Why are the Green Bay Packers playing tonight – under the lights of Friday night?
This weekend kicks off the Wisconsin high school football season. Friday nights have traditionally been reserved for high school football, not only in Wisconsin, but across the country. Now the NFL seems to have the notion that they can stick their nose wherever they like.
In fact, John Casper Jr. has a great column in today’s La Crosse Tribune, arguing this very point.
In fact, he takes Packers President Mark Murphy to task for not doing something about this and even brings former Packers President Bob Harlan into the mix, praising him for handling a similar scheduling snafu much differently.
Here’s what Casper succinctly pulls together:
In 2006, Harlan — who embraced the community aspect of his job so much that he’d answer his own phone, sometimes during games — moved a preseason game with the Tennessee Titans to 3 p.m. after the NFL said it couldn’t move the game to Thursday.
“It’s not perfect for everyone. We realize that,” Harlan told the Associated Press. “But it does protect the high school teams.” The AP article also said the Packers held preseason games at the same time as high school games in the past, and Harlan said it was a mistake to harm a tradition that’s “so big in this state on Friday nights.”
Don’t get me wrong. We love watching the Green Bay Packers. I don’t care if it’s Saturdays in January, Sundays, Mondays, or Thursdays. Heck, I’d even go for a Tuesday. But Friday night? During the high school football season?
And shame on Mark Murphy for dividing our allegiances.
Let’s not let it happen again, Mr. Murphy.