Fair Game
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Jerry Glanville says he has misgivings about Brett Favre's announcement this week that the veteran quarterback will retire after 17 NFL seasons.

'I kind of wish he wouldn't retire yet, that he would give it another go next season,' says Glanville, the Portland State coach who was Favre's head coach with the Atlanta Falcons during the QB's rookie season in 1991. 'When I was over 60 and driving NASCAR, my wife asked, 'When are you going to quit doing this?' I said, 'When I no longer can beat the 25-year-olds.'

'The 30-year-olds aren't beating Brett. When you can still perform at the highest level and outwork everyone and get it done, I don't know that you should retire. Sometime next season, he'll realize all of a sudden there's a big hole in his heart.'

Glanville wouldn't say why Favre was traded to Green Bay after just one season, but offered a hint.

'Brett was fortunate we sent him to Green Bay,' the PSU coach says. 'At 9 p.m., the only thing that's open there is Chili Joe's. In Atlanta, the whole city is wide awake late at night. That's not easy for a young kid from Mississippi. If I'd sent him to New York, nobody would have ever known who he was.'

Adds Glanville: 'I knew Brett was a great kid. I rooted for him at Green Bay because I knew what was inside of him.'

• Portland State has begun preliminary plans to renovate and expand Stott Center.

'We have site plans and conceptual renderings of what can be done to expand the arena to a capacity of 4,000 or 4,500,' PSU Athletic Director Torre Chisholm says. The facility would 'take care of basketball team needs as well as other programs and the PE department.'

Chisholm says it's too early for a timetable on when the renovation and expansion might happen, but he hopes to kick off a fundraising campaign after a university president is hired in late spring or early summer.

'It's on the campus radar,' Chisholm says of the Stott upgrade. 'It's something we have to do. Funds will have to be externally generated.'

Joe Avezzano remains in the public eye in Dallas, Texas.

The former Oregon State coach and his son, Tony, have business interests in three Dallas-area sports bar-restaurants - Coach Joe's Sports Grille in Frisco, Hat Tricks Sports Bar and Grille in Lewisville, and Suede in Dallas.

Avezzano - special teams coach for the Dallas Cowboys for 14 years and with the Oakland Raiders for two - has kept occupied since leaving the Raiders after the 2005 season.

He is president and managing partner for an Arena II team in Corpus Christi, Texas, provides radio and television pre- and post-game commentary for Cowboy games, serves as analyst of a Sunday night TV Cowboy wrap-up and even does a weekly stint as a disc jockey for a two-hour country music radio show.

Will he coach again?

'I don't know about that,' says Avezzano, 64, who was 6-47-2 during five years at Oregon State (1980-84). 'I wouldn't want to say, 'Yes, it's over.' If there were a reason to go someplace to coach, that would be appealing to me.

'But I'm not eager to just go somewhere to say I'm coaching in the NFL. I don't need to do that. I had a great run. If I do coach again, it'll be for a really solid reason. If not, I'm doing all kinds of projects and staying pretty busy.'

• One of the reasons NBA players dribble out the final second or two of a quarter without trying a heave at the basket from backcourt is it counts as an attempt in shooting statistics.

There's an easy solution. In the extremely rare occurrence that a player makes a Hail Mary, count it statistically. If not, don't. What does it hurt?

• Blazer TV analyst Mike Rice, explaining to play-by-play voice Mike Barrett how he knew the answer to a trivia question: 'I have a photogenic memory.'

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