Packers Blog Roundup: Colledge Disappointed About No White House Invite

Former Packers guard Daryn Colledge recently expressed disappointment about not being invited to the White House visit. Packers bloggers weigh in...

Former Packers guard Daryn Colledge expressed his disappointment about not being extended an invitation to the White House to the Arizona Republic. Gregg Rosenthal of ProFootballTalk.com weighed in. "We suspect Colledge will get criticized in Green Bay for whining, but we  agree with his viewpoint," writes Rosenthal. "Going to the White House is one of the cooler parts of winning a title; the Packers players absolutely ate up the experience last week."

As if on cue, Daryn Colledge was criticized by Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette in a blog post, telling him life isn't fair. "I suppose they could have told Colledge to make his own travel plans and meet them in front of the White House gate at a certain time last Friday," writes Vandermause, "but even that gesture would have opened them up to criticism, such as, 'Why didn’t the team have the decency to take care of one of its former players?'." And the Packers could have easily have responded to that criticism by reimbursing him for his expenses. That's how most of the business world operates.

More on the White House and Daryn Colledge appears at Total Packers.

Former Packers safety Matt Bowen wrote a blog post about rookie wide receiver Randall Cobb over at the National Football Post. "On Saturday night in his first preseason action vs. the Browns, Cobb made his plays inside, from the slot position," writes Bowen. "And that is where he can make his money for this Green Bay offense on top of what he brings to the team in the return game."

The running back position and their first preseason performance is the topic of a post by Brandon Benson at Acme Packing Company. "I was surprised to see that Grant was pulled in favor of Starks for their second possession," writes Benson. "I haven't read anything to indicate it's a true competition, Grant will start ahead of Starks barring an injury, but that substitution made it appear like there was a competition to be had. Unfortunately for Starks, his night was cut short by an ankle injury, but he made one good run for nine yards before leaving. Grant also had a couple good runs, and I'd be hard pressed to say either one was clearly the better back. They both looked good in a limited opportunity." I'm not sure what is meant by "competition," because even though Grant may technically start, there should be plenty of splitting carries this season.

The competition at safety was over before it began, says Monty McMahon of Total Packers.

Thoughts on the first preseason game appear at Acme Packing Company, Green Bay Packer Talk, Packer Chatters and Packers Gab.

Reaction to a story on Aaron Rodgers' concussion last season appears at Pocket Dopper and Acme Packing Company.

Listen to the newest Packers Therapy podcast.

Posts on Aaron Rodgers and Ted Thompson appear at AllGreenBayPackers.com.

Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com opines on the left guard battle, Jermichael Finley and Daryn Colledge.

The Giants signed former Packer Derrick Martin.

The Wearing of the Green (and Gold) has some preseason pictures from 1954.

An exhibition game program cover from 1974 appears at Packerville, U.S.A.

The Packers Hall of Fame has a new biography on Buckets Goldenberg.

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

Second-hand news sources are not included in the Blog Roundup unless they also include meaningful commentary.

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lars's picture

August 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

Sigh. And, the manufactured blog whining continues w/r to the former Packers who didn't get a WH invite. Boo-hoo. Vandermouse is right, nobody cares.

I'm sure the $27 million you got from Arizona will help soothe your feelings, Daryn.I mean, it's not as if meeting the soon-to-be ex-pres. was all that, anyway.

BTW, the Packers did the right thing by Mark Tauscher. The Colledge's of the world are not THAT sensative. It's just a way to get a (not so subtle) dig at his former team that was unwilling to overpay for the mediocre player. Who's next, Cullen Jenkins? ;))

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MarkinMadison's picture

August 16, 2011 at 01:49 pm

So you diss Vandermause, you call Colledge a cry-baby, and you diss the President, all in one post. Just wow. Honestly, I would have happily accepted an invitation to the White House to meet any sitting president in my lifetime.

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Kim James's picture

August 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

It's only whining when your viewpoint differs. Frankly Vandermause has it right, Colledge is no longer a Packer, whether it be for a day, a week or a year. If you want to blame anyone blame the lockout. I see no one mentions that Tauscher was at the WH? as they once again condem the Packers FO.

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PackerAaron's picture

August 16, 2011 at 11:01 am

Were you here when the event was live? I was the first to note that Tauscher was there.

I find it interesting that people consider Colledge a "whiner" for answering a question.

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al's picture

August 17, 2011 at 12:40 am

I was there, it was awesome. There was only about 50 packers fan waiting by the buses so it was very easy to see the players as they came out. I even got an Aaron Rodgers high five, pretty cool.

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Mojo's picture

August 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

The Packers would have shown class by inviting the SB Packers who are now on another team. Chances are some would have declined anyway or their current teams wouldn't let them go.

Still think it was wrong the Pack didn't extend the invite. I don't see what the big downside of inviting them is. Can someone explain it to me. Because "they're whiners" isn't an answer. I guess we should never invited Jim Taylor to announce the pick of Randall Cobb in the draft this year, because, heaven forbid, he played with another team.

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Pbr's picture

August 16, 2011 at 01:32 pm

Why would packers reimburse him? He's not employed by them. That isn't how the business world works. Having said that they should have invited him.

But who cares?

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PackerT's picture

August 16, 2011 at 03:37 pm

This story absolutely amazes me. These huys are "former" Packers, if I were a Packer I wouldnt want them there either. They chose to leave their team and teammates. Even if the Packers extended an invitation to them are they suppossed to go their new teammates and coaches and say..."oh by the way Im going toleave camp for a day so I can go to the White House with my former team"?...#2 how would the Eagles, Cards, Jags, etc feel if the Packers extended this invite to one of their players to leave camp?....and #3 and Im surprised nobody knows this. It is against the rules for any team to contact a player from another team at ANY time even through their agent...ITS CALLED TAMPERING!!

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PackerAaron's picture

August 16, 2011 at 03:40 pm

Right - because the Packers could never speak with the league office before contacting the players in question... (rollseyes)

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Church's picture

August 16, 2011 at 05:39 pm

Maybe they did you jag Nagler. Maybe they even contacted the teams these players are on and they said no.

He'll, Tauscher isn't retired...he's a FA and attended a team function that likely required league approval for him to attend.

Never mind that Colledge was in Oakland Thursday night...2 cross country flights...sure he had Friday off, but when did the Pack leave the WH? 3ish eastern? Airport by 4 something and maybe get a flight at 5 all the way back to AZ for am practice Sunday? Not to mention Arizona is a hot mess on their line.

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PackerAaron's picture

August 16, 2011 at 06:09 pm

Nice email address Church. Stay classy.

Oh and Colledge said today that he had the day off and would have gladly made the trip.

But enjoy living in Small Bitter Person land.

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al's picture

August 17, 2011 at 12:42 am

If Tauscher is a FA why would he need league approval to attend? He isn't connected to any team.

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