From time to time the NFL does something smart like start the season with a marquee match-up on Thursday prior to the rest of the league kicking things off a few days later on Sunday. They also tend to do a few stupid things from time to time.
Like hang a huge banner of Joe Flacco on Mile Stadium.
I get why. Next Thursday the 2013 NFL regular season kicks off in Denver with the defending Super Bowl champions taking on the Broncos. It is not just a big night for the two teams, but one for the league; one that it needs to advertise.
But a banner of the opposing quarterback? Come on man!
Maybe they are trying to throw the Ravens a bone since they are the defending champs and thanks to the Orioles having a game they can't open the season at home. This just isn't the way to do it.
You don't cover a significant section of the home team's stadium with a picture of the opposing team's quarterback with over a week till the game. Not if you expect it to stay up the whole time...
Broncos fans are not happy with it of course and have a petition going requesting that the league take this thing down. Hopefully Goodell will see the error in judgement here and correct this oversight.