FavreFest continues to dominate NFL Network

July 31, 2008

I paid marginal interest when NFL Network announced its “Classic Games” lineup earlier this summer. As I looked through the list and saw the usual suspects like Marino’s spike in 1994, Favre’s first game, the Music City Miracle, yada, yada, yada, I stopped in my surfing tracks when I saw the 1975 “Hail Mary Game” featuring the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys televised for Aug. 4. Now that’s a game I would love to see.

The old Metropolitan Stadium. The Purple People Eaters. Roger Staubach and the Doomsday Defense. What a great idea. There were so many great players, great teams and great dynasties during the 70s. I actually wrote down the date.

Well, in true NFL Network fashion, it appears the network once again has deviated from its schedule to show the latest episode of “FavreFest.” The NFL Network will show a two-hour Green Bay Packers practice that night instead of re-airing the “Hail Mary Game.”  The network frequently shifts its schedule to accommodate news and air programs that accompany new developments. That made sense when Brett Favre retired and the network aired some of his greatest games over that March weekend. Now, the network is drowning in “FavreFest” with news and programming directed entirely at the (soon-to-be-ex) Green Bay quarterback.

People deservedly direct jabs at The History Channel, calling it the “Hitler” Channel. The NFL Network runs into the same comparisons with its daily dose of St. Brett. Germany produced millions of wonderful people over thousands of years before Hitler destroyed the legacy of the country with his twisted terror. The History Channel has yet to realize that. Likewise, the NFL and the Green Bay Packers existed long before Brett Favre wore No. 4 in Wisconsin. The NFL Network should understand that as well.