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Packers Can Stand Tall in St. Louis

The most painful thing about playing against a dominant team is that you are helpless. They just do what they want and you can’t stop them. Not too many years ago, St. Louis used to just ram it down our throats, and everybody’s throats, and there was nothing we could do. I hated it!

Do you remember those games? Do you remember wondering why we couldn’t stop Marshall Faulk? Do you remember when Isaac Bruce and that other gazelle they had would just own our defensive backs? And of course our own Adam Timmerman had to go and defect to the Rams, and suddenly he was protecting Kurt Warner, who was already more dangerous than a cat in a canary cage. And they used to start marching down the field, a little running, a little passing, one first down, and then another. And then another. We used to sit and chew what was left of our nails hoping that somebody on defense had an answer. But nobody did.

And that is part of what the pain was all about. Nobody in Green Bay had any answers for the Rams. The Rams, with their Greatest Show on Turf, came in and did what the Rams wanted to do. We all just had to sit back and take it.

Well, guess what? This isn’t 1999 anymore. And not only has the Greatest Show on Turf left the arena, but Green Bay has acquired a few answers since then. In fact, barring uncharacteristic play, it will be the Packers who will be asking the questions on Sunday, no longer the Rams.

It’s kind of like a guy I grew up with. His name was Mike H. He was kind of tall but pretty shy. Some guys picked on him a bit. He didn’t have the means to fight back. The last time I saw him was at a high school baseball game. Then I heard he went into the Marines.

Some years passed. And then one day, maybe in the mid-1980’s, I saw a picture of President Reagan. But it wasn’t King Ronald who caught my eye; it was the guy standing in front of the President, the guy who was guarding the President.

My jaw hit my chest. For there, standing in immaculate Marine blues, staring a hole through the very air in front of him, and with a scowl you would hide your children from, was Marine Captain Mike H! He was a giant. He looked like he belonged on Mt. Rushmore. No sane human being would ever want to threaten him or tick this Marine off.

I was partly in disbelief. The rest of me was amazed, I was in complete awe. The guy who suffered others’ sticking gum stuck in his hair, who was kicked around a little, here he was all grown up, standing tall and proud, and was guarding the President of the United States.

Now I’m no genius, but I would think that they do not let just anybody actually guard the President, do they? I am not sure of the qualifications to be able to do that, but at 6’6″ and plenty of beef over 250 lbs., it was apparent that Mike had come a long way from the school yard back home. I felt proud to know him. I felt good for his family and for how proud Mike’s assignment to Marines’ Presidential Escort duty must make them feel. I also doubted that some of the hometown fellas would be putting any more gum in Mike’s hair.

And this coming Sunday, I think the Packers can stand tall in St. Louis against the Rams as well. Yes, there was a day when the Pack did not have the ability to defend itself. Yes, the Rams indeed picked on us a little. But those days are no more. Our perpetual agony at the hands of the Rams is over, for now.

And I am proud of our Packers for how they’ve come together, how they are doing, and for what kind of a team they have become. This late in the season there is less disbelief, and more simple amazement. I am also happy for the Packer family, for I know how proud the Packer’s success has made us all.

Now I am not saying the Rams cannot beat us on Sunday — they are still in the NFL and have our respect. But I do like some of the answers that Green Bay has come up with that keeps many others from dictating terms and conditions to us on the football field. We are solid where we need to be solid. We are poised. We are unafraid of a fight.

And I think when we go to St. Louis that the Rams will be keeping their gum in their pockets.

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Tom Brady Can NOT Be NFL MVP

Give it to Favre. Give it to Romo. Give it to Peterson. Heck, even give it to the guy who turned Michael Vick in. But Tom Brady cannnot win the NFL MVP.

Why? Well, let’s say that this was a marathon, say, the Boston Marathon. You are running. You take off at the starting gun like everybody else. But then, you notice that a runner next to you has hurried over to the side of the road. A cab pulls up and the cabbie, a guy named, oh, I don’t know, let’s say, Bill, opens the door. That other runner jumps inside the cab and off they go down the road ahead of all the runners, following the race course.

Some four or five miles later, racing officials pull the cab over, slap the driver on the wrist, scold him and tell him that he is in big trouble next year. They do not, however, take his cab from him. Then they make the runner jump out of the cab and resume the race. But by now, however, this runner is miles ahead of the runners who were abiding by the rules and did not cheat to get ahead.

So the runners complete the course, and who do you suppose wins the race? Why, it is the one who got the unfair lift, of course.

How would you feel if this happened to you? Would you say that it would be fair to declare as the winner the runner that benefited by Bill’s cab ride?

Of course not! For we all know that this is blatant cheating. And so is New England’s deliberate and blatant actions, of which they already stand convicted of by the NFL. Yet, how can an individual who benefited greatly by the cheating actions of his superiors still be named league MVP? It is ridiculous! It cannot be allowed to happen. There can be no good fruit from a poison tree.

Hey, I’m a Packer fan. But I don’t need Bret Favre to win the MVP this year. This isn’t about that. Favre’s place in the hearts of the Green Bay Packer family is secure. His place in the Packer Hall of Fame is secure. His place in Canton, Ohio is secure. Favre’s season this year is already enough for him to go out on his terms, in a hail of down-range bullets, and a blaze of glory.

But every time Favre actually won the league’s MVP, he deserved it. He didn’t get his stats padded by rigging cameras in the opposing team’s locker room, or hacking into their defensive coordinator’s computer to spy out a game plan. And every other player who has won the MVP (New England Patriot players, excepted) got the award not by achievement and underhandedness, but just by achievement.

So if Tom Brady wins the league’s MVP this year, who wins it next year? A guy from the team who starts paying off opposing players for game plan information? How about a guy from the team that sends in a mole? Maybe a guy from the team who plants tiny microphones in the opposing coach’s jacket?

If Tom Brady wins the NFL MVP, the NFL is, thusly, sanctioning and rewarding cheating. Such a move would be telling the NFL community that it is ultimately acceptable to take underhanded advantage in an NFL contest, regardless of a wrist slap. Perhaps next year the Patriots will then be bringing some former CIA operatives on staff so that New England can get really good at the craft. Where does this all end? I thought this new NFL Commissioner was going to be tough, set high standards, and enforce them.

If Tom Brady wins the NFL MVP, then the world should apologize to Pete Rose, should retroactively give Rose several MLB MVP awards, and should induct him into the baseball Hall of Fame immediately. And then Tom Brady should give his NFL MVP trophy to Pete Rose, for Rose’s violations were misdemeanors compared to the Bill Belichick’s egregious felonies.

Heck, just give the NFL MVP to Pete Rose. He deserves it more than any player from an NFL team convicted of cheating.

SMACK.

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Green Bay Packer Receivers and General Favre

The Packers receiving corp is absolutely outstanding. I mean we got Driver, Jennings and Jones, throw in a few productive tight ends, enter Korin Robinson, and then, just for fun, let’s bring in this new guy from the injured list and let him return a punt. My goodness, we are thick with talent. Really, with Favre or without him, we might be solid enough to be serious contenders for a good three to four years. I really like where we are now, as far as that kind of talent.

I think Favre really set the bar high when he said to the media, and to his guys, that it was the most talented football team he had ever been on. Quite a strategic motivational statement to an aspiring but not convinced or proven group of young guys. We would not be where we are without the old field general and leader himself actually shaping these guys by his leadership and example whether they realized it at the time or not. He has been part player and part coach for these guys and this team. Sure McCarthy has done a great job, but Favre has been critically instrumental in the development of these young offensive players into a performing unit.

None of them are Chad Johnsons, they are all hungry, professional, extremely hard-working and an inspirational reflection of Packer tradition. I mean, what are they gonna do, smart off to Bret Favre? Let Bret Favre down by not playing hard or not giving 100%? I mean if you are a young guy out there in the same huddle with a qb who has started 250 games in a row, how is it going to make you look if you sluff off and don’t take your opportunity seriously? Do you want the frown of this legend? Heck no, you’re gonna bring everything you got on every play.

Just look at the efforts these stallions give AFTER they catch the ball. It’s like they are driven machines, yet they twist and turn like cats. They are all extremely tough, extremely agile and fearless. They usually give you a move after they catch the ball that you didn’t expect and that you haven’t seen before to try to get loose toward the end zone. I attribute some of that to talent, some of that to wanting to be part of the Favre offensive machine.

They are playing with Favre-heart. Favre has passed on his extreme drive to win and his lethal determination to the next generation of Green Bay Packers.

Love it!

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