Will Wrangler (and Deanna) stick with Brett?

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 27, 2010 - 6:41 AM

Some are waiting to see if Wrangler drops Brett Favre.

Although the Vikings QB has reportedly denied to NFL investigators that he sent photos of his privates to former New York Jets co-worker Jenn Sterger, a devastatingly funny "Saturday Night Live" commercial spoof cannot help Favre's case in the court of public opinion. Those who adore Favre now hold onto that denial as the last vestige of his dignity on the Sterger matter, as the married QB reportedly has admitted to leaving those voice mails: "Love to have you come over tonight."

Paul Mason, spokesman for VF Corp., the North Carolina company that counts Wrangler among its divisions, has not responded to questions I left Monday regarding deliberations on his now-laughable celebrity pitchman.

"For me, nothing works better than the all new open-fly jeans from Wrangler," says "SNL's" Jason Sudeikis, playing Favre. "Why let zippers and buttons slow you down? With open-fly jeans, it's always out and camera ready. They're the perfect marriage between comfort and style. And that's a marriage I can respect."

That's salt in Deanna Favre's emotional wounds.

If Joan Rivers worked a disparaging comment about you into the "Fashion Police," of all E! shows, you'd probably just sit back and wait for the NFL to prove that's your, er, likeness on those cell-phoned photos. But "SNL" has far more cachet when it comes to ridicule.

Sure, "SNL" went below the belt. But will Wrangler now cause the QB's knees to buckle?

Deanna keeps on

Brett Favre is smart in one way: Deflecting scandal questions by talking only football.

"He's trying to STAY married," said a lawyer acquaintance who asked that his name be withheld because I called him for the perspective of a former cheating husband who's reformed and become a much-improved spouse.

"This is humiliating to his wife. I'm convinced that couples can weather this stuff if it's not out in the public domain. They say when you have a fight with your wife, don't tell her parents, your family. You can be over it and the family never forgets."

Everybody's been touched by Deanna Favre's "Good Morning America" interview last week on ABC, where she talked about how faith is "The Cure for the Chronic Life," the title of her new book.

She looked like a woman in a lot of emotional pain, unrelated to any possibility that her husband has been unjustly accused.

As previously reported here, in Deanna's first book, "Don't Bet Against Me!" about her life and battle with breast cancer, she said she was aware of Brett's running around before they got married. On page 31, Deanna wrote of Brett becoming "loud," "hateful" and showing the first signs of his "mean steak," which she suspected was triggered by drugs or alcohol: "Brett didn't seem to care that Brittany [their first child] and I were in the house. He started to ignore us soon after we arrived. ... He became very snappish with me."

The Favre marriage looks Clintonesque to some outsiders, which might mean it will survive, although this comparison probably stings. But the QB stays on message better than former President Bill Clinton or ex-Sen. John Edwards.

Dressed for success?

I see you got the memo on what to wear today, President Obama said Saturday to Tom Dooher, president of the teachers' union known as Education Minnesota.

"Yes, sir," replied Dooher, who was among the local officials on the tarmac awaiting Obama's arrival at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Dooher was wearing a dark blue blazer, checked shirt and dark brown pants, as was Obama. "I had black Ecco shoes. They're a dress Ecco shoe," said Dooher, who laughed when told that I needed to go online to see if Ecco has shoes that look presidential.

C.J. is at 612.332.TIPS or cj@startribune.com.

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