Shanoff's Wake-Up Call: Favre Ruins Quiet Day

↵Today's Calls: Packers vs. Vikings, Hornets vs. Celtics, Kevin Love vs. O.J. Mayo, USA Baseball vs. USA Soccer and More. ↵

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↵The Opening Pitch: Historically, this is the slowest morning of the sports year, following the slowest sports day of the year. ↵

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↵It is almost like a day off for fans -- except it's not like fans WANTED the day off; sports have basically TAKEN the day off. ↵

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↵That's what makes this Favre story -- this ludicrous, wearying Favre story -- so brutal on fans and why there is a fan backlash: It is now relentless, making an appearance on the slowest sports day of the year and forcing us to pay attention. ↵

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↵Brett Favre Watch: At some point, I fully expect Packers fans to display the self-worth to be offended Favre wants out. ↵

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↵Obviously, they want what's best for him -- they are loyal to him, or at least his legacy -- but they also want what's best for their team. ↵

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↵What's best for their team is NOT having Favre play in another team's jersey, and it IS having him ready to fill in if Aaron Rodgers fails. ↵

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↵And, certainly, what's best for their team is not having Favre talk with a rival team's offensive coordinator before he says, "Release me." ↵

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↵Did the Vikings "tamper" with Brett Favre? The Packers seem to think so. Even though he was retired, that feels like bad form by Minny. ↵

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↵MLB Instant History: If the season ended today, ↵

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↵*The Rays would be in the AL playoffs;
↵*(And the Yankees would NOT);
↵*The Angels would have home-field advantage through the WS;
↵*The Cubs would have HFA through the NLCS;
↵*The D-backs would be a sub-.500 playoff team;
↵*(The Tigers would be a .500 non-p'off team);
↵*The Cards would be an even more unlikely playoff team than the Rays. ↵

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↵I am all for dramatic second halves, but would it be so terrible if this insanely awesome batch of results held up? ↵

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↵Good luck getting tickets to the Yankees final home game, which will be at night on ESPN. ↵

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↵Clemens Scandal: I love that Kirk Radomski allegedly found packing slips incriminating Roger Clemens of being on the wrong end of an HGH delivery ... under his TV set. You: Loose change. Him: Damning evidence. ↵

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↵NBA Free Agency: James Posey joins the Hornets. I'm not saying Posey was the reason the Celtics won the NBA title. But that star-laden team needed "glue guys" more than anything -- at least to fulfill their potential as more than an All-Star gimmick. ↵

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↵And Posey seemed to end up being that "glue guy" -- now, he can do the same thing with the Hornets, a team on the brink of winning the West. ↵

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↵NBA Vegas Summer: Kevin Love is the best big man in Vegas (17 reb to go with 18 pts). ... O.J. Mayo Watch: 20 pts on an um-you're-playing-point-guard 8/22 FG (he did have 9 pts in the fourth quarter). ... Marreese Speights seems ready for the NBA (24 pts, 13 reb). ... Danilo Gallinari was a DNP (back). ↵

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↵CFB: Notre Dame names Indy lawyer new AD. His success has been as a rainmaker for Indianapolis: He got the Super Bowl to agree to come to town in 2012, and he convinced the NCAA to move its HQ there in 2000. ↵
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↵He also has zero experience as an AD. Administratively, that wouldn't worry me. But I contend it takes AD experience to tame the beast known as NCAA compliance; I foresee future infraction issues. ↵

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↵More NFL: Ravens sign QB Joe Flacco to 5-year deal. The only remaining question heading into training camp is whether he will walk out of it as the starter; it looks like that's what will happen. ↵

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↵Gang signs in the NFL? This should be so simple: Just go ask EA. If it's not in "Madden 09," it isn't actually happening, right? ↵

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↵Brandon Jennings Saga: He signs with the Italian team Virtus Roma. That didn't take long. ↵

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↵You might not see him on Fox Sports Net playing on Thursday nights for Arizona, but you'll see him in the top 3 of next year's NBA draft, which is all that matters. ↵

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↵NASCAR: Things are tough when your biggest headline is that one of your biggest sponsors (GM), facing a financial crisis, is massively cutting back its spending on your sport. ↵

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↵Olympics: No Olympics for double-amputee Oscar Pistorius. ↵

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↵USA Baseball names its squad, led by CC Sabathia trade-bait Matt LaPorta. As Americans, we should all be offended that the team did not ask Barry Bonds if he wanted to participate. ↵

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↵USA Womens Soccer: Loses leading scorer Abby Wambach for the Olympics, after a freak injury last night resulted in two leg fractures. The team may yet rebound to win gold, but it just got harder. ↵

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↵Golf: British Open preview! No Tiger Woods? Oh. Nevermind. ↵

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↵The Last Word: It is hard for me to take seriously any midsummer sports awards show that doesn't include Tim Tebow as a nominee for Best Male Athlete of the Year -- let alone doesn't name him the winner. (I'm kidding: Tiger was, as usual, a worthy ESPY winner.) ↵ ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. ↵ ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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