The NFL is frequently characterized as some kind of mix between a soap opera and reality TV. Taken in that light, this morning’s entirely manufactured report from Adam Schefter makes a lot more sense.
Without financial details, Schefter’s report is essentially worthless. What’s more, we’ve known about the broad strokes literally for months. It’s really just a matter of which NFL reporter you want to cite: Mike Silver reported the Packers and Rodgers were working on a deal in April, Ian Rapoport said the same in April, as did Bob McGinn. But, in need of some extra eyeballs around another premier sporting event (tonight’s NBA Finals game), ESPN decided to push a story that would get everyone talking for a day.
Based on the online reaction, it’s worked. Even if most of the reaction is people loudly declaring their priors (It’s never been about the money! Schefter is a hack! The Packers wasted Rodgers! I need attention!), people are still spending their day talking about ESPN’s most noteworthy NFL personality.
That’s how this game works, and Schefter seems to be pretty good at playing it.
You should still clown on him, though.
Like the rest of us, Jordan Love has spent this offseason waiting for something to happen with Aaron Rodgers. Unlike the rest of us, Love is going to be affected by the outcome. At least he’s had an offseason of waiting to prepare!
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Though it doesn’t have the non-football attractions boasted by some cities, Green Bay ranks pretty high on this list.
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The Packers clock in at #11 on Bill Barnwell’s weapons ranking list.
Football season is off and running in Chicago.