Nobody messes with the Packers - not even Obama

The geniuses at the White House who scheduled Obama's speech on the same night that the Green Bay Packers were going to open their defense of the Super Bowl may just have cost the president the state of Wisconsin.

At least one Badger State NBC affiliate appears to be thumbing their nose at the White House and pre-empting the president's jobs speech in favor of airing pre-game festivities.

At least Packers fans have a reasonable perspective about what the president will say. They'd rather hear about how Aaron Rodgers will attack the Saints blitzing than listen to an increasingly irrelevant politician offer little in the way of hope on the jobs front.


WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) will air NBC's coverage of the festivities prior to Thursday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints instead of President Barack Obama's speech on unemployment, the station announced Tuesday. The station will air local news at 6 p.m. and NBC's pregame coverage at 6:30 p.m.

It will air NBC's coverage of President Obama's speech at 6 p.m. on its digital Channel 4.2, which is Channel 999 on Time Warner Cable.

NBC is providing feeds of both, according to the station.

WTMJ-AM (620), meanwhile, will air the Packers game instead of the Milwaukee Brewers game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Packers' pregame coverage starts at 5 p.m. on WTMJ-AM. The Brewers game moves to WLWK-FM (94.5). Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

All three stations are owned by Journal Broadcast Group. Journal Communications owns the Journal Broadcast Group and publishes the Journal Sentinel.

Someone tell the president when the World Series is scheduled. The Milwaukee Brewers have an excellent shot at making it and we wouldn't want Obama to come up on the short end of the sports stick again.