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Michael Wilbon

Michael Wilbon

Washington Post sports reporter and ESPN personality

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Usually, these are the dog days of summer in the sports news business.

If we're not being force-fed overstated Yankees-Red Sox stories, we're obsessing about some inconsequential football player missing a week of training camp. With a full month still to sweat through before pennant races become serious and before pro football and the U.S. Open begin, just the sight of Tiger Woods is like pennies from heaven. But Brett Favre and Albert Haynesworth have changed all that, haven't they?

The 24-hour news cycle, not to mention Twitter, was tailor-made for Favre and Haynesworth and their respective dramas, the back-and-forth, the need for constant updates. If, for example, you didn't check your PDA by 11:45 Tuesday morning, you wouldn't have known that Favre had told ESPN's Ed Werder that Monday's hysteria over him retiring was a waste of time, that he plans to play this season for the Vikings if his surgically repaired ankle holds up. And if you wake up and fail to jump right into your Albert Haynesworth update mode, how would you know whether Coach Mike Shanahan would allow the team's best defensive player to practice later that day?

You probably couldn't find two football players as different as Favre and Haynesworth, yet they've tag-teamed the first week of training camp.

They've defined the start of the 2010 preseason. With any luck, their shenanigans will completely overshadow the worthless August exhibition games we'll make far too big a deal of.

Very quickly we've switched gears this summer: from consuming stories about a sport where athletes have so much control (professional basketball) to a sport where very few have any control (professional football). Haynesworth, though paid like a king, is finding out that he nevertheless has little, if any, control. Favre already knew he has all the control, and he's one of the very, very few players in the NFL who does.

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By Michael Wilbon  |  August 5, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Minnesota Vikings , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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