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Packers Match Offer On Bush

More proof that Wile E. Thompson, Supergenius, is an idiot.

The Packers’ GM won’t pay for any impact free agents and trades down in the draft annually to save money but matches the Tennessee Titans’ offer sheet for restricted free agent Jarrett Bush, who brings back bad memories of Ahmad Carroll.

A guy on the Packers Blog asked: “”Do you want Patrick Lee and Joe Porter as our only corners behind Woodson and Harris the first week of the season?”

My response: I’d take Daffy Duck at reserve corner over Jarrett Bush.

March 16, 2009 Posted by | Packers, Ted Thompson Is An Idiot | Leave a comment

No Retirement Of No. 4

News: The Green Bay Packers have announced there won’t be any ceremony retiring Brett Favre’s jersey at Lambeau Field any time soon.

Views: Most likely, Favre has vetoed any ceremony as long as Wile E. Thompson, Supergenius, has anything to do with the franchise, a move I support. Ted Thompson made it his personal goal upon his arrival in Green Bay to rid the franchise of arguably the greatest player in its history, mistakenly believing he was the obstacle to rebuilding it. And rid it he did last summer, playing a calculated gamble to divide the fan base to make it easier to justify dumping Favre.

It’s a rift that won’t heal any time soon.The Packers’ free-fall in 2008 to one of the worst teams in the NFL was poetic justice for the arrogant GM, who has presided over the two worst seasons since 1991-92 when Ron Wolf was hired as GM, Mike Holmgren as coach and Favre acquired as QB. The Packers have failed to make the playoffs in three of Thompson’s four seasons as GM and, coming off a 6-10 season, once again Thompson stands pat during the off-season.

In my view, Ted Thompson is as big a villain in Wisconsin sports as Sal Bando, the man who drove Paul Molitor out of Milwaukee and ushered in years of incompetence and mediocrity with the Brewers. More poetic justice: Thompson’s California Pretty Boy couldn’t engineer a game-winning drive with the game on the line to save his life.

For those who argue about Thompson’s draft proficiency, please consider the following: Thompson has had exactly one Pro Bowler and zero All-Pros in four drafts consisting of 43 draft picks. His selection of Justin Harrell in 2007 may go down as the worst draft pick in the past 25 years other than some guy named Tony Mandarich. Yes, I’d rate him worse than Terrell Buckley and the flop named A.J. Hawk.

Why? On Draft Day, no one had Harrell going before the late second or third round. The book on him? Fat, lazy, unmotivated, too soft to play through injuries. In short, a girlie man. You could make the case that both Buckley and Hawk were selected where they deserved but Buckley turned out to be a journeyman DB who had a lengthy career and so far Hawk hasn’t come anywhere near his potential.

Thompson’s habit of trading down for extra picks shows the trait of a man afraid to take defensible risks. Why draft a player in the third round when you can trade that pick to gain a fifth and seventh, two players who (a) cost less money and (b) have less of a chance of making the roster and as a result only make you look like a genius if they make the final 53-man roster.

This year, since Thompson once again showed no initiative in free agency and instead sat on his hands, he needs to make a splash in the draft. Trading down may have made sense when he arrived in 2005, replenishing draft picks that the incompetent Mike Sherman had traded away, but now the Packers need quality, not quantity. take

March 15, 2009 Posted by | Packers | Leave a comment

Packer Problems

This isn’t going to get any better any time soon, folks.

Obviously, ol’ Ted’s decision to run Brett Favre out of Green Bay on a rail swam back to bite him in the backside. After four weeks, Favre leads the NFL in TD passes after lighting up Arizona for six — more in one game with WRs that still probably aren’t on the same page than Aaron Rodgers has in four games. In addition, Brett is 2nd in completion percentage and passer rating.

Meanwhile, Rodgers may be out indefinitely with a dislocated or separated shoulder. There should be an update later today. Not that he’s been any great shakes against real defenses — sorry but the Lions don’t count — Green Bay must trot out one of two QBs without a lick of NFL experience, one of whom we got through the draft in a trade for a defensive tackle that would look pretty good in the middle of a DL that can’t stop the run up the middle.

Problems with the Packers’ offense start around the offensive line. Last year’s OL was deceptively good. Why? Because Favre could read defenses and get the ball out before getting sacked. Rodgers doesn’t read defenses well and holds onto the ball too long (in addition to having “happy feet”). There’s no question in my mind Green Bay beats the Buccaneers with Favre at QB.

The running game has disappeared as well. Why? Because defenses no longer have to scheme to stop Favre. There’s no need to scheme to stop QBs who can’t beat you. I said last year that Favre was the difference between a 4 to 6 win season and the 13 win season the Packers had in 2007. The OL is a mess, and Ryan Grant is turning out to be — to steal a line from Ron Wolf — “a one-year wonder, a fart in the wind.” How much of that is attributable to the absence of Favre, how much to the lousy OL and how much to Grant is debatable.

Mike McCarthy is right. The train has left the station. Unfortunately it’s on its way to a trainwreck. I don’t see a winnable game until maybe Houston on December 7.

September 29, 2008 Posted by | Packers | Leave a comment

Harris likely out for the season

(H/T – PaulNoonan)

The National Football Post broke the news that Al Harris may have suffered a ruptured spleen last night. If that is confirmed in a second opinion, Harris will be done for the year.

JSOnline’s Greg A. Bedard has a couple of more details, including the discovery of blood in Harris’ urine that prevented his return last night and the fact that Harris’ agent, Jack Bechta, is a contributor at The National Football Post (though he was not the author of the piece).

The biggest effect of losing Harris will come against teams that have multiple competent receivers, like the Cowboys have. A cursory look at the schedule suggests that the Colts, Saints, Panthers, Texans, Jaguars and Lions have multiple competent receivers. Not all of them have quarterbacks that can exploit Tramon Williams (cough, Lions, cough), and some of them would likely beat the Packers anyway (the Colts and Jaguars come to mind). Meanwhile, I don’t expect teams like the Bears (twice), Vikings and Buccaneers (mostly because their receiving corps isn’t exactly healthy) to be able to take advantage of this.

While it’s not as big as losing Aaron Rodgers would be, it’s still a significant loss.

September 22, 2008 Posted by | NFL, Packers | Leave a comment

Partly-cloudy sports Sunday recap

We’ll start with the good – the Brewers’ 8-1 win over the Reds. Prince Fielder remained red-hot, and it didn’t really matter that Seth McClung couldn’t even go 4 innings. He was pitching out of the pen last week, and the Crew has the day off to rest the pen before finishing up at home against the woeful Pirates and those damned Cubs. Meanwhile, the Mets, who are 1 1/2 games ahead for the wild-card, get the aforementioned Cubs at home for 4 games (only the 3rd will be available out of market/mlb.tv over on The Network That Won’t Be Named) and 3 against the not-quite-good-enough Marlins.

As for the pitching lineup the rest of the way, the only thing that is certain is that Ben Sheets will not be starting Tuesday; he may go as early as Thursday, though he’s currently penciled in for Friday. Dave Bush is penciled in mainly because he’d be going on a normal rest. Wednesday’s the real big question; Yovanni Gallardo is in that mix along with Jeff Suppan on normal rest and CC Sabathia on 3 days’ rest (again) to potentially set up a season-closer against the Cubs. My advice to Sveum – go Bush, Soup, CC, Sheets, McClung and Yo.

Next up, the what-might-have-been. Matt Kenseth dominated the middle portion of the race in Dover, but couldn’t quite hold off Greg Biffle as we missed a Free Fry Monday. The second-place finish did move him up to 10th in the Chase, but he is still 167 points back with 8 races to go.

Finally, the bad. The Packers had the injury bug hit, and just couldn’t get the job done offensively when it mattered in their 27-16 loss to the Cowboys. They smartly put Charles Woodson on a hushed Terrell Owens, but got run over on both sides of the line, and the backups in the secondary that had to play the second half after Al Harris left the game ultimately let a little-known receiver run wild.

In short, hooray beer, 1 1/2 cheers for fries, and boo moldy cheese.

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Brewers, MLB, NASCAR, NFL, Packers | Leave a comment

Calling All Former Bartenders

All former and wannabe bartenders please check in. If we have an email and a screen name, we can get you to “bartender” status which will give you the opportunity to post. Of course, you can always comment.

Chris, if you’re following this, you are welcome to be here if you wish.

September 15, 2008 Posted by | Badgers, Brewers, Bucks, General, MLB, NASCAR, NCAA, NFL, Packers, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

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September 15, 2008 Posted by | Badgers, Brewers, Bucks, General, MLB, NCAA, NFL, Packers, Uncategorized | Leave a comment