Posted on: August 3, 2008 2:16 am
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Big Catch

Wow, I feel like I left home and just came back. Unfortunately I've been gone from sportsline for a couple months due to some personal happenings including a temporary move to St. Louis that didn't work out.

 

Anyway, they say that no news is good news. Well there certainly seems to be an abundance of news surrounding the Packers organization and players lately. It's not news to anyone that the ongoing battle between the Packers and Brett Favre has by no means ceased. The newest stuff on that front is that Brett does not want to accept a financial reconciliation in attempt to keep him in retirement. Meanwhile, Roger Goodell stated in an interview today that he will most likely rule on Favre's reinstatement on Monday and he is hopeful the front office and Favre will have things mostly resolved by then. Good luck with that, Roger.

Now for a word from ME on the matter of what/where/when Brett Favre shall play:

What- It's obvious that Brett know realizes sitting down on his tractor for 12 months out of the year is not a phase of life he is ready to accept. He forgot the love, passion, and itch he has for the game of football and only focused on how his body and brain were completely exhausted by season's end.

Where- Any sensible Packers fan will tell you that we don't want to see our beloved QB hero play anywhere besides the Frozen Tundra. But obviously our passionate fanhood is not the only thing to consider here. Brett's a normal human being who has a drive and commitment to be the best he can be for the longest he can be. Personally, I would cry and have a nervous breakdown at the sight of Favre in the uniform of any other team ESPECIALLY the Minnesota Vikings.

When- As soon as Roger rules, the Packers will have 24 hours to trade him, release him, or move him to their active roster. So keep your eyes peeled for that.

 

Brett Favre is the best of the best....he's the greatest of them all. Yet he is being ridiculed by biased media facilities for not being able to make up his mind. Being a diehard Favre fan myself, I have a hard time believing he would lie to thousands upon thousands of fans not to mention his superiors in the office staff.

 

Meanwhile, the other happening news is RB Ryan Grant was officially signed to a reported 4 year 18 million contract. No offical numbers have been released but that is a guesstimate. That's a huge deal for Ryan and we are very proud of him. He is a fantastic young player with loads of potential.

 

Well, my good true Packers fans....my bed time has come but please do message me...start conversation. That's what my temporarily postponed blog is for. :-)

 

Have a great Sunday!

 

Cheez

Category: NFL
Posted on: May 6, 2008 11:16 am
 

Perhaps a diamond in the rough?

After Mr. Irrelavent, it's over. Everybody else's shot at getting their name called over a loudspeaker at Radio City Music Hall is over. But that doesn't mean they won't have an opportunity to find a niche in the NFL.

The Packers signed 11 non-drafted free agents:

6 <font onmouseover="bP('smith_taj', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Taj Smith WR 6-0, 192
Syracuse (Newark, N.J.)

Smith, 24, played two seasons for the Orange and totaled 56 catches for 1,049 yards and eight touchdowns. He previously attended Bakersfield (Calif.) College, where his 1,670 career receiving yards and 16 career touchdowns both rank second all-time.

7 <font onmouseover="bP('debauche_ken', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Ken DeBauche P 6-1, 213
Wisconsin (Green Bay, Wis.)

DeBauche, 23, served as the punter all four seasons at Wisconsin, where his 42.4-yard average ranks second-best in school history. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection this past season

HES A HOMETOWN BOY!!

13 <font onmouseover="bP('allen_jake', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Jake Allen WR 6-4, 190
Mississippi College (Waynesboro, Miss.)

Allen, 23, earned first-team Division III All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association in 2007. He established school records in receptions (152), receiving yards (2,867) and receiving touchdowns (26) in just three seasons at Mississippi College.
18 <font onmouseover="bP('harper_rod', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Rod Harper WR 6-0, 209
Murray State (Bradenton, Fla.)

Harper, 23, led the Racers with 57 catches for 779 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2007 and earned second-team all-conference honors in the Ohio Valley Conference. He ranks third in school annals in both career receiving yards (1,653) and touchdowns (20).

28 <font onmouseover="bP('lumpkin_kregg', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Kregg Lumpkin RB 5-11, 222
Georgia (Stone Mountain, Ga.)

Lumpkin, 23, was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs and part of a senior class that compiled 40 wins, three bowl wins and an SEC title. He appeared in 44 career games and rushed for 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns.

44 <font onmouseover="bP('riley_marcus', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Marcus Riley LB 6-0, 233
Fresno State (Elk Grove, Calif.)

Riley, 23, was honored as the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 after he posted 132 tackles (64 solos), including 15 stops for loss, three forced fumbles and an interception. He appeared in 39 career games, including 30 starts.

46 <font onmouseover="bP('jansen_j.j.', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">J.J. Jansen LS 6-2 254
Notre Dame (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Jansen, 22, became the long snapper for the Irish midway through his sophomore season, appearing in the final 32 games of his career. He made eight career tackles as a member of the punt coverage unit.

47 <font onmouseover="bP('peterson_mike', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Mike Peterson TE 6-2, 255
Northwest Missouri State (Atlantic, Iowa)

Peterson, 25, was a three-year starter, earning All-America honors in his final two seasons. In 53 career games, he totaled 141 receptions for 1,987 yards and 17 touchdowns and also rushed 14 times for 94 yards and one touchdown.

49 <font onmouseover="bP('haynos_joey', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Joey Haynos TE 6-8, 264
Maryland (Washington, D.C.)

Haynos, 23, appeared in 43 career games, including 12 starts, for the Terrapins after walking on to the team in 2003. An honorable mention All-ACC selection in 2006, he finished his collegiate career with 68 catches for 687 yards and four touchdowns.

58 <font onmouseover="bP('lansanah_danny', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Danny Lansanah LB 6-1, 244
Connecticut (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Lansanah, 22, finished his career with the Huskies with 323 tackles, including 35 stops for loss, and 10 interceptions. A team captain and All-Big East first-team selection as a senior, he appeared in 45 games, including 34 starts.

64 <font onmouseover="bP('carvalho_brennen', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Brennen Carvalho C 6-1, 294
Portland State (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Carvalho, 21, was a unanimous Division I FCS (formerly I-AA) All-America selection in his final two seasons. A three-time All-Big Sky Conference selection who made 39 consecutive starts, he was awarded the Rimington Trophy in 2007 as the nation's top center at the NCAA Division I FCS level.

Now off to take my cold medication!

Later peeps.

Cheez

 

Category: NFL
Tags: Packers
 
Posted on: May 2, 2008 1:02 pm
 

I can't come up with a catchy title

Sorry- my imagination must be burried somewhere out in the 3 feet of snow in my backyard. Yes it's May 2nd, and South Dakota got dumped on... snowed in. All day.

So my life must be fulfilled via my blog on sportlsine.com.Yay! Not.

But there is some news coming out of Green Bay and no different from any other year, a great deal of it has to do with Brett Favre. Retired or not, he's a legend.

For starters, the Madden vidro game announced that he will grace the cover for the '09 game. If memory serves, that will mark the first time a retired player has done so.

Secondly, the Pro Football Writers of America announced that Favre will be honored with their 2008 Good Guy Award... so one more for the old man.

The Packers have also announced the starting date of mini camps... so we'll see how these rooks do.

Well, time to go shovel again so my dog can do his buziness.

Later peeps.

CHEEZ

Category: NFL
Tags: Packers
 
Posted on: April 28, 2008 9:22 am
 

Jordy who?

Well folks, the show's over. At least until the heat of mid-July infiiltrates the hearts and minds of players young and younger in Green Bay, WI. The draft has come to a close, and the Packers step away from it in a very different position than they entered it. As of Friday, Aaron Rodgers and Craig Nall were IT. If Rodgers went down, Nall would go in. If Nall went down.... there was not end to that sentence. It's not so now. Not one, but TWO Quarterbacks share in the grave misfortune with Rodgers that is following Brett Favre. Brian Brohm, formerly of Louisville, and Matt Flynn, formerly of LSU, are the two quarterbacks whom Ted Thompson has given the responsibility of feuling young Rodgers to greantess. Here is a complete listing of the Packers 2008 Draft Class.. starting with.. Jordy who?

  • Round 2, Pick 36- WR Jordy Nelson, Kansas State
  • Round 2, Pick 56- QB Brian Brohm, Louisville
  • Round 2, Pick 60- CB Patrick Lee, Auburn
  • Round 3, Pick 91- TE Jermichael Finley, Texas
  • Round 4, Pick 102- DE Jeremy Thompson, Wake Forest
  • Round 4, Pick 135- OG Josh SItton, Central Florida
  • Round 5, Pick 150- OT Breno Giacomini, Louisville
  • Round 7, Pick 209- QB Matt Flynn, LSU
  • Round 7, Pick 217- WR Brett Swain, San Diego State

Well that about does it. Now it's up to the brilliant *cough cough* minds of Ted Thompson and his cohorts to put it together. I have my faith in Mike McCarthy, personally.

From Radio City Music Hall, in downtown New York City, I'm out!

Cheez

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 22, 2008 5:05 pm
 

It's a long trip alone

Hi all- Sorry I've been away so long...I had several personal issues to deal with regarding my immediate family and now I'm back.

Well, the draft is nearly here and I'm sure the Big Cheezes of the Packers front office are busy scurrying about making moves... I can see it now... Ted Thompson reclined in one of those black padded spinny chairs with his hands folded behind his head and his elbows pointing out wearing shorts that reveal his white legs and crisp white socks that come midway up his legs and beige sandals propped up on a long oval table with some his people sitting on either sides. Perhaps Mike McCarthy adorns the other end, also in socks [moderately shorter] and sandals, but his are burried beneath the overhang of the table and his elbows are resting on it, a black, clicky pen with a finger from his left hand on one end and his right on the other... ... ... ... ... Yeah... ... ... ...

I'm sure Aaron Rodgers is anxiously awaiting draft day... because it finally means that the Packers won't be drafting a different QB to replace Brett Favre.

I'm sure the sun is shining down on Holmgren Way and Brett Favre Pass... Lombardi Avenue too. The breeze is blowing leaves across the parking lot reminding us that even without NUMBER FOUR in town, football season does come again.

I'm sure I'm not the only Packers fan who feels an emptiness in my heart... this time of year is no different. Brett isn't normally around WI during these times... no he's somewhere... nowhere... in Mississippi riding his tractor... But somehow I feel that in the heart of every Packers fan there is a knowledge, a fear, a dread-- this time, come September-- Brett Favre won't be here. He'll never be here again. It won't be... "starting at Quarterback, #4, Brett Favre!!"... never...ever...again.

And though the sorrow I feel every day hurts more and more, I can remember that no matter what happens, there will always be another season. Even if it means Brett won't be here...football will be played, games won and lost, and the legend of a little town called Green Bay, WI will continue to grow...

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 8, 2008 11:43 am
 

With the draft just around the corner...

Hello my good fans of the Mighty Cheez... how is life?

With what is hopefully the last snow of the year (however doubtful that might be), I sit down to discuss the newest newsy news in Packerland.

The draft is right around the corner and the Packers Big Guys aren't enlightening us a whole lot on who they're looking at. Everyone has their own mock drafts out and about but no one really cares about the Packers. We have a crappy pick, thanks to our 13-3 season, so most of the big gunners will be gone from the board. I don't know about you, but I don't know if I totally trust Ted Thompson when it comes to drafting. AJ Hawk was an outstanding pick, and Aaron Rodgers--well we'll see how he pans out. LAST year's pick totally baffled me. There were far more talented players on the board than Justin Harrell, someone who didn't see grass his senior year at Tennessee. At the very least we could have drafted someone and then traded. Well let's see what the old dude has up his leave this year. God knows it can't be worse than last. On a happier note, the Packers will be holding their annual Lambeau Field Draft Party for those of you fortunate to actually live in Wisconsin. While the coaches and VIPs are burrowed away determining the future of the Cheez, players will be there to mingle and greet fans as well as sign autographs.

Once that is out of the way and summer has faded, the pre season will once again arrive, reminding us that no matter who retired, the football world does go on. The Packers pre season schedule has been announced--their two home games will be against Cincinnatti and Tennessee and their two road games will be @ San Francisco and @ Denver.

Shedding yet another tear for Brett Favre, I must find a Kleenez.

Until next time,

Cheez

Posted on: April 1, 2008 1:22 pm
 

MNF vs the Vikings

Hi all...

Not too much to report since until the draft this is a slow time. And I have the great privilege of dealing with a nasty cold.

Really the only thing of great interest going on right now is the Packers first opponent of the 2008 season has been announced and it is none other than the Minnesota Vikingsqueens! And...it just gets better...it will be at Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football! Could Aaron Rodgers ask for a better starting debue? I think not.

Can't wait for the draft... in the meantime, hang on to your cheezheads.

Later peeps.

Cheez

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 27, 2008 1:03 pm
 

Retirement News

Hello my fellow Cheezheads...

Just in case anyone hadn't heard, Rob Davis has officially retired from the NFL and will now join the Packers office staff as Director of Player Development. Having been the Packers' long snapper for 11 years, Davis holds the 3rd place position for consecutive games behind Brett Favre and Forrest Gregg. His new position with the Packers will include helping to maintain locker room cohesiveness and overall player health. Having been a Packer for so long, this task will no doubt be a great fit for Davis.

Also, for those diehard Cheez fans like me, I have included a little interivew with Mason Crosy, Packers kicker, in this blog, courtesy of www.packers.com.

How does it feel to be back?
It's good. It's kind of different, just thinking we're going to be lifting and working out. It's a new feel, with a bunch of the young guys here working out the first two weeks. It's good though. I was getting ready to get back and get in the groove of things.

Looking back, can you describe the emotions of losing the NFC Championship?
It was hard. All of a sudden it was done and we were on our own. I was so used to college, when the season's over and you know you still have school in the spring. So it was weird. I didn't know what to do with myself for a little while. I just kept working out, traveling around. So I feel good being back. It's been a good time off, and I'm ready to have that routine again.

What did you do to help get over it, recover from it?
I just tried to shut down, not think about football for a week. 'All right, it's done,' and you have to regroup, and now it's starting for next season. We're already in the new year, getting ready for next year. You take a week to say football is over for right now, and you build back up to coming back and getting ready to go. Right now it's just going to be lifting and running and getting back into shape, and I look forward to that, just getting the legs stronger and getting ready for next year.

How did it feel to see the Giants win the Super Bowl?
Obviously they had the system, they had something going where they weren't going to be denied. They put it together one more game. There's always that story that it's good to see the team you lose to win it all, but it kind of hurt, because you see that and we knew we should have been there, playing for that game, and I think we would have been in the same position.

What have you been up to during the offseason?
I went to Boulder the week after the game. I drove with a buddy out there, and that was nice to clear your mind with a long drive. I was in Boulder for a couple days and then I flew down to Texas, spent time with my family for a couple weeks. Then back to Boulder for another couple of weeks. I was in and out of Green Bay, coming back for Fan Fest. I kind of feel like I have three homes now - Green Bay, Boulder and Texas. I just made the circuit and spent a little time at each spot.

What's been the biggest highlight for you since the season ended?
Probably this last week. I went back home down to Texas, and an English soccer team comes in every year to my hometown. I was able to spend some time with them. They're a youth team, but that was a cool experience spending time with people from over in England. I've never really gotten to spend a lot of time with them individually before.

So did you play any soccer?
No, I didn't play. They come to America for a tournament in Dallas every year, an international tournament. They come for two weeks before to get acclimated, and then they go up to Dallas and play. They were an under-19 team, and we took them around. They played some matches and I got to watch. It was pretty enjoyable and relaxing.

If you had to grade yourself on your 2007 season, what grade would you give yourself?
That's a tough one. I didn't reach all my goals necessarily, so I'd probably say B-plus, something like that. I try to have high standards for myself, so now that this season is behind me, there are standards for next year. I'll have to get that percentage a little higher, but I have a mark and now it's time to build on that.

What's your biggest focus for the offseason program?
Just to keep getting flexibility, get in shape, running and lifting-wise. I just have to keep that leg strength up, work on that, and I'll work on my footwork and technique to the ball. I want to make sure I make good contact every time. That's kind of the mindset. We're not going to kick a lot early on right now, but it's one of those I can keep working on my footwork and my steps and make sure whenever we start hitting the ball that I'm hitting it consistently. Just the timing of the whole thing.

What was your personal favorite moment of last season, on or off the field?
On the field it had to be the game-winner that first game. Just starting off that way was unbelievable. Personally, my off-the-field thing was getting engaged. That was pretty exciting. It's nice being able to know I'll have some stability there.

When's the wedding?
It's in June, the end of June, right after all the mini-camps and stuff.

What are you most looking forward to about 2008? I imagine the wedding is pretty high on the list ...
Yeah, that's pretty high obviously. Personally, that's probably the biggest thing right now. My brother is graduating from high school, and that's pretty important to me and my family and everything. Otherwise, I think just going into next year, competing and making the team again and making sure I've improved from last year. That's probably my biggest thing, is making sure I set some good, solid goals and try to reach those.

 

Thanks to Mason Crosby for a great rookie year of kicking! Not only did he lead the league in scoring (first rookie since 1985 to do so), but he also surpassed Ryan Longwell's record for Packer points in one season. Congrats Mason! Invite us to the wedding!

Hope you enjoyed this... I will try to include interviews as often as I can.

Until later...

Cheez<!--UdmComment-->

 
 
 
 
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