Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 08/02/12 ). Special Guest was Alicia Kramer, daughter of Packers legend Jerry Kramer, who is leading a campaign to get her dad nominated for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Al: As we hit the air tonight, Packers training camp is in full swing and the first week is in the books. The biggest story has been the play of the re-invigorated secondary, with young players Devon House and Casey Hayward making big impressions on teammates and coaches alike. Both may have already passed Sam Shields on the depth chart, but it’s still early to conclude anything.
Jayme: On the other side of the ball, the wide receiver battle is going to force some tough choices for the Packers, as no one appears to be playing themselves out of a spot. Jennings, Nelson and Cobb are the only sure things. James Jones and Donald Driver have had very good camps so far, but are being pushed hard by Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel. Could the Packers possibly keep 7 receivers? Stay tuned.
Al: The inimitable NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell dropped in on Packers practice Wednesday morning and fortunately managed to avoid any late hits from Anthony Hargrove. Goodell expressed confidence in the replacement referees the league has been training in case their labor dispute is not resolved in time. Then when asked about Johnny Jolly by reporters, Goodell claimed to not even know if the league had received his reinstatement application. That doesn’t sound promising for Jolly.
Jayme: While on the subject of suspensions, the Packers have a new member of their “not allowed to play” team. Erik Walden was suspended for the first game of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. This stems from the Thanksgiving incident in which Walden was charged with disorderly conduct. Of course, as JSOnline’s Ty Dunne cleverly pointed out, Walden would have to first make the team to serve that suspension.
Al: Tomorrow night is the Packers’ annual Family Night event. The parking lots and Atrium open at 11:00 AM with ongoing events in the Tundra tailgate zone. Fans with tickets to the scrimmage will be allowed into the stadium starting at 5:30PM to enjoy the scrimmage and the entertainment, which includes youth football, jersey giveaways, Oneida Nation dance performances and a fireworks display finale at 9:30.
“Gems from the Packers Twitterverse…”
Jayme: We start off our tweets of the week with perhaps the simplest and most appropriate one, summarizing most of our feelings in 5 words, Twitter person RahimTariq tweeted, “Hello football. I missed you.”
Al: It sure is great to have football back, and it’s nice to know one of the newest Packers is excited to be here. First round draft pick Nick Perry tweeted this week, “Packtown is where I call home. Lovin it!!
Jayme: And we’re all loving the non-stop twitter coverage from Packers training camp, where guys like Rob Demovsky will tweet out info like the fact the Mason Crosby has not yet missed a field goal in camp. Upon seeing that particular tweet, @Aaron Nagler quickly commented, “I think @JerseyALGBP just fainted.”
Al: And once I picked myself up off the floor, I was delighted to see this tweet from the recently released Charlie Peprah, “Thank you #PackerNation for all the love and support throughout the yrs! Tweeting cant xpress my gratitude & appreciation!….
..I’m excited for what the future holds and I can only hope that wherever I end up their fans are at least half as gr8 as #PackerNation!”
That’s a classy job by Peprah, which earns him the…
Cheesehead Radio “Tweet” of the Week