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Jul. 17 2010 — 6:07 pm | 40 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

Johnny Jolly suspension: This is pretty bad

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I’d love to say the league’s decision to suspend Johnny Jolly for all of the 2010 season and possibly longer will have no effect on the Packers’ competitiveness this year. I’d love to, but I can’t, because it will. The best we can hope for is that the effect will be slight.

After fronting a run defense that ranked No. 1 last season, some regression to the mean was likely for Green Bay’s line. Losing one of its three starters will make it that much more difficult to avoid a backslide. And Jolly wasn’t just a starter continue »



Jun. 13 2010 — 9:34 pm | 509 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

Let Aaron Rodgers Be Aaron Rodgers

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Pity the modern NFL quarterback, required to possess the intellect to memorize and execute a playbook of Talmudic length and complexity — and then forbidden to display that intellect anywhere other than on the field.

Aaron Rodgers, as you may know by now, played amateur press critic the other day. Surprise surprise, he watches a lot of sports TV and has some non-publicist-approved thoughts about who knows what they’re talking about (Jon Gruden, Trent Dilfer) and who doesn’t (Tony Kornheiser, Ron Jaworsky). The predictable blowback was not long in arriving, leading to a statement of regret, though not an outright apology, from No. 12. continue »



Jun. 6 2010 — 12:12 pm | 286 views | 0 recommendations | 8 comments

Green Bay Packer accused of acting like Minnesota Viking

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First it was Spencer Havner crashing his motorcycle, possibly after knocking a couple back. Then Johnny Jolly violated his probation and got accused of dealing drugs. Now Brandon Underwood is a sexual-assault suspect.

Could we get training camp started early before we lose our entire roster to boredom, bad judgment and plain old stupidity?

Rape is a very serious accusation, which is why I’m not going to make any jokes like “Why couldn’t it have been Jarrett Bush?” or “Well, I guess he did learn something from watching all that film of Ben Roethlisberger after all.” No, sir. continue »



May. 26 2010 — 11:01 am | 202 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

Will Unpacked be sent packing?

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A quick programming note: True/Slant, which hosts Unpacked and lots of other blogs, just got bought by Forbes Media. (That’s the new boss at left.) Lewis Dvorkin, who runs this whole pretzel factory, just took questions from us bloggers in a conference call about what it means. Packer (and Brewer) fans, it’s not looking good.  continue »



May. 24 2010 — 8:41 am | 1,800 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

Your 2010 Packers: Cruising to victory in the Premature Hype Bowl

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The Green Bay Packers failed to win their division in 2009. They gave up 51 points in a playoff game. They allowed more sacks than any other team. They lost to the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Their special teams were something close to a joke.

This is the same team that’s now being hailed by no less a mandarin than Sports Illustrated’s Peter King as the likely Super Bowl champion heading into 2010. Its on-field leader, Aaron Rodgers, is enjoying even richer acclaim: He’s lately been recognized as the most statistically efficient passer of all time, the NFC North’s next player of the year, and a future great in the eyes of Bart Starr.

Why does all this advance hype bother me so much? continue »


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