Packer Players Tweet Expletives, Frustrations at NFL Replacement Refs

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NFL replacement refs reached a new level of embarrassing at the end of Monday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks.  And there were bad calls on both sides so it is not just me calling sour grapes because my team lost.  Several Packer players took their frustrations to Twitter after the Hail Mary that resulted in a controversial 14-12 loss.  While Mike McCarthy bit his tongue during the post-game press conference, Packers and other NFL players vented their frustrations/baffling-amazement on-line.

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Aaron Rodgers Rips NFL notables on ESPN Radio


As many media members know, Rodgers has been anything but interesting to interview in the past. Sometimes it is hard just to get him to talk. On ESPN Radio Milwaukee earlier this week, Aaron Rodgers uncharacteristically took jabs at ESPN analysts: Tony Kornheiser, Ron “Jaws” Jaworski and even Marcellus Wiley. To be fair to Rodgers, he has been on Homer’s show before, so many of his comments were surely in jest. However, the comments directed towards those not on the show seemed fairly forthcoming. The full interview can be heard here.

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Aaron Rodgers’ Fun-Filled Media Conference Call

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Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had an extremely productive 2008, throwing for over 4,000 yards and 29 TDs against just 13 INTs, for a passer rating of 93.8. It was a stellar season, and with a full year of starting under his belt, not to mention the fact he no longer has to deal with the distraction of any Diva ex-Packer QBs, and the media circus following the situation- logic dictates that he should settle even more into his starting role, and put up even bigger numbers in 2009. On Wednesday, he was on conference call with the Chicago media in preparation for the Bears-Packers game Sunday night.

We all know that athletes are well-coached by their respective PR departments in what to say (by that I mean don’t say anything substantive or remotely negative), but it was still very entertaining to hear the Chi sports media try and get Rodgers to utter something provocative  about the game. And equally funny to hear Rodgers shoot them down every single time.

Perhaps the best was when a reporter told Rodgers about how there’s been negative press about the NFC North in recent years: “There has?” Rodgers responded, and then asked what Rodgers thought about the NFC North more recent and better publicity.

“Yeah, I could care less what the media thinks about the NFC North.”

There were also questions about comparing him to other NFC North quarterbacks, his team to other division teams, comparing team rivalries as well as player rivalries and they all yielded gems such as these:

“I’m not going to get into the game-plan much.”

“I don’t know. Or have an answer for you.”

“I don’t really get into that either, I don’t deal with that kind of pressure- that media stuff that sells papers and people blog about”

“I’m not even going to touch that.”aaron_rodgers

“That’s not a fun question, I’m not even going to touch that one.”

“I don’t really get into the whole comparison stuff.”

But it wasn’t all extended versions of “no comment.” Rodgers did give his opinion on the Bears defense:

“They’re a veteran defense…Brian {Urlacher} is the general out there, he’s checking blitzes and checking things at the line of scrimmage and checking out of blitzes and being the coach he is. And that allows their defense to get themselves in good situations and fly to the ball and make plays.”

And on what we should think about the Pack’s impressive showing on offense this preseason:

“We take it pretty seriously here, and we’re excited about the things we’ve done, we realize none of those stats carry over, but the momentum and the good feelings we have and we’ll take that with us. Along with the confidence we’ve built from it.”