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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Quick Hits (some misses) the post-cut edition

by Mark Beerman
PackerChatters Staff

Finally...the pre-season is over! I absolutely hate the way some national personalities will equate pre-season success as an omen of great things to come in the regular season. The Colts went 0-5 in the pre-season and no one is making waves about it. The Colts are either the team to beat or are tied with New England as being the AFC's representative in the Super Bowl. Then you have the Packers at 2-2 and no one has missed a single opportunity to flog a certain area of the team if they had a bad showing. Really, I don't care what happens in the pre-season. You want to avoid injuries and build continuity, but that silver trophy doesn't become a goal until Week 1. I'll have a better picture of this team one week from now than over some cut player missing a tackle in an exhibition game that doesn't count.

Kudos to B.J. Sander for kicking the hell out of the ball and his critics at the same time. Shame on you fickle fans who were ready to throw B.J. under the bus after the scrimmage last year! There's a reason why you give draft picks time to develop. I certainly haven't heard the "Aaron Rodgers was a wasted pick" debates. Is that because some of you are pinning your hopes on the heir-apparent? One year isn't enough time to judge any pick...unless his name is Maurice Clarett.

I'd like to welcome Robert Thomas to the Packer family. I remember when I was in high school and I read about him as a total stud out of the Imperial Valley. Thomas was one of the best linebackers ever at UCLA and I think he's gotten a raw deal from the Rams. Once this guy mans the weakside spot, he might be entrenched there for the next five-to-seven years.

The one interesting thing about the Thomas trade was that St. Louis thought we had some depth at cornerback. I hope the Rams' thinking starts a trend. It would be nice if Joey Thomas, Ahmad Carroll and Mike Hawkins represented the long-term future of the position in Green Bay. Add in Nick Collins and Marviel Underwood to the mix and you start to see that our struggles last season might be a temporary thing if all five pan-out the way they should.

Heading into Week 1, I see a potential shootout in Detroit. The Lions have three gifted wideouts, but none might be more threatening than Charles Rogers. Now you're saying "the dude who can't stay healthy?"...let me explain. Rogers was recapturing some of that old magic in the pre-season and for a player like Rogers, he can't buy enough good showings. This guy has the most talent out of Detroit's three receivers though. This guy looked like Randy Moss in college and he might make every team he faces pay for taking him lightly. If Ahmad Carroll wants to earn some street cred, shutting down Rogers would be a big step in the right direction.

Lastly, seeing what Hurricane Katrina did broke my heart and the nation's spirit as well. What I can't stand are those residents of New Orleans looting stores and raping women. That has nothing to do with survival and everything to do with personal greed and lust. The mere suggestions that the lack of action is race related has got to be the most absurd notion I've heard in years. Ignorance and racism isn't just a caucasian thing. I'm not a Bush fan, but given the logistical nightmare Katrina created, people who point to 9/11 just don't understand that select areas of New York City and Washington D.C. were attacked and the devestation Katrina created goes from the gulf coasts of New Orleans to Alabama. I just can't stand ignorance nor the thought of what is being done is not enough. It's sad when the nation bands together in crisis, that a select few want to play the race card. I want to help everyone...some people just want to help themselves.

Until next week....
We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Howdy

'Thought & Humor'

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

"wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power."

Fine, but 'infinate' ain't even a word.
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