â†µSo on Monday, Jay Glazer was all “Brett Favre helped the Lions prepare for the Packers in Week 2.” Then Favre was all “that’s a buncha dagon baloney.” And the Lions coach was all “no comment,” while Glazer was still all “I swears, it, like, sooo totally happened,” and everyone else was all “what’s ESPN’s damage? Why haven’t they reported anything about this?”
â†µBut then yesterday, the real DRAMA went down, when ESPN sent a statement to all of its employees, which was all: â†µ
â†µâ‡¥DO NOT REPORT . . . DO NOT REPORT . . . . DO NOT REPORT . . . DO NOT REPORT â†µâ‡¥â†µSnap! ESPN straight up called Glazer’s report bogus. But still, it’s odd that they would refuse to comment on the story because a) ESPN reports incorrect information all the time (I’m looking in your general direction, Chris Mortensen), b) even if ESPN doesn’t think it’s true, every sports outlet in the country is at least mentioning it, which in and of itself warrants mention from ESPN. Although maybe the bottom line here is that even scoops, or rumors, are proprietary content these days, and this is really just about ESPN not wanting to give FOX Sports any extra lovin’. â†µ
â†µâ‡¥Yesterday, FoxSports reported that Brett Favre spent 60 to 90 minutes before the Week Two game between the Lions and the Packers educating the Detroit coaching staff regarding the Packers’ offensive strategies. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD BY RELIABLE SOURCES THIS REPORT IS NOT TRUE. We did NOT report it yesterday. Today, the NFL responded to the report, saying even if Favre did this he did not break any league rules. We are NOT reporting it today, because that would mean airing the erroneous report. DO NOT REPORT IT. â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µBut wait, story not over. So, yesterday, after Glazer read the statement from ESPN, which was anonymously leaked to Pro Football Talk, he appeared on several radio programs and was all: â†µâ†µ
â†µâ‡¥“Don’t make it personal with me,” Glazer said. “I’ll make it personal with you.” â†µâ‡¥â†µBOOM! It’s personal now, ESPN. There is only one way to settle this: slap fight between Glazer and Mortensen, anything goes except nails longer than 1/2 an inch and hair-pulling.â†µ
â†µâ‡¥“I’ve got no problem going record for record. In fact I’d like to do that.” â†µâ‡¥â†µ
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