Tuesday, April 27, 2004

After Draft Party... 

  As per our regularly scheduled program, we drank our fill and partied our faces off.

The Packers grabbed who they wanted in the draft and it's time for some grabbin' of our own.

Who's coming with me to the pool to play some football with the Girls?


Monday, April 26, 2004

What Draft? Draft Beer? 

I turn around and somebody has hijacked Packer Palace with actual information and opinion? NO WAY, BeerKid!!!!!

Back to our regularly scheduled program...it's the OFF-season!!!


Sunday, April 25, 2004

Packer Draft Summary... 

Whew!  Nothing like a cold Blitz Beer after that Packer Draft.  Well I guess this year's strategy was to trade most of the picks away so as to only end up with 6 of them at the end.  Confusing.  Shedding those extra picks, the Rookie Pool cap allotment will be a smaller portion of the overall team salary cap.  I guess we got that going for us.  If that was a part of this year's strategy, is that going to help win those playoff games in January?

Starting the 2nd day of the NFL Draft at the bottom of the 6th round, thanks to trades, GM Sherman drafts DT Corey Williams, a decent enough pick, that goes the same for Center Scott Wells at the very end of the 7th round.  That 4th and 26 collapse against the Eagles last year seems to have influenced GM Sherman a bit, as the breakdown of this year's draft indicates:  2 DT's, 2 CB's, 1 Punter, 1 Center, 1 Def. Coordinator fired.

Every team in the NFC North appears to have gotten better this off-season.  Now the only way for the Packers to get better is for every player currently on the roster, to improve their play over last years disappointing 10-6 performance.  There's 2 ways to get to the Super Bowl.  The easy way; A bye week with 2 playoff wins, or the hard way; 3 playoff wins and travelling on the road.  You have to improve each year to do it the easy way.  We'll get a good indication of which way the Pack will take this year by watching them play on the road against the Vikings and Bears at the end of the season.  Thanks NFL.  Go Pack!  Have a cold one on me...

With The 251st Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Scott Wells - C, 6-1, 300, Tennessee

Model of consistency...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Has excellent lateral agility, making good adjustments...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

With The 179th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Corey Williams - DT, 6-3, 313, Arkansas State

Tough, physical run stuffer...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Has the power to stack and hold the pile at the line of scrimmage...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

Packer Draft Summary... 

O.K.  So maybe GM Sherman hasn't completely fallen off the dock with his draft selections on the 1st day of the NFL Draft.  He took a smallish but very fast CB in Ahmad Carroll, and another bump-and-run player with CB Joey Thomas.  With the change in NFL rules regarding the clutching and grabbing between the WR's and DB's, these guys play the style that can excel this year.

Can DT Donnell Washington play to his supposed top-ten level of talent?  He should be able to get some playing time this year.  After all, can you name me one DL from last years draft that is contributing.

Now I'm not sure what kind of talent one can expect in the 4th and 5th rounds, but to deplete your picks to take the punter B.J. Sander at the end of the 3rd round, when one might expect he would still be there at the start of the 4th round.  GM Sherman had the 5th pick to start the 4th round in the 2nd day of the draft.  I thought he had a reputation for finding gems during the 2nd days pickings.  So we now have a good punter, and no picks until the end of the 6th round.

I guess all you can say is that there's a good chance that these 4 draft picks will be able to actively contribute this year, and so far, that will be an improvement over last year's draft picks.  But the flurry of activity in trading positions and losing picks to end of up with the players that GM Sherman did, makes me worry that he'll soon be going out to lunch.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

With The 87th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:

B.J. Sander - Punter, Ohio State, 6'3", 222

Two-step left-footed punter with very good touch-to-toe mechanics...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Vastly underrated, strong-legged punter...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

With The 72nd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Donnell Washington - DT, 6-5, 323, Clemson

Two-year starter with an excellent blend of size, strength and quickness...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Dominating run stuffer who shows a relentless nature in pursuit...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

With The 70th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
 Joey Thomas - CB, 6-0, 195, Montana State

Physical tackler who will face up and explode into the opponent upon contact...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Rising star who was regarded as the best shutdown cornerback in the NCAA Division I-AA ranks...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

With The 25th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
 Ahmad Carroll - CB, 5-10, 193, Arkansas

Well-built with long arms and solid overall muscle definition...

Not a killer hitter, but will stick his hat in there to make the play...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Regarded as one of the finest athletes ever in the Razorbacks program...

Top-level athlete who is one of the fastest players in football...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Packer Palace Predicts... 

 Well the time has finally arrived for Packer Palace to put it all on the line.  Time to make the prediction on who the Packers will take with their 1st pick in the draft.  We've analyzed some 60 mock drafts covering 20 players to see where the cold winds blowing.  Will it be a QB?  Will it be a DE.  Are they now forced to draft CB now?  Lots of questions, and it doesn't help any when the only word out of Coach Sherman in Packerland is that he could have the pick of 6 players if he's still sitting at #25.  Which could mean LB or WR.

So with our Swami Turban on... With the 25th pick in the NFL Draft... The Green Bay Packers take Antuan Odom, DE, Alabama.

With that, we now fully expect the Packers to take Derrick Strait, CB, Oklahoma.  Expect a trade to jump up to the early part of the 2nd round to get J.P. Losman, QB, Tulane.  And finally, No to Couch.  Trade McKenzie.  Go Pack!

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Two Referee's... 

Two Referees were sitting on bar stools having a drink or two after the game.  The older Referee starts to insult the younger one.  He screams "I slept with your mother!"

The bar room goes quiet and everyone looks towards the two Referees,….waiting with baited breath to see how the young Ref will react. 

The older Referee screams again.  "I SLEPT WITH YOUR MOTHER!"

The younger Ref says:

"Go home Dad, you’re drunk".

Have you heard about the new law they've just passed.  Referees have to be buried 10 feet down!

Why's that?

Because deep down they are nice people!

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Belly On Up To The Bar For A Draft... 

  25.  Reggie Williams WR Washington.  The Packers simply cannot believe that Reggie Williams has fallen this far.  They can't pass on such a talented wide reciever after the sub-par play of their own receivers last year.

OTC Draft.Com

Give me another draft...

Monday, April 19, 2004

Flogging A Dead Horse... 

Flog me again...

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Belly On Up To The Bar For A Draft... 

25.  D.J. Williams, OLB, Miami.  The Packers could move up to get a defensive end but if they remain here grabbing a player of Williams potential is a terrific steal and a player who will push for starting time early in training camp.

  55.  Chad Lavalais, DT, LSU.

  86.  Matt Schaub, QB, Virginia.

118.  Lewis Curry, S, Georgia.

Sports Dialogue.Com

25.  Antwan Odom DE 6'6" 275# 4.7 Alabama.  It appears likely the Packers and Browns will work out a deal to send the former #1 overall selection, Tim Couch, to Green Bay.  With this, the Packers will be able to focus on filling holes on defense.  Joe Johnson has been a disappointing free agency addition that is likely to be released.  Jamal Reynolds has been a disappointing first round selection.  A defensive end is needed opposite Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.

55.  Keith Smith CB 5'11" 200# 4.5 McNeese State.

Draft Projection.Com

Give me another draft...


Her Diary... 

 Sunday night I thought he was acting weird.  We had made plans to meet at a bar to have a drink.  I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment.  Conversation wasn't flowing so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk, he agreed but he kept quiet and absent.  I asked him what was wrong - he said, "Nothing."  I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset.  He said it had nothing to do with me and not to worry.

On the way home I told him that I loved him, he simply smiled and kept driving.  I can't explain his behavior; I don't know why he didn't say, "I love you, too."  When we got home I felt as if I had lost him, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore.  He just sat there and watched TV; he seemed distant and absent.

Finally I decided to go to bed. About 10 minutes later he came to bed and to my surprise he responded to my caress and we made love, but I still felt that he was distracted and his thoughts were somewhere else.  I decided that I could not take it anymore, so I decided to confront him with the situation but he had fallen asleep.  I started crying and cried until I too fell asleep.  I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else.  My life is a disaster!

His Diary...

Packers lost, got laid though.

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Belly On Up To The Bar For A Draft... 

25.  WR Lee Evans (Wisconsin).  Needs: DE, QB, LB, DT, CB.  The Packers could surely use some help on defense and if Vilma or Williams were around they could get a look here along with any DL.  However, Lee Evans appears to be the best player available and while WR is not a pressing need, Donald Driver's production fell off last year due to injury.  Robert Ferguson has yet to develop into the player the Packers were expecting and will be a free agent after next year.  The very talented local product, Evans, could eventually step in and become a starting WR for this team.

Ask The Commish.Com

25.  QB Philip Rivers, NC State.  Could be the best QB in the class and would be almost impossible to pass on this late.

Rick Jaworowski - Fantasy Insights.Com

25.  Jonathan Vilma Linebacker Miami (Fla.)  It looks like this is going to be another draft where everyone feels the Packers will draft a quarterback to eventually serve as the successor to Brett Favre.  This could change if Tim Couch ends up being a Packer.  I think the Packers like Antwan Odom and are hoping he is available but with him off the board here I will go with Jonathan Vilma.
Other possibilities:  Antwan Odom DE Alabama, J.P. Losman QB Tulane.

55.  Ahmad Carroll Cornerback Arkansas.

86.  Bo Schobel Defensive End TCU.


Give me another draft...

Covert Project... 

The NTSB recently divulged they had covertly funded a project with the auto makers for the past five years, whereby the auto makers were installing black boxes in four-wheel drive pickup trucks in an effort to determine, in fatal accidents, the circumstances in the last 15 seconds before the crash.

They were surprised to find in 49 of the 50 states the last words of drivers in 61.2 percent of fatal crashes were "OH SHIT!"

Only the state of Wisconsin was different, where over 89.3 percent of the final words were: "Hold my beer and watch this!".

John Madden was in... 

John Madden was in Chicago to announce a football game one weekend when he noticed a special telephone near the Bears' bench.  He asked a nearby player what it was used for and was told it was a hotline to God.  John asked if he could use it.  The player told him, "Sure, but it will cost you $100.00."  John scratched his head, then thought, what the heck.  I could use some help picking games.  He pulled out his wallet and paid the $100.00.  John's picks were perfect that week. 
The next week, John was in San Francisco when he noticed that same kind of phone on the Forty Niners' bench.  He asked what the telephone was for and was told "It's a hotline to God, if you want to use it, it will cost you $500.00."  Recalling last weekend, John pulled out his wallet and made the call.  John's picks were perfect again that week!

The next weekend John was in Green Bay at Lambeau Field when he Noticed the same kind of phone by the Packers' bench.  He asked Brett Favre, "Is that the hotline to God?"  Brett said, "yes but it will cost you 35 cents".  John looked incredulously at Brett and said, '"wait a second, I just paid $100.00 in Chicago and $500.00 in Texas to use the Same phone to God!".  "Why does Green Bay only charge 35 cents"?

Brett looked at John and replied, "In Green Bay, it's a local call."

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Belly On Up To The Bar For A Draft... 

25.  J.P. Losman, quarterback, Tulane.  Analysis: Finding Brett Favre's eventual replacement is a priority.  The Packers would love Rivers to fall all the way down to them here, but that doesn't seem likely.  Losman would make a pretty good choice, despite his lack of size.  He has a strong, though not terribly accurate, arm and good athleticism.  If the Packers ever do work out a trade with Cleveland for Tim Couch, they will obviously look to another position, such as receiver, with this pick.

Vic Carucci National Editor, NFL.com

Give me another draft...

Blast From The Past... 

Hell Train Bloody Champaign
Oct 2002
Yellow Submarine In Packerland
Nov 2002
Battle Of New Orleans
Sept 2002

Friday, April 09, 2004

Belly On Up To The Bar For A Draft... 

  25.  Antwan Odom, DE, Alabama 6050, 274, 4.80/40.  The Packers are eying Odom and he is also filling a need.

55.  Bob Sanders, SS, Iowa, 5083, 204, 4.30/40

86.  Matt Schaub, QB, Virginia, 6055, 237, 4.92/40

Rob Scouting.Com

Give me another draft...

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Beaver Hunt... 

Hunting Expedition.

Golf might be Brett Favre's passion, but his obsession these days is beavers.

Sherman said offensive coordinator Tom Rossley reported that during his visit to Favre's home in Hattiesburg, Miss., that the Packers quarterback was consumed with the natural habits of the beaver population.

"Tom just went down there to play golf and spend the day with him," Sherman said.  "Brett was chasing beavers around his property.  The beavers are damming up some streams and he's all concerned about that.  He's like the guy in "Caddy Shack"; he's going to blow everything up to track these beavers down.  He thinks they're waging a war against him."

Tom Silverstein - JSOnline.Com  From the April 1, 2004 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Belly On Up To The Bar For A Draft... 

25.  Philip Rivers, QB.  I can't believe Rivers is still on the board, and neither can the Packers.  Finally, someone in place to replace Brett Favre down the road.  Look for teams in the next few weeks to move up 8-10 spots from here to grab Rivers.  If Tim Couch goes to Green Bay, then this changes.

Pat Kirwan NFL.Com Senior Analyst

  25.  Philip Rivers, QB, N.C. State.  Rivers' rising stock and Brett Favre's eventual retirement will force the Packers to forget about their infatuation with Lee Evans.  Look for someone (the Giants, perhaps?) to try to leapfrog the Pack from the top of round two, however.

Pro Football Talk.Com - Mock Draft #3

25.  Shawntee Spencer, CB, Pitt.  If the Pack can't finagle Drew Henson, Phillip Rivers could become a possibility here.

Pro Football Talk.Com - Mock Draft #2

Give me another draft...

Lombardi Shot Revisited... 

Full Story

One shot of Bacardi (regular) rum, one equal shot of Triple Sec, and a twist of lime.  To mix it up right, poor half Bacardi and half Triple Sec into a glass of ice and shake it up and pour shots.  (Thanks Pileg!)

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Belly On Up To The Bar For A Draft... 

  25.  Philip Rivers - North Carolina State QB 6'5" 229lbs. Sr.  Finally Green Bay has found Favre's understudy in Philip Rivers.  Rivers lacks the mechanics but he has a lot of passion to win and to continue to become better (IE Favre).  Rivers has a big body but he throws awkward and he doesn't have very good speed which makes his stock fall a bit.  I think he will struggle throwing the style he has been since a kid (basically a broken side armed throw), because there are massive sized defenders he will have to throw over.

55. Darrion Scott - DE - Ohio State.  Joe Johnson and Jamal Reynolds have been depressing to watch, Scott joins former teammate K.P.

Draft Studio.Com

Give me another draft...

Friday, April 02, 2004

A Nondescript... 

"We seldom or ever see a stranger here," said my host, as we sat down to breakfast; "we are regularly shut out from all society by that dismal forest and swamp you passed through last night, and there is not another settler's house between me and the indian country."

He then told me he had been a land-surveyor.  Making a government survey of this part of the country, he was struck with the beauty of the spot on which he now resided, took up some lots, and was "Monarch of all he surveyed."

His wife and four very fine little boys were his only companions;  he seldom or ever saw a newspaper, and made sundry vague inquiries about affairs down East.  I commended my host's good taste in having fixed on such a splendid site for his house--a high bluff, commanding an extensive view up and down the river, the presence of some round indian mounds giving an air of some antiquity to the place.  When the host left the room, the boys crowded round, and the eldest, a fine lad, launched out in praise of a brown and long-bodied water dog.  He could swim like a fish, hunt an otter, find a prairie hen, trace a deer and tree a racoon, with any dog in Wisconsin.  He never refused to fight but once----"And then we were all afraid," said the youngest, blue-eyed boy.

"No, we were not, though," said another, angrily;  "you never saw father skeered."

Oh, no! that was a thing never heard of; and they informed me how a long, black, fierce, rough-haired animal, had regularly besieged the house one day; the dog refused to hunt him, and he kept prowling about the back of the house, and sometimes sat down in front of it, right opposite the door.  My host, entering the room, confirmed what the boys had said concerning this strange animal.

"I had not a single charge of powder in the house," said he, "at that time, and I never felt so wolfish in my life;  I have travelled a long way, I tell you, and never saw anything like it before or since."

"Was it a bear?" said I.

"Bear, no!--I think I should know bears pretty well by this.  I tell you it was neither a bear, a wolf, a catamount, or a lynx;  but, somehow, I felt a disgust to attack it single hand."

I advised my host to make sure of this nondescript, the next time it paid him a visit, and having received some useful hints from him respecting my route and conduct if I should fall in with Indians, shouldered my knapsack, and marched away.

Pioneering the Upper Midwest:  Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910

A Merry Briton in pioneer Wisconsin;  A contemporary narrative reprinted from Life in the West:  Back-wood Leaves and Prairie Flowers:  Rough Sketches on the Borders of the Picturesque, the Sublime, and Ridiculous.  Extracts from the note book of Morleigh in search of an estate, published in London in the year 1842.

Bigfoot In Camp! 

"I turned in time to see it throw the blocking sled 40 feet!"
   Packer Training Camp, WI.  Veteran analysts agree that they've never even heard of such a thing.  But that's not stopping the forward-thinking Pack in their quest for new talent!

Non-stop reporter Beer Kid infiltrated the secret "tryout" and captured a remarkable photo of the event.  Beer Kid offered no apologies for the poor quality, stating "Hell, between the smell and flying epuipment, I'm surprise I got a shot off at all!"

The extra-species event lasted only 15 minutes before the (apparently female!) sasquatch let out a scream, tossed a blocking sled, and charged off into the forest.  Packer Fans with information regarding this sighting are urged to contact beerkid@packerpalace.com.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Belly On Up To The Bar For A Draft... 

  25.  LB D.J. Williams Miami (Fla.) 6'0" 250 Sr.  Williams and Nick Barnett may conjure up visions of Ray Nitschke and Dave Robinson.

B. Duane Cross is a senior producer for SI.com.

Give me another draft...

Flogging A Dead Horse... 

Packer/Viking Fishing Tournament

One year, neither the Packers nor the Vikings made the post season playoffs. It seemed so unusual that the management of both teams got together and decided that there should be some sort of competition between the two teams, because of their great rivalry. So, they decided on a week-long ice fishing competition. The team that catches the most fish at the end of the week wins.

So on a cold northern Wisconsin lake they began their contest.

The first day after 8 hours of fishing the Packers had caught 100 fish and the Vikings had 0.

At the end of the second day the Packers had caught 200 fish and the Vikings 0.

That evening the Vikings coach got his team together and said,"I suspect some kind of cheating is taking place." So the next morning he dressed one of his players in green and gold and sent him over to the Packer's camp to act as a spy.

At the end of the day he came back to report to the coach. The coach asked "Well, how about it, are they cheating?"

"They sure are!" the player reported. "They're cutting holes in the ice."

Flog me again...

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