Flacco banners leave Denver seething

Flacco banners leave Denver seething
August 27, 2013, 10:00 pm
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(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Joe Flacco is already having a banner game in Denver — and Broncos fans aren’t happy about it.

As part of the hype for the NFL’s season opener next Thursday between the Ravens and Broncos, huge banners of the opposing quarterbacks, Flacco and Peyton Manning, are hanging from Mile High stadium. But that wound from last season’s playoff loss, when Flacco’s miracle heave to Jacoby Jones tied the game in the closing minute before the Ravens won it in overtime, still hasn’t healed in Denver.

One fan started a petition at Change.org, addressed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, imploring him to take down the Flacco image. The message to Goodell reads:

“Take the Joe Flacco signage off my Mile High Stadium! Get it out of my Mile High City! Broncos Nation will not endure this detestable and audacious act. Who in their right mind thought that we would just let this fly?! We stand united against your unbearable Joe Flacco signage.”

There are also Flacco banners in downtown Denver, one of which was defaced by a reporter for the CBS television affiliate there. Vic Lombardi put a bunch of masking tape on the banner and scrawled “Not in our house!”

Now, had this opener been played in Baltimore if there hadn’t been a conflict with an Orioles game, Flacco’s banner would have been hanging off M&T Bank Stadium — along with that of Tom Brady, because the Patriots would have been the Ravens’ opponent.

Do you think anyone in Baltimore would have gotten worked up over Brady banners?

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