Thursday, May 22, 2008

Party on, Aaron

That would be the new starting QB for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers. And it's not really a party party in the style of what McGee and Hornung made famous. Or even the kind of partying that ol' #4 used to engage in in his younger days. What we're talking about here is more like inviting the buddies and their wives over once in a while. Not like inviting our buddies who bring Red, White & Blue Beer and the generic potato chips -- you know who you are! -- but football-playing buddies. Teammates. Guys whom you are counting on to not only protect your sweet behind the way they did for Brett Favre, but...well...if you're a QB that's probably about it, right?

Anyway, Mr. Rodgers sprung for quite a little soiree (look it up!) at his pad in Green Bay last night. With almost the entire roster in town for Packers' OTAs, more than 30 players were expected to be there. Wives were also encouraged to attend. Video games, pool, BS'ing and no doubt lots of food awaited the guests. Now, here is where that scenario differs, likely, from our get-togethers and theirs: Rodgers had the party catered. He could afford it, of course. And, again, when you're counting on people to protect your paycheck, you better not stick 'em with a bad burrito, know what I'm sayin'? I think you do.

Anyway, you can read more about this social event here.

Harrell's latest MIA due to earlier back surgery
Was I the only one that missed the Pack's #1 pick from last year, Justin Harrell, having back surgery about a month ago? No? You didn't hear about it either? Good. I feel better now.

Anyway, as noted here yesterday, Harrell is out of the OTAs -- missing in action for the second straight year (that would be his only two as a Packer, of course) -- due to injury. Apparently, he had injured himself lifting weights and had outpatient surgery. According to the article in The Capital Times, the surgery was done "to correct a disk problem." OKaaaaaaaaay. At least the youngster is realistic. "He said he realizes he may get the label as being injury-prone," the article states. Ya think? If you care to know more, check out the article here.

Packers sign tight end
Looking for still more help at the tight end spot, it was announced today that the Pack signed undrafted free agent Evan Moore out of Stanford. Moore has pretty good size at 6-6, although he'll have to beef up at only 237 pounds. That's because Moore played all his years at Stanford as a wide receiver. He finished his four-year career with 103 receptions for 1,555 yards and 12 touchdowns.