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Brett Favre scandal headlines bad-boy edition of Monday Night Football

The Brett Favre scandal isn't the only off-field storyline heading into tonight's edition of Monday Night Football. The game will hardly be a symbol of the commissioner's bid to clean up the NFL.

By Staff Writer / October 11, 2010

A Brett Favre scandal has overshadowed the return of Randy Moss (84) to the Vikings. Here, Favre throws Moss a pass in practice Thursday.

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In his quest to hold the athletes of the NFL to a higher moral standard, Commissioner Roger Goodell might be best advised to avert his eyes from Monday Night Football in New Jersey tonight.

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Football is rarely overshadowed by anything in the United States these days. Monday night, it will be overshadowed itself – partly the foibles of its own players, but mostly by that colossus of Internet chatter, the enigma that is the Brett Favre scandal.

The announcers will tell you – and rightly – that there is an intriguing game of football to be played between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets. But how much will it really matter that Randy Moss is opening up space in the flat for Visanthe Shiancoe when there are Jenn Sterger pics to consider? One of pro football's most respected journalists came up with a chart just to show how well Favre plays when under emotional duress.

What duress is this?

Deadspin.com, a website that seems to combine ESPN with TMZ, alleges that in 2008 then-Jet Favre tried to seduce Jenn Sterger, a TV personality working for the New York Jets, through phone messages and pornographic pictures sent via cellphone. Favre played for the Jets that year.

There's a heartwarming story of overcoming adversity.

If the story is correct – and reports suggest the NFL is putting its investigation on the fast track – then Mr. Goodell not only has a disciplinary mess on his hands, but he also has a tarnished megastar in line for the Tiger Woods treatment. If it's not true, the story remains a testament to how sports is becoming as much "Access Hollywood" as "NFL Films."

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