Green Bay Packers News for the week of 7/1/10 – 7/8/10
With 23 days before training camp starts and little actual activity going on at Lambeau Field, it’s quote season in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On the heels of Aaron Rodgers’ recent dismantling of Tony Kornheiser, some other Packer players went public with some bold comments this week.
On NFL Network, Nick Barnett called this season “Super Bowl or Die” for the Packers. He later tweeted this: “People keep asking why I said super bowl or die… Cause every year I don’t make it, I feel like I have died, said Barnett, So it’s a reminder of that feelin”
On a Levar Arrington radio show podcast, Charles Woodson declared Aaron Rodgers as the best quarterback in the NFL. Woodson also said, “You can see he want’s it, and that’s the most important thing”. Assuming “it” is a Super Bowl win and not Erin Andrews, I’m with you Charles.
Speaking of Rodgers, he was recently asked on twitter for his opinion on the NFL possibly going to an 18 game schedule. Rodgers’ reply was simply, “not a fan at all of any schedule change.” Given that Aaron’s dating calendar is already booked for the next 5 years, I can see where any change might cause him problems… But seriously, we’ll be debating the proposed schedule change later on in the program.
Yet another cool thing happened this week in the Packers twitterverse. The other night Atari Bigby tweeted about Nick Barnett’s “Super Bowl or Die” declaration. I decided to take a shot and asked Atari the question on everybody’s mind, namely: Are you going to be there for the ride? Much to my surprise, Bigby responded almost immediately with a definitive “YES SIR.” Whether he was serious or not we probably won’t know for a few more weeks.
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is at Larry Fitzgerald’s receivers camp this week. Finley sent out a tweet about how Michael Irvin is such a great guy to learn from. I tweeted back that I hoped he was learning was ON the field, only. As he usually does, Finley ignored my tweet.
Word is that once again, Mason Crosby will have no competition in training camp. Packers special teams coach Shawn Slocum recently confirmed this fact. Slocum also said that Crosby looks the best he has in all the time he’s been here. Crosby has been working hard at a new off-season workout regimen designed to improve his balance, stability and core muscle strength. Hopefully, his brain muscles are getting a workout too.
ESPN the Magazine last week printed it’s 2010 rankings of best sports franchises. The Packers were ranked ninth best overall. While I want to say that’s a good thing, I don’t know what to make of a list that has the Tampa Bay Rays at #6 and the NY Yankees at #62. BTW, the N.O. Saints were at the top of the list and the L.A. Clippers at the bottom.
From the Packers Police Blotter, Brandon Underwood has still not been told if he will be formally charged with any crime in the alleged sexual assault that took place on June 5th. The local prosecutor is having trouble building a case due to inconsistent stories given by the alleged victims. Unfortunately, your average prostitute is just not that reliable these days.
There’s little new to report on the Johnny Jolly front. Jolly’s often-postponed trial on felony drug possession is now scheduled for July 30, the first day of Packer’s training camp. Prosecutors are said to be set to use testimony against Jolly from a twice-convicted felon. This witness previously cut a plea bargain deal and is serving a 10-year prison sentence. Seems to me he might be a guy that is very motivated to say whatever it takes to get on the Prosecutor’s good side. Not promising for the Jolly Rancher.
And finally, in what is probably the biggest Packers news this week, our very own Alex Tallitsch, founder of The Packers Lounge, rocked the Packers blogosphere yesterday. Alex revealed an agreement to move his beloved Lounge over to CheeseheadTV. You can now find the Packers Lounge here.
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Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.