Time for some hard-hit­ting ques­tions

Put your Pack­ers knowl­edge to test

Packer Plus - - COMMENTARY - MIKE HART From Packer Plus wire ser­vices and other news re­ports. Send email to mhart@jour­nalsen­tinel.com

Week­end 1 with­out foot­ball is be­hind us now.

Hard­core fans pre­pared for this time of year by watch­ing the NFL com­bine shows that they saved on DVR. Talk about shows that have you at the edge of your seat.

Oth­ers took the op­por­tu­nity to vent about the Green and Gold re­leas­ing Sam Shields and James Starks. And why shouldn’t they vent? Those two had noth­ing to do with what hap­pened in At­lanta.

And some fans Shop-Vac’d their cheese­heads so they are ready for next sea­son.

The more ath­letic fans prac­ticed Lam­beau Leaps onto their couches right af­ter they told their kids not to jump on their beds.

The fi­nal­ity of a sea­son that went awry is here, and there is no bet­ter way to take the knee than to take the Pack­ers 2016 Fi­nal Exam.

As a pub­lic ser­vice, there won’t be any re­ally, re­ally hard ques­tions like: Who is the Don Hut­son Cen­ter named af­ter?

So go sharpen your No. 2 pen­cil and sit next to some­one with a good up­side. If you can pass this, you’re ready for the Won­der­lic.

1. What was the best part of the sea­son?

A. Da­vante Adams was named as a Gru­den Grinder.

B. Da­mar­i­ous Randall de­fended a pass or two.

C. The Lam­beau Squir­rel.

2. Aaron Rodgers fin­ished worse than Kenny G in the AT&T Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am. What should he say to his crit­ics?

A. “Kenny who?” B. “There’s no Hail Marys in golf.” C. “R-E-L-A-X!”

3. What was go­ing through your mind while you watched Ma­son Crosby’s win­ning kick against the Cow­boys?

A. “The prob­lem is not with my set.”

B. “That looks like an An­thony Dil­weg pass.”

C. “Ch­ester Mar­col could have ran it in from there.”

4. What does Clay Matthews say when he walks past a bar­ber shop?

A. “Nice pole, Dudesickle.” B. “I’m not go­ing in there un­til Ted Thomp­son signs a free agent.”

C. “You ain’t Vidal Sas­soon, bro.”

5. What hap­pened to all the peo­ple that wanted Mike McCarthy fired when the Pack­ers were 4-6?

A. They went back to Illi­nois and hoped the Bears would hire him.

B. They were put in the NFL’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col.

C. They still want him fired.

6. What hap­pens to Ed­die Lacy?

A. He re­places Ty Mont­gomery at re­ceiver.

B. McCarthy brings him back so he can run him wide on third-and-short.

C. A promis­ing ca­reer in com­pet­i­tive eat­ing.

7. When will the Pack­ers’ de­fense im­prove?

A. If they hire some­one named Nitschke.

B. When that one place freezes over.

C. Not in our life­time.

8. The draft is rapidly ap­proach­ing. Who will the Pack­ers pick?

A. Some­body that can’t rush the passer.

B. Some­body that can’t de­fend a pass.

C. The best ath­lete avail­able.

9. What is Ted Thomp­son do­ing these days?

A. Im­press­ing peo­ple at cock­tail par­ties with his knowl­edge of Mel Kiper Jr.’s Big Board.

B. Ap­pear­ing at com­edy clubs. Two shows nightly.

C. Play­ing Pin The Tail on the free agents he’s not go­ing to sign.

10. What do Pack­ers fans have to look for­ward to next sea­son?

A. Spew­ing venom about Dom Capers.

B. Spew­ing venom about McCarthy’s play call­ing.

C. Snake soup at tail­gate par­ties.

D. Su­per Bowl LII.

PLAY­ING THROUGH

Rodgers spent the week­end with the rich and fa­mous at Peb­ble Beach in the golf clam­bake that used to bear Bing Crosby’s name.

The con­di­tions made the Frozen Tun­dra look like Maui.

On the prac­tice day, wind gusts hit 40 mph. So it was kind of like be­ing in a broad­cast booth with Jon Gru­den. Or a Bears fan.

And the rain was blow­ing side­ways.

No­body was wear­ing plaid shorts.

In fact, Rodgers sur­faced with black rain gear, with black gloves on both hands and a black wool cap over his black cap.

So, would he have played if it was a four­some at the Oneida Golf & Coun­try Club? “Only at Peb­ble,” he said. Rodgers’ part­ner for the event was Madi­son’s own Jerry Kelly, a for­mer hockey player. Kelly was forced to take a time­out be­fore one tee shot af­ter the wind blew over a metal fence.

“Any other tour­na­ment, no­body would be out here,” Kelly said.

Rodgers has played in far worse con­di­tions and Kelly didn’t seem to mind.

“This,” he said, “might be as good as it gets.” Nah. It got worse. They missed the cut.

VINELINES

Nor­man Chad, syn­di­cated colum­nist: “If Jay Cut­ler had done what Adele did, they would’ve booed him off the stage.”... Steve Rosen­bloom of the

Chicago Tri­bune: “Jay Cut­ler will leave the Bears with all the im­por­tant and gaudy pass­ing records. He also will leave the

Bears shat­teredas the hope.”...hood or­na­ment for Scott Ostler of the San Fran­cisco Ex­am­iner: “The Bri­tish have their Chang­ing of the Guard at Buck­ing­ham Palace. The 49ers have their Chang­ing of the Cul­ture at Levi’s Sta­dium. One is a stiff cer­e­mony with fancy cos­tumes, the other is a bunch of guys in tall fuzzy hats.”... Bill Plaschke of the Los An­ge­les Times: “Watch­ing a sweat­shirted Bill Belichick curs­ing at of­fi­cials like a stunned bully never gets old.”... Mike Bianchi of the Or­lando Sen­tinel: (For­mer Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers owner) Hugh Cul­ver­house! Quote from his wife, who found about phi­lan­der­ing af­ter he died: ‘I’d like to dig him up just so I could shoot him.’” Jimmy Kim­mel, ABC funny

man: “The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots made what turned out to be the big­gest come­back in Su­per Bowl his­tory to beat the At­lanta Fal­cons in over­time. Who doesn’t like to see the over­dogs win? Just like the elec­tion — a rich white guy mar­ried to a model from an­other coun­try, who seem­ingly had no chance of win­ning, ac­tu­ally did win.”... Co­nan O’Brien, TBS fun­ny­man: “Ac­cord­ing to a re­port, Mark Wahlberg left the Su­per Bowl dur­ing the third quar­ter be­cause the Pa­tri­ots were los­ing. He didn’t leave alone; the Fal­cons’ de­fense went with him.”... Pa­tri­ots coach Bill Belichick on the down­side of win­ning his record fifth Su­per Bowl: “We’re five weeks be­hind the other teams for the 2017 sea­son.”... Com­edy writer Alex Kase­berg, on why no Fal­cons have an air­tight al­ibi in the dis­ap­pear­ance of Tom Brady’s Su­per Bowl jer­sey: “They didn’t have Brady’s num­ber all day.”... Jan­ice Hough of LeftCoast

Sport­sBabe.com on Brady’s miss­ing Su­per Bowl jer­sey: “Any­one asked Putin?”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The squir­rel with break­away speed was one of the few ex­cit­ing events for the home fans dur­ing the Pack­ers’ loss to the Colts at Lam­beau Field.

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