Even though progress was made on the negotiating front yesterday, the NFL will still be in court today at the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis…
The annual Donald Driver celebrity softball game is this Sunday, June 5 at Time Warner Cable Field in Appleton, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. “As of Thursday morning, there are around 500 general admission tickets remaining for Sunday’s game,” writes Bart Winkler of the Bucky Channel. “If fans are interested in attending, they should stop by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Ticket Office at Time Warner Cable Field or call 800-WI-TIMBER or (920) 733-4152 before all the tickets are gone. The ticket office is open until 5:00pm on Thursday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Friday and from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. The general admission tickets are $10.” The parking lot opens at 9:00 a.m. with the home run derby at noon and the game to start at 1:00.
Rosters were released for Sunday’s game and can be found at the Appleton Post-Crescent. “Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers and seven-time Pro Bowl defensive back Charles Woodson will compete in the popular event, which includes a home-run derby and a slow-pitch softball game between members of the Packers’ offensive and defensive units,” writes Tim Froberg. Among the other big names at the event are safety Nick Collins, tight end Jermichael Finley and offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga.
Guard Daryn Colledge reflected upon his time in Green Bay during an interview with Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. He also touched upon the uncertainty of free agency. “I think for guys like me, I can only work on the things that I can control. There’s a lot of things that are up in the air, and I can’t affect those,” said Colledge on Green and Gold Today on Thursday morning. “So right now the things I’m working on are staying in the best shape I can, continue to work on my drills, so if I’m back with Green Bay, I have the possibility to be the best left guard I can be for them. And if they decide to let me go and I’m picked up by another team, that I’m in the best shape I can be to learn a new system and take that opportunity for what it is.” Colledge’s wife is expected to give birth in just a few weeks.
The highly publicized offensive line workouts, minus Colledge and a few others, continue to gain attention in Tennessee. “It’s been less about the intensity of the training and more about getting together, although the workouts have been hard,” Marshall Newhouse told the Tennessean. The group has probably broken ranks by now, as some of them will be attending Driver’s softball game this weekend.
Details of the Mike and Jessica McCarthy Golf Tournament benefiting American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wis. “The Sponsors’ Dinner will be held on Sunday evening, June 12 at Monona Terrace,” according to CharityAuctionsToday. “The golf tournament and luncheon will take place the following day at Bishops Bay Country Club.”
As part of the Mike and Jessica McCarthy Golf Tournament, fans are encouraged to bid on items from the Super Bowl on the event’s auction website. “Included among the auction items is memorabilia from the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV victory: an authentic Aaron Rodgers jersey, Green Bay Packers helmet and official Super Bowl XLV football, all of which bear Rodgers’ autograph, and several Super Bowl XLV memorabilia autographed by Coach McCarthy,” according to a release on the Packers official website.
Tight end Tom Crabtree answered some questions from Wally Pingel at PocketDoppler. On the topic of the lockout, Crabtree said, “It’s frustrating not being able to get the coaching I need as a young player in this league. I’m missing valuable time on the field and in the film room with my position coach, OC and special teams coaches. On top of that, we don’t have access to our amazing facilities that help get our bodies ready for a long and brutal season.” Crabtree also reflected upon the Super Bowl victory among a host of other topics as well.
Packers legend Bobby Dillon is interviewed for a feature at the team’s official website. “Eight years into his career and Bobby Dillon had been voted an All-Pro four times, had led the Packers in interceptions seven straight seasons and had just completed his first year under Vince Lombardi, who would become one of the game’s legendary coaches,” writes Ricky Zeller at Packers.com. “Even at just 29 and as one of the NFL’s best defensive backs, Dillon decided to walk away from football and it’s a decision he’s never regretted.” Dillon is the franchise leader in interceptions to this day.
Video of equipment manager Red Batty and the Packers helmet fitting room also appear on the team’s official website.
Find out about Super Bowl watches, in addition to Super Bowl rings, at the Wearing of the Green (and Gold).
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will be putting some Mike McCarthy momentos on display in Canton, Ohio.
Rookie running back Alex Green is profiled at Packer Report (subscription required).
Aaron Rodgers is compared to other NFL quarterbacks in how they perform in the fourth quarter at NFL.com.
A response to the NFL lockout appears at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Green Bay Packer Nation looks at potholes on the road to a repeat title.
A Bleacher Report writer lists the top 10 offensive linemen in franchise history.
Hard Knocks in Green Bay? Probably not.
Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.