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Packer News 7/18/11
Al: This past week marked the return of Packers President Mark Murphy to the NFL negotiating table. It also has been full of optimistic news about the potential end to the lockout with the players to vote on Wednesday on a proposed settlement. It could be coincidence, or as CheeseheadTV’s Aaron Nagler suggests, Murphy’s presence might have made a difference.
Holly: Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio attempted this week to put together a list of things the Packers need to do when football resumes. Unfortunately, the very first one was an epic fail. He listed Howard Green and C.J. Wilson as the candidates to replace Cullen Jenkins – completely ignoring the guy that will surely have the job, Mike Neal. Neal took it in stride on twitter and said he will use it as additional motivation.
Al: Jermichael Finley made an appearance last week along with Donald Driver at the fourth annual “Green and Gold training camp”, an event to promote active lifestyles for children. When interviewed by Brandon Storlie of the Wisconsin State Journal, Finley was his usual outspoken self, saying “We will be in Indianapolis”, a reference to the site of next year’s Super Bowl. My question is, did he start the sentence with “I got one word:”
Holly: Well, FoxSportsWisconsin also caught up with the talkative Finley, who called the lockout a blessing in disguise for allowing his injury more time to heal. Finley also said that having to watch games from the sideline gave him a new understanding of the tight end position and helped him learn the defenses. Now, isn’t that what game tape is for?
Al: That’s the preferred way… With the return of Ryan Grant and the drafting of Alex Green, there has been a lot of discussion about the Packers’ suddenly crowded offensive backfield. Grant told Packer Report that if necessary, he would accept a backup role for the good of the team. That doesn’t mean it’s what anyone expects. Grant has been told he’s #1 on the depth chart to start and of course, he plans to stay there.
Holly: Josh Sitton took a big step last week towards conquering his fear of flying. Sitton and teammate Matt Flynn took a 30 minute ride with the Navy Blue Angels aboard a C-130 transport jet. A bit shaky at first, Sitton eventually enjoyed the ride so much he said that he wished the Packers could charter on of these for their road games.
“News from the Packers Twitterverse…”
Holly: Packers fans and players alike shifted their interest on Sunday to World football, namely the Women’s World Cup Soccer final. After the US women’s heartbreaking loss to Japan, Rahim Tariq tried to soften the blow by tweeting, “Take solace in the fact we’d dominate an American Football World Cup “
Al: Getting back to American football, as some of the details of the proposed settlement started to trickle out, there were some mentions of off-season workouts possibly being dramatically reduced. To this, Aaron Nagler tweeted, “Somewhere, Mike McCarthy is cursing…”
Holly: Excitement about the prospects of getting back to football was starting to build this week, among fans as well as Packers players. Darryn Colledge, whose NFL future is up in the air right now, tweeted, “Now what are the chances fans show up in the street and demand my return like they did with Favre? HA!”
Al: There was one tweet this week that stopped everyone right in their tracks. It came from Ty Dunne, newest Packers beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Ty tweeted: PACKER NATION: Make sure you follow @BobMcGinn for the best Packers insight on the planet. Welcome to Twitter, Bob! I have a feeling years from now we’ll all be asking, “Do you remember where you were when you heard Bob McGinn joined twitter?” I know I will, and for that reason…
That folks, was your Cheesehead Radio Tweet of the Week…
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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.