Posted by Big Cat on February 4, 2011
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Here we are, the end of the road. The most bittersweet day of the year. No time for small talk I’m picking the game and total on Sunday morning, today we’re running down the only reason the Super Bowl even exists, so Vegas can steal all of our money on Prop Bets.
How long will it take Christina Aguilera to sing the National Anthem – Over Under 1:54 Pick Under
I’ve always wondered what would happen if someone picked the national anthem for their first dance at their wedding. I mean clearly its the best song ever created. And really its a win-win. Everyone gets to hear the national anthem, awesome, and no one can ever say a bad thing about your wedding, doubly awesome. If someone talks shit about your wedding you can just accuse them of being a terrorist and no one would disagree.
How many times will FOX mention Brett Favre on TV During The Game – O/U2.5
Is Siragusa doing that weird sideline announcing on Sunday? God I hope not. At least 3 times a game they’ll accidentally leave his mic on and we have to sit and hear Tony breath heavy and sound extra fat. I’d rather just punch myself in the ears for 3 straight hours.
Sidenote -I realize that’s the worst MS Paint hot dog ever. Whatever. You try doing better. Its harder than it looks. We’re talking at least 4th grade level here.
Coin Flip- Pick Tails
This is the pick to get me out of my recent gambling funk. Tails never fails. Tails never fails. I’m not kidding, tails has literally never failed me.
Posted by Tim Cigelske on August 22, 2010
10) “It was really about the team.” - August 18, 2010
9) “I don’t know how I’ll feel a year from now, five years from now, but I didn’t want to say what if.” – August 18, 2009
8 ) “If they were willing to take that chance, I was, too.” – August 18, 2009
7) “I got the itch.” – summer 2008
6) “I’m no fool. It’s a lot of money.” – August 23, 2010, on the $28 million he could make this year
5) “It makes perfect sense as far as coming back because I ran that offense for 16 years. I can teach the offense.” – June 2009
4) “Let’s make a bet. If you guys go back to the College World Series this year — I will come back and play. How about that? You go back and I go back.” – May 2010, to the Southern Miss baseball team
3) “There’s no guarantees I come back and I play as well as I did last year, but if you’re a betting man and you said, ’OK, who gives us the best chance to win right now?’ and this is not bragging, but I would think I would.” – August 2008
2) “All I could think about this offseason was what I could have done better in that last game.” – August 23, 2010
1) “It’s not like, ‘Oh, he’s over and done with.’ You can change your mind the next day.” – April 2008
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Posted by Tim Cigelske on July 19, 2010
It’s expected when Jack Nicholson sits courtside at a Lakers game or Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner show up at Fenway. But Green Bay doesn’t intersect naturally with the entertainment world, and Packers references in pop culture can feel like parallel universes colliding. Here then are the 6 surprising instances involving the Packers.
The Ramones rock Vince Lombardi High School
In the 1979 classic “Rock ‘n Roll High School,” P.J. Soles (“Halloween,” “Stripes,” “Carrie”) leads a teenage rebellion and brings punk godfathers The Ramones to her high school, randomly named after the legendary Packers coach. The name may be traced back to a story screenwriter Joseph McBride heard from his father — Milwaukee Journal rewrite man Ray McBride — who organized a walkout from his Superior Central High School in the 1920s.
Lil’ Wayne blogs for ESPN about being a Packers fan
You may know Lil’ Wayne as the multipatinum rapper currently serving a prison sentence for possessing a loaded handgun on his tour bus. But Weezy’s also a blogger who declared his love for the Packers — and called Aaron Rogers “wonderful” — in his first post for ESPN magazine in September 2008. The New Orleans native doesn’t explain why he likes the Packers, but he reveals he used to be a pee-wee football fullback. He also has an eclectic taste for tennis, the Boston Bruins, and Nirvana.
Favre thinks there’s something About Mary
“Bret Fahvera…?” Much of the non-Packer nation couldn’t even pronounce Favre when he randomly showed up in the Farrelly Brother’s massive 1998 comedy hit. Even Packers fans had to wonder along with Matt Dillon’s character, ”What the hell is Brett Favre doing here?” (Watch the cameo here.) Ben Stiller thought Cameron Diaz should end up with No. 4, but she blows him off because she’s a Niners fan. This wasn’t Favre’s first foray into acting. In 1996, he and Mike Holmgren play janitors in the Reggie White (R.I.P.) project “Reggie’s Prayer.”
Tim McGraw rooms with Doug Pederson in college
The country music star studied sports medicine at Northeast LouisianaUniversity, and roomed with two-time Packer and Super Bowl ring holder Doug Pederson. This is fitting because Pederson is best known as Favre’s back up while McGraw is known to back up Faith. Pederson is currently an offensive quality control coach for the Eagles, while McGraw was last seen acting opposite Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side.”
Hollywood’s A-List spotted at Lambeau Field
Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are some of the musicians and actors who braved the Frozen Tundra. Maybe it’s because Wisconsin winters provide a natural defense against paparazzi?
Silicon Valley superstar Kevin Rose, grandson of former Packers player
Internet start-up poster boy and San Francisco resident Kevin Rose has repeatedly gone on record about his Packer love on his podcast Diggnation. ”It’s insane,” he says. “People in Wisconsin know what I’m talking about.” His father’s family is from Wisconsin and he’s made reference to his grandfather playing for the Packers. Before last season’s Packers-Vikings game at Lambeau, he bought tickets for himself and his dad, and set up a Facebook event invite for fans to tailgate with him.
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Posted by Troy Vosseller on May 26, 2010
For our latest Packers inspired t-shirt we focused on Green Bay’s “superhero” Thor Clay Matthews. The t-shirt is available here at sconnie.com.
The brainstorming for the t-shirt began after we were approached by the organizers of the 13th Annual McGovern Charity Golf Tournament hosted by Clay Matthews and Friends on Friday, June 4th. The event benefits Tellurian UCAN, Inc. For more than 35 years, Tellurian UCAN, Inc. has provided services that help people who suffer from addiction, mental illness, & homelessness. Tellurain provides services to more than 8,500 individuals each year in Wisconsin.
We are donating a batch of “The Mighty Clay” t-shirts to the golf tournament to be auctioned off (possibly some autographed by Clay Matthews himself).
The excitement for the t-shirt is already brewing with Clay Tweeting about the shirt and updating his Twitter icon with the shirt’s image. You can follow Clay Matthews on Twitter @claymatthews52. Also, remember to follow Sconnie Nation @sconnie.
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Posted by Zach Silva on May 26, 2010
Who didn’t see this one coming? Brent Favre has undergone surgery on his ankle, making it clear that he intends to play next season. Great. Let’s start the circus up all over again. However, even though my hatred for him may run deep, I can’t actually blame him for coming back. He had his best season statistically last year, and he was one errant throw from being in the Super Bowl. And the Vikings didn’t lose too much and are probably primed for another playoff run.
Not everyone is happy about this news, though. The Vikings quarterbacks must be heartbroken. Most notably – Tarvaris Jackson. He was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He started 19 games in three seasons before Brent showed up and took his job from him. I personally feel a little bad for the guy. Sure, he wasn’t great, but he tried. He has a good back story, too. Drafted out of Alabama State, many analysts thought he was taken way too early in the draft. But Coach Brad Childress had a vision for him, calling him a “diamond in the rough”. (Not really sure if the second round is the rough, Brad…)
Jackson was quite underwhelming when he started, eventually losing his starting gig to Gus Frerotte (seriously…Jackson lost his starting job to this guy). He was expected to compete with Sage Rosenfels (boy…those Vikings sure know how to find quarterbacks) last season, but then Mr. Favre showed up and destroyed that dream. And it looks like he’s going to do it again. Tarvaris will put in all the time in practice, training camp, and preseason in the hopes of getting the starting job. He may perform unbelievably well, but it won’t matter. The job is Favre’s, and both guys know it.
Honestly, I do feel bad for Tarvaris. To be drafted four rounds ahead of your draft grade, to be handed the keys to the Vikings team at such a young age, and then to lose it to an old man from Mississippi…that’s a roller coaster of emotion in three years. The NFL is a cruel world.
But I hope Brent doesn’t come back, and that Tarvaris gets the chance to start. It would make me happy. I’d be happy for Tarvaris, sure, but I’d be giddy at the thought of him lining up against the Packers this season. Think of how many interceptions he would throw. He’s not a good quarterback, but Brad Childress seems to think he is. And if Favre doesn’t come back, and Childress goes with Tarvaris Jackson as his quarterback, I can guarantee you that they won’t make the playoffs. Which is great news for Packers fans everywhere. So here’s hoping for the best for you Tarvaris. If you start, you’ll have the whole state of Wisconsin cheering you on…albeit for different reasons, but still.
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Posted by Tim Cigelske on May 17, 2010
From 1997 to 2002, Whiskey Mike witnessed 25 games at Lambeau Field — and the Packers won 23. Today he’s a fan with a Vince Lombardi tattoo living in exile in Houston, Texas. In an interview with this blog, the man they call Whiskey Mike relives the good old days — after the jump.
Whiskey Mike (left) and friends at the Fuck Dallas Pig Roast
First of all, how did you get the name Whiskey Mike?
Back in the mid 90s, a bunch of us met at a bar every Monday for Big Ass Tacos. They were either a buck or a buck twenty five, and it was as big as your head. Or ass, considering the name. One night a bunch of us were all sitting at the bar eating our tacos. Tony J the bartender turned around and yelled “Hey Mike,” and everyone looked up. We looked around and realized we were all named Mike. That’s when nicknames were doled out. I don’t remember most of them, but mine stuck.
What Packers memories do you have from growing up in Port Washington?
Oddly enough, not many. For reasons unknown to me, my parents kept buying me Cincinnati Bengals stuff. It wasn’t until 5th or 6th grade that I was given a Packers jersey, and I have no idea what name or number was on it. It wasn’t until I moved to Milwaukee in 1992 that I started following the Packers. However, every game at Lambeau Field I went to, we would always stop at Sundance on the way up at 6am for good luck drinks.
What’s it like now being a Packer fan in Houston?
Weird. It’s like being a Packers fan in Vegas and a Packers fan in Tampa/St Pete. Vegas wasn’t so bad, but Bucs fans are rabid, even when their team stinks! I was spoiled in Wisconsin by having every Packers game televised. When I left Milwaukee in 2008, I saw part of one Packers game in Vegas. Last season I visited Tampa when the Packers were in town. Tampa had a winless season until we got there and the loads of crap everyone gave me was like being a Packers fan in Pittsburgh. But this past season aside from Monday games, there were only 2 Sunday games televised in Houston. Working graveyard shift, I wasn’t able to see any of them.
Do you have a favorite Packer game of all time?
One of the most memorable games was a preseason game against the Raiders. While the Packers lost, it was so spectacular. That day my friends were running late and the Lambeau lot was full. We ended up driving down Stadium Drive and saw signs for parking on lawns. $20? No. $15? No. What’s that? “Park. Toilet. Grill. $10″ We parked on their lawn, brought out the grill, and started grilling. The owners of this house were so generous, I had never seen anything like it. If you had to go to the bathroom, you’d just walk right in their house and use their bathroom. After the game, we still had a lot of food. We asked the wife of the house if we could grill out and offered her some. She said it wasn’t a problem. A few hours later traffic had died down, and she came up to us and said, “if you guys are too tired to drive back to Milwaukee, we have a spare bedroom and you can crash here and leave in the morning.” While we didn’t accept the offer, since then, I never parked anywhere else. Just standing on their lawn and seeing Lambeau Field less than half a block a way… Words can’t describe it!
How about a favorite Packer player?
I’ve always been a fan of the team, and while I’ve had several players that stand out, it’s impossible to pick a favorite. It seems like all of the big name players these days, when they have “outgrown” Green Bay, don’t realize how good they had it. Reggie White going to Carolina, Favre going to the Jets, then Vikings, because he couldn’t get his way anymore. It’s disheartening. If I had to pick a favorite, I would have to say Tony Canadeo. While I always swore I would never get a player (or number) tattooed, I made an exception. I had it scheduled to meet with him, get a copy of his favorite player picture, and I was going to get that tattooed. Sadly, he died a week before the meeting was to take place.
How did you get tickets to games?
I got so sick of hearing people saying “you can never get tickets to Lambeau.” Every time I went up I went through the gates whether I had a ticket on the way up or not. One year I went to every single game. This guy Pete I know (from going to so many games) would always have tickets and he scalped them by Stadium View. He’d ask me what games I wanted to go to, I’d tell him, select the tickets, he’d give them to me, and I’d pay him the next game. There’s so much camaraderie up there. Anybody that says you can never get tickets has never tried getting tickets. If you have the will, you have the way.
Do you have any game-day rituals?
I used to stop at Koppas the day before and pick up a bunch of boneless chicken breast, burgers, home made Polish sausage, load up the cooler that night, leave Milwaukee at 5:30am to hit Sundance in Port Washington at 6am, then drive the rest of the way. Whenever we had 2 shots of Wild Turkey (ugh!) a piece, they always won. We used to get there super early just to spent time with Tony and Lorrie on Stadium Drive because they were such great people.
How did you decide to get a Vince Lombardi tattoo?
I always knew Vince Lombardi was an incredible man. I also knew that too many quotes that are attributed to him he didn’t say (or at least ‘invent’) but it wasn’t until I read When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss that I realized he was even more incredible than I had thought. From the stories of him getting beat up in the shower for being black, to telling a hotel that his players aren’t black or white, but that his players all bleed green and gold… It was so touching. I scheduled the tattoo not too long after, and it turned out so detailed there’s no question of who it is. It’s on my right arm, and I’ve attached a recent picture of it, taken by a Cowboys fan. There will always be respect and admiration for Vince. My first game after getting my Vince tattoo, I ran into St Vince outside. Showed him the tattoo and he actually started crying, then blessed the tattoo.
So what’s the story behind your ‘Fuck Dallas’ t-shirt?
It’s funny you mention this. In the 90s (and earlier) it seemed nearly impossible to win at Texas Stadium. It was more frustrating that Dallas declared themselves America’s Team. It was a November game in 1996 where Green Bay went to Dallas, and someone at the bar brought down a box of Fuck Dallas t-shirts. I managed to get one even though they were all sold in 10 minutes. 1997 resulted in Dallas coming to Green Bay for the first time in who knows how long. A few nights before, some good friends were sitting around and we decided to have a pig roast. Not just a pig roast, the Fuck Dallas Pig Roast. It stuck and went on every year for years to come, whether or not Dallas and Green Bay were playing that year. I wore that original shirt every year, with barbecue sauce stains permanently ground in to the shirt. The sauce? Spicy Hick o’ Fuck Dallas Sauce. Everybody (except Dallas fans) loves the shirt!
Anything else you’d like to add?
About 10 years ago my friends and me stopped at a friend’s house in De Pere. It was a huge house, and we had to pick someone up for the game. Someone said, “Dad, get the box!” I had no idea what she meant. He came down the stairs with a cedar box, and a G emblazoned in jewels on top of it. He handed it to me and said put it on. I found out later he’s on the Packers Board of Directors, and the content of that box was a Super Bowl XXXI ring. Absolutely speechless! Green and Gold forever!
Posted by Zach Silva on May 12, 2010
For some reason I’m struggling to get to sleep tonight. It could be the fact that I have an exam in six hours on a subject that I know very little about (inventory management…really?). Or it could be that I have a paper due tomorrow morning on a book that I haven’t read yet. Or it could be that finals begin next week. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m juggling five jobs now. It might have something to do with the pot of coffee I made at midnight (bad idea in hindsight). But I think it’s this little conundrum I’ve been dealing with lately that’s keeping me up.
I can’t seem to figure out why the Green Bay Packers are so beloved in the state of Wisconsin. You may be saying to yourself, “Self, why would a question like this bother a college student during finals? Shouldn’t he be studying and focused and ready for summer?” I agree. I shouldn’t care about minor things like this, but I do. And thanks to the internet, I now have a place to share my thoughts, however trivial they may be.
But think about it for a minute, please. The Packers are far and away the most popular team in the state. It’s not even up for debate. They get the most media coverage, sell the most merchandise, and have a 45 year waiting list for season tickets (it’s probably longer now). The Brewers? Well nobody cared about them until they started winning games. Growing up, I remember going to County Stadium and then Miller Park and seeing absolutely no one there. The nightly news didn’t talk about them. You couldn’t buy a Brewers shirt anywhere but at stadium store. There was no pride. The same thing can be said for the Bucks. Last year, no one went to games. It was empty every night at the Bradley Center. Lambeau remains packed (no pun intended) every Sunday, though.
In my humble opinion, I’m not an idiot. I know that attendance and coverage and support generally correlate strongly with winning. Win more games, gain more fans, make more money. That sums up professional sports. When the Brewers turned it around, people got excited. The same thing happened this year with the Bucks. The city of Milwaukee went crazy when these teams made the playoffs. It was great. But what the Brewers and Bucks have experienced recently has been common for the Packers in my lifetime (born in 1989…thanks mom and dad!).
Year in and year out, no matter how they play, the Packers dominate the state. It could be that I grew up in the Mike Holmgren and Brent Era. Since I was born, the team has only had four losing seasons. Even when they were bad, fans still had faith. I feel as though when the Brewers lose, people just assume that they suck and will be terrible again. When the Packers lose, though, they can still reason that everything is ok. I struggle to understand this concept. I guess when a franchise is successful for twenty straight years, fans tend to stick with the team.
I should probably make an attempt to study for my exam. I’m already committed to not sleeping, which is probably a poor choice (honestly…when the sun comes up, there’s no point in going to bed). Hopefully I can put this whole Packers question on the backburner and instead focus on inventory management (I’m bored and confused just typing it). Keep me in your thoughts today. I’ll need a lot of luck and a lot more caffeine.
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Posted by Holly Phelps on April 29, 2010
Friends, I have a confession to make. I haven’t lived in Wisconsin for over 15 years, and I’m not expecting to move back anytime soon. I am resigned to be, unless something big happens, a transplanted Packer fan. But I stand firm, for yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of…uh…burgundy McNabb jerseys, I will fear no rival fan: for the Packers art with me.
As I’ve gotten to know more Packers fans, through blogs and now Twitter, I’ve been struck by the ability of Packer Nation to transcend geographic borders. On game days, you can find live-blogs and chats all over the web. Throughout the season, there are tweets flying furiously after big plays and roster moves. Still, there’s something about that human connection. I recently traveled to Taiwan for work, and in the space of two weeks, I saw no less than four people wearing Packers gear (yes, there was a Cowboys sweatshirt as well, but I figure he was just out of clean clothes). It got me thinking about what it means to be a Packer fan outside of Wisconsin, where every G you spy on a T-shirt or hat is a friendly “hello” from a fellow fan of the green & gold.
I live in Washington DC, which is an interesting place in general, if only because it brings so many people together for so many different reasons. When watching at the bar, along with the locals, you’re likely to meet a guy in town from Milwaukee for a conference, who delayed his flight to catch the game. You may also meet the college kid from Oshkosh, aghast that the dorms at Georgetown don’t carry NFL Sunday Ticket, or the congressional aide from Madison, stopping by to see the score before heading back to Capitol Hill. And, sometimes you’ll also see that fan who’s never lived in Wisconsin, who’ll never get to Lambeau, but who bleeds green and gold just the same. It doesn’t matter how you came to cheer for the Packers, once the game starts. It’s a fantastic mixture, and we’re a friendly bunch.
Since I moved out of Wisconsin, I’ve never felt embarrassed about cheering for the Packers. While in Cincinnati, it was frequently the “Bungles” fans that hung their heads and made excuses. In college outside New York City, the Giants and Jets fans harassed each other and left me pretty well alone (except when Brent threw crazy picks). Regardless of how the home team was doing, after the initial trash talk was past, there usually came an admission: “Yeah, but the Packers are OK, too.”
In many football cities, team loyalty is preached early and often. (In Pittsburgh, priests wash their hands at Sunday Mass with Terrible Towels.) Yet, some who’ve grown up in Washington cheer for Dallas purely to spite the Redskins (somehow, it’s never the Eagles). Some take the “everybody but the local team” approach. My cousin, who grew up in Normal, IL, rejected the nearby Bears (a smart move) and chose the 49ers instead (eh). There are ways to buck the trend, but in many places, the alternative teams are few and far between. In Washington, however, where there are at least 3 people from each state (1 congressman and 2 senators), you can take your pick. (You can even find fans of the Jaguars!)
As far as I’m concerned, DC is a pretty easy place to be a fan of Green Bay. I know there are other, less Packer-friendly football cities out there. So, to Packer fans who live in Minneapolis or Dallas, I salute you, for you are strong and worthy. I don’t know how you can manage. And for any who happened to choose the Packers over the local team (or who chose the Packers when there was no home team to speak of), I’ll raise a glass to you, for thou restoreth my (football-loving) soul.
Holly will usually write about the other 31 teams, but she doesn’t really care at this point who Carolina drafted (although Tebow-to-Denver was hilarious). Got a good story about being a fan in a cheese-free land? Leave a comment here, or you can contact Holly by email or on Twitter.
Posted by Zach Silva on April 28, 2010
“With the 23rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Bryan Bulaga, Offensive Tackle from Iowa.”
When Roger Goodel announced this pick in last week’s NFL Draft, I cheered. To say I was excited is an understatement. How could this guy fall all the way to number 23? Didn’t Sports Illustrated have him going fifth overall? Did the Packers hit the jackpot again just as they’d done a few years ago with Aaron Rodgers?
And then I started to think about the pick (and when I start thinking about things like this, it illustrates just how badly I need a hobby). Going into the offseason, it was clear that the Packers needed help in a few areas. Many people pointed to the offensive line as the biggest need for improvement. The team led the league in sacks allowed last year. The line was atrocious in the beginning of the season, and it was only a matter of time before Aaron Rodgers got injured. However, towards the latter part of the season, the line really came together as a unit. In fact, think back to the final game of the year in Arizona ( I know…it still hurts me, too). Who is more to blame for the loss? The offensive line, who helped the team score 45 points but gave up a sack which turned into a fumble which turned into a touchdown, or the defensive backfield, who got torched by Kurt Warner to the tune of 51 points? I tend to blame the defense a bit more.
And that’s when I decided to stop thinking because it hurt my head. Being an NFL GM would be one of the toughest and most stressful jobs I can imagine. The Packers faced a similar dilemma a few years ago when Aaron Rodgers fell into their laps. Coming off a 10-6 year, the Packers were expected to contend for the Super Bowl. With a solid first round selection, they could have improved the team and went after the title. However, Rodgers was too good to pass up. He was clearly a stud QB of the future, and the team pulled the trigger on him. The team finished 4-12 the next season. (I remember just being depressed that season. It was an awkward age for me, dealing with typical 15-year-old drama, and the Packers having a disappointing season didn’t help out with that. Oh memories…sometimes I wish I could forget about you…)
It’s impossible to say whether or not selecting a different player would have guaranteed the Packers a better season in 2005. And it’s tough to argue against Aaron Rodgers when you consider how good he has been. But Rodgers added nothing to a team that went 4-12. If the team had taken someone else with that pick, he might have helped them to a better record and, dare I say it, a Super Bowl victory. Wouldn’t that pick have been better than Rodgers? I’m a huge Rodgers supporter by the way. I just like to dream up impossible situations and scenarios to keep my mind from thinking about important things like taxes and war.
So what was I talking about at the start of this article? Oh yeah…Bryan Bulaga. This pick is very reminiscent of the 2005 pick. Bulaga has a chance to be the Packers starting left tackle for the next ten years. He’s a great athlete, and I personally feel that Big 10 lineman make the best NFL lineman. However, the Packers have a chance to be great this year, and Bulaga doesn’t help them with that unless someone on the line gets injured. Had they selected someone to help out on defense (TCU DE Jerry Hughes, Boise St CB Kyle Wilson, Texas LB Sergio Kindle, Florida St CB Patrick Robinson, and USC Safety Taylor Mays were all available), they could have improved a great deal. If they Packers play poorly this season, this pick may haunt them.
The NFL is tough. You constantly have to build for the future while remaining competitive in the present. When a team is on the brink of a championship, they need to improve themselves right now. I feel that any chance to win a championship outweighs building for the future. Does this mean that I hate the Bulaga pick now? Yes and no. I’m not huge on grading drafts until the players can actually prove themselves. If Bulaga ends up being the next Chad Clifton, then the Packers made a good pick. However, if the team fails to make the playoffs this next season, the Bulaga pick should be criticized.
And with that, I’ve exhausted my brain. I need a nap…
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Posted by Mike Wendt on April 21, 2010
The Packers had a somewhat surprisingly successful season last year, going 11-5 in the regular season, but they’re inability to stop Arizona’s passing attack in the playoffs ultimately ended their season. Based on that playoff performance, all signs point to the Packers going with a defensive player in the first round of the draft. Cornerback and outside linebacker are two holes that the Packers will look to address, and one of those two holes will likely be filled on Thursday night. That being said, if offensive tackles like Mike Iupati or Anthony Davis are still available, the Packers could bolster a lackluster offensive line that allowed an NFL worst 52 sacks a season ago. Packers fans know the key to success in Green Bay is keeping Aaron Rodgers upright (case and point either of the Minnesota games). If Iupati or Davis are available I think that Packers shore up some of their O-line problems, but I don’t think that will be the case. With the 23rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers will select………
Kyle Wilson, CB Boise State.
Wilson is a stud from a non-BCS conference that deserves some attention. He ran a 4.43 at Boise States’s pro-day on the Smurf Turf, and at the combine he proved he is the strongest cornerback in the draft, putting up 25 repetitions of 225 pounds. The closest any other cornerback came to Wilson was Oklahoma’s Brian Jackson who managed to hoist up the weight 20 times. Wilson has the strength and speed to play at the NFL level, which could mean he might not make it to the 23rd pick, but if he does, the Pack will be licking their chops to get this guy in Green and Gold. The Packers are getting old at the cornerback position, as Chuck Woodson turns 34 in October, and Al Harris will turn 36 in December. Add the fact that Harris is rehabilitating a torn ACL which he suffered in the Packers week 11 win over the 49ers, and you can see why a cornerback is high on the Packers draft board. Harris is optimistic about his return, but recently Mike McCarthy said that Harris’ injury is similar to Mark Tauscher’s injury in 2008, which kept him out until October of 2009. So either the Packers will need to roll the dice with Tramon Williams opposite Woodson, or invest in the future by taking Wilson. Even if Harris is ready by week 1, Wilson could learn from arguably two of the top corners in the game for a year or two before being handed the keys to the Benz so to speak. It worked for Rodgers, and the Packers don’t want Wilson to go the route of Amhad Carroll, who was thrown into the starting lineup in only his sixth game. Carroll couldn’t grasp his role with the Packers, but he sure excelled at grasping his opponents, as his bone-headed play and numerous holding and illegal contact penalties earned him a pink slip in 2006.
What Green Bay needs to happen to get Kyle Wilson:
1.Iupati and Davis need to be off the board. Both are projected top 20 picks, and the Packers would pounce on an opportunity to land one of these guys.
2.The Texans need to pass on Wilson. The Texans lost Dunta Robinson to the Falcons in free agency, so they’ll be looking to address the cornerback position at some point in the draft. What could help the Packers here is the fact the Steve Slaton was a huge bust last season. Texans fans and personnel are excited about the possibility of drafting Fresno State’s Ryan Mathews at the 20th pick, but don’t be surprised if the go cornerback in the 1st and running back in the 2nd.
A few alternate scenarios, assuming the big boys and Wilson are off the board:
1.Brandon Graham, DE/OLB Michigan
Scouts love Graham. He played defensive end for Michigan, but scouts think he’s got the size and quickness to move to outside linebacker. Aaron Kampman was lost for the season in week 11 as well, and seventh-round pick Brad Jones filled in nicely in his absence. With Kampman signing with Jacksonville in the offseason, the Packers will look to pick up an outside linebacker in the early rounds, as Brad Jones isn’t likely to be a long term solution for the Green and Gold. If Graham is around at pick 23, the ex-Wolverine will take a short trip across Lake Michigan to find his new home. If Graham makes it past Atlanta at 19 and Cincinnati at 21, he could be snatched up at 23 by the Pack, especially if Kyle Wilson is gone.
2.Sergio Kindle, OLB Texas
Kindle is quite possibly the most physically gifted player in the draft. Kindle is a lot like Clay Matthews, as Kindle and Matthews both excel at getting into the backfield to disrupt a play. Kindle had some off-field issues in Texas, including a citation for driving under the influence. General Manager Ted Thompson doesn’t like players who can be a distraction on and off the field, as seen by his unwillingness to part with a fourth round pick in 2007 to bring Randy Moss to the frozen tundra. I’ve seen Kindle go as high as 9th overall, and as late as the second round, so its anybody’s guess if he’d even be available at 23, but if he is, the Packers will have a tough decision on their hands.
Who the Packers will take if they are available:
The second round and third rounds should play out as expected for the Packers. In their first three picks, look for a cornerback, outside linebacker, and offensive tackle in some order. If Wilson is available I think that’s the route they should take, as the outside linebacker talent pool is larger than the cornerback pool. The best case scenario is that one of the offensive tackles falls into Green Bay’s lap, but I don’t see it happening. Tomorrow one question will be answered, and it will determine the Packers course of action for the next two days.
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