Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made his acting debut on NBC’s The Office on Thursday. It was, well, not very good.
Rodgers picked a bad show to make his TV debut. The first couple seasons of The Office were excellent (if you’re one of those people who insists on telling anyone within earshot how much better the British version of the show is than the American version, go away. Nobody cares. You’re not cooler than everybody else in the room like you think you are.). Unfortunately, the show has been steadily declining since its promising start and has fallen off a creative cliff since Steve Carell left.
Thursday’s episode couldn’t even be saved by a cameo from the former MVP.
But Rodgers’ appearance on the program got me thinking: What current or past TV show or movie would you put Rodgers in if you had such power?
I’d cast him as Stan Gable, the lead jock/villain/bully on Revenge of the Nerds. It’s not the most glamorous role, but I think it fits Rogers perfectly.
Gable was a jock, obviously a good match for Rodgers, the star quarterback. Gable also had a tinge of cockiness too him, ditto for Rodgers. I don’t see Rodgers being mean-spirited like Gable, but that’s why they call it acting. I’m sure Rodgers has the chops to play the role of a**hole in a comedy, if needed.
Revenge of the Nerds also just seems like an Aaron Rodgers type of movie. Goofy, fun, inspirational, pushes the envelope without going too far, makes low-brow humor seem more sophisticated than it really is. Most importantly, it was a great movie.
After I got done casting Rodgers, I made a few other casting decisions to enhance the acting careers or other Packers players.
John Kuhn, Missing in Action
If I had to pick a Packers player that most resembles Chuck Norris in both looks and cult status, I’d go with Kuhn.
The Packers Offensive Line, Ghostbusters
I can picture Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Bryan Bulaga and Marshall Newhouse making wisecracks at each other and zapping ghosts.
Tramon Williams, Scooby-Doo
When it comes time to get dirty and make tackle, Tramon runs away like Shaggy from a Scooby-Doo cartoon vilian.
Mike McCarthy, The Wire
I know McCarthy is white and Bunk is black, but I think the coach could play the role of aging, jaded, crusty, overweight homicide detective perfectly.
Post your casting decisions in the comments section. What other Packers might be missing their calling as acting stars?
Packers News, Notes and Links
- Packers rookie minicamp opened this week and there are all kinds of interesting stories popping up. Here’s a good one from Tyler Dunne at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on running back Eddie Lacy and some of his past health issues, including insight from some of his former coaches. The kid sounds tough, that’s for sure.
- It’s already happening, the most annoying part of every Packers offseason and training camp: People whining and complaining about the backup quarterback situation. Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee wrote about the development of B.J. Coleman, last season’s third stringer. Could he give Graham Harrell a run for the backup spot this fall? Whatever it takes for the Packers to not overpay a veteran QB just for the sake of having a veteran backup, I’m all for it.
- Sounds like David Bakhtiari could be in the mix at right tackle. Nothing against Bakhtiari, but I can’t spell his name so I’m hoping someone else wins the job.
- Check out Packers rookie minicamp central at Acme Packing Company for everything else you may or may not want to know about the rookies.
- Once you’ve read up on the Packers rookie camp, be sure to listen to the ALLGBP.com post-draft podcast at Packerstalk.com. While you’re there, also check out the latest podcast from the ‘Ol Bag of Donuts crew.
- Aaron Rodgers continues doing some amazing things to help the fight against childhood cancer through the MACC Fund. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel had a good story about Rodgers’ and the MACC Fund’s work this week.
Non-Packers News, Notes and Links
- Remember the movie Kids from the mid-90s? I do because I watched it several times in my parent’s basement, careful to keep the sound down so my parents couldn’t figure out that it was a movie that I shouldn’t be watching. Anyway, here’s where several of the actors/characters from that movie are at today. It’s depressing.
- This New York City detective is known for getting convictions on cases he’s assigned to. Now the Brooklyn district attorney is ordering over 50 of those cases to be reviewed. This is a great read.
- That’s all for this week. The wife and I are babysitting our niece and nephew, and I need to make sure they don’t destroy anything while my wife is doing something else.