Monday, February 27, 2012

Packers Scott Wells an Asset? Yes


The Packers and Center Scott Wells are reportedly not even close in their contract talks, and the clock is ticking. March 13th Wells will become a free agent, and it seems the Packers are not interested in making a long-term commitment. Wells turned 31 in January, and made the Pro bowl for the first time in his eight-year career, and most believe he deserves, and should be rewarded with a long-term contract. Wells started 16 games for the second year in a row, and only allowed two sacks this season in their high-powered pass offense.

Scott Wells has been described as one of the smartest players on the team, and goes all out and is seldom beaten, which has allowed Aaron Rodgers and the Packers pass heavy offense to thrive. Some say the knock on Wells is supposedly his run blocking ability, blamed on his size at 6’2 and 300 pounds. The other factor is his age at 31, Ted Thompson is not known for giving long-term contracts on players over 30.

Now here is the interesting part, the Packers have reportedly talked to the agent of the Houston Texans Center Chris Myers, also becoming a free agent on March 13. Myers who also played in his first Pro bowl this year, and like wells considered a leader, very smart, and get this, 30 years old. Myers at 6’4 289 pounds is credited for much of the success of the running game, with running back Arian Foster getting plenty of credit for the running game of the last two seasons.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Brewers Ryan Braun Fans Scramble for Game Tickets


The Brewers “Arctic tailgate” kicks off the single-season ticket sales for 2012 home games. Those sales began at 9 AM Central time online @Brewers.com, and the Miller Park box office, and by telephone, 414 – 902 – 4000. If you are not at the ballpark, your best bet is by telephone. The tailgaters camped out in the parking lot last night, and there were long lines this morning.

The Ryan Braun Saga lasted what seemed like an eternity, and kept the Brewers fans tuned in to the news. Braun addressed his teammates at Maryvale Park, shortly after his arrival, and held a press conference for the media. Braun the NL MVP insisted all along he was innocent and believed a possible 50 game suspension would be overturned and that he would be in the lineup on opening day for the Milwaukee Brewers. Braun thanked the Brewers organization, principal owner Mark Attanasio, and his teammates for never doubting him. Ryan said, “When you go through a situation like this where everything you worked for has been called into question, you truly see who your friends are.

Brewer’s manager Ron Roenicke was happy to see Ryan Braun, and that he wanted to talk to the team, so he and the coaches left the clubhouse, so Ryan could address his teammates in private. Ron Roenicke said, “We are a lot better team now’’ that’s all it comes down to.

The story is not over, but the Brewers players have work to do in defending their Central division championship. The pieces are in place for the Brewers to make another run for the ultimate goal, the World Series. Brewer’s fans have supported their team, through the good times and the bad, and have always been some of the best fans in Baseball. Go Brewers 2012!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ryan Braun Wins Appeal Player Reactions


Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has won his appeal of a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug. The Major League Baseball Players Association announced the decision Thursday. Braun tested positive back in October for elevated testosterone, which was reported by ESPN in December.

 The Brewers organization and fans have backed the 2011 National League MVP, through the long silent process, which seemed like an eternity. Braun, who had faced a 50 game suspension, claimed throughout the process he was innocent.
 Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke said, "Ryan had exchanged texts with him and would report Friday to spring training," leading the media to report that a decision was close. Watch a video with Doug Melvins thoughts here.

The Brewers Doug Melvin has worked hard to fill the void left by Prince Fielder’s signing with the Detroit Tigers, and the uncertainty of the possible Braun suspension, signing Arimas Ramirez to bat cleanup and Norichika Aoki to a two-year deal from Japan, for insurance in the outfield.

The Great news today has the internet buzzing, and Brewers Fans hopes alive, and should help lift the Brewers to another record setting year! Go Brewers.  

Here are some reactions off Twitter about the Ryan Braun news.
 
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tweeted in Braun's defense: "MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man. Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free #exonerated."

Packers All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews III tweeted, "Happy for my friend Ryan Braun. EXONERATED by the TRUTH!!"

 Brewers closer John Axford tweeted, "All I can say is that Braun has exemplary character is continuing to handle this in an unbelievable manner."

 Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan posted on Twitter, "Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Great News for Brew Crew!!! The Hammer has been exonerated!!!"












Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Packers Moves signal what Direction? Finley Signs


The Packers are sending some confusing smoke signals. On one hand they timed there Stock sale, at the very best possible time; namely, being on top of the world as the defending Super Bowl Champions. On the other hand, the Packers failed big time--to make changes to their defense late in the season, leading to an early exit in the playoffs.
 The coaching carousel started before the Packers season was prematurely cut short with a loss to the eventual Super Bowl winner New York Giants. Now which direction are we heading? Do we have a dismantling of the team under way?
 The Packers coaching changes are sure to change the team, now we have the Franchise tag, and whom do you tag. Another problem the Packers have is with Scott Wells, Wells is unhappy with the Packers lack of appreciation, and may be headed elsewhere. The Offensive line would suffer further problems next year trying to rebuild again.                     
Considering Wells is probably the best Packers linemen -- and one of the best centers in the game -- and considering he just played in his first Pro Bowl, this revelation comes as quite a surprise. Nevertheless, that is the word from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which writes, “Wells is being told by the Green Bay Packers that he has overvalued himself as an undersized, 31-year-old center no matter how well he has played for them. Wells basically is telling the team, ‘Watch what happens.’”

As the paper writes, this is not a salary cap issue, because the Packers could pay Wells what he is worth. It sounds like they are just not willing to do it, because, I do not know, he is not important enough to the team.

Aaron Rodgers has to be concerned about the constant changes to his line, and with protection problems--concussions are always a concern. Do the Packers want to regress to the line protection problems of 2010?
   
According to a poll conducted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, only 24% say let Wells go to free agency, with over 3500 votes, 76% say no to letting him go via free agency. 
                        
The Packers Donald Driver has stated he would take a pay cut to stay with the Packers, not much has been said relating to his status. Jermichael Finley is being considered for the franchise tag, Finley has yet to show in my opinion, being worthy of a top tier paid Tight End, Finley ranked 14th in the NFL at tight End, and drops were a problem that hurt the Packers when it counted.
The faces of the Packers are changing from top to bottom, and money is always a factor in the equation; thus, the money coming from new television contracts should enable the Packers to sign, and keep players, not rebuild.
The Packers will look different going into next season; that is, more changes than a normal attrition year, Coaches and Players. The question is which way are the Packers leaning? Rebuilding or Building the nucleus of good players we have. Time will tell us, which direction the Packers choose.
UPDATE!
The Green Bay Packers have reached an agreement with tight end Jermichael Finley on a two-year, $15 million deal, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Finley posted a message on his Twitter account Wednesday night appearing to confirm reports that he has agreed to return to the team. Finley wrote, "It's TRUE! Thank you so much to the Packers organization, all my fans, and my beautiful wife."
Packers officials did not immediately confirm terms of the deal.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report

The Packers Stock sale has expanded to Canada, fans have expressed a big interest in the stock and after regulatory hurdles, the original stock offering was for 250,000 shares, and added another 30,000 late last year. A total of 880,000 could be made available.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Brewers arrive early for spring training


The Brewers Official Spring training workouts will begin on Monday, Feb 20 after physicals. Pitchers and Catchers are to report on Sunday the 19th, which is tomorrow. Some players have been working out in Maryvale, ahead of their normal dates, which is nothing new considering many live in the area.
You can view pictures of Brewers working out in Maryvale here!
      
 Maryvale is a neighborhood in Phoenix. Maryvale Baseball Stadium is a modest facility, to be sure: it holds only 8,000 folks (7,000 seats, plus 1,000 or so on lawn seating), its home to only one spring training team, and uses a familiar layout of a rear concourse with concessions in back of the seating area. The 56-acre complex features of five full major/minor league practice facilities, two half-field practice facilities, a major-league clubhouse, and a minor-league clubhouse.

 The Milwaukee Brewers have spent every spring training in Arizona, a stretch beginning when the team was the Seattle Pilots: in 1969, the team's history began with spring training in Tempe, which lasted through 1972. This was followed by springs in Sun City (1973-1985), Chandler (1986-1997) and then Phoenix (1998-present).
  I know the Brewers are just as anxious as us fans; that is are, to hear the words, 
Play Ball!

Here is some video for you to whet your appetite. Go Brewers 2012   

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Packers Donald Driver all time Great deserves better


The Packers organization is facing some tough decisions; namely the Donald Driver, and Matt Flynn situations. If you are reading this, I am sure you have seen one article after another pertaining to this dilemma; if not, the talk is the Donald may be done in Green Bay. I am going to say a little about Donald Driver.
 Yes, I think we have a problem that is being twisted, and turned in such a way as put the blame on age, and declining skills that comes with age, rather than production. Donald Driver has played hurt, and been more productive than most receivers who have played the game. Production is more than catching a pass; it is leading by example, taking the punishing hits, while catching passes across the middle, and showing the younger players what it takes to be a winner. Here is an article that talks about the value of player stats.
 The Donald, in my opinion was not given the opportunity late in the season, for whatever reason, to contribute in helping the Packers. It was sad to see him on the bench, he knowing something that none of us knew at the time. The touchdown and no Lambeau leap! From Donald, Come on Man!
This situation is similar in some ways; namely, the Brett Favre divorce, only Driver does not want to retire; on the contrary, he wants to play for three more years. I think Donald Driver is more than likely in better shape, than the younger receivers we all are reading about in the media.
Whatever is going on behind the scenes? I hope it can be resolved in everyone’s best interest, so that one of the all-time Packer greats can go out in style; that is, with his head held high and when the time comes a Green Bay Packer!       

Sunday, February 12, 2012

NFL to PGA Pebble Beach to MLB


The first Sunday with no Football since August! Can you believe we are almost half way through February? One week gone since Super Bowl 46. The only NFL players making any news worth reading about were in the Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. The Packers Aaron Rodgers and his partner D.J. Trahan missed the cut, and would not play in the final round of the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Phil Mickelson started the 4th round, back in 5th position but has moved into the lead as of this writing. Tiger woods started the day Sunday in 3rd but had some trouble and has fallen five shots back of the leaders with seven holes remaining for Woods. The Leaderboard, and full scores of this PGA event are on the Official PGA website here, along with the full list of amateur scores
UPDATE! Phil Mickelson wins! AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am by two strokes over Charlie Wi. Mickelson won for the 40th time on the PGA tour at the age of 41, Mickelson remembered his Grandfather who caddied at Pebble Beach.

In Baseball news, the Seattle Mariners Pitchers and Catchers reported for spring training yesterday, a full week earlier than any team. The remaining teams will begin reporting next weekend; Many MLB players live near their spring training sites and work out together during the winter months, getting a jump start to the season.
 Baseball cannot get here soon enough for us fans, there are GMs working out deals on trades, and trying to sign players before spring training starts. Baseball fans get ready for 2012, the season is just around the corner, and as they say, Play Ball! “Let’s get it started” Already.  GO BREWERS! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Brewers Fever Promotions Giveaways Video Memories


Brewer fever is warming up even as our temperatures are closer to normal. The Brewers released there Promotions and Giveaways schedule; “which includes six Bobblehead giveaway dates;” The announced six are Kwik Trip Jonathan Lucroy Bobblehead, Robert Haack Diamonds Yovani Gallardo Bobblehead, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Nyjer Morgan Bobblehead, Klement’s Sausage Italian Racing Sausage Bobble, Time Warner Cable Bob Uecker Bobblehead, and Wild Impact Marketing Arimas Ramirez Bobblehead. For a complete schedule "Click Here".  All Promotions and Giveaways are subject to change.

Tickets for individual Brewers games go on sale February 25th at 9:00a.m. at the Miller Park Box Office or at Brewers.com/tickets,  you can also call (414-902-4000 (800-933-7890).
The annual (Arctic Tailgate Party) will start the individual ticket sales. This is the 6th year of the party, which will include the Klement’s Racing Sausages, Bernie Brewer, Brewers alumni players will also be greeting fans. The first 2000 fans in line will receive a hot dog, and soda compliments of Klement’s, Pepsi and Sportservice, and also an Arctic Tailgate T-shirt. The Brewers want you to note this. Please note the following safety regulations for the Arctic Tailgate. Participants will not be permitted to set camp prior to noon on Thursday, February 23. No hand-made or hand-built shelters shall be permitted. Please read the remaining regulations on the Brewers website.

A very limited amount of Brewers Opening Day Tickets will be available at this Arctic event. The Miller Park Box Office will be the only place to buy Opening Day tickets on February 25; no phone or online orders accepted.

You can still enter for Opening Day tickets, and Marquee/Gold games in a Lottery system here; deadline is 11:59p.m. CT, Tuesday 2/14/2012 Good Luck! Hope to see you there, Go Brewers!   

"Click on this video" I think the fever is catchy!

 


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Packers Aaron Rodgers NFL MVP-Randall Cobb Honored


The Packers Aaron Rodgers was honored with The NFL MVP award last night in Indianapolis. The Super Bowl XLV MVP last year, Rodgers won by a landslide over Drew Brees, of the New Orleans Saints. The actual vote was Rodgers 48, Brees 2. Rodgers set a NFL league record 122.5 passer rating, threw for 45 touchdowns passes and only six interceptions. Watch video!

Drew Brees was awarded the (offensive player of the year), throwing 46 touchdowns and setting an NFL record 5,476 passing yards. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs won (defensive POY), Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (offensive rookie of the year), Broncos linebacker Von Miller (defensive ROY).

The Packers kick returner Randall Cobb won Play of the year, with his 108 yard kickoff return, over Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson’s acrobatic flip for a touchdown against Arizona “I definitely thought (Simpson’s) flip would win,” Cobb said.

Today’s Super Bowl 46 between The New York Giants and New England’s Patriots, will take place today at 6:30PM ET in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, and will be broadcast exclusively on NBC.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Super Bowl Parties and Bets


Wow! The Super bowl kickoff is about 22 hours from this writing, parties are underway in cities everywhere, and of course the big doings are in the host city, Indianapolis.
What a big Party day the Super Bowl has grown into all over the world. For the last two weeks, the advertising and commercials for food, places to watch the game and the Pro Bowl last weekend, contributing to the hype.

Pro Bowl players were allowed to Tweet during the game! Are you kidding me?
Twitter has become such a big tool, instant news or message, anyone and all things that interest you, if you want to know or share, Tweet!

Bettors are in heaven on Super Bowl Sunday, you can wager on anything about the game, over or Under, Coin toss, First score, and first penalty, anything you want! Just think of it, and you can make a wager in Vegas. Check this Bet Link
I almost forgot my buddy Dave, is out in Vegas for the Super Bowl again this year, lucky Guy!  Suppose it is time to give him a call, what should we bet on? Hmmm. Come on Man! I wish Americas team, the Green Bay Packers were the team we could try one of them silly bets. Oh well!

Okay, I will make a prediction on the score, but my bets are private for obvious reasons, here we go! The Giants over the Patriots 30-24. There you have it, enjoy the day and stay safe my friends. Till next time.       

Friday, February 3, 2012

Packers Promote and Brewers Sign Players


The Packers promoted Tom Clements to Offensive coordinator; Clements was quarterbacks coach for six seasons for the Packers. The move is just down the hall to the office vacated by Joe Philbin, who was hired by the Miami Dolphins two weeks ago as Head coach. “Clements said “I’ve been a coordinator before, only for a few years. I’ve always wanted to get back to doing that and thankful that it’s here in Green Bay. I think it’s a great opportunity. We have a young team. We’ve had success over the past couple of years. We still have a lot of room to grow and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
The move was widely expected by the Packers, which has seen more than their share; of coaching staff accept positions outside the organization. I wrote a previous article here, about coaching moves.  
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said, “Tom Clements has been a big part of the Offense success, and an obvious decision for the promotion to Offensive Coordinator.”


In other news, the Brewers came to agreement with Pitcher Shaun Marcum just minutes ahead of the arbitration hearing. The reported agreement for $7.725 million was the half-way point of the 8.7 million Marcum requested and the 6.7 the Brewers submitted over a month ago.
The Brewers Jose Veras is the only arbitration eligible player unsigned. Players also signed by the Brewers are infielders Eric Farris, Matt Gamel, Taylor Green, and Zelous Wheeler, outfielder Logan Shafer, and right hand pitcher Santo Manzanillo.
No news yet on Ryan Braun’s appeal, maybe this next week. With 15 days to the Pitchers and Catchers report for training, the Brew Crew has their players signed, and ready to Rock & Roll. I’m ready! How about you? Till next time.