Posted Thursday --- February 28, 2008 -- 3:00pm
The Green Bay Packers' official Web site briefly reported Thursday that Brett Favre was retiring. But the page under the breaking news section was live for only a few minutes.
Packers spokesman Jeff Blumb tells The Associated Press, "There's nothing to it." He says people who handle the Web site had set up a dummy page in the event Favre was to retire.
Favre's agent, Bus Cook, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the three-time MVP, in his annual rite of winter, has not made up his mind whether to return for his 18th season.
This is not the first time a pro team has put major news on its Web site, and then promptly removed it.
On October 23rd of 1999, the news that Don Baylor had been hired as Cubs manager appeared on the team's Web site, and was subsequently removed within hours. The team denied the story and then announced Baylor's hiring on November 1st.
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