Wisconsin Sports Briefs: Farve’s agent says he could still play in the NFL…
Brett Favre will turn 44 on Oct. 10, but his agent still believes the legendary Green Bay quarterback can play today. Bus Cook told AL.Com that he's never seen Favre in better shape physically.
Cook said Favre rides a bike for 30 to 50 miles a day, and runs four to five miles daily. The agent said Favre's body-fat percentage is 7.5 percent, and the three-time MVP could still play better than a lot of NFL quarterbacks.
Having said all that, Cook notes he's only making an observation and nothing's in the works.
Favre coaches high school football in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Cook says his team is undefeated. He last played in the NFL in 2010 with Minnesota. Favre starred in Green Bay for 16 seasons.
Rodgers and McCarthy have sideline argument
Aaron Rodgers says his sideline argument with Packers coach Mike McCarthy last Sunday was two competitors letting their frustrations boil over.
That's how both men described their exchange, which was shown on the TV broadcast of last Sunday's Green Bay loss at Cincinnati.
On his ESPN-Milwaukee radio show Tuesday, Rodgers said both men put the argument behind them right away. It started after Rodgers could not find an open receiver on third and -goal at the Bengals' three-yard line. He rolled out and was stopped at the one, forcing Mason Crosby to kick a field goal with the Pack down 14-0 at that point.
McCarthy was visibly upset after the play. The coach argued with Rodgers. B.J. Raji stepped in and pushed McCarthy away. Randall Cobb, meanwhile, kept a check on Rodgers.
McCarthy said after Sunday's game that he called a play and Rodgers was frustrated by it. The coach said it didn't happen often and "one every three weeks would be awesome."
The Packers are on their bye this week. Their next game is Oct. 6 at home against Detroit.
Badgers are banged up
Seven injured Wisconsin football players did not practice Tuesday as the 24th-ranked Badgers kept getting ready for their Saturday night contest at No. 4 Ohio State.
Tight end Jacob Pedersen, the Badgers' third-leading receiver, sat out with a torn MCL knee ligament suffered last Saturday in the win over Purdue. Also sidelined yesterday were center Dallas Lewallen, linebacker Brendan Kelly, receivers Jeff Duckworth and Kenzel Doe, and cornerbacks Peniel Jean and T.J. Reynard.
Lewallen appears to have the best chance to return against the Buckeyes. He hurt an ankle against Purdue and was walking without much of a limp Tuesday.
Line coach T.J. Woods says it will be a game-time decision at center between Lewallen and Dan Voltz.
Pedersen has not ruled himself out, saying he's made some progress in his recovery.
The Badgers are 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten. Undefeated Ohio State is making its conference debut on Saturday.
Bucks get new floor
The Milwaukee Bucks will play on a home floor that was inspired by Robert Indiana's famous 1977 design at the old Mecca Arena. The new design was unveiled Tuesday night, Sept. 24, during a ceremony at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
The floor has two shades of maple that form a large "M" on each side of the half-court line. The edges and the paint in front of the baskets are forest green, the one consistent team color the Bucks have had since joining the NBA in 1969.
Only the deer from the Bucks' logo is at center court, so the "M's" stand out a little more.
And only the word "Milwaukee" is on each baseline -- same as the original Indiana floor where the Bucks had 11 straight years of playoff appearances.
Bucks Vice President John Steinmiller said the old Mecca floor gave the team a shot in the arm back then and he believes the same can happen with the new floor now.
Action Floor Systems of Mercer in northern Wisconsin created the floor. Steinmiller says that when NBA fans around the world watch games on TV they'll know Milwaukee just by its floor.