When Brett Favre was placed on the Vikings' inactive list for Monday night's game against the New York Giants, the 20-year veteran's NFL-record streak of 297 consecutive regular-season starts. Despite getting an extra day to rest his throwing shoulder after weather forced a game planned for Sunday to be rescheduled and relocated to Detroit, Favre, 41, was not able to recover from a sprained sternoclavicular joint (sustained against the Bills on Dec. 5), and Monday marked the first time since Week 2 of the 1992 season that he did not take his team's first snap. (In October, Favre played through elbow tendinitis and broken bones in his left foot.) After Tarvaris Jackson started for the Vikings on Monday (his first start since 2008), the Colts' Peyton Manning moved atop the longest-active- starts list, with 205 games. To surpass Favre's NFL record, Manning would have to start every game for almost another six years.
At age 85, three-time Stanley Cup winner Vic Lynn, who played on each of the NHL's Original Six teams during his 11-year career. After short, forgettable stints with the Rangers, Red Wings and Canadiens in the mid-1940s, Lynn, a Saskatonian, was picked out of the minors by famed Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Conn Smythe on a tip from a referee who had seen potential in the swift-skating forward. With Teeder Kennedy and Howie Meeker, Lynn (who scored 90 of his 125 career points as a Leaf) rounded out the KLM Line, helping the Leafs to three straight Cups in the late '40s. He was traded to the Bruins in 1950, and eventually finished his NHL career as a Black Hawk. Lynn was later a staple in the minors, where he skated out his career in his hometown as a player and coach.