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Packers Daily Links: Wide-Eyed Johnathan Franklin Reacts to Wisconsin Wildlife, Lifestyle

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Packers Daily Links: Wide-Eyed Johnathan Franklin Reacts to Wisconsin Wildlife, Lifestyle

Despite his proclamations to become both the mayor of Green Bay and the mayor of Los Angeles, Green Bay Packers rookie running back Johnathan Franklin displayed an innocent but unworldly side of his personality in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A native of Los Angeles, Franklin showed his life experiences haven't extended much beyond that in the big city. "I saw a moose head in a room the other day and I went crazy. I ain't seen none of this," Franklin is quoted as saying by reporter Martin Hendricks. "I said, 'Is that real? Did you really kill a moose?' It's so different here. I saw a porcupine the other day, I mean it's crazy." It's rather humorous to see Franklin react with such wonderment. For most natives of Wisconsin, the sight of a porcupine is hardly a notable experience, as is taxidermy. Franklin seems like a good kid, just a little dewy-eyed and perhaps precocious.

Another light-hearted story appeared in at about newly-signed kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, a native of Italy who made tiramisu for the offensive linemen on the team as a gesture of thanks and goodwill. “I have made Tiramisu at home before. I’ve never made it for the O-line,” is quoted as saying by reporter Wes Hodkiewicz. “My thinking behind that was these poor guys get beat up every day and most of the time they’re blocking for me, so I want them to know how much I appreciate it. If making them a dessert makes their day any better, I can go home a happy man.” In light of what's happening with former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, it's fun to read such innocent articles on players like Franklin and Tavecchio.

More on Giorgio Tavecchio appears at the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Tight end Jermichael Finley was named the seventh most important Packer of 2012 by "The good qualities that Finley offers to the Green Bay Packers begin with his elite athleticism and size at the tight end position," writes Paul Imig. "He's the perfect type of target that a quarterback wants to look for in the middle of the field. Last season, Finley had more catches (61) than any tight end in franchise history. Yes, the NFL has evolved into more of a passing league, so records like that are going to be broken sooner or later. But that shouldn't diminish the value that Finley added by accounting for one out of every six completions thrown by Aaron Rodgers." Finley enters a contract season, so his future fortunes have the potential to be influenced on how his 2013 goes.

Thoughts on offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga from ESPN scout Matt Williamson are shared in a blog post by NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert. "I certainly don't see him as a top-10 left tackle in the NFL," Williamson is quoted as saying, "and he was a top-10 right tackle." Based upon the changes the Packers made in the offseason, it would appear they're banking on Bulaga being a top-tier left tackle in the NFL. It's still too early in his development to judge how he'll do as at left tackle, but his progress will no doubt be interesting to track.

Articles published in the weekly Packer Plus over a JSOnline include items on the 2012 rookie class, linebacker Terrell Manning, a ranking of the best coaches in Packers history and a column on upcoming free agents.

The series on the Packers' defensive schemes at wraps up the Hippo package and some final thoughts.

Also at, praise from NFL analyst paid to seventh-round pick Sam Barrington is noted.

The Associated Press published an article on the Packers' attitude entering the 2013 season.

A few sound bites from tight end D.J. Williams are shared by the Wisconsin Radio Network.

Blog posts on training camp competitions and quarterback Graham Harrell appear at Lombardi Ave.

An article on punter Tim Masthay is posted at Packer Report.

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Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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California Cheesehead's picture

Franklin reminding me of when we drafted Javon Walker, never having seen snow until he was drafted and visited Lambeau Field.

Point Packer's picture

Please reframe from mentioning "Javon Walker" ever again. Makes me shudder, though not as bad as when I read "Robert Ferguson".

Evan's picture

Ferguson is worse than Walker? How come?

redlights's picture

Walker produced. Ferguson was nothing outside of special teams.

Evan's picture

True. But Walker was a diva who forced his way out of town. Ferguson was a team player, at least.

Point Packer's picture

Sadness was not the feeling I felt upon both of their departures.

Evan's picture

Also true. Ha.

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djbonney138's picture

First thing I thought was, "wait until this kid sees a blizzard and digits below zero."

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

A couple Lambeau Leaps will make him forget how cold he is!

Lucky953's picture

He ain't seen nuthin' yet.

Fi crane's picture

Please someone warn Franklin about the snow snakes.

MarkinMadison's picture

Yo Jhonny! Valhalla is calling. Quit playing with your fox fur and get to work.

redlights's picture

He couldn't look more pathetic than #4 did against the Giants in the playoffs in his last game.

Fish/Crane's picture

you still take the wind after winning the OT coin toss...let it go, let it go...

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