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Opposition Research: Detroit Lions (W6)

Opposition Research: Detroit Lions (W6)

Welcome to Opposition Research, where I'll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the Detroit Lions.  In contrast to Week 4's monumental and record-breaking showdown with the Vikings, this week's game is a "ho hum, it’s the Lions" kind of game.  The line is 13.5 and the city of Detroit cares more about the upcoming bidding for the Silverdome than this week's game.  Nevertheless, I'll see what I can do to hype up the matchup between the injury-riddled Lions and the bye-rested Packers.

M.C. Hammer to the Rescue!

M.C. Hammer to the Rescue!

It’s been a weird couple days in the NFL.  Here are a few stories that are making the rounds, each of them a head-scratcher: Rookie WR Michael Crabtree, after spending significant time away from San Francisco, finally signed a six-year contract with the 49ers.  If he has two outstanding years in his first four, the contract evolves into a five-year deal.  The weird part of all this?  M.C. Hammer was apparently present during negotiations.  Yes, really, that M.C. Hammer.

Opposition Research: Minnesota Vikings (W4)

Opposition Research: Minnesota Vikings (W4)

Welcome to Opposition Research, where I'll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the Minnesota Vikings.  I could try to be dispassionate and approach this post like I did the one before it, but you know that’s not going to work here.  Everyone in the national media is talking about this game - what it means to the Packers, what it means to Brett Favre, what it means to those fans that still can’t choose between the Packers and Brett Favre.  You get the picture.  So for this week, I’m going to do what I can to shed light on a few things you might not have heard about in the hype that’s already started.

Sunday Night Fallout (W3)

Sunday Night Fallout (W3)

An interesting factoid this afternoon from Tom Pelissero on Twitter - the NFC North went 4-0 on the week.  With the Lions finally having won a game (their first since December 2007), I wondered just how far back you'd have to go to find the last time the North had such a good outing.  Not counting bye weeks, the last time the NFC North went undefeated was Week 10 in 2005, when the Packers won their second of only four victories on the year.  On that given Sunday, the Packers beat up on the Falcons, the Vikings beat the Giants, the Bears beat the 49ers, and the Lions held off the Cardinals. 

Tampering, Disrespect, & the Wk 2 Hangover

Tampering, Disrespect, & the Wk 2 Hangover

Look out now -- the San Francisco 49ers have officially accused the New York Jets of tampering with their (unbelievably, as-yet-unsigned) first-round draft pick, Michael Crabtree.  Back in May, Alex Marvez of Fox Sports called tampering "the NFL's dirty little secret," and warned that without harsher penalties, it'll only get worse.  Well, the 49ers are saying that the Jets called up Crabtree and promised to sweeten the deal left on the table in San Francisco, if only Crabtree re-enters the 2010 draft.  Rex Ryan, in true "no duh" fashion, has called the whole accusation "ridiculous."  Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum isn't talking, but either everyone's after the Jets, or there's something fishy going on.  Crabtree's the third receiver rumored to have been contacted illegally by the Jets, though neither the Denver Broncos (for Brandon Marshall) nor the Minnesota Vikings (for Percy Harvin) filed any formal charges.

Packers Exploring Jersey Sponsorship

Packers Exploring Jersey Sponsorship

Packers Manager of Corporate Communications Aaron Popkey confirmed to Cheesehead TV today that the Packers are exploring the possibility of adding corporate sponsorship to their practice jerseys in the form of a small patch featuring a corporate logo. (Popkey gets points taken away for his strict adherence to his PR talking points. Indeed, the quotes attributed to SVP of Marketing and Sales Laura Sankey in the Associated Press report are an identical match to what Popkey gave me over the phone. On the other hand, he offsets that and gets many points in his favor for actually calling a blogger back.)

Tim Smith/NY Daily News Lose The Plot

Tim Smith/NY Daily News Lose The Plot

I find it more than a little hilarious that on the same page where the Daily News runs a column extolling the virtues of non-discriminatory practices in a professional organization, the paper/website has no problem running a picture of a professional model with a caption reducing her to little more than a trophy.

Dallas facility collapse, Superbowl in London?

Dallas facility collapse, Superbowl in London?

Just finished reading this article in the NYTimes about the NFL being concerned about practice facilities like the one that collapsed in Dallas as...

No PETA ads for Michael Vick

No PETA ads for Michael Vick

It started with this Ad Age post May 1st by Rich Thomaselli stating The disgraced one-time NFL superstar serving prison time for funding an illegal dog-fighting ring is primed to do public-service ads for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals upon his release later this month. According to three people with knowledge of the matter, the proposed endorsement is part of a comprehensive PR scheme aimed at rehabilitating the quarterback's image and gaining him readmission to the league that banned him from playing. Then proceeded the blogging and twitter hashmark #michael vick worlds acting as though there were blood in the water.

Adieu Madden

Adieu Madden

I know a lot of football fans have been down on John Madden for awhile now. They're idiots. Madden has forgotten more about the greatest game ever...

Still going...

Still going...

I read this in the New York Times this morning. Part of the seemingly never-ending struggle to get a television network distributed for the most...

Lions To Bring Back Run & Shoot

Lions To Bring Back Run & Shoot

Please note the date ;)

It's Hard Out Here For A League

It's Hard Out Here For A League

Where the league is having their annual meetings this week.

Bargain Hunting

Bargain Hunting

This is the time the quality GM's really improve the bottom half of their rosters

Overreact Much?

Overreact Much?

 Harvey Fialkov goes off the deep end in reaction to a divison rival signing a 36 year old reciever.

Hasselbeck and Houshmandzadeh

Hasselbeck and Houshmandzadeh

Hasselbeck and Houshmandzadeh will become part of a prolific passing attack.

Thoughts and Prayers

Thoughts and Prayers

Our thoughts and prayers are with them here at Cheesehead TV.

Same Old Cardinals

Same Old Cardinals

Enjoy the Super Bowl run for what it was Cardinal fans: a brief respite on a continuing journey of ineptitude.

Dolphins Doing It Right

Dolphins Doing It Right

The type of move that makes the middle of your roster stronger and more flexible

Jerry Jones At It Again

Jerry Jones At It Again

Giving up more than a (very) low round pick for Kitna, a player the Lions would most likely have ended up cutting, is just plain irresponsible.

Patriots Know How To Do It

Patriots Know How To Do It

The Patriots are the masters at this - finding older players cut by teams that are going younger at certain positions that can still play and play...

Tannenbaum Is Desperate

Tannenbaum Is Desperate

Trading for Lito Sheppard makes no sense.

Some People Never Learn

Some People Never Learn

Have to agree with Les Carpenter on this one. By signing Haynesworth and Hall to rediculous contracts, Dan Snyder has started back down the same road that he ventured down when he first bought the team - namely, throwing stupid money at name players without any kind of foundation in place underneath them.

The Bears Still Suck

The Bears Still Suck

and so they should be the first to get a Bobble head here at the Other 31....

There are 31 other teams in this league...

There are 31 other teams in this league...

and they all place second to the Green Bay Packers.

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