Category Archives: Cheesehead Radio

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May

Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived

Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football

Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football

With NFL draft now behind us, I’ve found myself asking one question about the Packers over the last week: Do the players Ted Thompson selected make the Packers a more physical team?

The answer I come up with is…maybe?

  • First-round pick Datone Jones is 6-foot-4, 280 pounds. When you see him play, you think long and lean instead of tough and mean. But a player’s height and weight doesn’t tell you much about how physical they’ll play. I’m sure Jones will add some weight. If he doesn’t, sometimes smaller guys play with such an attitude that they might as well be 320 pounds of brute force.
  • The first thing that comes to mind when I watch Eddie Lacy run is physical. You can automatically place Mr. Lacy in the immediately-makes-the-Packers-more-physical category. The catch with Lacy is his health. One of his big toes is fused on, he’s got screws in his hand, he can barely bench press because of an old pectoral injury and he’s had hamstring issues. It’s hard to help your team be more physical while riding an exercise bike on the sideline. Let’s hope Lacy is able to use his aggression on the field instead of in the team’s rehab facility.
  • J.C. Tretter and David Bakhtiari are two offensive linemen that were not projected to be drafted because of their physicality. The Packers like drafting athletic college tackles who can play multiple positions in the NFL, and that’s what Tretter and Bakhitiari are. I suppose they could develop into maulers, but neither one makes me think they’ll immediately make the Packers more physical.
  • When you think of being physical, do you think of riding a Jetski? Probably not, but that’s the nickname given to Packers fourth-round pick Jonathan Franklin because of his ability to leave defenders in his wake. Franklin does little to make the Packers more physical, but I don’t really care. You don’t draft speedy running backs to batter the other team. You draft them to run away from the other team once they are already battered.
  • Fifth-round pick Micah Hyde probably won’t get an opportunity to make the Packers more physical on an every-down basis, but he should get his shot on special teams. The Packers could always use more physicality on their special teams. Josh Boyd, the Packers other fifth-round pick, is 6-foot-3, 310 pounds. He at least possesses the measurements to make the Packers more physical.
2

May

Ryan Pickett is the Special Guest Tonight on CheeseheadRadio – Tune in.

CheeseheadRadio, part of the Packers Talk Radio Network, will be live tonight with special guest Ryan Pickett.  Ryan will be coming on to talk some Packers football and get the word out about the first annual Ryan Pickett Celebrity Golf Classic.

Show Starts at 8:00PM Central and can be heard live at BlogTalkRadio.com.

Here’s some info on Ryan’s Golf Tournament:

WHAT The Ryan Pickett Celebrity Golf Classic is a star-studded weekend affair at the award-winning Barona Creek Golf Club located at the beautiful Barona Resort & Casino in Lakeside, CA
WHEN Friday, June 21 – “White Party” Pairings Dinner
Saturday, June 22 – Celebrity Golf Classic and Awards Bar-be-que
WHERE Barona Resort & Casino, 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
(Lakeside is located just 40 minutes from downtown San Diego)
WHO Green Bay Packers Defensive End, Ryan Pickett, has invited his Packer’s teammates and greats along with other celebrity friends including: Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Clay Matthews, Sterling Sharpe and many more!
WHY The proceeds from the event will benefit children in the foster care system in both Green Bay and San Diego.

For more details, visit theryanpickettfoundation.com

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Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.

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November

Cheesehead Radio: Wide Left, Wide Right… Post-Lions Podcast 11/19/12

The Packers got a win against the Detroit Lions and a win is a win, even if its ugly, right?  With five wins in a row, the Pack will head to New York to take on their nemesis, the Giants for a little playoff revenge and keep their streak alive.  But, will they be able to kick field goals to win a game?  Lori Nickel, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal and JSOnline.com will join us LIVE to let us know how things go in a much anticipated interview!

Join Cheesehead Radio LIVE every Thursday night, with CD Angeli (@TundraVision), Amanda Lawson (@AmandaKLawson), Jersey Al Bracco (@jerseyalgbp), Jayme Joers (@jaymelee1), and John Rehor (@jrehor)…as well as your weekly “On The Ground” segment with The Mayor, Kyle Cousineau (@kcousineau09).

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October

CheeseheadRadio News 10-25-12: Packers Mojo Edition with Wes Hodkiewicz

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 10/25/12 ). Special Guest was Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette and together we talked about the state of the Packers.

The Show can be downloaded from itunes here, or just click on the play button below:

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Packers News 10/25/12

Jayme: Order has seemingly been restored in the Packers universe, having managed to string  together two victories in a row for the first time this season. Aaron Rodgers has also returned to form with his fourth straight game with a quarterback rating over 100.

Al: Not retuning to form quickly enough has been Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings. Still sidelined by a groin injury he re-aggravated in the Saints game, Jennings sought out a second opinion from a specialist this week. The result was a change of course in treating the injury from rest to surgery. Jennings will undergo surgery next Tuesday and the prognosis is that he will  return within a month.

Jayme: Packers injuries dominated the news this week, with Jordy Nelson tweaking a hamstring in practice and the announcement that Charles Woodson has a broken collarbone – the same injury he suffered in the Super Bowl. Woodson will be out for six weeks, while Nelson was held out of practice the last two days and will give the hamstring a test tomorrow.

Al: There’s been a bit of friendly pranking going on among the Packers receiver corps. A while back James Jones decorated Greg Jennings car on his birthday, and filled it up with packing peanuts. This week, Jennings got his revenge. Jones came out to his car after practice and discovered similar decorations with one major difference: his wheels were gone and the car was up on blocks. Jones later jokingly proclaimed, “This means war”

Jayme: In the wake of this week’s tragic shootings at the Azana Spa in Brookfield Wisconsin, Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun have promised to hold some type of benefit event for the families of the victims. Rodgers and Braun are partners in a restaurant in Brookfield and expressed a desire to do something to help. Details should be forthcoming soon.

4

October

CheeseheadRadio News 10-04-12: With Ty Dunne

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Amanda Lawson (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 10/04/12 ). Special Guest was Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (and soon USA Today).

The show can be downloaded from itunes here, or just click on the play button below:

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CheeseheadRadio News 10-04-12:

Al:  Well, the Packers survived a scare from the Saints and Jeff Tripplette to persevere and hang on to an  important home win. The Saints were a desperate team, not wanting to go 0-4, and played like it. The referees performed more like their replacements did the week before, missing some obvious calls that almost cost the Packers a win. Fortunately, they pulled it out and evened their record to 2-2.

Amanda:  Speaking of the replacement referees, seems their still in the news. Wayne Ellliot, crew chief during the Packers Seahawks game, admitted this week that they made the wrong call on the last play of the game, even though the NFL upheld the ruling. I appreciate his honesty, but confirmation that the NFL handling of the matter was a sham  just adds insult to injury.

Al: Two more interesting things from Elliot. First, he revealed that during their training, the replacement officials were instructed not to call offensive interference on Hail Mary passes, but rather to just let it go. Elliot also said that Mike McCarthy called him and left a voice mail with some kind words, commending him on his handling of the situation, regardless of whether it was the right call or not.

Amanda:  Returning to the Packers this week was Mike Neal, who has completed his four game suspension and returned to practice this week. The Packers can add him right now or have the option to wait a week before deciding whether to put him on the active roster. According to Mike McCarthy, neal retuned to the team in outstanding physical condition and showed no signs of getting winded in  practice. Neal said this is the best he’s felt in 3 years.

Al: Not feeling so good is Greg Jennings, who re-injured his groin during the Saints game. Jennings expressed his extreme frustration this week and vowed he would not come back until it was 100% healed, whatever the timetable. Between this recurring injury and a preseason concussion, Jennings has missed significant time in what is an important year for him, contract-wise.

12

September

CheeseheadRadio News 09-12-12: Come off the Ledge Edition with Matt Bowen

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 09/12/12 ). Special Guest was Matt Bowen of National Football Post and together we analyzed the Packers performance against the 49ers.

The Show can be downloaded from itunes here, or just click on the play button below:

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Al: Well, Packers fans, I’m afraid the quest for a perfect season in 2012 is over before it even got started.  Green Bay had the misfortune of having to open up against in what my opinion is the the best overall team in the NFC. The Packers confirmed my fears that they just weren’t ready yet for this type of contest. But there’s still plenty of season for this team to grow and they now know the level of performance they’ll have to raise their game to.

Jayme:  Talking about the game to the media, Mike McCarthy was typically understated in commenting on two recurring issues, the lack of a running game and miscommunication in the secondary. McCarthy said he’d like to see the team have, as he called it, “some semblance of a running game.” McCarthy then promised the secondary coaches would spend 10 to 15 minutes discussing the issues in the 49ers game.

Al:  10-15 minutes doesn’t seem like enough to me, but… perhaps there’s little time to reflect on Sunday as the Packers have the Bears coming up tomorrow night. And as they prepare for Chicago, it’s possible the Packers may be without Their All-Pro wide receiver Greg Jennings. Jennings suffered  a groin injury towards the very end of the 49ers game, which resulted in Donald Driver getting his only 3 snaps of the game.

Jayme: Speaking of pains in the groin, Bears QB Jay Cutler was shooting his mouth off this week. Evidently, Cutler is as giddy as a toddler at Chuckie Cheese over his new partners in the pass-completion business. Cutler wished the Packers defensive backs “Good Luck” in trying to cover his new receivers. I guess you can’t blame him now that he has some guys that can bail him out  on all those bad passes he throws.

22

August

CheeseheadRadio News 08-22-12: Plus,Interview With Bill Johnson

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and C.D. Angeli (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 08/22/12 ). Special Guest was Bill Johnson from the Green & Gold show on ESPNMilwaukee.com

The Show can be downloaded from itunes here, or just click on the play button below:

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Packers News:

Al:  Well, it’s been almost a week since the Packers were spanked by the Browns and the grumbling among some fans is still going strong. As the title of this episode says, “This is just preseason people, right?” Well, to some, it doesn’t seem to matter. The chicken littles are clucking and even some Ted Thompson critics have crawled out of the cave they’ve been hiding in since the Super Bowl. The end result? Just a lot of noise.

CD:  A good amount of that noise was directed at one Graham Harrell, who did not have a good outing. Although he didn’t get much help from his teammates, Harrell made plenty of unforced bad throws on his own and had Packers fans clamoring for a trade for Colt McCoy or pretty much anyone. In a bit of an unusual move, Mike McCarthy acknowledged the public criticism and claimed Harrell graded out much higher than we might expect.

Al:  Don’t know if I’m buying that, but let’s talk about something you can buy. Seems that Lambeau Field has a new food service provider, Delaware North, and they’ve come up with some Wisconsin-themed food items you’ll be able to buy at Lambeau.. There’s the  Pac and cheese: four flavors of mac and cheese,  Wisconsin Nachos, which are waffle fries smothered in cheese, sour cream, bacon and green onions. The Big Brat, which is a foot long brat with sauerkraut and the Lambeau Heap, which is a one-pound barbeque bacon, cheese curd burger.

CD:  Things are finally improving on the injury front for the Packers. Greg Jennings returned to practice this week after sitting out two long weeks with a concussion. Joining him back on the practice field was Jermichael Finley, returning from a quadriceps injury. Their return and a few others meant that not counting players on PUP, the Packers injury list was in the single digits for the first time in quite awhile.