Oxford does irritating study on irritating phrases.

Oxford University did a “fairly unique” study on the most irritating phrases. “At the end of the day” “I personally” found it “absolutely” unnecessary. “It’s a nightmare” of a list that will haunt me “24/7.” “With all due respect” to Oxford, surely they could have found a better way to spend their time and money. “At this moment in time,” I think it’s something they “shouldn’t of” done. Let’s face it, “It’s not rocket science,” and therefore beneath this prestigious university.

Here’s your chance to weigh on their top 10 list of most irritating phrases.

BTW – They left out “I could care less.”  It’s irritating and incorrect.  It’s “I couldn’t care less.”

Favre or Rodgers?

Well, I was wrong. Brett Favre has officially come out of retirement and last I heard he had reported to the Packers’ training camp. I have never been more disappointed in both my skills as a master predictor, and Brett Favre’s commitment to the team concept. Talk about distractions. How can the Packers come anywhere close to preparing for the season with this soap opera going on in the locker room, on the field, and in the media? The management and coaches have been put into an untenable position. If they start Rodgers and he performs like a typical first year starter, the fans will revolt. If they start Favre and he reverts to Favre of 2006, the fans will revolt. Nothing short of a perfect season by whoever starts will be acceptable. Given the microscope and added pressure caused by Favre’s retirement and unretirement, perfect ain’t on the radar for either quarterback. It ain’t even on the list of possible things you may remotely see on the radar this year.

I’ve heard sportscaster after sportscaster say if they had to choose who gives them a better chance at making it to the Super Bowl, they’d choose Favre every time. All things being perfect, I’d have to agree. Things are far from perfect and it’s mostly Favre’s doing. Favre retired. He walked away from the game after a legendary career. Done. Move on. Spend more time with the wife and kids. Go fishing, hunting, golfing, whatever. Coming back is the only thing he could have done to ruin his reputation, and he did it. He’s not a team player. He should have done what Barry Sanders did. Split the country until the game was out of his system.

I’m going to make another prediction. Given my track record, I’m sure it won’t hold up. But I think Aaron Rodgers will be the Packers’ starting QB this season. Whether they trade him or bench him, Favre won’t be the starter for Green Bay. Why? Rodger’s the future of the franchise. Favre isn’t. They spent first round draft money on him. His contract ends in 2010, but he may demand a trade if Favre gets the nod. True he’s largely unproven, but the Packers saw something in him to draft him in the first round when Favre’s future was slightly less uncertain than it is now.

I say trade Favre, keep Rodgers and let the chips fall where they may. BTW – being a Panthers fan, I’d love to see Favre in a Panther’s uniform. John Fox and Brett Favre. Are you kidding me? That’s a perfect fit.

Batman: The Dark Knight

Click on Heath to track this weekends box office.

Click on Heath to track this weekends box office.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it now. Batman: The Dark Knight will be the highest grossing film of all time. This weekend will smash all box office records. I’m rarely right, but who cares, really?