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SBD/Issue 232/Sports Media
Jay Glazer Upset With ESPN's Handling Of His Reporting On Favre
Published August 20, 2009
|Glazer Upset With ESPN's
Handling Of His Favre Reporting
STILL A NETWORK STAR: In Minneapolis, Scoggins & Zulgad note the Vikings' first three regular-season games are all slated to air on Fox at 1:00pm ET, and Fox Sports VP/Communications Dan Bell said that the net is "looking to broaden the audience to which it sends Vikings games in those first three weeks" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/20).
ENOUGH ALREADY: WFAN-AM’s Mike Francesa said the media members changing their opinions about Favre after he came out of retirement a second time is "one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen." Francesa: "Let me put it bluntly: it is a joke. It is an absolute joke. All you’re hearing now is the guys who kissed Favre’s rear end for years feel like jilted lovers now" ("Mike Francesa," YES Network, 8/19). Meanwhile, in Nashville, Joe Biddle wrote if he has to "ingest the hype that every TV or radio personality is spewing" related to Favre, he "may close the blinds, unplug the high def, throw my radios out the window" (TENNESSEAN.com, 8/19).
COMEDY GOLD: CBS' David Letterman dedicated his Top 10 list last night to Favre's comeback. Letterman said of Favre, "He won a Super Bowl and was a revered legend in Green Bay and everybody said, 'When you're done, don't play anyplace else.' ... Now, the most heinous thing he could have done is playing for the hated rival Minnesota Vikings." Letterman jokingly added, "He sat right here on the show one night and I said, 'Is it true you're not retired,' and he took a swing at me" ("Late Show," CBS, 8/19).
|10) “Blew his savings on a two-day taco binge.”|
|9) “No reason to stay home every day now that ‘Guiding Light’ has been cancelled.”|
|8) “Worried Obama’s death panels might try to take him out.”|
|7) “In this economy, someone offers a job, you grab it.”|
|6) “Wants to raise and then dash hopes of another city’s fans.”|
|5) “Couldn’t take another trip to Pottery Barn with his wife.”|
|4) “Lured by a lucrative contract and free jar of Icy Hot.”|
|3) “‘Concussions made me krazy!’”|
|2) “Who could resist chance to spend glorious winter in
|1) “Oh oh, wait. He just retired again.”|