Surviving Sunday: Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived
Should it matter that Aaron Rodgers probably didn’t check in with the Packers before doing his schtick with Brett Favre last weekend?
I doubt Ted Thompson or Mike McCarthy really cares about that kind of thing. And if for some reason they do, they shouldn’t.
If Rodgers wants to run off and do commercials, play in celebrity golf tournaments, host Saturday Night Live or share the stage with his predecessor, so be it. I don’t think public relations are at the top of McCarthy’s and Thompson’s list of offseason priorities. To those two, the only PR they need to worry about is winning in 2013.
Unless Favre goes completely crazy and tries another comeback, No. 4 has nothing to do with how the Packers will play next season.
I could see Mark Murphy maybe being a little irked. As the team president, part of his job is to try and manage the team’s image and handle situations like when to welcome Favre back into the Packers family. Perhaps Murphy had a plan on how to approach the issue, and Rodgers deviated from the plan without asking first.
Or maybe he didn’t. Who knows?
Either way, I’m glad it happened. I’m looking forward to the day when Packers fans can cheer Favre again and remember all the great things he did for this organization. After a few years of uncertainty, it looks like that day might actually happen sometime in the near future.
If it took the current Packers quarterback to deviate from the plan a bit to make it happen, so be it.
Packers News and Notes
- Tyler Dunne at he Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel got in touch with Jermichael Finley to discuss the tight end’s future. Finley thinks is “50/50″ that he’ll remain with the Packers. Unless Ted Thompson can get a second-day draft pick for Finley, I think he stays. Finley is too much of an asset to just cut loose for nothing. Want to read more on Finley? Check out Zach Kruse’s excellent post at CheesheadTV.com.
- Damn. The Packers schedule is tough next season. Non-division road opponents include the Giants, Cowboys, Bengals, Ravens and 49ers, all teams with a legit shot of making the postseason. Because it’s the offseson and I’m bored, here’s my early game-by-game prediction for 2013: Home wins: Bears, Vikings, Lions, Redskins, Steelers, Browns. Road wins: Lions, Giants, Bengals, Ravens. I guess I’m seeing 10-6 for the time being. Hopefully I find at least one more win in there somewhere over the next seven months.
- Want to follow what the various draftniks from around the web think the Packers will do in the NFL Draft? Keep checking Acme Packing Company for its mock draft roundups.
- John Rehor at Packerstalk.com chimes in with his always poignant thoughts about Rodgers and Favre.
Non-Packers Links and Other Nonsense
- Zach Lowe covers the NBA for Grantland.com and is one of my favorite reporters on the planet. Lowe had an interesting conversation about blending traditional boots-on-the-ground reporting with modern-day statistical analysis and detached blogging over at Sports on Earth.
- I’m biased because my father worked at the post office for over 40 years, but I think the Post Office is one of the most fascinating institutions in America. You can drop a letter in the mail and have it delivered across the country in a day or two for just a few cents. Amazing! Anyway, the Post Office is struggling right now and I hope it pulls through.
- If you’re a star baseball player who’s made over $150 million in your career, what do you do on a Wednesday night in the offseason? Get drunk and go buy lottery tickets in the middle of the night, I guess.
- If Joe Flacco and other Ravens would have stormed the field to tackle Ted Ginn on the Super Bowl’s final play, it would have made everyone immediately forget about Fail Mary.