Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived
Instead of kicking off this edition of Surviving Sunday with the usual long, rambling dissertation on the Packers or football, I’ll start things off with an important life lesson for our younger readers.
I am 3o years old. I went out last night and could barely get out of bed this morning. Those four 16-oz. Surly Cynics I consumed must have went straight to my head and morphed into a giant hammer, which is now pounding away at my brain.
In four hours, I will be going out again. More Surly will be consumed. Probably some other stuff, too (don’t worry, the “other stuff” is perfectly legal). I’ll likely be going out on Sunday, also.
Thirty is way too old to go out drinking on multiple nights during the same week. I have no idea why I’m trying to pull off three days in a row. I might never recover. My family might have to put me in a nursing home on Monday.
Back in my college days, three straight days of drinking was considered a warm-up for the weekend. Now that I’m 30, it’s considered a death sentence.
If you’re still in college or far enough away from 30 to still enjoy going out and getting crazy, congratulations. Make sure you have fun while it lasts, because when it ends, it ends suddenly.
And the ending isn’t pretty.
On to some Packers news:
Finley, Jennings (M.D., not Greg), and Seat Licenses
- Jermichael Finley spoke this week and, as usual, he was great. Packers fans tend to get up in arms whenever Finley opens his mouth and I can never figure out what the fuss is about. Finley has personality. I’ll take a player who’s open and honest over a player who has been programmed by the team to just regurgitate cliches and nonsense. As long as Aaron Rodgers is the QB and Mike McCarthy is the coach, I don’t think Packers fans need to worry about a player like Finley disrupting team chemistry or causing a rift with his words. The QB and coach know how to handle a guy like Finely.
- The competition to replace Nick Collins heated up at OTAs this week, and it looks like M.D. Jennings has gotten off to a good start. It’s only OTAs (where every player looks like a superstar and is the hardest worker in the league), but it is encouraging to read about Jennings’ leadership role at Arkansas St. as the unofficial quarterback of the defense. Half the battle with young players is getting them to learn the plays and lined up correctly. If Jennings can at least master the technicalities of his position before the real action starts, he’ll be in good shape to possibly contribute this season.
- Reading about the increase in personal seat license fees for Packers season tickets was a real downer. Look, I’m not a communist. The NFL isn’t a nonprofit and its teams have every right to rake in as much money as they possibly can. But don’t you wonder sometimes when all of this is going to end? How long can the NFL continue gouging its fans for every last penny before fans finally say the hell with it? I mean, you have to pay a giant fee just for the right to then pay for the actual ticket to the game! And people actually do it! What if the local grocery store said you had to pay $10 just for the right to walk in the door and buy their groceries? I suppose that’s the Sam’s Club business model, so maybe I’m getting all worked up over nothing.
In case you missed it
- Donald Driver restructured his contract and appears to be on track to make the team this season. I’m fine with the Packers moving on from Driver, but Colleen over at Pocket Doppler does an excellent job of laying out why Driver should remain a Packer.
- John Rehor at Eat More Cheese with a thought-provoking take on a new exhibit at the Packers Hall of Fame.
- Brian Carriveau at CheeseheadTV has a post about Bryan Bulaga staying at right tackle.
- Erik Walden had some time to think about his life while in jail over Thanksgiving weekend.
- Kevin McCauley at Acme Packing Co. thinks we all need to calm down about M.D. Jennings.
- With Driver on the inside track to make the team, Mike McCarthy says the Packers could keep six receivers.
- Longtime Twin Cities radio personality Dark Star died on Friday. I can remember listening to the Darkman driving home with my dad after little league baseball games. He was a very entertaining and witty character and will be missed. RIP.
Non-Packers thought of the week
I reached my weight-loss goal a couple of weeks ago and so far I’ve managed to not gain any of it back. I finally weigh under 200 pounds for the first time since the Clinton administration. My new goal is to not gain it all back during the Obama administration, which means I need to keep the weight off for either seven months or five years.