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Back­ups be­come the pri­mary plan

And you thought the worst thing you’d hear on Sun­day af­ter­noon was the guy play­ing the Vik­ings’ horn.

Clearly that fel­low is no Herb Alpert.

Well, half­time ended on a sour note when this hap­pened: “QB Aaron Rodgers suf­fered a bro­ken col­lar­bone. There's a chance he could miss the rest of the sea­son,” the Pack­ers tweeted. Ouch! As soon as Rodgers was carted off, the spec­u­la­tion started.

Poor Brett Hund­ley was run­ning for his life be­hind a pa­per-thin line and peo­ple were call­ing for some­body else to get sacked.

Colin Kaeper­nick’s name was bandied about even though he has more rust on him than the Tin Man who hangs out by the Yel­low­brick Road.

Then there was Tony Romo — the pride of Burling­ton, Wis. This is a reach, too. Why in the world would he leave his cushy TV gig? It makes sense to stay just in case Jim Nantz starts talk­ing about The Masters on CBS.

Of course there was Brett Favre’s old hel­met (it’s not leather) be­ing tossed in the ring.

Surely the Pack­ers could fork over enough loot to get Brad “The Chiller” Chil­dress to drive him from the air­port to Lam­beau Field. The ’ol gun­slinger prob­a­bly still has the itch.

But let’s face it, this makes as much sense as hir­ing a guy who rarely shaves to do shav­ing com­mer­cials.

The op­por­tu­ni­ties are still end­less.

Can Ted Thomp­son trade some draft picks for John Hadl?

What about Zeke Bratkowski? Doesn’t the great­est Pack- er backup QB of all time have any el­i­gi­bil­ity left?

What about the tag team of Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wal­lace? There are a lot of Pack­ers fans just wait­ing to put their Wal­lace jer­seys on again.

Or maybe they can get Travis Jer­vey to run the Wild­cat.

Per­haps they could smug­gle Taysom Hill out of New Or­leans.

All that stuff was fun while it lasted. Party-pooper McCarthy quickly shot down ev­ery can­di­date af­ter the car­nage.

The backup plan is, well, to stick with the back­ups.

“Brett Hund­ley and Joe Cal­la­han, that’s what we’re go­ing with,” he said.

Hund­ley has vic­to­ries in the Alamo Bowl and the Shrine Game un­der his belt. Those are big ones right there, al­though some may ar­gue that the up­com­ing tus­sle with the Saints may be a tad bit more im­por­tant.

At any rate, the Green and Gold has had pretty good suc­cess with QBs named Brett.

Cal­la­han has be­ing cut by the Cleve­land Browns on his re­sume. That is ex­actly why Wite-Out was in­vented.

Now, if this duo is less than dy­namic, peo­ple are go­ing to say they’ve seen Tim Te­bow check­ing in at the Mid­way Mo­tor Lodge in Green Bay.

As a side note to the Rodgers sit­u­a­tion, the Pack­ers had so many guys hurt against the Vik­ings that they al­most called Laacke & Joys for a big­ger med­i­cal tent.

At least the team physi­cian didn’t get hurt reach­ing for an­other ice pack.

He could have be out for the year, too. Then who would they get? Trap­per John?


It’s Week 7 al­ready and look on the bright side, the Pack­ers will still fin­ish with more wins than the Browns or the 49ers. Re­mem­ber these selections are not for those of the faint of

heart. Don’t swim for a half an hour af­ter di­gest­ing this in­for­ma­tion.

Game of the week: Red­skins at Ea­gles: Some­how the Philadel­phia 11 is the cream of the NFC crop. Some peo­ple would call this fake news. Wash­ing­ton has hit the part of the year where it usu­ally self­de­structs. But enough about Congress. Ea­gles 23, Red­skins 20, OT.

Game of the weak: Cow­boys at 49ers: This used to be a heavy­weight bat­tle. Now both teams are feath­er­weights. Can any­one name some­body on the 49ers? Cow­boys 30, 49ers 14.

Saints at Pack­ers: Any­one who picks the Pack­ers has to be out of their mind. Pack­ers 17, Saints 16.


David Let­ter­man, for­mer TV fun­ny­man, at the un­veil­ing of Pey­ton Man­ning’s statue in In­di­anapo­lis (be­fore the Gi­ants’ vic­tory Sun­day): “By the way, if you like football trivia, so far this year Eli and Pey­ton have won the same num­ber of games.”...

Mike Bianchi of the Or­lando Sentinel: “So now we know why the Dol­phins could never find the goalline. Their of­fen­sive line coach kept snort­ing it!”...

Nor­man Chad, syn­di­cated colum­nist: “If Don­ald Trump could get to the White House, I guess Blake Bor­tles could get to the Su­per Bowl.”...

Mike Flo­rio of NBCs­, on the Colts’ sur­pris­ing start: “They just might be able to tread wa­ter long enough for An­drew Luck to come back and get in­jured again.”... Rams de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor

Wade Phillips on why he has no hard feel­ings about the Cow­boys can­ning him seven years ago: “If I had a vendetta against any team that fired me, I’d have a quar­ter of the league.”


For­mer UCLA quar­ter­back Brett Hund­ley re­acts af­ter scor­ing a touch­down dur­ing the 2015 Alamo Bowl against Kansas State at the Alam­od­ome, the scene of one of Hund­ley’s great­est vic­to­ries.

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