Fam­ily Night fes­tiv­i­ties a lot to con­sume

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Packers Fam­ily Night has come and gone.

Now is the proper time to try to digest the brats and the fes­tiv­i­ties.

The Green and Gold ap­peared to have suf­fered a se­ri­ous set­back when left tackle David Bakhtiari was carted off the grid­iron.

Brian Gutekunst had to spend Sun­day morn­ing look­ing at X-rays in­stead of the waiver wire. He’s al­ready lost Jake Ryan for the year, de­plet­ing a thin lineback­ers corps. This has turned out to be a weighty mat­ter.

Sur­pris­ingly, no­body called for the re­turn of A.J. Hawk. Per­haps it fi­nally be­came ob­vi­ous to ev­ery­one that a sta­tion­ary bike has more range.

The Packers did hire a linebacker by the name of James Hearns, who was deemed not good enough to work for the Dal­las Cow­boys. The for­mer Louisville star’s claim to fame was be­ing shot in the el­bow while at a party to cel­e­brate La­mar Jack­son win­ning the Heis­man Tro­phy.

“Wrong place, wrong time type of thing,” he said at the NFL com­bine.

That ex­pla­na­tion didn’t help much as he didn’t get drafted. And, boy have col­lege high jinks changed since the days of “An­i­mal House.”

But we di­gress. Back to Bakhtiari. He’ll just miss a some prac­tice time with a bum an­kle. This is not a bad thing for him and Aaron Rodgers.

The other trou­bling thing to sur­face at the Fam­ily Night soiree was the fact that DeShone Kizer failed mis­er­ably in his first at­tempt at a Lam­beau Leap. An ele­phant could have had bet­ter hang time.

“Aaron told all the quar­ter­backs, ‘If you’ve got a chance, you’ve got to do it,’” Kizer said. “I was prob­a­bly stopped at the 8-yard line, but I’m go­ing to pre­tend as if I broke that tackle. When I got there … ev­ery­body was shocked that I was even com­ing up there, so I kind of halfleapt up there, en­joyed it for a sec­ond and got back for the next play.”

This devel­op­ment was dis­ap­point­ing. This is the type of thing that should have been worked on dur­ing the OTAs.

One of the more en­ter­tain­ing as­pects of the prac­tice was watch­ing Brett Hund­ley dur­ing the “move the ball” drill.

Hund­ley, of course, is not usu­ally syn­ony­mous with mov­ing the ball. He did man­age to throw a touch­down pass. As a side note, light­ning did strike later that night.

It was the pub­lic’s first look at Mike Pet­tine’s de­fense. Sort of. There was as much hit­ting in this thing as the Pro Bowl.

Pet­tine, by the way, is kind of a Stone Cold Steve Austin look-alike. So the fel- lows play­ing de­fense may not want to blow con­tain­ment or cov­er­age. This guy does not look like he’s go­ing to put up with that type of malarkey.

Be­fore the spe­cial teams drills, the mu­sic coor­di­na­tor cranked “Jump Around.” Cer­tainly Bucky Badger could have done a bet­ter Lam­beau Leap than Kizer dur­ing this.

The kick re­turn drill was rather con­fus­ing. Some guys had red ski hats over their hel­mets. Ob­vi­ously no­body told them the Tun­dra was not Frozen yet.

That’s not re­ally a great look un­less you are go­ing lug­ing.

Fam­ily Night ended with a bang. Lots of ’em.

Ev­ery­one was wait­ing for the fire- works. And there would have been even more fire­works if Mike McCarthy would have spot­ted some­one with high pad level.

The sky was so lit up that if one of Fran­cis Scott Key’s next of kin was in at­ten­dance, they might have been in­spired to write a pa­tri­otic song.

Af­ter all, it’s a fam­ily tra­di­tion.

Fear­less fore­cast

Ti­tans at Packers: It’s the Bishop’s Char­i­ties game and the pro­ceeds do not go to Des­mond Bishop. You’re not go­ing to see many big names for long. But if you’re a Tim Boyle fan, you’re in for a treat. He’ll get more TV ex­po­sure on this day than Ryan Seacrest and that’s hard to do. Packers 13, Ti­tans 6, Ex­cite­ment 0.

Vine­lines

Steve Rosen­bloom of the Chicago Tri­bune: “A line from DeAn­gelo Hall’s re­tire­ment an­nounce­ment: ‘If I'd played against Jay Cut­ler more, I'd be in the Hall of Fame.’”

Scott Ostler of the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle, af­ter drug-trou­bled QB Todd Mari­novich showed up for the Raiders’ alumni week­end: “Dressed?”...

Jay Cut­ler, in a teaser for his wife Kristin’s “Very Caval­lari” TV se­ries on E!, on the se­cret to rais­ing chick­ens: “Feed them, wa­ter them … it can’t be that hard. It’s got to be eas­ier than rais­ing kids.”... Bob Moli­naro in the Hamp­ton Roads Vir­ginian-Pi­lot, on all the talk about 41year-old QB Tom Brady’s strict diet and work­out reg­i­men: “He’s got noth­ing on Mick Jag­ger. One of the guests at his re­cent 75th birthday party was his 19month-old son.”... Ja­son Whit­lock of FS1, with a new nick­name for Jimmy Garop­polo af­ter he went on a date with a porn star: “Jimmy G-string.”... Jim Barach, com­edy writer: “Johnny Manziel threw four in­ter­cep­tions in his first start in the CFL. Mostly be­cause it’s hard to throw to the right guy when you are not used to play­ing sober.”...

At Borow­itzRe­port.com: “Trump de­mands that NFL play­ers stand dur­ing Rus­sian national an­them.”...

JIM MATTHEWS / USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

Packers quar­ter­back DeShone Kizer scores a touch­down Satur­day dur­ing Fam­ily Night, but needed work on his Lam­beau Leap.

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