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Green Bay Packers News Talk / AR on his contract dealings
« Last post by Gregg on August 20, 2018, 09:33:10 PM »
This sounds a bit ominous to me.

Listen to him talk about the contract system in the NFL.

Green Bay could play their upper hand in this.  He has two years on his deal.  You tag him twice after that and you therefore have him tied up until he is 38 or 39.

And the guy still makes about a hundred million in four years.

What is wrong with that? 

The Vikings should never have signed that contract with Cousins.  Especially the way Bridgewater is playing.
NFL Talk / Re: What a joke-the AR rule
« Last post by dannobanano on August 20, 2018, 01:27:40 PM »
Especially since it looks like the NFL may get a piece of the action on the gambling side.
Green Bay Packers News Talk / Re: 53 Man Roster Prediction
« Last post by dannobanano on August 20, 2018, 01:25:13 PM »
Agree with the premise RT.

Lot's of moving parts as we get closer to 3rd preseason game.

Might want to consider the DL group as well. Teams may be willing to offer a pick for any of Mbu, Looney, Lancaster, or Sheehy.

NFL Talk / Re: What a joke-the AR rule
« Last post by RT on August 20, 2018, 01:12:06 PM »
The NFL owners have been in 'cover their ass mode' for the last 10 years and things are not going back to oldtime football again, ever. The billionaires that run the NFL realized that they are just one giant class action lawsuit away from bankrupting the whole league, if they did not show that they were making every attempt to do all things possible to protect their employees from long term harm. The part of the fanbase that was drawn to the sport because of the violents and love of the galdiators that played the bloodsport will forever be disappointed if they believe those days will ever return.

The NFL has amazingly reinvented themselves on the fly and without missing a beat. The rule changes will keep coming and the sport will eventually resemble a cross between flag football and basketball. The hardcore football fans are a dying breed. The core NFL fanbase moving forward is driven by two parts, fantasy football and gambling. These two are not solely interested in football because of the love of 'their team' and the physical battle of wills that plays out on the giant chessboard called a gridiron. They are only interested in if the group of players they have assembled from several different teams collected enough points to win their fantasy game this week. Or the gambler, if their team covers the betting line however they had played it that day. These things have already proven to be strong enough to carry the NFL well into the future regardless of product quality.         
Green Bay Packers News Talk / Re: 53 Man Roster Prediction
« Last post by RT on August 20, 2018, 12:19:06 PM »
A quick thought on the paring down of the roster. It is possible that the Packers may swing a minor trade in the next week with a player or two at positions of excess. A look at a few possibilities.

QB - I could see either one of Hundley or Kizer being moved if the right offer was made from a team in need. Carolina, Seattle, Dallas and the LA Rams are all shopping for a potential backup QB. There is a market for them regardless if the majority of the fanbase has convinced eachother that they are worthless. Seattle offered the Colts a 2nd round pick for their backup in the past week, they are going to do something very soon at the QB position.

WR - I think that Allison is probably the only tradable option at WR. Before the Steelers game I did not believe that would be an option, but it seems clear that Graham is really going to be the 3rd WR and others will play the conventional TE role.

OL - Bell, Patrick, Pankey and Day are all NFL roster worthy and somebody is going to get caught-up in the roster crunch. There is a shortage of OL depth everywhere. Could a team well down the waiver rankings part with something for a solid depth player?

CB - On the defensive side of the ball the only position that may see this kind of action is probably the CB spot. With Williams mentoring King, Alexander and Jackson and all 3 looking like they deserve playing time, House may be the odd guy out here and the only remaining one worthy of trade value.

I realize that these types of deals don't excite most fans, but picking up a minor future asset when possible is just one more building block for down the road.

On the Streets / Re: Mark's Movie Reviews
« Last post by ricky on August 20, 2018, 11:35:50 AM »
Kevin Spacey, accused pedophile, released his latest movie "Billionaire boys Club" this weekend. Eight theaters in the US picked it up. Total ticket sales were $618.

Now I'd like to see if we can end the career of Robert DeNiro.

DeNiro has already committed career suicide with "Bad Grandpa". The guy has become a shell of himself, relying on mannerisms rather than inhabiting and breathing life into a created character. A once great actor who has become a caricature. But Travis Bickle, his Michael in "The Deerhunter", a young Vito Corleone in "Godfather II", Jake Lamotta in "Raging Bull", Jimmy Conway in "Goodfellas", even Rupert Pupkin in "The King of Comedy". Great performances.

As far as Spacey, the movie had been on VOA for about six months before being released to theaters for some reason. Besides, it was already a TV movie in 1987. And if you want to move against those who greatly offend the sensitilities, I think the Catholic Church could use some serious reformation as regards pedophilia.
Author Articles / Jerry Kramer: A Weekend for the Ages in Canton
« Last post by Bob Fox on August 20, 2018, 10:55:11 AM »
Jerry Kramer: A Weekend for the Ages in Canton

By Bob Fox

I’m back in Florida now, getting ready for another trip. Soon I will be making my annual summer excursion to Wisconsin. But this past weekend, I had one of the best times of my life in Canton, Ohio, as Jerry Kramer of the Green Bay Packers was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

What made the experience even more special, was that my son Andrew was with me. He agreed with me that the time we spent in Canton was exceptional.

Before we traveled from Tampa to Cleveland on Friday, some things were set in stone. Andrew and I had tickets to the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday night, plus had tickets to the party the Packers would be throwing for Jerry on Saturday afternoon. In addition to that, we had VIP passes to the actual Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum.

But our biggest problem was where to stay. Hotel rooms in Canton were priced at over $300 per night. That would have meant spending close to $1,000 for the three nights we stayed in the area. That was bit too much for my limited budget.

While searching for rooms, I found a motel in Richfield, which is about 40 miles from Canton, that had rooms for $70 a night. So I booked a room for three nights.

Then something extraordinary happened. One of my loyal readers and a huge fan of the Packers, Greg Kloehn, sent me a note and asked me what my plans were for the weekend.

You see, Kloehn is a cardiologist in Canton, who is originally from Brookfield, Wisconsin. When I told him that I was going to be staying at a motel in Richfield, Kloehn said that would not be a good idea, at least on Friday and Saturday night, because of the distance, all the events going on and some other factors like highway construction.

Kloehn then graciously invited my son and myself to stay at his home, which is about five miles from the Hall of Fame. Fortunately, Kloehn has a large home, as he had a number of other guests that weekend, which included his two brothers Tim (and son Ian) and Phil, plus his good friend John Donaldson.

Greg and his wife Lisa, along with their four children (Alyssa, Andrew, Olivia and Anna), were kind beyond belief with their hospitality. On Friday night, Kloehn had a party which reminded me of my college days in Wisconsin, as I had an immediate connection with Greg, his brothers Tim and Phil,  and also John. It felt like I was back at UW-Oshkosh.

That feeling really surfaced when my buddy Jeff Kurszewski (who I went to high school and college with) and his wife Therese joined us at the party after first going to the Gold Jacket dinner, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend. Jeff took some great photos though at the event, as that was when Jerry was given his Gold Jacket by his daughter Alicia, after first going through a gauntlet of other Hall of Famers. More on that later.

Greg’s party was just fantastic, with a large assortment of great food (Tim did a great job on the grill) and there were a number of superb possibilities in terms of selecting an adult beverage.

Later in the evening, Jeff and I called our good buddy Kevin Cosgrove, who is currently the defensive coordinator at New Mexico, but who also spent many years at that same position at Wisconsin, including when the Badgers won back-to-back Rose Bowls in 1999 and 2000.

Kevin went to school with Jeff and I at UWO. We talked for at least a half hour and we talked about all the good times that we had at the Big O.

Bottom line, Friday night at Greg’s house was a fantastic start to the weekend in Canton, as we partied until well after 2:00 am.

To read the rest of the article, please go to:
On the Streets / Re: Mark's Movie Reviews
« Last post by marklawrence on August 20, 2018, 09:59:34 AM »
Kevin Spacey, accused pedophile, released his latest movie "Billionaire boys Club" this weekend. Eight theaters in the US picked it up. Total ticket sales were $618.

Now I'd like to see if we can end the career of Robert DeNiro.
Green Bay Packers News Talk / Re: Packers - Steelers
« Last post by The GM on August 20, 2018, 06:08:17 AM »
I liked WR James Washington....a lot, in the last draft. His rep was that he didn't have serious speed (mid 4.5 40), but he kept winning the battle against his cover guy and catching balls deep. Very prolific too and a 2017 Biletnikoff winner. He looked very talented when we played the Steelers. I'm not saying I'd trade in CB Jackson for him (he went at #60), but da*n he looked talented, for a rookie.

He's going to fit in nicely in Pittsburgh with Antonio Brown and JSS.  He'll be one of those guys that teams forget about and ends up with 5 catches, 100 yards and 2 td's in the game.
Green Bay Packers News Talk / Re: Packers transactions
« Last post by OneTwoSixFive on August 19, 2018, 07:54:01 PM »
With Montgomery still appearing to be a pretty vulnerable blocker, and with all three of the sophomore running backs injured or suspended, I'd really be asking my scouts to be pouring over the tape for potential waiver-cuts from other teams.     

Of all the positions, I think RB is the most permissive for guys unfamiliar-with-playbook.  Avoid getting tackled and run to the holes; pick up anybody who's blitzing.  I know that's oversimplifying, but I think RB may be a spot where talent trumps system-experience.

......As shown by how often rookie RBs can do well, compared to, for example, rookie WRs or TEs or QBs or DTs, in fact most other positions.
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