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  1. I'll dare post a reply to this as an enemy Packers fan. I figured there'd be some Bears fans riled up about Rodgers comment. Initially, I thought similar--Rodgers being cocky, cocking off, when he should just be humble. He can be cocky, no doubt. But then just seeing the look on his face, the exuberation, it didn't appear mean-spirited, it sort of appeared to me like a kid playing backyard football, scoring on his best friend. Like it was 12 yr old Rodgers and Urlacher going at it, jawing off at each other all game, and Rodgers just happened to get the best of it on the play, on that day. In t
  2. Hah. As a Packers fan, I must hate the Bears as you Bears fans hate us. It's just how it has to be. But I must say, I hate you with the utmost RESPECT for you and your franchise and cherish what always has been the greatest rivalry in the NFL. Fyi, our secondary is depleted so that scares the crap out of me going into this game. May the best team win on Sunday and not due to crap calls!!!
  3. I've been to Buffalo many times. I once even saw the sun come out briefly.
  4. Thanks. I wonder if that might explain why he lasted till the 5th round of the draft....
  5. Anyone have an idea of how much weight he dropped, of what he weighs now? I mean, he was 350 pnds at one point previous. He looks about 330 to me now.
  6. You have to give credit to Gute for what is looking to be a great draft. To get a starter in Rnd 4 with Newman. I really didn't have high hopes for Newman becoming a starter, especially in his rookie year. Perhaps because I was looking at him as an OT, rather than as an OG. Hit on 4 (that at least make the 53) that's a great draft. To hit on what? At least 6? Stokes, Myers, Rodgers, Newman, Slaton, Hill....That is stellar drafting, especially when your starting draft position is at the bottom of each round. This is may be Gute's best draft, at least in terms of number of draftees making t
  7. For sure--not common, but not unrare either for a 4th round pick rookie to be a starter. Yes, I had thought of Bak too-back when TT had more of his mental faculties and saw a hidden gem, taking Bak who may have been flying a bit under the radar having come out early from Univ of Colorado as a Junior. Newman may never become the best RG in the league, but to get a sufficient starter in his rookie year from the 4th round would show good drafting by Gute in itself. But I get ahead of myself--Newman has much to prove yet. Still, a good sign of what might be.
  8. What's up with this guy? I did not think he'd develop so soon as to be given a chance at starting, let alone at RG. Granted, it is just a look-see opportunity and there are no guarantees, but still, it is encouraging.
  9. I lived in MN for 15 years due to a job transfer. As others point out, they do have that "little brother syndrome", made worse by many "close-but-no-cigar" seasons which takes a toll on their psyche. This is partially why they are fair-weathered--it's a coping mechanism. (Another is simply going to an indoor stadium for a bunch of cold weather Scandinavians, which is like keeping a champion lines hunting dog inside, making them a lazy house dog.) They get puffed up with "paper tiger-ism" after the draft, but at the first sign of adversity during a season they start to bail on the team, so as t
  10. Agreed. Plus, just from a cold business standpoint, the Packers have been smart--by maintaining (relatively) a competitive team that can contend more years than not it helps to keep the customers interest/devotion and inspire their ongoing investment in the product (tickets, merchandise, etc) Yes, in doing so their margin for error is smaller in terms of less quality depth, injuries to key starters (Bakhtiari), etc., but that's the tradeoff.
  11. I agree. He can't 'expect' the Front Office to go with any of his recommendations and shouldn't make a fuss if they don't. On the other hand, as I said, I also don't think it is unreasonable for Rodgers (or any other player) to expect that the Front Office would at least give an ear to some of his recommendations and consider them. If Rodgers tried but Gutekunst refused to even give him an ear, then I can understand why Rodgers wouldn't want to come back. Like I said, it's the extremes that are the problem to me. But none of us knows what the case actually was/is. For example, did Rodgers act
  12. I try to avoid extremes here when it comes to Rodgers (or any other player for that matter) "having a say." One extreme is to suggest that Rodgers gets to make roster decisions relative to cuts, player acquisitions, etc. The other extreme is to suggest Rodgers should never be allowed to express his opinion to the Head Coach/Front Office on these roster decisions. So while we don't know for certain what happened behind closed doors, if Rodgers attempted to speak directly to Gute about his opinions on roster decisions and was ignored by Gute or told "nunya business", then that is terrible playe
  13. Yes, you are right--we need to support competition in our education system and return decision-making to the parents. More charter schools, more support for private school alternatives, school voucher system. Give the tax-dollars not to the public (tax-payer funded) teacher's unions but to the parents to selectively spend on their child's education as they see best. Basically everything our public teacher's unions are opposed to.
  14. Great Cigar Lounge/Bar establishment in STL (Charles P. Stanley) when I was there a few summers ago for a....church convention. Placed was packed with Lutheran clergy. Haha
  15. I hope I'm wrong, but I seriously don't think they'd get so much in a trade for Rodgers as some here are predicting, especially now that it is post-draft. Again, I hope I eat crow if they trade him. But none of us here wants to see Gutekunst fire-sale Rodgers and get peanuts in return. In that case I'd guess most of us here would rather just make Rodgers retire. So, let's put the question this way: As a fan, what is the BARE MINIMUM you could accept in return for Rodgers should Gutekunst trade him??? For me personally, I'd say my bare minimum would be two 1sts + a 2nd + a player of
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