Fox affiliate alters schedule to rattle visiting NFL team

To borrow from Sports Illustrated, file this under "This Week's Sign of the Apocalypse." Baseball may be America's pastime, but at this time of the year, all eyes are on the gridiron. And when it comes to football in Wisconsin, you just don't mess with the Green Bay Packers.

Fox 11 in Wisconsin is taking football fandom to the next level this weekend by actually changing its programming--not to air a sports event, that wouldn't be out of the ordinary--in order to shake up an opposing team's player.

The New York Giants visit the Green Bay Packers this Sunday to play for the NFC Championship and a spot in the Super Bowl, and the local Fox affiliate is doing what it can to gain a competitive edge. The station will not air its regularly scheduled Seinfeld repeat because the comedy is the favorite show of Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

"We do not want to give any comfort to the enemy when they come into town," said Jay Zollar, general manager of Fox 11. "We heard that...[one of Eli Manning's] favorite television shows is we decided to pull Seinfeld from the schedule."

Better pack your Slingbox, Eli.

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