Friday, April 25, 2008

Favre on Letterman - did you see it?

Packers QB Brett Favre was on the David Letterman show on CBS last evening, during which it was also announced that he was -- as reported here earlier yesterday -- the new cover boy for the Madden '09 game. But that was really anti-climactic to the conversation between Dave and Brett. Particularly when Letterman asked Brett whether he might start feeling something as mini-camps start up. "You know what, not with mini-camps. I wasn't excited about it last year. I think when training camp gets close, I will - something's bound to happen." That's when Letterman got excited. "You just said, 'Something's bound to happen,' so this makes me think you're not retired." With that quirky smile and almost a sense of embarrassment, Brett said "Butterflies, or I don't know, something's bound to happen."

But no need for me to rehash it. Because if you missed it, you can now see the entire segment on YouTube. To be precise, you can find it here. Definitely worth watching.

Draft Names from the Voice of the Packers
On this morning's sport segment on 620WTMJ radio in Milwaukee -- the flagship station for Packer games -- Wayne Larrivee, the Voice of the Packers, was asked what names he is hearing as of possible interest to the Packers.

Larrivee said that GM Ted Thompson is high on USC offensive tackle Sam Baker, who was a four-year starter at USC and a three-time All American. Scout services rate him as a late first round or early second round pick which, with the Pack at #30, would be a good fit. Offensive tackle is not an immediate need for the Packers, but it will be coming up in the next year or two. Baker wouldn't need to be an immediate starter but certainly seems to have a pedigree -- as well as the size (6'5" and 309 lbs.) to perhaps make him a good pick at #30.

Other names that Larrivee mentioned include some of the same names we have also mentioned in prior posts: CB Tracy Porter from Indiana (and while acknowledging his coverage skills Larrivee noted that he found it somewhat funny that Porter has basically said he "doesn't like contact"...what game are we playing again???); tight ends Dustin Keller from Purdue and John Carlson from Notre Dame (man, we've got a real state of Indiana thing going on here, don't we?).

Second and later round possibilities mentioned included LB Ali Highsmith out of LSU. One name which Larrivee mentioned that is under the radar (no more, I guess) is QB Josh Johnson out of San Diego. Here's the summary on Johnson from "Johnson led the nation in passing efficiency (198.3), total offense (371.4 ypg) and points responsible for (27.4 ppg)…His passing efficiency rating set a new NCAA Championship Subdivision season-record…Also ranks fourth nationally in yards passing per game (298.8 ypg) and 13th in pass completions (20.6 pg)…Set another NCAA season-record, as only 0.332 of his pass attempts (one of 301) were intercepted." He is projected to go anywhere from the second to fifth rounds. We had previously heard mention of San Diego State QB Kevin O'Connell as a draft possibility, but Josh Johnson is a new -- and intriguing -- name to add to the watch list.