NFL Tells MLB That Favre Is More Important Than Their One Game Playoff

Monday, September 21, 2009

The MLB season is coming to an end, and with the AL Central race as close as ever, Bud Selig is planning for the off chance of a one game playoff. The Tigers would have to travel to Minnesota on the Monday after the season ends, but good ole Brett Favre is playing his former team in the Metrodome that night.

MLB has asked the NFL about the possibility of a swap, but Roger Goodell doesn't even seem to be considering it. Via CBS Sports....

The NFL said Monday it will not swap sites for this season's Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings games in case the baseball playoffs get in the way at the Metrodome.

Green Bay plays at Minnesota on Monday night, Oct. 5, pitting Brett Favre against his old team in front of a national TV audience.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Twins trail the Detroit Tigers by three games in the AL Central with 13 games left to play. If the two teams finish tied for first place, the Twins will host a tiebreaker game if they beat the Tigers in the overall season series. Minnesota leads 9-5, with four games remaining in Detroit next week.

The Twins and White Sox needed a 163rd game to decide the division last year, a game that was played in Chicago. Major League Baseball typically schedules tiebreaker games for the Monday right after the regular season because playoff series begin that week.

NFL spokesman Dan Masonson said the Packers-Vikings game next month will not be moved, however. Green Bay later hosts Minnesota on Nov. 1.

"There is no swap under consideration," Masonson said in an e-mail to the Associated Press. "We are closely monitoring the situation."
I guess that the NFL game could be moved to the University of Minnesota, but that's a lot to ask of a league. Hopefully there isn't a tie, but this could become a bigger issue as we get closer to October.

NFL: No plans for Packers-Vikes site swap to accommodate MLB (CBS Sports)


The NFL has been nice to MLB in the past...they schedule away from the World Series, they don't schedule teams that share stadiums (Miami, Oakland, Minnesota) on possible World Series dates.

But Selig and MLB are CRAZY if they think the NFL is going to move that game, of all games. Favre vs. Green Bay on Monday night...I mean, no chance.

Sean OLeary said...
Sep 21, 2009, 3:38:00 PM  

If the Tigers end up blowing this division, they should just give it to the Twins anyway.

I would not handle this differently if I were Goodell. That dump of a building is his that night.

GMoney said...
Sep 21, 2009, 4:04:00 PM  

what a day that would be in minneapolis - baseball one game central playoff and favre vs packers?

Larry said...
Sep 21, 2009, 4:31:00 PM  

I'd rather see the baseball playoff. Favre has seen enough time on my TV as it is.

Steve Smith said...
Sep 21, 2009, 4:35:00 PM  

I would agree steve, but watching Farve get beaten to a pulp wouldn't be so bad either.

walnuts said...
Sep 21, 2009, 4:47:00 PM  

Brett Favre is more important than life.

It's that simple.

Justin F. said...
Sep 21, 2009, 7:05:00 PM  

The Twins one-game playoff would possibly be the last Twins game ever at the Metrodome. If worst comes to worst they might have to just play the Twins game in the afternoon at 1pm EST and push the MNF game back a half hour or an hour. The Twins played their home playoff games in 2006 during the middle of the day. And they've done plenty of baseball and football in the same day when the Gophers played there.

NJDevils015 said...
Sep 21, 2009, 8:17:00 PM  

Hey guys I live here in Minnesota and have been having this conversation with people for a week (aka since the Twins started playing well and the Tigers tanking). Easiest plan let the Vikes play Monday and the Twins Tuesday. Everyone forgets last year's game 163 was Tuesday night and Twin killer Jim Thome led the Sox to a 1-0 win but they played Tuesday cuz Monday afternoon the Sox had a make up against Detroit. So why not play Tuesday. Not like the Twins or Tigers will be hurt in the playoffs. Winner gets swept by the Yanks anyway.

Anonymous said...
Sep 21, 2009, 10:23:00 PM  

The problem with the one game playoff on tuesday is the AL central winner is suppose to play on tuesday. The way the MLB division series is setup is about every matchup but one or two play on Tuesday. It works that way for the first few days where there is about 3 games each day.

pattywagon said...
Sep 22, 2009, 3:01:00 AM  

They are still playing baseball? I guess I haven't noticed...

Unknown said...
Sep 22, 2009, 12:14:00 PM  

Pananderson, they do play 3 games a day but they are starting the Divisional Series on Wednesday this year. 3 series start Wednesday (2 NL and 1 AL) the there are 3 games Thursday (2 NL and the start of the other AL). Whoever gets the #1 seed in the AL gets to pick if they play Wed or Thur. Meaning the Central winner will probably have to play back to back but again it will probably be against the Yankees and well, we Twins haven't beaten the Yankess 3 times in 5 games in a decade at least.

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Sep 22, 2009, 10:09:00 PM  

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