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Peyton Manning: Joe Flacco banner in Denver doesn't make much sense

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

A Joe Flacco banner outside the Broncos stadium?
A Joe Flacco sign at the Broncos stadium? Ouch. (Via the Denver Post)

The first game of the 2013 NFL season is on Sept. 5 in Denver and to celebrate, the league decided it would be a good idea to hang up Joe Flacco banners all over the city. Denver is now covered in Flacco banners and as you can imagine, nobody in Denver is too happy about it and that includes Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Manning was asked about the giant Flacco banner that currently hangs outside Sports Authority Field in Denver, "It doesn't seem to make much sense that the Denver Broncos have to have an opposing player on their stadium," Manning said, via KOA-AM 850 in Denver.

Every Broncos fan in Denver seems to agree with Manning and an all-out assault against Flacco banners has started. One fan started a petition on Change.org asking the league to removed the Flacco posters.

From the petition:

How dare the NFL put a giant, 40 foot poster of Joe Flacco on our Mile High Stadium. How dare they! I will not stand for this grave injustice! We must join forces as Broncos fans, nay, as *Broncos Country* to put an end to this most audacious and detestable act. Send a message to the NFL by signing this most sacred change.org petition.

Denver doesn't just do petitions either, it's a city of action. One local television reporter decided to put tape over Flacco's movie-star face -- yes, movie star face. Remember, he got cast for that Johnny Unitas movie.

Other fans have jumped on the 'tape Flacco's face' bandwagon, although Flacco's giant Sports Authority Field face is still unscathed.

Finally, if you see a giant ball of fire coming from the city of Denver at about 9:30 p.m. MT on Sept. 5, this is why:

Although to be fair, some people in Denver are actually enjoying the lovely, free, decorative additions to the city:

(Wink of the CBS Eye to Shutdown Corner and Cover 32)

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