Category Archives: Cheesehead Radio

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August

CheeseheadRadio News 08-02-12: Plus,Interview With Alicia Kramer

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 08/02/12 ). Special Guest was Alicia Kramer, daughter of Packers legend Jerry Kramer, who is leading a campaign to get her dad nominated for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Packers News:

Al: As we hit the air tonight, Packers training camp is in full swing and the first week is in the books. The biggest story has been the play of the re-invigorated secondary, with young players Devon House and Casey Hayward making big impressions on teammates and coaches alike. Both may have already passed Sam Shields on the depth chart, but it’s still early to conclude anything.

Jayme:  On the other side of the ball, the wide receiver battle is going to force some tough choices for the Packers, as no one appears to be playing themselves out of a spot. Jennings, Nelson and Cobb are the only sure things. James Jones and Donald Driver have had very good camps so far, but are being pushed hard by Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel. Could the Packers possibly keep 7 receivers? Stay tuned.

Al:
The inimitable NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell dropped in on Packers practice Wednesday morning and fortunately managed to avoid any late hits from Anthony Hargrove. Goodell expressed confidence in the replacement referees the league has been training in case their labor dispute is not resolved in time. Then when asked about Johnny Jolly by reporters, Goodell claimed to not even know if the league had received his reinstatement application. That doesn’t sound promising for Jolly.

Jayme:  
While on the subject of suspensions, the Packers have a new member of their “not allowed to play” team. Erik Walden was suspended for the first game of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. This stems from the Thanksgiving incident in which Walden was charged with disorderly conduct. Of course, as JSOnline’s Ty Dunne cleverly pointed out, Walden would have to first make the team to serve that suspension.

Al:    
Tomorrow night is the Packers’ annual Family Night event. The parking lots and Atrium open at 11:00 AM with ongoing events in the Tundra tailgate zone. Fans with tickets to the scrimmage will be allowed into the stadium starting at 5:30PM to enjoy the scrimmage and the entertainment, which includes youth football, jersey giveaways, Oneida Nation dance performances and a fireworks display finale at 9:30.

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April

CheeseheadRadio News 04-12-12: NFL Draft Preview with Pigskin Paul

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 04/12/12 ).

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Al: It was a quiet week for Packers news, but some Packers players are slowly making their way back into Green Bay this week, as the team’s offseason conditioning program is set to begin on Monday. There will be two weeks of strictly conditioning work followed by 3 weeks of conditioning and individual instruction with position coaches. One of the players already in Green Bay is M.D. Jennings, the Packers backup safety who said he spoke with Nick Collins last week.

Jayme: With regards to Collins, Jennings echoed what others have said, that Collins says he feels great and really wants to resume his playing career. Assuming his doctors give him the OK, he’ll still have to convince the Packers medical staff and coaches to let him back on the field.

Al: Another guy itching to get on the field is Packers’ practice squad receiver Tori Gurley. Gurley is also back in Green Bay and recently made at appearance at the Sisters Bay Lions Club Youth Night. Gurley spoke on the virtues of hard work and told the kids he will be going all out to make the team and have a long career with the Packers.

Jayme: Speaking of long careers, Mark Lovat, the Packers strength coach who has been with the team since 1999, recently picked up an award. Lovat was named the NFL Strength Coach of the Year by his peers at the other NFL teams. Lovat was singled out for being a high-quality individual who excels at learning about and employing cutting-edge training methods to improve players’ performance.

Al: Details were announced this week for the eighth annual Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-a-thon on June 13th. Edgar and other Packers players will be bowling with fans, with all proceeds going to benefit the Angel Fund for children with cancer. More details can be found on packers.com.

Jayme: Donald Driver has broken his scoring record three times, now. No, we’re not talking football, we’re talking Dancing With the Stars. Donald and partner Peta Murgatroyd rocked the Paso Doble to Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze, earning a 27 from the judges – the highest score of the evening.

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April

CheeseheadRadio News 04-05-12: Last Day at Lambeau

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 04/05/12 ).

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Al:  Well, it looks like someone bought Ted Thompson a new alarm clock. While Ted normally spends this time of year sleeping through the free agency alarm, this year he has been wide awake and paying attention. As a result, there are three new Packers in town. Center Jeff Saturday was the first to sign on the dotted line, as Ted brought him in to replace Scott Wells while at the same time, saving almost $2million per year.

Jayme: Next up was defensive lineman Dan Muir. The former Packers undrafted free agent was with the Colts the last four years and signed a 1 year deal with Green Bay for $700,000.  Then in perhaps the most surprising move, The Packers signed defensive lineman Tony Hargrove, who was brought in at $825,000 for the year. Considering Pat Lee got $680,000 from the Raiders, Ted did very well here.

Al: Nick Collins met with his doctors on Monday to discuss the results of a barrage of tests he underwent the week before. Nothing has been discussed publicly except to say that Collins will be meeting with the Packers next week and that according to his agent, Collins “looks and feels great.”

Jayme:  Could Donald Driver mania soon be sweeping across the country? After three weeks on Dancing with the Stars, Quickie and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd have seen both their popularity and their scores rising each week. After being in danger of getting voted off the first week with a score of 21, they have improved with scores of 24 and 26, and have been getting rave reviews from judges and fans alike.

Al:  I can’t help to marvel at the NFL marketing machine. These geniuses can make even the most insignificant happenings something fans salivate over. By leaking info and spacing out announcements, they keep NFL fans aching for news all offseason. This week it was the new uniforms and then the preseason schedule they teased fans with. Speaking of the Packers preseason schedule, they will be going all AFC, starting with San Diego in a nationally televised game and followed by the Browns, the Bengals and the Chiefs.

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January

CheeseheadRadio News 01-19-12. End of 2011 Season Edition

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 01/19/12 ).

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Al:  The party’s over, folks. This magical carpet ride to the Super Bowl we all thought we were on came crashing down to earth last Sunday night. The near-flawless Packers offense looked human and out-of-sync for the first time and the defense, well it looked like the Packers defense.

Jayme: Yes, it was not an easy game to watch if you were a Packers fan. Both Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers said after the game that the four turnovers was a big reason for the loss. McCarthy summed it up by saying, “We didn’t play to our identity, “ meaning they lost the quarterback and turnover differential for the game. Rodgers simply said, “We got beat by a better team tonight.”

Al: Many Packers were left to ponder their futures with the team, but there’s one Packer who doesn’t know if he will ever play again – Nick Collins. Collins was optimistic when interviewed after the game. He will be examined again in March and said the decision is in the doctor’s hands. If they say he can play, Collins said he will definitely play. Conversely, if they tell him no, he will listen and retire.

Jayme:  Speaking of retirement, fan favorite Donald Driver says he’s not ready at all to hang up his cleats. Driver, who turns 37 in a few weeks said he has plenty left in the tank and wants to finish his career with the Packers. However, he is realistic and says if the Packers don’t bring him back, he’ll understand and go play somewhere else.

Al:   And the Packers have 8 players wondering if they’ll be going somewhere else. They are Ryan Grant, Jermichael Finley, Scott Wells, Matt Flynn, Jarret Bush, Howard Green, Erik Walden and Pat Lee. Some of these pose difficult decisions for Ted Thompson, while some are no-brainers. No matter what John Rehor says (or wants) odds are that Finley will be back with the Packers. In fact, Finley’s agent today said the Packers want to sign him to a long term deal. Flynn is sure to leave and Wells and Grant and Bush will be re-signed only if the price is right. The rest are probably gone.

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January

CheeseheadRadio News 1-5-12. Playoffs Bye Week Edition

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and John Rehor (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 12/21/11 ). Interview with Kevin Seifert of ESPN NFC North Blog at the 76 minute mark.

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Cheesehead Radio News 1-5-12

Al: The lead story of the week has to be Matt Flynn. No matter how much of a Matt Flynn fan you were, you never could have anticipated the game that Flynn had.  Flynn set two Packers all-time franchise records, passing for 480 yards and throwing an amazing six touchdown passes. For his effort, Flynn was named the Air NFL Player of the week, an honor won six times this year by Aaron Rodgers and three times by Drew Brees. Not bad company for a backup quarterback.

John: Not at all, and as you might expect, it unleashed a firestorm of speculation and pondering among fans as to what the Packers will do with Flynn, who is an unrestricted free agent after this season. Will or should the Packers get max value for Flynn by franchising him and then trading him? Would they risk losing Jermichael Finley or Scott Wells by doing that? Or do they let Flynn walk and take the compensatory draft pick for him, which would probably be a third-rounder at best? If you find yourself flummoxed, don’t worry, we’ll hash it all out right here a little bit later in the show.

Al: One thing that can’t be questioned is the definite power shift among the Packers’ NFC North rivals. The Lions are in the playoffs for the first time since 1999. The Vikings, only two years removed from a 12-4 record and one Brett Favre interception away from going to the Super Bowl, finished with an embarrassing 3-13 record. The Bears, last year’s NFC North Division champions, quickly showed their lack of depth and had their season tank upon losing their few offensive playmakers. As a result of poor performance and some bad personnel decisions and drafting, both the Vikings and the Bears have new GMs. In addition, Mike Martz, a poor fit in Chicago from day one, has also left the team.

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December

CheeseheadRadio News 12-21-11. They Actually Lost a Game Edition

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 12/21/11 ). Interview with Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee at the 75 minute mark.

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CheeseheadRadio News:

Al : Well, there’s no doubt what the lead story is tonight. The Green Bay Packers no longer have a donut at the end of their record. The Packers suffered their first loss at the hands of the KC Chiefs after an ugly performance by the Packers while the Chiefs did everything right. The Packers finally met their trap team, ironically, just as C.D. stopped calling every game a trap game.

Jayme: As if losing wasn’t bad enough, the Packers offensive line was decimated during the game, adding injury to insult, so to speak. Bryan Bulaga left the game with a knee injury and then his replacement Derrick Sherrod, suffered a double leg fracture. The Packers quickly put Sherrod on Injured Reserve and signed street free agent Herb Taylor, a former backup with the Chiefs who hasn’t made a roster in 2 years. Bulaga will not be ready for the Bears, but Chad Clifton did some limited practicing today, so perhaps he may be available in the near future.

Al: The Packers certainly have some problems, but nothing like that of one of their fans. In what can only be called a horrible story, a drunken 36 year-old Wisconsin woman has been arrested for choking her 11-year old daughter in a rage over the Packers’ poor play.Her husband said that she also threw her dinner on the floor, broke a lamp and tried to punch him in the face. The young girl was shaken and suffered minor injuries, but is otherwise OK. The mother is charged with felony child abuse, which could land her 12 ½ years in prison.

Jayme: On a happier note, a few days after the Packers disappointed many against the Chiefs, Ryan Grant did not disappoint over 4000 children in Milwaukee’s US cellular Arena.
Together with Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers, Grant participated in a Read-a-Thon in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Book record for the most children reading together with an adult. The total number of children was 4, 586, which did indeed set a new record.

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November

CheeseheadRadio News 11-17-11 . After the Nordic Burial

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 11/17/11 ).

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CheeseheadRadio News:

Al: Well, there are few things Packers fans enjoy more than a thorough drubbing of an NFC North rival like the Minnesota Vikings. As such, it’s been a rather joyous week in Packer Nation. The Packers offense was it’s usual self, the defense returned from the cave it had been hiding in and the special teams didn’t suck. Did I miss anything?

Jayme: I don’t think so Al, and the great thing about a blowout win is that it allows you to rest some players and give others some snaps. C.J. Wilson’s snap count increased, allowing heavily-used  BJ Raji to take a few breathers. Matt Flynn got 13 snaps behind center, while Vic So ‘oto and M.D. Jennings both saw their first significant action of the season, with 10 snaps each.

Al:  Switching over to some sad news, Packers legend Forest Gregg announced this week that he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Gregg, nicknamed “ironman” in his playing days, believes the numerous concussions he suffered in his playing career may be responsible for his condition. He hopes that going public with this information will raise awareness and help stimulate continued research. This is not Gregg’s first serious battle, as he has previously beaten melanoma in 1976 and colon cancer in 2001. CheeseheadRadio wishes Gregg and his family the best of luck in this new battle.

Jayme:  And in more sad news, Johnny Jolly today was sentenced to six years in prison for violating terms of his probation after yet another arrest for drug possession. Johnny was recently featured on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, where he tearfully seemed to finally admit his addiction. In court today, Jolly shed more tears, pleading with the judge to send him to rehab to get help. But after four arrests and continual probation violations, Jolly finally ran out of a second chances. We hope this is the final episode  for Jolly and that he is able to get his life together away from the environment that continually leads to his downfall.