By Mark Wald
Cold, Hard Football Facts Ombudsdouche
In their analysis of the Vikings/Packers game Monday night, Cold, Hard Football Facts unleashed a fury of anti-ESPN subterfuge to camouflage their complete mis-read of the Brett Favre situation and their whiff of a game prediction. 
CHFF accused ESPN of forgetting to report important statistical storylines during their broadcast.  But in their follow-up analysis, CHFF forgot to report a few storylines of their own.
  • Their analysis of Favre/Vikings has so far proved to be about as wrong as can be
  • Their game prediction was a big whiff, in part because they forgot their own analysis
  • That Favre guy had a pretty good game, to say the least
CHFF was very outspoken about Minnesota's decision to bring in Favre. His mistakes the last few years, his self-centered flip flopping and the lack of historical success of quarterbacks over 38 years old all support CHFF's rational skepticism. 
But in a year when Adrian Peterson and the Vikings defense are not quite playing at the level of recent years, the Vikings are 4-0 with a 40-year-old quarterback. It's apparent by now, particularly after Monday night, that the Vikings/Favre experiment is working. 
Favre's Vikings are not Namath's Rams. 
You wouldn't know it by CHFF's juvenile lack of acknowledgment, though. That's too bad, because something historic might be happening. A 40-year-old quarterback might take a team to the playoffs, and CHFF will stubbornly miss it because they can't get the image out of their mind of Favre running off the field like a huckleberry who just discovered they have a Dairy Queen in town after he threw that opening touchdown to Andre Rison vs. the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI.  They've never forgiven him for it.
"Where can we get some of the crack Vikings coach Brad Childress is smoking?" CHFF sarcastically asked earlier this year. If smoking crack results in success similar to the success Minnesota is having, I ask it in earnest.  Screw Bavarian beer.
(CHFF interjects: we continue to be baffled by people who confuse criticism of ESPN with criticism of BrettFavre. CHFF has certainly criticized the quarterback's reckless style of play of the years. But the piece in question here portrayed BrettFavre in a very positive light and did it differently than everyone else. But, hey, this is the Ombudsdouche's space. With that said, we DID whiff on the pick ... )
The Cold, Hard Football Facts predicted the underdog Packers would coast to an outright victory (note: CHFF  predicted a one-point victory) based on Aaron Rodgers superior YPA and passer rating and Green Bay's superior pass defense.  As it turned out, Rodgers played well but Favre had the better night statistically, and it was Minnesota's defense that shined, not Green Bay's.
One wrong pick is not a big deal.  But when the pick is representative of CHFF's desire to prove Favre and the Vikings a fraud, its worth calling out. 
That their pick was wrong partly because they forgot their own analysis of Vikings defensive end Jared Allen as one of the most important defenders in football only adds salt to the wound. 
They chastised ESPN for not making Allen the center of their broadcast, but it was CHFF who overlooked the impact of Allen when they made their game pick.
In their mop-up the next day, CHFF said Allen was "easily the best player on the field Monday night." Allen did have a great game, but easily?
  • Adrian Peterson, the player the Vikings offense is supposedly built around and described recently by CHFF as a modern day Jim Brown, was held to 55 yards rushing and 2.2 yards per attempt
  • Despite the great night by Jared Allen and Antoine Winfield, the Vikings defense gave up 23 points.
  • It was Favre, not Peterson, who took command of the Vikings offense and put 30 points on the board throwing downfield, not dinking and dunking.
I have no problem with CHFF railing on the poor quality of ESPN's telecasts, but in this instance CHFF's refusal to acknowledge Favre's great game and Minnesota's exciting season would be insulting if it weren't so transparently amusing.