A restful, quiet bye week quickly turned interesting
The bye week was supposed to be peaceful.
With no Packer game, it presented the opportunity to do some light reading. Something like the newly released JFK files.
There was no sense raking leaves. After all, this is exactly why wind was invented.
With all the spare time, you could have justified plopping down on the couch and watching the other NFL teams in action. This is what’s known as advance scouting.
And this was going to be a nice, quiet week. No yelling about Mike McCarthy’s playcalling. No yelling at Brett Hundley and his 40.5 passer rating.
The festive Halloween holiday weekend was coming up. You didn’t have to worry if Dom Capers blew containment and ran out of candy after three trick-or-treaters.
But the anticipated leisurely week took a turn for the worse.
There was more drama in Packerland than on any those episodes of Real Housewives. You know, Green Bay is one of the only cities that doesn’t host one of those Real Housewives shows. Even Auckland has one. And Auckland isn’t exactly Titletown.
Be that as it may, out of nowhere there was an Aaron Rodgers sighting. When last seen, the Franchise had gotten up after being nailed by Minnesota’s Anthony Barr. As Rodgers left the field with a broken collarbone, he fired off sailor language in Barr’s direction.
So Rodgers spills his guts to Conan O’Brien of all people. What about Oprah for crying out loud?
Rodgers told the TBS funnyman that there was more to the verbiage than meets the eye.
“I looked over at him as I walked off the field,” he said. “The cameras caught me say- ing something to him, but what they missed was him giving me the finger, and the ‘suck it’ sign. There’s no respect any more in this business. But I’m good now. Thirteen screws later and here I am.”
Thirteen screws? You really don’t want to be behind him at a TSA walk-through metal detector at the airport.
Now Barr did not take No. 12’s allegations lightly. He took to Twitter — of all places — to respond. That’s how you spat these days, you know.
“(Shaking my head) this guy got ya’ll fooled man,” he wrote. “After the play, I go back to the huddle, don’t even look or say a word to him. Once he gets up, I’m waiting for the play call and hear someone shouting all kinds of profanities. I look over and it’s y’all mans calling me all kinds of names, F you this, F you that as he’s walking off the field. So naturally I responded. I don’t care if you Aaron Rodgers or Mr. Rodgers, if you say something like that you’re gonna get a response from me. I could go on a talk show every weekend and complain about the ‘disrespectful’ things players say or do. If he takes the lick and keeps it pushing, we aren’t STILL talking about this.” Barr added the hashtags “#13dayslater” and “getoverit.”
This is just the tip of the iceberg, Mr. Barr. They’ll be talking about this forever. So getoverit!
There’s just one way to settle this thing, too. Hug it out on Dr. Phil? Nah. A steel cage match.
It’s Week 9 already and Rocktober has come and gone. Raise your hand if you made it go out with a bang and cranked the Osmonds. That would have certainly cured the bye-week blues. Remember this look into the crystal ball is for recreational purposes only. So don’t play miniature golf for a half an hour after digesting this information.
Game of the week: Chiefs at Cowboys: There hasn’t been a heavyweight matchup like this since Larry Holmes took on Eric “Butterbean” Esch. The Cowboys have woken up. It’s probably as a result of Jerry Jones flap-jawing. He won’t have much to say after this. Chiefs 42, Cowboys 28.
Game of the weak: Raiders at Dolphins: You mean this is the Sunday night game? Spoiler alert: You can go to bed early. Raiders 13, Dolphins 10.
Lions at Packers: You can’t give Hundley two weeks to prepare for a team. Lions 9, Packers 6.
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Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “A new national survey shows that Major League Baseball has surpassed the NFL as America’s favorite professional sport. I have a name for the people who voted on this survey: Liars!!! NFL TV ratings may be down, but they still dwarf MLB ratings. And, besides, everybody knows America’s favorite professional sport is college football.”...
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candrick West, after beating a 7-year-old who had challenged him to a game of Madden by a score of 148-0: “So what I’m supposed to do … he said he knew how to play and could beat me.”
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers explained his displeasure with Anthony Barr’s questionable hit while Rodgers was on the late night television show ‘Conan’ last Thursday.