Monday, August 31, 2009

Favre and the health care debate.

Public option, "single-payer system" (which I think is some sort of euphemism for "government run health care" which also raises an interesting question "if government health care is so great, why do you need a euphemism?"), blah, blah, blah.


(1) Citizens should diagnose themselves; and then

(2) Not do anything about it because "the damage is already done."

I've run the numbers on the back of an envelope and if the U.S. adopts FavreCare we can save $132 Trillion over the next 8 years.

True story.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

McGinn's Got to Feed His Family.

I often worry that I don't have enough updates on this blog. But I try to live by David Byrne's classic advice from "Psycho Killer": when I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed.





After today's piece, McGinn should follow the same advice. Subscription required, but I'll recap it for you.

Rich Gannon made what McGinn admits were tame comments about Brohm looking "uncomfortable." McCarthy agrees with Gannon's assessment and Brohm isn't upset about them.

That's it. That's the story.

The story is that there isn't a story. Throughout the piece its suggested that there is some sort of controversy over Gannon's comments ("In a telephone interview, Gannon appeared taken aback that his remarks were even an issue."). Then you get to the bottom and you realize that there is no controversy. At all. It is a fake "controversy" that McGinn totally made up, while at the same time personally admitting that the statements were "tame."

I realize that McGinn has got to write about something (that's why they pay him), but give me a break.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Don't Tread on My Kid's Beer

The well-meaning busy bodies are at it again. Now, they want to legislate how parents teach their children about alcohol. In Wisconsin, it has always been legal for parents and their kids to share a drink in bars and restaurants---as it is in many countries throughout the world (and perhaps most of the countries that you would ever want to actually visit).

Apparently, that's not right!

According to the insufferable, pompous gasbags on the Journal Sentinel editorial board Wisconsin's libertarian laws regarding parents sharing a beer with their kids "is just one more indication that Wisconsin's attitude toward alcohol is way out of whack."

Out of whack with what?

As I stated, if you were to line up all the countries in the world that you would actually want to visit, a sizable number of them have a 16 year-old drinking age (i.e., a 16 year-old can get service at a bar or liquor store without a parent) and only a tiny few would have a drinking age over 18. The U.S. easily---easily---has the most puritanical alcohol laws in the world with the exception of Muslim countries and a few backwards regions in India.

It's not Wisconsin's laws that are out of whack. It's the laws in the rest of the country.

The most infuriating part is that there is simply no need to change the law. As the JS twerps recognize in the first sentence of their editorial "In all likelihood, few Wisconsin parents allow their minor children to drink with them in taverns."

Let me translate that for you: there is not a problem. This proposed law is not about fixing a problem, it is a hair-brained attempt to "change attitudes" towards alcohol.

With no due respect (as none is warranted): keep your fucking laws off my attitude.

These well meaning busybodies hope that if we change the laws, maybe children won't grow up and learn that drinking alcohol is a perfectly normal and acceptable thing to do. But here's the rub: drinking alcohol is a perfectly normal and acceptable thing to do.

These decisions should not be made by legislators. These decisions should remain where they have always been and where they belong: between parents, children, and their bartender.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

CHZHD Nation at 9 Central.

No, it's not some moon bat separatist movement (yet). It's a live blog synchronized with the excellent Packer Transplants broadcast from CHTV.

Will Nagler wear a silly hat? Will Behnke bust out his A.J. Hawk jersey? Will Larrivee answer his phone? Tune in and find out!







Click Here for Packer Transplants.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Packers Lounge Pulls A Favre

Good news.

I guess Alex and the crew at Packers Lounge are not so much like "Candles In the Wind" as much as they are like "Those-Joke-Candles-That-People-Put-On-Birthday-Cakes In the Wind."

Welcome back guys.

It was almost like you never left.

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Is Rodgers One of the Top 3 QBs Under 30?

Maybe.

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Omnibus Favre Post

(1) I wrote most of how I feel about Favre's complicated legacy in the "Separating Legend From Truth" series which you can find here: Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV.

(2) You simply must read these three hilarious rants from a Vikings fan at Kissing Suzy Kolber: May. July. August. Read them all. Depending on where you work, the posts might be NSFW.

(3) Check out this fascinating map about poll asking who is the best QB in the NFC North. Favre and Rodgers are neck and neck, with Rodgers dominating the Northeast and California and Favre sweeping the South. Only Illinois likes Cutler and only Michigan like Stafford. Interesting.

(4) Way back in April I bought Packers/Vikings tickets for the Monday night game at the Metrodome in October, figuring Favre would come back, and tickets would be pretty steep if he did. I was pretty damn smug when I locked my tickets in. Then Favre announced he was not coming back and I thought "well, it will still be fun." Now, I am feeling smug again.

Favre Is On a Plane to Minneapolis Right Now?

Maybe.

Right now, Thompson looks like a genius for cutting Favre loose last season. If he hadn't, Favre would be on his way to Green Bay right now, with training camp practically over expecting to be re-anointed at the starting QB.

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Mourn' Ya Till I Join' Ya

Packers Lounge: Gone but not forgotten.




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Monday, August 17, 2009

Justin Harrell Thinks He Might Be Done

Well Justin Harrell thinks his career might be over. My fear is that if you think your career might be over, it probably is.

It's a shame. Here's a kid that has undergone two back surgeries and countless hours of rehab to put himself in a position to try a comeback. That takes dedication and heart. It's also a shame that so many Packer fans are too preoccupied being snarky to realize the dedication and heart that Harrell has demonstrated.

So before you go off on some expletive filled rant about Harrell, put yourself in his cleats for 30 seconds. Here's a 25 year old kid that very well might spend the rest of his life battling severe pain. Boy, that kind of sucks. And if you stop and think about it might even suck as much as your team wasting a first round draft pick.

And another thing. . .

I'm really freaking sick of the argument that Thompson shouldn't have drafted Harrell because of his "injury history." Harrell had a torn biceps. Now, its been 17 some years since I took anatomy and physiology, but I struggle---struggle---to see the connection between a torn biceps and a herniated disk.

Dismounting soapbox.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

More Crazy Wynn Stuff

From Joe Arrigo's postgame recap:

Brandon Jackson also looked good and will be a nice compliment to Grant, if he is the back up.

I say if because DeShawn Wynn has really looked impressive this camp. Wynn has always had the tools but his attitude and work ethic left a lot to be desired. That seemed to have changed this year . . . .

I don't know how someone can continue to puff Wynn up as a potential second-string running back after a game where he was easily the most pedestrian of the five running backs that took snaps. I guess its improvement over last week, when Wynn was puffed up as a potential starter.

Small moves, Sparks. Small moves.

At this stage, Jackson is just in another class than Wynn entirely and its not simply a function of "attitude." If Wynn had the can-do attitude of Daniel Russo---Jackson would still be ahead of him on the depth chart. At this point, Wynn has his work cut out for himself just to make the team, something he couldn't do last year.

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Bedard and the Everlasting Gobstopper

From Bedard's postgame chat (sub req'd) when asked a question about the amount of blitzing the first preseason game:

[T]here are many, many coaches (Mangini, Belichick, Nick Saban, etc.) that would never show their hand. They like to think football is some great secret, like they're coming up with things no one has ever seen before -- think the football version of the Everlasting Gobstopper. While McCarthy definitely wants to surprise the Chicago Bears with some unseen things in the season opener, McCarthy also has to balance that against the need to practice these blitzes, which are so predicated on timing.

Good stuff. And I think Bedard is right on this one. It's football. They actually air some of these football games on live television for the whole world to see. There aren't that many secrets. I can see wanting to keep an occasional gadget play secret, but aside from that you need to be good at the things you need to be good at.

Why wait until the regular season to figure out if you are good at the things you need to be good at?

Another interesting point thing about Bedard's post is if you pay very close attention there is an admission in there somewhere that it is sometimes okay to do things differently than Bill Belichick.

Who knew?

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The Third Down Bail Out

The Football Outsiders have predicted that the Packer offense will slide this year. This has got to seem counter-intuitive to most Packer fans as the offense is (except for Driver and Clifton) young and on the rise. FO's reasoning is mainly statistics based:

Their offense was flukily-effective on third down last year. We've found that teams that play much better on third down than they do on first or second down in a given season almost always see their third down play decline in the subsequent season. The Packers were 11th in the league in first down offensive DVOA last year, and 22nd on second down, but had the second-best offense in the league on third down. That's extremely unlikely to recur.

The thinking here is that over the long run you cannot count on an offense to "bail itself out" of a tough third down. In short, high productivity on third down is as much a function of luck as it is skill. And luck tends to even out over the long run. Or so goes the argument.

I have done my own---profoundly unscientific---study and I'm not sure that that FO's reasoning will hold true for the Packers this season. The thing that strikes me when looking at the Packers 2008 3rd down opportunities is the number of big plays on third and short. McCarthy is a very aggressive third down playcaller (in part because he is more willing to go for it on fourth down). While the conventional team will plunge forward for 1, 2, 3 or 4 yards to pick up third and short, McCarthy (again completely unscientific here) at least seems to be far more willing to attack through the air.

In fact, I often hate this quite a bit. I don't know how many times I have yelled at my television screen when McCarthy dials up a pass play on 3rd and 2.

Nevertheless, I suspect that this approach might skew the third down DVOA, which measures each play's outcome versus the typical outcome. When the typical outcome on third and short is a 2 or 3 yard gain, and the Packers connect on a 30 yard pass, I suspect it is going to skew the third down DVOA quite a bit. Just a hunch.

If the 3rd down DVOA is a function of tactical decisions rather than luck, one would not expect the Packers to slip that much (if at all).

That said, last night there was a lot third (and fourth) down bail outs. Both Packer touchdown drives included third and ten situations. Rodgers connected with Driver for the long TD on the first one. On the second, McCarthy called a running play and the Browns gave the Packers a freebie first down via fourth down penalty. In addition, Flynn connnected with Jones on two third an 9 situations. All in the first half.

Here, I agree with FO that these types of outcomes are unsustainable in the long run. The Packers have to "stay ahead of the sticks." That will be something to watch for this preseason.

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Is the JS Comparing Finley to Sterling Sharpe?

Interesting headline:

"Sterling exhibition: Tight end Finley developing into an impact player for Green Bay."

A) Is this intentional? Of course it is.

B) Is it just a tad premature? It seems to be.

ADDENDUM: The original title to this post was "Is McGinn..." but I think its usually an editor that writes the headline, rather than the journalist, so I corrected my own title for the sake of accuracy.

Jones v. Nelson: The Prelude

James Jones had a nice start in his battle with Jordy Nelson to become the third receiver behind Jennings and Driver. He finished the game with 3 receptions for 43 yards, and bailed the team out twice on third and long (more on that in a coming post).


The No. 3 wide receiver Saturday night and throughout camp has been James Jones, not Jordy Nelson.

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Packer Castoffs Have a Big Day

Samkon Gado is staking his claim to become the Rams' top back-up running back behind Steven Jackson. Among other things he busted out a 77 yard touchdown run. Good for him. He always seemed like a genuinely good guy. Its nice to see guys like that perservere and find success. Hopefully, Gado can keep it up.

David Clowney "dazzled" in the same game, finishing with over 100 yards receiving and catching a deep ball from Mark Sanchez. There was some discussion about this on the live blog (and lots of fans disagree with me on this one), but I have a hunch that Clowney will be one player that Thompson will wish he had back.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cutler QB/GM

From the horse's ass's mouth:

I think they're definitely going to ask me. If they don't ask me, I'm going to tell them what I think because I've got to be the one throwing to them on game day, and I've got to trust them.

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Respect to Raji

The hold out was frustrating for all, but Raji should be commended for conducting himself like a professional throughout the whole ordeal. (There are folks in the Packers headquarters that could learn a thing or two about professionalism from Raji.)

Contract holdouts happen. It's part of sports and its part of life. That doesn't mean that there is a "bad guy" in the negotiations. That is. . . unless the participants to the negotiation run and whine to the media about how they are being "insulted" or how they are prepared to "sit out all season"

As far as hold outs go, I think Raji handled it about as well as he possibly could.

And yes Raji got a little carried away with The Promise:





Should we string him up for being over-exuberant about starting his career with the Packers? At bottom, everyone knew when he made The Promise that it takes two to tango.

And I would emphasis that The Promise was that "There will be no problem, as far as holding out on my end." Should we hold Raji responsible if the Packers didn't even begin to negotiate in earnest until late July? Is it really reasonable to expect him to sign the first offer that comes across the table. Who knows who was responsible for the length of the holdout, maybe it was Raji's fault, or Thompson's, or Russ Ball's (aka the scapegoat du jour).

You know who knows?

Only Raji, his agents, and the Packers. That's it.

And for that, Raji should be commended.

My new favorite Packer.

Stryker Sulak.

Really. Mr. and Mrs. Sulak named their baby "Stryker." That is awesome.

Strange story, the Raiders drafted him in the sixth round and then cut him before signing him to a contract.

Their loss.

First name Stryker and an onomatopoetic last name.

Stryker Sulak

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The "Family Night" Bait and Switch

So fans shelled out 10 bucks a person to attend the "Family Night" scrimmage that did not happen due to bad weather. Are the Packers going to give them a break?


Murphy said fans would be provided free admission to the Packers Hall of Fame through August with a ticket stub from the scrimmage and the purchase of a Lambeau Field tour. A ticket to the Hall of Fame is $10, a stadium tour costs $11 and a combined ticket costs $19.

After some fans criticized the plan that forces them to return and buy something else in order to get something back, Murphy responded.

Now the team is offering fans who attended the scrimmage free admission to the Hall of Fame with the purchase of a stadium tour or by stating that the person already had paid for a tour in 2009. The offer stands for the rest of the season.

Wait. So fans bought a ticket to Family Night and instead received "free"---Mark Murphy apparently has no f-----g clue what the word "free" actually means---admission to the Packer Hall of Fame if they buy a Lambeau tour or if they lie and say that they did take a Lambeau tour in in the last six months.

But what about fans that have already been to the Packer HOF?

Screw them. I mean what have they ever done for the Packers?

Shouldn't the Packers just give a refund? Not according to Murphy because "We had all the expenses as if the scrimmage had been held."

Right. But fans also had the same expenses---10 dollars---as if the scrimmage was held. So someone has to eat the loss. Murphy would rather it be the suckers---or rather fans---that paid 10 bucks to come out and support their team and get an early glimpse of the 2009 season.

What are those jerks gonna do anyhow? Start cheering for the Bears?

Just because Packer fans are loyal doesn't mean you get to treat them like chumps.

Now Murphy's brilliant proposed marketing alliance with Favre is starting to come into focus. The plan was to put up billboards all across Wisconsin with Favre laughing and giving fans the finger.

I am the only one who misses Bob Harlan?

Lastly: if you bought a ticket to Family Night sell it to someone who wants to go to the Packer HOF. If you don't want to sell it: give it away.

Astroturf

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Or this?






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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

If You Can't Find Something Nice to Twitter, Don't Twitter Anything At All.

Earlier this summer the Packers came out with a Twitter policy for players. The team desperately needs to hammer out a Twitter policy for the front office as well. Nagler has the whole story at CHTV. In short, Packers PR Director Jeff Blumb wrote a couple Twitter posts---I will not call them tweets---I just won't---accusing Bedard or being played or bribed by Raji's agents.

Maybe Bedard is being played. Maybe not. For me, that is completely besides the point.

The Packers are a corporation valued at over a billion dollars. The team should not be disseminating information and launching accusations at reporters via Twitter snark-o-gram.

Completely bush league.

Not to mention completely contrary to company policy that "if it has to do with business or money or something of a proprietary nature, [its not] appropriate to talk about."

I bet Blumb feels like an ass this morning and wishes he could take the unbecoming Twitter posts back. Hopefully he learned the lesson to never Twitter angry.

The advice given to lawyers is that when a lawyer writes a letter while annoyed or angry at the other side to place the letter in a desk drawer and read it over again in the morning. The hope is that with a little more distance we can tone down any inflammatory portions and treat each other like professionals.

Of course that advice is easier to follow when you have to stuff a letter in an envelope and give it to Mr. Zip than it is with email and Twitter. The whole point of Twitter is to tell the world how you feel RIGHT THIS SECOND (Hey look: a bird!).

Nevertheless, Blumb is the Director of Public Relations. If he cannot behave with restraint and professionalism he needs a new line of work.

And I do hope he acts like the bigger man and apologizes to Bedard.



Monday, August 10, 2009

Wynn Probably Won't

I've seen a lot of chatter about Deshawn Wynn lately. The current thinking is that Wynn might push Grant for playing time (apparently leapfrogging right over Brandon Jackson in the process).

I'm not buying it.

Last season, the Packers kept Lumpkin---an undrafted free agent rookie---over Wynn for a good reason: Lumpkin outplayed Wynn.

After Wynn was cut, teams weren't exactly falling over themselves to sign him. If each team kept 3 running backs that means there were 96 running backs to start the season that were more worthy of a roster spot than Wynn. It took an injury to one of them for Wynn to crack a roster.

Wynn has been a marginal NFL player. I'd love to be surprised here, but I don't see that changing.

An interesting question is: why are so many fans sleeping on Brandon Jackson? If any back on the roster will challenge Grant for playing time, it will be Jackson.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ted Thompson Explains His "Secrecy"

Thompson tells McGinn: "[I]f it has to do with business or money or something of a proprietary nature, I don't think it's appropriate to talk about it."

I agree with this approach 100%. I know the folks in the media think Thompson's first priority should be to keep them in the loop on the inner-workings of the Packers front office, but I don't. His job is to put a winning football team on the field.

Loose lips sink ships.

If you want a good example, look to our rivals in Minnesota. How much better off would that team be if its front office and coaching staff could have kept its freaking mouth shut? They very publicly courted Favre for 3 months, but now he's not on the team and Jackson and Rosenfels still are. What kind of message did Vikings send to Jackson and Rosenfels? What kind of message did that send to Jackson's and Rosenfel's teammates? How much confidence do you think the rest of the locker room have in Jackson and Rosenfel?

I realize that for Favre the drama is half the battle, so preventing a media circus is not as easy as it should be. Still the Vikings would be far better off today had they played it closer to the chest. Absolutely, nothing good came of it EXCEPT:

It was great for the media.

And that's what McGinn cares about. So spare me the phony outrage that Thompson is "insulting the intelligence of fans" or that fans don't know "anything about the team" because of Thompson. It ain't about the fans. It's about the media.

So if Thompson wants to keep his mouth shut: I'm fine with that. If Thomspon wants to err on the side of keeping his mouth shut, I'm fine with that. If that upsets McGinn, I'm fine with that.

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Another Fishy Blog Post

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Two Fantastic Milwaukee Bands Featuring the Banjo

I just realized that my two favorite Milwaukee bands both prominently feature the banjo. Weird. I wonder what that says about me?

The first is The Scarring Party a band consisting of a banjo, accordion, and a tuba:




You should also check out their awesome cover of Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows."

The second is a rockin' bluegrass outfit called the .357 Stringband:



Why the Packers Should (Maybe) Consider Mike Vick.

If it made "roster sense" (it doesn't) I would absolutely support Thompson signing Mike Vick. Whoever does ultimately sign him will be very happy that they did. There is not a doubt in my mind that Vick would make any team in the league better. People poo-poo his passing ability, and that's fair, but shortsighted. He just brings so much else to the table. He has made many defenses look like clowns.

But the real reason to sign him is that next spring he will be a hot commodity. I guarantee it.

The NFL is a follow-the-leader-copycat league. Everyone is afraid of the PR hit they will take by signing Vick. But once one team sticks its neck out and the rest of the league realizes that fans were largely supportive of Vick getting another chance, NFL teams will be lining up for Vick's services next offseason.

Also, don't underestimate the power of the NFL fluff-machine. The NFL PR folks somehow made Ray Lewis a likable star. Get ready for a barrage of stories about how Vick turned his life around, found God, and has re-dedicated himself to his community, etc., etc. He also has the backing and mentoring of one of the NFL's genuine good guys, Tony Dungy.

That said, I just don't see a place for Vick on the Packers squad (unless he is willing to come aboard as the 5th wideout and QB on gimmick plays). I'm rather high on Matt Flynn, and there is no way that the Packers cut Brohm this season. Moreover, there is little chance that the Packers keep 4 qbs.

But if the Packers have an injury at QB, I hope Thompson picks up the phone to inquire about Vick.

Un-Fairey

He's a smoker. He's a midnight toker. But don't call him a Joker. Or Maurice. But especially not a Joker.

When I first saw the ObamaJoker poster, I laughed out loud. What was going on? Is it mocking Obama? Or is it an ironic poke at a perceived over-the-top villainization of Obama by his political opponents? Or is it mocking Shepard Fairey and his ubiquitous sloganeering? Perhaps all three at the same time?

I still don't know.

The poster seems to provoke a strong reaction in everyone, followed by confusion as its audience tries to decypher its meaning. There is a word for this phenomenon: art.

Now that the reviews are coming in that the poster is "dangerous," it may not just be art, it very well might be great art.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Friendly Wager to Nagler Version 2.0

So Nagler has ducked my first bet that James Jones finishes the season with more yards than Jordy Nelson: "because Jones is used downfield a hell of a lot more than Nelson."

Okay, that is a fair enough point: I bet Aaron Nagler that Jones finishes the season with more receptions than Nelson.

One green Abe Lincoln.

Flynn v. Brohm/McGinn v. Bedard

A rivalry on the field and in the pressbox.

Bedard: Brohm is much improved, Flynn looks like just a guy.

McGinn: "Flynn has remained comfortably ahead of Brian Brohm for the No.2 job behind Aaron Rodgers. He's more of a take-charge leader than Brohm and is throwing the better ball."

I've got my money on Team McFlynn, but I'm happy to hear that Brohm looks improved.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Jets Give the Packers Their Seventh Round Pick Back

The Jets have given the Packers their 7th round pick back, for confusing reasons. And the more Thompson tries to explain it, the more confusing it seems:

There were some future picks tied up that weren't in clear possession of the Jets based on the conditions of the trade," Thompson said.

(The conditions of the trade) seemed remote enough. The Jets needed a little bit more flexibility in case they wanted to use some future picks to trade. So since that seventh rounder was sort of a throwaway on the (Favre trade), we agreed to change some language in the trade papers in return for the seventh-round pick.

That's all there was to it. People do that from time to time; change some language of the trade."

What tha...?

I think what Thompson is saying is that there were some long shot possibilities that the Jets would owe the Packers some additional compensation based upon unlikely future events.

My guess is that based upon the language in the trade the Jets would owe the Packers more picks if Favre were to (for example) take the Jets to the playoffs in 2009. Technically, that could still happen if Favre were to re-sign with the Jets this season.

Seems pretty damn unlikely, but still possible. Nevertheless, the Jets would have a harder time trading that pick because it is technically tied up in a trade with the Packers.

Therefore the Jets asked the Packers to release or waive their future interest in the pick(s). To which Thompson asked "Be glad to. What's in it for us?"

What's interesting is that the trade took place over the draft weekend: before the Jets cut Favre so that he could contemplate re- unretiring.

Cool Big Star Cover.

I'm not sure how I missed this one, Thirteen by Big Star is one of my all time favorite songs. Garbage has been one all time favorite bands. You would think that I would know that Garbage covered Thirteen. Anyhow, I just stumbled across this:

Why I Just Can't Get Worked Up About Raji's Contract Situation

I know how it is important for rookies to be in camp. I know that Raji pledged that he would not hold out. I know I should be worked up, or at least a little agitated about Raji's contract situation.

But, I'm just not.

Raji's deal will get done. And, while it isn't ideal, missing part of his rookie camp will not doom his career.

Contract disputes are just part of sports. Unless the dispute becomes a distraction a la Javon Walker there is no point in getting worked up about it.

Will There Be a Third Season of Flight of the Concords Afterall?

The conventional wisdom has always been "no." Especially after the season two finale in which Bret and Jermain get deported and return to their sheep herding ways:




The new show Hung has also been renewed. When I first heard the premise of Hung (highschool teacher with a big penis becomes a male prostitute) I was certain HBO was scraping the bottom of the barrel (maybe even the underside of the barrel).

After a few weeks I can honestly say that Hung is a promising show that is at its heart about family values (really). It also has a mean libertarian streak---from its nonjudgmental depiction of sex work to a scene where the cops tell the main character that he must take a down a camping tent in his own back yard because of zoning regulations---which I also enjoy.

A Friendly Wager to Nagler

Aaron at CHTV casts himself as a voice in the wilderness regarding James Jones. He is one of the few that sees Jones for the creampuff that he is.

In fact, last night during Packer Transplants, Nagler predicted that Jones would be the Packers fourth receiver this year (behind Jennings, Driver, and Nelson).


There is only one way to settle this dispute: a poetry slam.

Well, that or a gentleman's wager. Therefore, I bet you Aaron Nagler FIVE American Dollars that James Jones finishes the season with more yards than Jordy Nelson.

Do you accept?

Total non sequitur---Jordy is the name of a famous rapping French baby. His most famous song was Dur Dur D'etre Baby (It's hard to be a baby):





Thanks to CHTV, Rail Bird, and Packers Lounge.

Thanks to CHTV, Rail Bird, and Packers Lounge for putting together another great show. I know a ton of time and talent goes into each production. It was a lot of fun to take part in the live blog, and I would certainly like to do it again.

Also, respect to Jermichael Finley who came through in overtime. He also manned up and answered uncomfortable questions about his Rodgers comments from last year. Nagler also handled the interview like a pro. Good stuff.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Packer Nation Live Blog




Mandatory Blood Tests With No Probable Cause

A Wisconsin legislator is considering introducing a bill requiring mandatory blood tests for any driver involved in fatal car accident, even if there is no probable cause to suspect the driver has been drinking. Presumably, a blood test would be required even if the driver passed a field sobriety test.

The legislation is being pushed by grieving parents and it appears one legislators has bought into it and will likely introduce the bill. The rationale behind the legislation:

  1. If drivers who have died in a car accident must have their blood drawn why shouldn't we similarly force driver who have survived?
  2. If you have nothing to hide what's the big deal?

The answer to the first question is that the deceased do not have constitutional rights, unlike living people. If you buy into the second point, we might as well repeal the Fourth Amendment. Why not authorize the cops to barge into anyone home unannounced? What do you have to hide you filthy criminal?

It seems like the cops dropped the ball on this occasion, but I have a hard time believing that drivers are beating field sobriety tests (or Breathalyzer tests) left and right to make this law necessary.

Imagine going through one of the most traumatic experiences of you life only to have the medic show up and start poking you with needles so that you can prove that you are innocent of a crime for which no probable cause even exists.

I (truly) sympathize for the grieving parents pushing the legislation. It is a heart wrenching story. As a father, I can't imagine what that would be like.

However, grieving are parents not necessarily in the best position to be setting a legislative agenda.

Live Tonight : Packer Blogcast

CHTV, Railbird, and Packers Lounge have combined forces like Voltron to bring another live Cheesehead Nation broadcast at 8PM Central Time. Guests include Wayne Larrivee and Jermicheal Finley. I'll be participating on the live blog.

You'd better be there.

And if you're not there you'd better be dead, or in jail.

And if you're in jail?

Breaaaaak oooooooout!