On the Packers calendar today, the sponsors' dinner for the Mike and Jessica McCarthy charity golf tournament is held the Monona Terrace in Madison this evening...
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy joined country singer Kenny Chesney on stage with the Lombardi Trophy at yesterday's concert in Lambeau Field during the song "Boys of Fall." "With a mix of crowd-pleasing classics and his latest hits, country music superstar Kenny Chesney energized over 40,000 fans on the thawed tundra at Lambeau Field Saturday in the first major concert held at the historic stadium since it was renovated in 2003," according to the team's official website. Lambeau Field is one of 10 professional football stadiums Chesney will play on his tour this summer.
The Packers open the regular season as favorites over the New Orleans Saints, according to Cantor Gaming––which operates four Nevada sportsbooks––in an article appearing on Pro Football Weekly's website. "The regular season is slated to begin on Sept. 8, with defending champion Green Bay a 5½-point favorite vs. New Orleans at Lambeau Field on Cantor's line," writes reporter Mike Wilkening. "Of course, whether the season will indeed start as scheduled remains a primary topic of discussion for those connected to the NFL. While optimism about the progress of negotiations between NFL owners and players on a new collective bargaining agreement has increased recently, the lockout continues for now. In the event of an extended work stoppage, some advance wagers would become null and void." Lines appear for every NFL regular season game in the article. It's worth noting that the Packers are not not underdogs in any of 17 regular season games.
Cornerback Tramon Williams has started his own clothing line and charity foundation. "Williams was wearing a shirt Friday with '38 Reasons' as the logo," writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Turns out, he has actually started his own clothing line, named '38 Reasons.' He said he just found out a few days ago it has been picked up by Kohl's. The clothing is also set to go on sale on his web site, he said." Williams also commented in the blog post that he's getting the itch to get back on the practice field.
Former Packers president Bob Harlan and general manager Ron Wolf are interviewed about Ron's son, Eliot Wolf, and his recent promotion in the Packers front office. “I think he has two things going for him,” Harlan told Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “First of all, who is father is. He can learn a great deal from that gentleman. But secondly, his enthusiasm for it. As a kid at that time at (Green Bay Notre Dame) high school, he was in the draft room all the time, with his dad all the time. He had a great desire to learn the business and succeed. Those are great assets.”
In an nod to the ongoing NFL lockout, an Associated Press article looks at the negative economic impact the lack of training camp would have on the Green Bay area. "Even though the Packers train at their team headquarters, an estimate by AECOM Technical Services put the impact of their 2009 camp at $7.4 million, based on 34,000 attendees," according to the Associated Press. The amount of money spent in training camp attendees at the Lambeau Field Atrium, Pro Shop, Hall of Fame, not to mention the greater Green Bay area, is a decent source of income for the Packers.
A feature on outside linebacker Erik Walden's personal trainer appears in the Tennessean.
More on Tramon Williams is at Packer Report (subsciption required).
Former Packer William Henderson weighs in on the NFL's rule changes at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The concert at Lambeau Field yesterday gets coverage in the Press-Gazette.
Daryn Colledge is just one of a crowded free agent class at guard, according to Pat Kirwan of NFL.com.
Comments from Trent Dilfer on the Packers appear at Lombardi Ave.
A vintage Packers video appears at Packerville U.S.A.
Matt Flynn is discussed at Acme Packing Company.
Another yearbook award comes from the staff at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Video: The scene in the Lambeau Field parking lot at yesterday's concert is captured by the Press-Gazette...
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