An undersized junior quarterback with a sizable pedigree just set the Mississippi state high school record for touchdown passes in a single season -- 43 -- with at least one playoff game left to be played.
His name is Dylan Favre.
His uncle plays quarterback for the New York Jets.
Dylan broke the old record with five touchdown passes in St. Stanislaus High’s game last week against Poplarville. Listed anywhere from 5 feet 10 to 6 feet, Dylan has not yet received much interest from colleges, though he has received standard-issue letters from UCLA, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Southern Mississippi.
Because he is Brett Favre’s nephew, Dylan finds himself a marked man. He says opponents are usually eager to "knock me out. ... Expectations are high."
Where did Brett Favre play his high school football?
Joke or no joke?
What do football players talk about on the field?
According to Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith, members of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday were joking about how bad the winless Lions are.
"They were cracking jokes," Smith, pictured here, told the Detroit News. "They thought we were a joke. They said we [stink]. They were saying that to me, that I [stink]. And I told them they [stink], too. And they said, 'Well, not as bad as [you].' And I said, 'You're right.' [Because] we haven't won one game."
Tonya Harding turns 38 today, prompting Richard Oliver of the San Antonio Express-News to write: "Don’t look for her to celebrate by going clubbing. As she knows all too well, it’s bad for the knees."
Ouch! Part 2
Danish soccer player David Nielsen has revealed why he got dismissed from Norwegian club Stromsgodset back in 2005. According to the New Zealand Herald, Nielsen said he had warned "pretentious" Danish teammate Allan Gaarde -- who played briefly in Italy -- to stop "talking loudly about wine in Italian."
"I told him: 'The next time you speak Italian I will break you in half. You're not . . . Italian -- you spent eight months there.'
"So when he did it again I decided to break his ... legs like sticks. I jumped at him and bang. Jackpot. Felt good."
Hancock North Central High in Kiln, Miss. Hancock North Central and St. Stanislaus are roughly 10 miles apart.
A cut above?
From Dan Daly of the Washington Times, on the Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony opening a barber shop: “Too bad he doesn’t play for the Clippers.”
-- Mike Penner
Photo: Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Lions lost, 38-14. Credit: Jason Miller / US Presswire