Today, August 4, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, who retired earlier this year with great fanfare only to subsequently change his mind, will be officially reinstated as a player, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that he'll be given the chance to compete for the starting job with QB heir apparent Aaron Rodgers. As a result, one of the most important and prominent head-to-head matchups between the pair should take place at Invesco Field at Mile High on Friday, August 22, when the Pack and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to engage in a pre-season tilt less than a week before Barack Obama accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for president in the same place.
The Obama shindig is the bigger of the two from a media standpoint -- but it'll be a closer contest than most people would expect.
Favre's should-I-stay-or-should-I-go wishy-washiness has riveted the sports world for weeks -- especially after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell got involved as a mediator between the three-time league MVP and guaranteed first-ballot Hall of Famer and his longtime team, which has suffered through Big Brett's retirement tease for several seasons now and is clearly ready to move on. But the announcement of his reinstatement and impending return to the squad took the situation to another level -- one epitomized by the bottom-of-the-screen ticker seen throughout ESPN's August 3 programming. Usually the categories and subcategories correspond to assorted professional and collegiate sports: For example, "MLB" (for Major League Baseball), followed by "NL" (National League) and "AL" (American League). But last night, a new classification appeared, reading simply, "FAVRE."
The Journal Sentinel suggests that a deal to send Favre to the Minnesota Vikings is still possible -- but that's got to be considered unlikely, since the Packers and the Vikings are divisional rivals who face each other twice every season. If Favre is still part of the Packers on the 22nd, then, the Invesco game will be enormous, with media outlets from across the country sure to jam the press box to see who'll have the best chance of being under center on opening day.
As noted in this Demver blog, Broncos spokesman Jim Saccomano says this mayhem shouldn't have a negative impact on field conditions for the Obama rally, and vice versa. But if all goes according to plan, it'll put Invesco in the national spotlight twice in six days. Get ready for your closeup a little early, Denver. -- Michael Roberts
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