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Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 6:30 am | Updated: 2:18 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The few people happy that Brett Favre stuck around in Green Bay were overjoyed with the 26-0 pounding his Packers took from the Bears Sunday at Lamb-Oh Field.

Seems Randy Gonigam, a Chicago-area furniture store owner, bet more than 200 customers that the Bears couldn’t stop Green Bay’s streak of 233 straight games without a shutout. If it happened, all furniture bought — up to $10,000 — was free. If not, the customer lost any opportunity to return the merchandise.

The Bears handed Favre the first blanking of his 16-year career. Now, the store is on the hook for about $300,000 worth of recliners, end tables and Swedish mattresses. The only saving grace is that unlike the Packers, Gonigam is covered by insurance.

FAN FRIENDLY?

The folks over at SI.com surveyed baseball fans all over the majors to arrive at their 2006 Fan Value Index. The study factors in ticket, concession and souvenir prices, amenities, surroundings, atmosphere and the state of the team to rank all 30 MLB franchises.

The runaway winners were the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim — with their low-priced food and beer, reasonable concessions and winning team. Dead last were the Washington Nationals — a bad team playing in the worst stadium (RFK).

The D-Backs finished in the middle of the pack (16th), but would have been comfortably into the top 10 if not for earning a 3 on a scale of 1-10 in the “team” category.

QUICK HITTERS

• Raider Fan, was it worth waiting nine months for a 27-0 embarrassment on Monday Night, Part Deux? Apparently, not everybody was ready for some football.

How bad do things have to get before you consider removing the Jolly Roger mud flaps and peeling the “Commitment to Excellent” shadow screen off that monster truck?

• A year after radio giant KMOX lost the rights to St. Louis Cardinals baseball, fellow 50,000-watt blowtorch (KDKA in Pittsburgh) lost the rights to the Pirates.

Those romantic days of picking up stray ballgames on the radio while driving on a clear summer night have disappeared.

• After watching Frank Gore launch his Pro Bowl candidacy in Glendale, the idea of facing Shaun Alexander (Seahawks), Stephen Jackson (Rams) and Warrick Dunn (Falcons) in a row has to leave Cardinal fans wincing.

• Suns coach Mike D’Antoni is on crutches these days after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee — he had just enough time to squeeze in the rehab between the end of the World Championships in Japan and the beginning of Suns training camp in Italy.

“Better me than (Amaré),” D’Antoni said, smiling. “It’s something that’s been bothering me for a few years and enough was enough.”

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