. "I did it for a little while, then got my money back when I left the team. He had some investment scheme, but whenever you wanted your money back, he would return it for you."

McDonald, 37, resides in Maple Grove and owns investment properties he's refurbishing and renting in the North Minneapolis area. He's also expecting to play Basketball again this season but doesn't know where. Last season, he played in Russia for Dynamo Moscow and in Italy.

"The season's just begun, so probably around the end of November and Christmas, teams are going to be looking to make changes, so I'm kind of waiting," he said.

With the popularity of Basketball booming in China, eight reporters from northern China were in Minneapolis on Wednesday to cover the Nets' 7-foot Yi Jianlian and will follow him throughout the NBA this season.

The St. Paul Saints today will announce they're opening a mega-youth sports training academy in West Lakeville.

Steve Walsh flew his Cretin coach, Mal Scanlan, and offensive coordinator, Tom Cross, to Florida last weekend for Walsh's induction into the University of Miami Ring of Honor. It was Cross who more than two decades ago tipped off former Gophers quarterback Marc Trestman, who at the time was Miami QB coach, about the skinny kid from St. Paul who not only could pass, but was smart.

"Steve opened the door nationally for kids in Minnesota; a lot of kids got a chance because of him," Cross said of Walsh, who led an undefeated Miami to the 1987 national championship and went on to play 11 years in the NFL.

"After Steve had success, people (recruiters) in Minnesota didn't want to miss anybody anymore."

Former Minnesota Viking Earsell Mackbee, 68, is in grave health at a Minnesota hospice, according to a release from the Mackbee Foundation, and wishes to spend his final days in his hometown of Vallejo, Calif. His family is raising money to transport him back home, and their Web site is .


People close to Cretin-Derham Hall's Seantrel Henderson are beginning to think the 6-foot-8, 330-pound lineman will end up at Southern California. Henderson has scheduled a visit to USC, and his visits to Ohio State and Notre Dame were on days when those teams played host to USC.

It wouldn't be surprising if Best Buy ends up with corporate naming rights to the Timberwolves' home, Target Center, if the team and Target can't reach agreement on an extension. The current deal ends in two years.

There seems little doubt that the Timberwolves will end up trading rights to Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio before next year's NBA draft.

Now that the Twins are finished with the Metrodome, look for the interior of the arena to become more "purple" in terms of decorating now that the Vikings are the lone major tenant.


Vikings coach Brad Childress, on the hype for Sunday's game in Green Bay: "I don't think there's a lot of gas that has to be thrown on that fire."

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