Vikings’ head coach Brad Childress shakes hands with Brett Favre (above).

According to ESPNEWS and, several Vikings’ players have told sources that Brett Favre waivered so much about his latest comeback because he “doesn’t trust Childress” and because Favre thinks that the coach “doesn’t know anything about offense.”

The back story on Brett Favre and his return to the Minnesota Vikings — and you knew there would be a back story — is that Vikings players are losing respect for their coach, Brad Childress.

To no one’s surprise, Favre is one of these players.

“Brett thinks Childress has no clue about offense,” a Vikings player told Yahoo’s Jason Cole.

Multiple players echoed that, according to Cole’s report, and the issue was a bigger factor in Favre’s decision to play this fall than his gimpy ankle.

“Brett just doesn’t trust him,” a player said.

In early July, Favre indicated to a teammate that he was likely to play, but, after a Childress visit to Favre’s home in Hattiesburg, Miss., on July 19, Favre began to reconsider. After a visit from teammates Steve Hutchinson, Jared Allen and Ryan Longwell earlier this week, Favre decided to return for his second season with Childress in Minnesota.

Is anyone surprised?

I mean, a standup guy like Brett Favre, recently marred by the flap over him texting a picture of his penis to former Jets’ sideline reporter Jenn Sterger, trying to get his head coach fired after just announcing his comeback this week?

Sounds about right for super hick, Brett Favre, the one time vicodin addicted good old boy who blasts country music in the locker room, who allows his cotract negotiations to be handled by a guy named “Bus” (Favre agent Bus Cook), and who we recently learned is a pervert and could-be sex offender.

Favre pulled this whole routine, basically to the letter, when he was here with the Jets, and frankly, I think any Jets fan would readily tell you they were very happy to part ways with him.  The first stage of Favre makes you happy, because you wouldn’t have him if he wasn’t an upgrade.  But when things start going wrong, he takes on more responsibility–he’s notorious for changing play calls at the line of scrimmage, but then looks to blame others, like his coaches.  I could see why he didn’t like Mangini–Mangini was against making the move to acquire him.  But for Favre to expect us to believe that he would have been fine with ceding his starting role to Kellen Clemens when his arm was hurting in 08, but that Mangini essentially ordered him to play is ridiculous.  Favre has started a million consecutive games.  That’s because he wants to play.  Favre took painkillers so that he could play. 

Then, even as Favre threw pick after pick that killed the Jets down the stretch in 08, the Jets’ management, desperate for a marquis quarterback, fired Mangini in the hopes of retaining Favre, despite the 3 ring circus he leads.  Here was the Jets’ reasoning with regard to Mangini: we either have to give him a new contract because he’d be a lame duck otherwise, or fire him, and since he lost the last 5 games and started 7-3 and failed to make the playoffs, firing him makes more sense. 

By then, a lot of players had come out in opposition to Mangini, and we heard whispers that Woody Johnson himself was miffed at how little emotion Mangini showed on the sideline and in meetings.  While Mangini left a lot to be desired, he was the most successful coach in Jets’ history, believe it or not.  Also, we hear that he was downright verbally abusive to players, which doesn’t sound like a guy who never becomes animated.  Ryan seems to be a better fit for the Jets, and it is very nice to have the number one defense, which Ryan and Pettine have engineered.  But firing Mangini was also going to make them more attractive to Favre, they were hoping, when faced with having a weak Kellen Clemens as your alternative.

Childress brought Favre in, and he will have to live, and probably will die with a guy who conducts his own separate training camp at a high school in Hattiesburg.

–Crack (,

Jackie Peyton can fool an administrator (Ann Deveare Smith, above).  She can fool a weird, clingy boyfriend.  And a husband.  She can even keep the secret of her affair with that weird, clingy boyfriend (Eddie, played by Paul Schulze) from her husband, even after Eddie starts hanging out in her husband’s bar and they become fast friends who go to Mets games together.  She can even fool almost an entire nurse staff who work in close proximity, all day, every day–except for one holdout–Sam (Arjun Gupta), the addict who told her way back last season, that “it takes one to know one.”

Jackie is keeping it together, despite her daughter Grace’s (Ruby Jerins) proclivity to yank out clumps of hair–the latest doomsday sign for the child, who now sees a psychiatrist, and who likes to watch shows about nuclear holocausts and wash her hands incessantly for fun.  Nurse Peyton even seemed to know her way around that evil Pill-O-Matix machine, the mechanical replacement to her Dr. Feelgood boyfriend Eddie, what we thought was surely set up to be an achiles heel for Jackie this season.  Then we see Jackie pull out a list of employee D.O.B.s, and bang–she’s got the right codes to make the machine pop open at will so she can get the goodies she needs.

As it would turn out though, only some of them.  Jackie has a P.O. Box, we have learned, where she has her secret credit card bill sent, and when we got a chance to give a glance at the itemized bill, we saw lots of charges she was going to have trouble meeting financially, and they were all from shady online drug stores.  Jackie is obviously not getting all the opiates she needs, but she is getting a lot of opiates, which has to make one wonder if she’s popping/snorting 30-50 pills a day, the way a heroin addict would who could only get his hands on Vicodin. 

Still, Jackie worked some of her hall of fame deception skills in getting Dr. O’Hara (Eve Best) to write her checks directly for her kid’s schooling, something that O’Hara has pressured Jackie for, for some time.  Well, actually the doc wanted to set up an education trust for the girls, but Jackie smoothly guided Dr. O’Hara’s hand to endorse the check to her–despite her husband Kevin’s (Dominic Fumusa) absolute refusal to take the doctor’s money, even if it was for the girl’s education.  So Jackie was able to pay the piper, for the time being.  but she is addicted to Oxycontin, and prefers the route of nasal ingestion, the true crackhead’s preference, because as she mentioned off hand, like a good little nurse, that it isn’t good to let too many of those OC’s pass through the digestive tract.

Dr. O’Hara with best bud Jacks (above).

Tthough Eddie is back in the saddle as the ward’s pharmacist, Jackie, reluctant to fall back into old habits with Eddie, re-instated as keeper of the Oxy.  But it seems that Jackie might have gone to the well too many times with Dr. O’Hara, who she convinced to write her an OC script based on a really fucked up spinal MRI–of someone else’s.  Dr. O’Hara, distraught over Jackie’s condition, burst into the radiology department, practically in tears, demanding to know why no one is “helping her friend.”  But there is no MRI on file or in the computer for any Jackie Peyton, and Dr. O’Hara wasn’t born yesterday.  She’s a little too smart for Jackie’s game, and we’re going to predict, a bit too caring as a friend, and dead serious when it comes to her medical license, to be scripting up a crackhead.

Jacks, as O’Hara calls her, looks as though she might be getting called on the carpet this week, with no excuses befitting the grandeur of this grave situation.  Jackie, who never seems out of options, may have played her last drug card, and as we see in the coming attractions, she is making a crying confession to a disappointed Kevin.  Is her drug problem the thing she comes clean about, we are left to wonder, is it something innocuous and misleading, or is she finally going to get pegged for whoring herself for pills to Kevin’s new found, and only friend, Eddie?

While Zoe (Merrit Wever) and Lenny (Lenny Jacobsen) continue their flirtation, and while Coop (Peter Facinelli) seems to be flirting a bit with Sam’s girlfriend, Jackie has the really real problems who we doubt Dr. O’Hara will allow her to get away without addressing.  And while we are looking into our crystal ball, what might we say about the fate of Grace, who, in a show defined by its main characters misery or not, is headed down a dangerous path?

I could see rehab in Jackie’s future, and relapse, much worse than anything we’ve seen yet, when what looks like the inevitable happens to that sweet but disturbed little girl.

We’d happily be wrong on this one.

–Crack (

Rockefeller Drug Laws Information Sheet
Prepared by Aaron D. Wilson, Associate Director, PRDI
Brief HistoryIn May of 1973, New York’s Governor Nelson Rockefeller pushed through the state legislature a set of stringent anti-drug laws. Among the most severe in the nation, the purpose of these laws was and is to deter citizens from using or selling drugs and to punish and isolate from society those who were not deterred. “It was thought that rehabilitative efforts had failed; that the epidemic of drug abuse could be quelled only by the threat of inflexible, and therefore certain, exceptionally severe punishment.”1The new drug laws, which have since become known as the “Rockefeller Drug Laws” established mandatory prison sentences for the unlawful possession and sale of controlled substances keyed to the weight of the drug involved. Generally, the statutes require judges to impose a sentence of 15-years to life for anyone convicted of selling two ounces, or possessing four ounces of “narcotic drug” (typically cocaine or heroin).

In 1977 The Committee on New York Drug Law Evaluations, a partnership between the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and The Drug Abuse Council, Inc., issued a report2 that was highly critical of the Rockefeller laws. The Committee found that heroin use and heroin-related crime (the major drug concerns at the time) was as widespread in the middle of 1976 as prior to the enactment of the Rockefeller laws in 1973. Despite the expenditure of $76 million and the appointment of 49 additional judges to handle cases under the new law, it was described as a dismal failure.

That same year legislators removed marijuana from the list of substances covered by the Rockefeller Drug Laws, decriminalizing its use and simple possession under 7/8 oz. They were concerned over the large amount of criminal justice resources and prison space being used for marijuana offenders. They felt that criminal prosecution and incarceration were inappropriate penalties for mere possession and use of marijuana. 3

By 1979, in response to extensive criticism, the legislature had amended the laws to increase the amount of drugs needed to trigger the 15-year to life sentence for both sale and possession. In 1988, concern over “crack” cocaine led to a lowering of the weight threshold for cocaine possession to enable the arrest and prosecution of people possessing small amounts of the drug. The Rockefeller Drug Laws have remained essentially unchanged since then. 4


Prison population


  • Between 1980 and 1992, New York’s prison population has tripled from about 20,000 to almost 62,000 (in 1973 the state’s prison population was approximately 10,000). The State Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee projects that the State prison population will grow to 71,300 by the end of the 1998-99 fiscal year, and to 73,100 by the end of 2001-02. Together with the Second Felony Offender Law, also passed in 1973, the Rockefeller Drug Laws have contributed significantly to the overall growth of the NYS prison population.5
  • The percentage of the prison population incarcerated for drug offenses has been increasing since 1973, the year the Rockefeller Drug Laws were enacted, with particularly sharp increases during the 1980’s. These mandatory minimum sentences for drug felonies have increased the percentage of convicted drug offenders who receive prison sentences. As a consequence, the NYS prison population has changed from one in which 9% were serving time for drug felonies (1980) to 32.2% (1997).6
  • Since 1981, the State has added about 40,000 beds to its prison system, at an average construction cost of $100,000 each, for a total capital expense, not counting debt service, of approximately $4 billion. 7 Despite these increases, the NYS prison system remains severely overcrowded, forcing prison officials to double bunk or double cell approximately 9,000 inmates. 8
Financial costs


  • Since the 1982-83 State fiscal year, the share of State General Fund spending going towards the funding of the NYS prison system more than doubled, from approximately 10% to fully 25% of the state’s General Fund State Operations Budget.9
  • As of December 31, 1997, there were 8,880 drug offenders in NYS prisons under the Rockefeller Drug Laws. According the Correctional Association of New York, it costs an estimated $265 million dollars to pay for these prisoners to be incarcerated. There were an additional 12,102 drug offenders in NYS prisons under the Second Felony Offender Law, costing an estimated $360 million per year. There were a total of 22,670 drug offenders in the NYS prison system, representing 33% of the total prison population. In 1980 drug offenses represented only 9% of prison commitments. 10
  • Since 1989 the yearly budget for the State University of New York (SUNY) has dropped from a little more than $1.3 billion to around $800 million. In the same period, annual spending on prisons in New York has increased from a little less than $1 billion to $1.7 billion.11
Racial disparities


  • In 1997, whites constituted 5.3 percent of the total population of drug felons currently in prison in New York; blacks and Latinos constituted 94.2 percent.12 Among whites committed to prison in 1994, 16% were convicted of a drug offense, among blacks 45% were committed for a drug offense, and among Latinos 59% were committed

    Though the harsh, racist Rockefeller drug laws have been reformed, city judges have been slow in some areas to reduce the sentences of those still serving long prison sentences under the old laws.  And my current borough, Staten Island has led the way with its especially Draconian judges.

    In the seven months since the state Legislature enacted sweeping reforms allowing felons convicted under the harsh Rockefeller drug laws to apply for resentencing, just slightly more than half of those who’ve tried citywide have succeeded in getting their terms shortened.

    But the success rate varies widely depending upon the borough — with Staten Island judges turning down almost every comer (nine out of 10) and their Queens counterparts granting two-thirds (22 out of 33).

    Under the reformed laws, maximum penalties of 8 1/3 to 25 years have been reduced to a maximum of 9 years.

    Be Smart,

    Crack (

    The New Orleans Saints have put the lid on their can of vicodin, um, worms.

    In the lawsuit, which was filed April 30, Santini claimed the Saints attempted to cover up both the theft and improper distribution of prescription Vicodin pills at the team’s facility.

    Santini’s lawyer, Donald Hyatt II, said going to arbitration blocks either side from publicly discussing the case.

    For now, the move also at least temporarily blocks the public release of video and audio recordings that Santini said he made to protect himself and others who were participating in the alleged cover-up for fear of losing their jobs.

    Hyatt has said the video shows the theft of Vicodin pills by a senior staff member who was later identified as linebackers coach Joe Vitt. The audio recordings Santini made allegedly caught team trainers Scottie Patton and Kevin Mangum discussing orders from general manager Mickey Loomis to forge entries in official prescription drug logs to cover up the thefts.

    “The sudden assertion of the arbitration agreement … was somewhat of a surprise given that a draft of the complaint was provided to defendant prior to filing,” Santini’s motion stated.

    The Saints have taken a much needed timeout from all the negative publicity they are receiving with this move for arbitration.

    –Crack (

    Sean Payton (above).

    Former FBI agent New Orleans Saints Security Director Geoffrey Santini had some interesting things to say today about his former team:

    When Santini was called to meet with owner Tom Benson, he appealed to Loomis one more time. Santini alleges that Loomis had shared only certain details with the owner and told Benson that Payton had a medical condition to take Vicodin.

    “I begged Mickey Loomis,” Santini said. “I said, ‘Now’s the opportunity to tell him everything. We can get this out on the table so at least the owner is fully aware. He owns the team. He’s the boss. And if we get him fully knowledgeable, then we’re safe.’ But Mickey didn’t want to do that.

    “He was protecting Payton. That day pretty much ended it for me.”

    And amid suggestions that Santini’s lawsuit amounts to extortion (as we’ve previously explained, it doesn’t), Santini was blunt regarding his motivation.  “I was witnessing crimes, and I wasn’t going to stand for that,” Santini said.  “I did everything I could to save the people that were involved, but it just didn’t go that way.  Mickey didn’t let it.”

    Santini also said he has no “ill will” against the team, and that his goal was to “save” the team from itself with respect to the temptation to cover up the Vicodin issue.

    Wow.  This isn’t even like a Dr. House Vicodin fiend situation.  Payton didn’t have a prescription.  But don’t worry, Saints fans.  This is the NFL.  It doesn’t matter that there are tapes, audio and video.  We’ll find Bin Laden before they do something about this.

    Be Inquisitive,

    Crack (

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