Shanoff's W.U.C.: Favre? Sports' Jon & Kate

Today's Calls: Brett Favre vs. Jon Gosselin, Lucas Glover vs. Phil Mickelson, Sam Young vs. Blake Griffin, Manny Ramirez vs. Don Fehr, Phillies vs. Rays, LSU vs. Texas, Roy Williams vs. Coach K and More.
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↵The Opening Pitch: Brett Favre is the “Jon & Kate Plus 8” of sports.
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↵They both earn massive amounts of media attention -- if there was an US Weekly for sports, Favre would be on the cover every week, just like J&K. And yet fans protest that we hear too much about them, that we are sick of them, that why don't they just get it over with already ... ↵

↵And yet we can't look away, as anyone who follows the daily non-news about Favre would lament -- or anyone who watched last night's Jon & Kate train-wreck would admit (yeah, it was on in our house -- but with the CWS on P-i-P, so hopefully that makes up for it). ↵

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↵They even have key dates: June 22 was the day of the "big announcement" for Jon & Kate -- they're getting a divorce, if you hadn't heard. ↵

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↵Florio throws out a Favrian version: July 3, the ideal date for the Vikings to announce that Favre is joining the team ... if they wanted to mitigate the media mayhem as much as possible. ↵

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↵But, like Jon & Kate, this isn't about limiting publicity. Favre -- whose career interception total is only eclipsed by his mega-media-neediness -- will want to maximize this for as much "me-me-me" as possible. And, frankly, the Vikings could use the cachet, too. ↵

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↵And like promoting Jon & Kate, you don't sign Brett Favre without understanding -- wanting -- the circus that comes with it. Just ask TLC executives, or celebrity-magazine editors. ↵

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↵Hey, here's an idea: Brett and Jon Gosselin bunking together in Minneapolis! Or, wait, if Deanna is willing, Kate is newly single ... "Brett & Kate + 8" sounds just up Favre's attention-seeking alley. ↵

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↵Lucas Glover wins U.S. Open: All together now ... who? Between Lucas Glover and the US Men's National Soccer Team, have you ever seen back-to-back back-ins like we did on Sunday and Monday? (There was more drama in Phil's choking than Glover's win.) ↵

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↵NBA Draft: Sleepers! College hoops fans are trying to impress on their NBA counterparts that Sam Young will be the sleeper sensation, because of his outrageous athleticism and versatility. Other sleepers I like: Omri Casspi (late 1st), Toney Douglas (early 2nd), DaJuan Summers (late 2nd), Paul Harris (UFA) ↵

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↵Year of the PG, Cont'd: Brandon Jennings and Jonny Flynn continue to work out against each other. Flynn has become a hot name for the Kings at No. 4. Jennings, while rumored to be slipping, probably won't get past No. 10. ↵

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↵CWS: LSU rally! Wasn't there some question about LSU's inexperience with close 2009 CWS games (they were winning too big) -- and about Texas' grittiness in them? The Horns mashed (5 HR), but the Tigers were the comeback kids. Game 1 goes to Bayou Bengals. ↵

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↵Manny Being Minors: That will be Manny Ramirez playing for the Dodgers’ AAA affiliate in Albuquerque starting today. Say: Do those stats count toward your fantasy league? Those of us who have been holding onto Manny through the suspension -- and still battling for the playoffs -- see a light at the end of the tunnel. ↵

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↵MLBPA union head Don Fehr retires: Between the '94 player strike that crippled baseball for a half-decade, a full decade or forever (depending on who you ask) and the steroids scandal that his stewardship helped foment, he really leaves with a sterling legacy. ↵

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↵MLB Talking Points ↵

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↵• Rox unstoppable: That's 17 Ws in last 18 G. ↵

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↵• Pujols Watch: 1/4, 0 HR, 0 RBI (Cards L). ↵

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↵• On the DL: Carlos Beltran. ↵

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↵• Rookie Watch: A's Cahill wins 3rd in row. ↵

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↵• Interleague G.O.T.D.: Jamie Moyer vs. David Price. ↵

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↵• Fantasy Stud: Seth Smith (HR, 4 RBI). ↵

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↵CBB: More fans in Carolina like Roy Williams than Coach K? That is entirely unsurprising, given that UNC is the dominant state school and Duke has a limited alumni base, particularly who stay in-state. (Only 14 percent hate Coach K, to which I ask: Really, UNC and NC State fans?) ↵

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↵What Recession? Florida's athletic budget went UP nearly $6M -- please note that while teams' budgets were cut 10 percent, that obviously did not include football and basketball, which actually saw their budgets increase. Hey, defending a football national title ain't cheap. ... ↵

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↵The Last Word: Aaron Shutway. The Brecksville-Broadview (OH) Middle School 8th-grader becomes an instant YouTube sensation with this wild shot -- handspring into 3/4-court swish. (Is it a fake? At first I thought so, but I really don't think so. If it is, hats off to the kids for fooling the world.) ↵

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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. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/danshanoff. ↵

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

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