Tag:Green Bay Packers
Posted on: July 12, 2010 4:10 pm

Taking care of the Packers

The Green Bay Post Gazette has a story today about the preparation the workers at St. Norbet College are undergoing in preparation for hosting the Packers training camp. We’ve done you the favor of excerpting the best part:

The environment is also hectic. St. Norbert is responsible for a continental breakfast each morning, dinner, a late-night snack, a constant supply of beverages, van rides to and from Ray Nitschke Field and the operation of Victor McCormick Residence Hall. NFL teams can bring 80 players to camp, and the Packers bunk two to a room on three floors of the St. Norbert dorm. The number dwindles as players are released and the team shrinks its roster to 53 at the end of training camp.

The countdown to camp has begun and Froelich is in the middle of preparation. He’s in constant contact with seven to eight food vendors and a dozen other venders. Cases of water, 120 to be exact, are ordered just to start with, and the menu is nearly complete. Dinners consist of three entrees a night — a seafood, poultry and another meat option. There are a variety of starches, vegetables and a salad bar, desserts and a healthy bar with a another entrée option. The kitchen makes its own sauces and has three food deliveries a week to ensure fresh ingredients. The late-night snack includes sandwiches, salads, one more entrée and other items.

--Andy Benoit 

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Posted on: July 11, 2010 3:19 pm

A test of fortitude

What makes the people we cover so newsworthy, so fascinating? Is it the fantastic athleticism that so many people admire, or is it the rugged determination that have led these special people to the apex of their careers and their lives where writers pen sonnets to them?

I’d argue that it’s the latter. Just the sheer odds it takes for somebody to fully reach their potential that they then can share with the world is enough to inspire us all.

I’m not talking about NFL players, though. No, I’m talking about Tina Dollar-Hibbard.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette details her story here. Basically, 40 years after joining the Packers waiting list, she finally was selected to buy season tickets this season (she’s one of 126 new season ticket holders this year).

From the story:

(Tina’s father) Lowell, whose friends called him Johnny, put all four of his daughters’ names on the list when they were young. Tina was added in 1970, when she was 5. When the Packers added 12,000 seats following a $295 million stadium renovation in 2003, Tina’s three sisters received tickets.

Tina had to wait until now.

The wait remains lengthy because most of the team’s season ticket holders come back year after year, even passing them on after death to family members. This season, 99.6 percent of season ticket holders renewed.

Last year, 99.4 percent renewed and 192 new names received the letter that fans on the waiting list anticipate for years. Every other year since the 2003 expansion, that number has ranged between 50 and 70.

Naturally, Dollar-Hibbard is pretty excited by her new arrangement.

“I need to decide who I am going to take with me,” she told the paper. “I’ve had a lot of offers.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 11, 2010 11:38 am

The second career of Al Harris

Al Harris, Packers cornerback, the recipient of 21 career interceptions and two Pro Bowl invitations and … Christian rapper? Apparently so.

Nice read by Greg Bishop in today’s New York Times , profiling Harris and a childhood friend – who also happens to be an ex-convict – as they prepare to embark on a new musical journey.

All these years since the two grew up together in south Florida, they’ve always had at least one common interest.

"All these years, music kept coming up, kept bringing us together," Harris told the newspaper. "It always came back to music, no matter what we did, or where we went."

The story, if you’re interested, actually details the life and times of Kevin Soto moreso than Harris. But if you like stories that could turn from tragedy into redemption – and if you like a little God with your hip-hop – take a few minutes to look at it.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 11:06 pm

Expansion for Lambeau Field?

A few years ago, the Green Bay Packers renovated Lambeau Field. In a few years from now, they could be renovating again. The Business Journal of Milwaukee reports that the Packers are brainstorming around the idea of expanding the NFL’s most historic stadium by some 8,000 seats. The stadium currently seats 72,928.

To add 8,000 seats, the Packers would enclose the south end of the stadium. This would help trap sound and increase crowd noise. Team president Mark Murphy said, “We are looking at a number of options.”

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:11 pm

Not much new with Underwood case

Packers DB Brandon Underwood remains stuck in limbo.

His attorney, Richard Kaiser, told the Associated Press that Underwood is the target of a sexual assault investigation by the Sauk County district attorney’s office, but the prosecutor in the case still hasn’t made it clear whether he’ll charge the second-year player.

Two women told police that Underwood sexually assaulted them earlier this month, but their statements, police have said, contained inconsistencies.

Right now, there doesn’t appear to be a timetable for this issue to be resolved.

--Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 3:39 pm

Charles Woodson's Interesting Offseason Workouts

There is an article Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about how Charles Woodson has turned to boxing as part of his workout regimen. This is nothing unique; a lot of NFL players, including a handful of Woodson’s Packer teammates, have become offseason pugilists lately.

What jumps out in Bedard’s article is this little tidbit:

“Woodson, 33, has never been out of shape. But he admitted that at this time of year he has usually been at least 12 pounds over his playing weight of about 200. Then he uses training camp to get work in and weight down before the season starts.”

Throughout his career, Woodson has always done his own thing during the offseason. He rarely shows up at voluntary workouts and OTA’s. Often, players who stay away – especially veteran players like Fred Taylor, Troy Polamalu, Brian Waters and pretty much anyone who played at the University of Miami – claim they get a better workout on their own than with the team. When they show up at training camp, they’re in top shape.

But Woodson seems to go about things differently. He uses training camp as a time to round into shape. Coaches these days often claim this is an erroneous route to take (training camp is too late to catch up, they say). If offseason workouts are a black or white issue, how could you not side with Woodson? Not only has he had perhaps a Hall of Fame caliber career, he’s also gotten better with age.

Of course, not every player is Charles Woodson. Not every player is responsible enough to stay “near top shape” in the offseason and know how to flip the switch at just the right time. Not every player can skip practices nursing minor injuries during the regular season and still perform on Sundays. But clearly, Woodson is doing something right, and whatever he’s doing is unconventional in today’s NFL.

(P.S. It’d be unfair if we didn’t note that the thesis of Bedard’s article is that Woodson, for the first time, is in tip-top shape already, thanks to the boxing.)

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 9:14 pm

Good vibes out of Packers camp

Two good pieces of news for the Packers today.

No. 1: coach Mike McCarthy, sufficiently impressed with the way his team practiced last week, canceled the team’s final workout and meetings of the offseason, which would have occurred Wednesday.

“I've felt really coming off of Wednesday's and Thursday's practice last week that it was appropriate,” he told reporters at his news conference. “I think our players have earned that and deserve that.”

No. 2: Home run derby!!!

McCarthy called it a team-building event, and the prize was a secret that rested underneath a tarp on the sideline. Coaches said the winner would receive the car that was hidden under the covering. But after rookie OT Bryan Bulaga clubbed the longest hit to win the prize, the tarp was removed and there sat a trunk-less, door-less Saturn.

As ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert noted, the words, “To Super Bowl – Dallas” were spray-pained on the side. Wrote Seifert: “If it leaves now, the car could probably make it to Texas by January.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 2:00 pm

Position Change for Cullen Jenkins?

What you’re about to read contains no typos or errors: according to Rob Demovsky of PackersNews.com, Green Bay defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins has been getting reps at outside linebacker. Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has taken some heat from Jenkins in the past for not always using his playmakers enough. (Jenkins, by the way, looks foolish with this gripe, as Green Bay’s D ranked second in yardage, first in interceptions and 11th in sacks last season.)

Now Jenkins, a strong but agile athlete with fantastic lateral mobility, has a chance to operate in the ultimate playmaking position: 3-4 outside linebacker. Demovsky writes:

A 295-pound linebacker isn’t unheard of. Remember Pittsburgh’s Levon Kirkland? (Of course, Kirkland was an inside linebacker.) Given their depth along the defensive line, the Packers can afford to move Jenkins around. Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett are major contributors at end (assuming Jolly isn’t in prison for felony drug charges), former first-round pick Justin Harrell may finally be healthy and second-round rookie Mike Neal is coming aboard.

--Andy Benoit

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“Jenkins still played his share of snaps as a defensive end in the base 3-4 defense, but in several drills today in which Capers employed his nickel package, Jenkins was at LOLB. And it wasn’t exclusively rushing the quarterback. He dropped into coverage on several plays, and the 6-foot-2, 305-pounder said he felt comfortable doing so.

He said he hopes to shed a few more pounds and play this season at between 295 and 300 pounds. Other than a handful of snaps standing up last season, he hasn’t played off the line of scrimmage since his freshman year at Central Michigan.”

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