Aaron Rodgers candidly discusses Packers’ Jordan Love pick: ‘I poured myself some tequila’

first_imgRodgers, 36, admitted he initially was excited to see Green Bay trade up because he thought it meant his team was targeting a wide receiver. Rodgers, keep in mind, had been vocal about the Packers’ lack of receiving talent beyond Davante Adams.Because his stream of the NFL Draft was delayed, though, Rodgers received news of Green Bay’s draft pick via a text from his marketing agent.MORE: Rodgers voices uncertainty about NFL season”He just texted ‘quarterback,'” Rodgers explained. “I was like, ‘Oh, wow. OK.’ I love scotch, but I’ve been drinking some sipping tequila, as well. And once I got that text I went to the pantry. I poured myself about four fingers.”I knew it was going to be one of those nights where people were going to start calling and there was going to be the, ‘Hey, is everything fine? You OK?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m fine.'”🚨 New show🚨 10 QUESTIONS with Kyle BrandtIt’s a Game Show / Talk Show. Really fun.Episode 1: Aaron Rodgers. He was phenomenal.Premiers August 12th. @spotifypodcasts @ringerFollow now- https://t.co/Zat1MWrmbD pic.twitter.com/mU6Vm0JfMg— Kyle Brandt (@KyleBrandt) July 28, 2020Rodgers went on to reinforce previous comments that, while he didn’t exactly love the Love pick, he “understands it’s a business.”While understanding the age-related parallels people have drawn between his current situation and that of Brett Favre when the Packers drafted Rodgers in 2005, Rodgers also pushed back on the idea that the two situations are the same. Rodgers reminded listeners that he fell to No. 24 in the first round in ’05 to a Packers team that had struggled the year prior. And even after he had expressed a desire to play into his 40s, the Packers this time aggresively traded up in the first round after reaching the NFC championship game.MORE: Breaking down Rodgers’ Packers contractRodgers has four years left on the contract extension he signed with Green Bay in 2018 and restructured in 2019. Aaron Rodgers has been asked about the Packers’ Jordan Love selection in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft before, and regardless of what happens over the next few years in Green Bay, the questions aimed at the future Hall of Fame quarterback might never cease.So maybe Rodgers in the future can reference the seemingly honest explanation he recently gave Kyle Brandt on the “10 Questions With Kyle Brandt” podcast when asked about his reaction to the Packers trading up in the first round to draft a quarterback. However, as he told Brandt, Rodgers would not be surprised if the Packers move on from him to Love before that contract ends in 2024.”Based on just the circumstances,” Rodgers said.”Just look at the facts. They traded up. They drafted him. I would say they like him, they want to play him. … And I get it. I really do. I don’t harbor any ill will about it. Was I bummed out? Of course. Who wouldn’t be?”I wanted to play my entire career in Green Bay. I love the city. I grew up there, really. I got there when I was 21. I’m 36 now. A lot changes during that time. But look, I get it. I see it completely clearly, and I’m not bitter about it. It just kind of is what it is.”last_img read more

Sheriff: Gender reveal party explosion was a stunt gone awry

first_imgKNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa family’s attempt at a gender reveal party for a soon-to-be-born baby went horribly wrong when a homemade device that was meant to discharge colored powder instead exploded like a pipe bomb, killing a 56-year-old relative.The Marion County Sheriff’s office says Pamela Kreimeyer died instantly when debris struck her head Saturday before flying another 432 feet and landing in a nearby field in rural Knoxville, about 35 miles southeast of Des Moines.Kreimeyer was 45 feet from the device when it exploded.Authorities say family members had been experimenting with explosives in the hopes of posting a colorful announcement on social media.Family members welded a metal cylinder to a stand and packed it with gunpowder that they thought would send the colored baby powder aloft. But authorities say tape covering the top of the cylinder caused it to detonate like a pipe bomb.last_img read more

Clairton rallies to claim 2nd straight Class 2A title

first_imgSOPHOMORE SENSATION—Clairton’s Tyler Boyd, center, dives into the end zone for a touchdown past Riverside’s Nick Rossi, left, and Kyle Walsh, right, during the first half of the Class A Championship football game at the PIAA High School Football Championships in Hershey, Pa., Dec. 17. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Desimon Green is a large human being.But his game time presence for Clairton over the course of the past football season—according to its coach, Tim Nola, has been even larger at times.Ironically, it was not a one-man show when Clairton (16-0) climbed back from being down 24 points in the first half and rallying to claim their second consecutive Class AA PIAA football championship, 36-30, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Sure, he scored on a 2-yard score that began a string of 36-unanswered points from his Bears—one of the most dramatic comebacks in the history of the PIAA championships.And yes, he recorded the 64th sack of his career, from the defensive end position, in what would be his last, and perhaps, most satisfying game.But according to Nola, it was their ability to play as a team and not let their perfect season come to a screeching halt.“Once we began this playoff run, for us, it was do-or-die,” Nola said. “We knew that we had to do it together—as a team. And that’s exactly what we did.”Clairton sophomore running back Tyler Boyd was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes of 37 and 82 yards from Green. He also ran in and caught two-point conversions to help his team to its 31st consecutive victory.Also, senior wide receiver Josh Page, who is getting Division I consideration, caught a 19-yard pass from Capri Thompson with 0:33 left in the second quarter.“The athletes that we have are outstanding,” Nola added. “They played a heck of a game to put an exclamation point on a great season for us.”In the glow of this record-setting season for Clairton, Green also seems excited about his future. After learning that Pitt’s head coach, Dave Wannstedt had resigned recently, he decided to look into other options for his upcoming college football career.  He’d committed to play for the Panthers, prior to this year.He has several official visits that are scheduled over the month of January including: Cincinnati on the 7th, Michigan State on the 16th, Illinois on the 21st, and Texas Tech on the 28th.“I’m really excited about some things that I’ll be doing in the upcoming month,” Green said. Michigan State and Cincinnati have me listed as an athlete, meaning that I can play at tight end, linebacker, quarterback—pretty much anywhere. I honestly just want to play and help them win. I’m not picky.”As one of the elite players in the area, he has been named to All-star teams by local newspapers and has accepted an invitation to represent Pennsylvania in the Chesapeake Bowl, a multi-state high school tournament, next month in Baltimore.Not to mention, to go with 15 sacks this season on defense, he’s passed for nearly 2,000 yards and has scored 43 overall touchdowns (28 passing and 15 rushing), only throwing 3 interceptions all year.“He’s had a great year on offense,” Nola said. “There’s been many times this year where he’d say: give me the, give me the ball and he would get the job done every time.”Green expressed gratitude for those opportunities, while acknowledging their difficulty.“It feels great to have accomplished those things over my career,” Green said. “(Playing on both sides of the ball) wasn’t easy. It’s not like I played a position on defense like safety or D-back; getting your fingers stepped on and then having to throw the ball on the very next series. But it was definitely worth it.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at malikvincent@gmail.com.)last_img read more

Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman killed

first_imgGreg Halman (AP Photo) by Mike CorderAssociated Press Writer THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP)—Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death early Monday and his brother was arrested as a suspect, Dutch police said.Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels said police were called to a home in the port city in the early hours of the morning and found the 24-year-old Dutch player bleeding from a stab wound. The officers and ambulance paramedics were unable to resuscitate Halman.Wessels said the officers arrested Halman’s 22-year-old brother. She declined to give his name, in line with Dutch privacy rules.“He is under arrest and right now he is being questioned,” Wessels told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “It will take some time to figure out what exactly happened.”No charges have been filed in the case.Halman hit .230 in 35 games and made starts at all three outfield positions for the Mariners in 2011 before being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.Halman was in Europe this month as part of the European Big League Tour, an initiative organized by Baltimore Orioles pitcher Rick Van den Hurk in which major leaguers gave clinics to children. Van den Hurk is also Dutch.Massimo Fochi, the vice president of the Italian baseball federation, said he met Halman less than two weeks ago at a European Big League Tour event in Parma.“He was a great guy and the most appreciated by the kids,” Fochi said. “His passing away is really painful.”last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook28Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonMy name is Daisy. I’m an extremely sweet 7 to 9 year old lady who can really wiggle to show how happy I am. I need a fenced yard because I like to get out and explore the neighborhood which is not what I should be doing with my time. I enjoy car rides, walks and play time. I broke my leg at some point in my life and never received medical attention for it, however it doesn’t bother me and I have adjusted well to it.Cuddling, snuggling or just hanging out with you are my favorite things. I’m not sure if I get along with kids because I have not been introduced to many. I do get along with some dogs my own size and age but I really don’t care for cats.We always need volunteers to help with the dogs, in the office or with outreach. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  We are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Our contact information is www.adoptapet-wa.org or contact us at thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more

Broncos hammer hapless Bulldogs

first_imgTwo tries in the final four minutes of the first half gave Brisbane a 16-6 advantage but the key period was between the 53rd and 68th minutes when the Bulldogs’ only touch of the football was Josh Reynolds spilling an Anthony Milford kick from point-blank range as the Broncos piled on 18 points to take complete control of the contest.The Bulldogs bravely defended their line for the first 10 minutes of the second half and conceded just the one penalty goal but consecutive penalties against Canterbury players for interfering with Brisbane players chasing kicks gave Brisbane all the ammunition they needed to put them to the sword.Broncos captain Adam Blair was sin-binned 10 minutes from full-time for a professional foul and the Bulldogs scored their second through Chase Stanley immediately after but by that stage the damage had been done and Canterbury’s finals aspirations put on life support.With a 10-point buffer at the break the Broncos should have gone further in front in the first five minutes of the second half when Tautau Moga ignored support on the inside and out but after three repeat sets chose to take a shot at penalty goal in the 49th minute to take their lead out by two more points.A rare penalty for blocking a runner on the kick-chase against Brett Morris gave Brisbane another shot from close range but after a wicked bounce and some exquisite hands by Kodi Nikorima, Jonus Pearson lost his grip on the one-handed put-down, only for Josh Reynolds to also be penalised for interfering with the chasers.A fumble by Reynolds gave Brisbane yet another attacking set and the speed of Nikorima proved too much for Raymond Faitala-Mariner from the scrum win as Brisbane’s possession for the first 20 minutes of the second half pushed beyond 70 per cent.With the resolve of the Bulldogs broken and the fatigue factor of making 68 more tackles setting in Brisbane earned a penalty from the kick-off and scored again at the end of the set through Josh McGuire and when James Roberts flashed across in the 65th minute it was time to put the ‘Dogs out of their misery.Showing a propensity to promote the football that hasn’t been evident all season the Bulldogs stretched the Broncos defence for much of the first 40 minutes yet went into the break down by 10 points as the home side struck twice late to devastating effect.Wearing eye-catching fluorescent socks to mark Women in League Round the Bulldogs’ first attacking set was an unimaginative affair rescued by Josh Jackson pinning Broncos winger Jonus Pearson in his own in-goal to earn a repeat set but there was better to come.From the next set Canterbury allowed the ball to sing a more flamboyant tune, pulling the home side first to the left before going back wide to the right, quick hands giving Marcelo Montoya a clear path to the line for his seventh try of the season.Two penalties and a restarted tackle count gave Brisbane plenty of shots at the Bulldogs line but back-rower Matt Gillett couldn’t maintain control as he reached out to put the ball over the try-line.With the ‘Dogs dominant in the opening quarter it took a line-break from an unlikely source to break the Bronco shackles, hooker Andrew McCullough bursting out of his own half on a 30-metre run before sending centre Tautau Moga away on a 45-metre path to score to the left of the posts, Jordan Kahu’s conversion squaring the ledger through 24 minutes.Invited into Canterbury’s end by a Bulldogs error and subsequent penalty, Brisbane inched their way in front for the first time in the night when an offload from Joe Ofahengaue gave Ben Hunt enough room to slide past opposite Matt Frawley to score wide on the right.Hunt became provider shortly thereafter when a mid-field offload again encouraged some second-phase play, the movement ending with some clever interplay between Kodi Nikorima, Matt Gillett and Anthony Milford before Kahu crossed in the corner.last_img read more

Bromfield a special talent

first_imgJunelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical High is a very special talent.     Yesterday the middle distance star completed one of the most difficult feats at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships with gold medals in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events.    After taking the 1500 metres in 4:40.77 on Friday, the St Elizabeth star returned to take the 400m in early afternoon yesterday in 51.74. Two hours later she dismantled the 800 metres field clocking 2.09.70 to bring the National Stadium crowd to its feet. A modest Bromfield said her accomplishment was not as difficult as it appeared.    “It wasn’t that difficult because I paced myself throughout the rounds and I kept my composure in all my races and that is how I was able was deliver in all of them,” she said. “I feel very proud, because I am being strongly motivated by my mother and father and my coach is always there pushing me and that is how I was able to accomplish what I did,” she added. The middle distant sensation was also touched by the reception the stadium crowd gave her in the final 100 metres of the 800m. “It was heart warming because I know that STETHS do not have many supporters, it’s mainly KC and Calabar and all those schools, so for all of them (spectators) to be supporting me I really appreciate it,” she said.last_img read more

Minister Tweah: “Human Capital Development Remains Top Priority”

first_imgMinister Samuel Tweah addresses participants at the launch of the Ministry’s Strategic Plan.The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., has described Human Capital Development as one of President George Weah’s major priorities under the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).According to him, this this will be reflected in the ministry’s new strategic plan.Minister Tweah spoke at a ceremony on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, which marked the official launch of the process leading to the formulation of the Ministry’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2023.He expressed gratitude for the conceptual framework and target objectives of the plan.Under the new MFDP’s Strategic Plan, Tweah expressed the hope that the ministry will work with the entire government, and the various development partners to determine whether the government was meeting different benchmarks.He explained further that a cardinal aspiration of the new strategic plan is to turn the ministry into the most efficient and effective service delivery with aim to end delays in processing financial documents at the ministry.“Human capital development is a major priority under the PAPD, including quality education and health for which the World Bank has committed to providing additional financing in the amount of US$50 million to address challenges in the education sector,”  Tweah said.He said under the PAPD, government focuses on improving the country’s road infrastructure, “because without roads, Liberia’s growth outlook will continue to remain a challenge.”Tweah therefore said investment in road infrastructures is also cardinal under the PAPD.He also named electricity and ports management as other priorities well captured in the PAPD, which the Ministry’s Strategic Plan will seek to address.According to him, discussions are ongoing with investors to expand the capacity of the LEC where over 2,000 transformers and transmitters will be brought into the country, instead of the targeted 300 pieces.Participants at the launch of MFDP’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2023.Electricity infrastructure, he said remains a challenge for the country, and a priority under the PAPD.He expressed optimism that the mode of delivery will have to be effective and efficient in the midst of enormous challenges government is faced with, adding that it was important to look at what entities were doing from a logically point and to have it tied to the PAPD.Minister Tweah said doing so will enable government to look at some of the problems to solve.The gathering included development partners and representatives of the ministries and agencies of government, as well as officials and technicians of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

White House atwitter at queen’s visit

first_imgWASHINGTON – How does George W. Bush, a towel-snapping Texan who puts his feet on the coffee table, drinks water straight from the bottle and was once caught on tape talking with food in his mouth, prepare for a state dinner with the British queen? With tips from an etiquette guide, of course – and a little gentle prodding from his wife. The White House is all atwitter over Monday’s visit by Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It is the first visit by the queen since 1991, when Bush’s father was president, and White House aides say the state dinner in her honor is not only the social event of the year, but of the entire Bush presidency. Collision of cultures It will also be closely watched by Washington’s social elite for its collision of cultures: Texas swagger meets British prim. Dinner attire is white tie and tails, the first and perhaps only white-tie affair of the Bush administration. The president was said to be none too keen on that but bowed to a higher power, his wife. “I think Mrs. Bush is thrilled to have a white-tie dinner, and we’ll leave it at that,” said Amy Zantzinger, the new White House social secretary, as she arranged seating Friday for 134 on a huge computerized screen behind her desk in the East Wing. Zantzinger was not swamped with requests; anybody who had not already received one of the elegant gold-rimmed invitations (hand-penned by a calligrapher, then engraved) apparently knew it would be gauche to ask. Still, the exclusivity has created some awkward moments, as when the social secretary bumped into former President George H.W. Bush, who was not on her list, in the West Wing the other day. “He was making jokes and then he said, `You know what, that is the hottest ticket in town,”‘ she said, adding, “If he wanted to come, he could have.” At this, the first lady’s press secretary, Sally McDonough, apparently fearing an international incident coming on, interrupted. “It’s not that he didn’t want to come,” she explained, adding that the elder Bushes would be guests at the so-called “reciprocal dinner” the royal couple will hold at the British Embassy on Tuesday night. “It’s very strategic in the coordination between the two dinners,” McDonough said. So strategic, in fact, that the color of the ladies’ attire is also coordinated, to avoid the horror of the first lady and queen clashing – or worse, matching. Bush’s moniker for his father, “41,” is well known, and he will surely need no etiquette guide to warn him away from referring to the queen as “II.” Even so, as it does for every official state visit, the White House has been consulting with the State Department’s chief of protocol. The resulting booklet of tips is not exactly classified, but it’s definitely not public. Still, aides to the first lady shared a few do’s and don’ts: The queen shall be addressed as “Your majesty.” The prince is “Your royal highness.” For ladies, curtseying is acceptable, but not required. One does not shake the queen’s hand unless the queen offers her hand first. And once her majesty finishes her meal, everyone’s meal is finished. (Not to worry, said one senior official of Bush: “He’s a really fast eater.”) The floral shop was frantic, with seven florists arranging centerpieces for every public room in the house (cream-color roses and white lilacs for the State Dining Room; pale pink roses for the Green Room; pale yellow roses in the Diplomatic Room; classic red roses for the Red Room.) Bipartisanship in air Wet paint signs were everywhere, and workmen were busy washing the windows in the Colonnade that runs past the Rose Garden. Inside, at Laura Bush’s direction, a panel of photographs of earlier royal visits was on display, including one of President Gerald R. Ford dancing with the queen in 1976. Even Vice President Dick Cheney got into the act, serving as the official White House representative at Friday’s welcoming ceremony at Jamestown, Va. He proclaimed the visit an affirmation of “the ties of trust and warm friendship between our two countries.” There was even some bipartisanship in the air. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, known for her elegance, will attend the dinner. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, decidedly less elegant, declined. “Senator Reid isn’t much of a white-tail-at-dinner kind of a guy,” his spokesman, Jim Manley, explained.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES

first_imgCondolences: The Club wishes to express its condolences to John, Mairead and family on the passing of Michael Doherty (Dubh). John played with the under 16 footballers this season.We wish to offer our deepest condolences to Declan Doherty and Pauline Farren on the recent death of Pauline’s mother. Everyone associated with the Club was shocked and saddened this to hear of the death of Sean Craig. A proud Down, Noamh Mura, Buncrana and Down supporter, Sean was a great character and spent many days in the Scarvey helping with our senior teams. Sincere and heartfelt condolences to his son Paddy and to all the Craig family.AGM: Buncrana GAA held its Executive Annual General Meeting on Sunday 25th November 2012, there was a large turnout and thanks to all who attended. The following officers have been chosen for next year: Chairman – Paul McGonigle, Assistant Chairman – Brian Stokes, Secretary – Grainne Soal, Assistant Secretary – Claire McCarron, Treasurer – John Peter Roe, Assistant Treasurer – Shane McDaid, PRO – Oisin Doherty, Assistant PRO – Jennifer McNally. Coaching Officer – Odhran Doherty, Development Officer – Carl Craig. Senior Players Rep – Kevin O’Loughlin & Gavin McConnell. Sale of Club Tracksuits: A sale of club tracksuits for children will take place on Tuesday 4th December from 8pm-9pm. All tracksuits reduced to 20euro, sizes 9/10, 10/11 and 12/13. Please contact Elizabeth Anne on 0860604075.Sam Maguire Photographs: Photographs of the Sam Maguire taken in the Plaza on Sunday 28th October by Angela Tourish can now be collected. Please phone 0863068662 to arrange collection.Vocational Schools: Congratulations to the Donegal Vocational Schools side and Buncrana senior player Darach O’Connor, who qualified for the Ulster Final by claiming victory over Down in the semi-final on Thursday, with Darach scoring a personal tally of 3-2. Good luck in the final next week to all involved.Ryan Bradley Coaching Sessions: Ryan Bradley GAA Coaching Sessions for under 6’s are taking place every Saturday in Crana College, with children asked to be present at 11.15am. A €2 contribution will be used exclusively to purchase equipment and gear for participating children. The sessions focus on fun, enjoyment, participation, balance, coordination and basic skill of football and hurling.U8 Football: Under 8 football coaching sessions are taking place in Crana College on Friday nights at 6.30 and all newcomers are very welcome. The session offer the opportunity to learn the basic skills of Gaelic Football in a fun and safe environment.Senior Football: Our senior footballers were not in action this weekend. Buncrana will take on intermediate and league champions Termon in the final league game of the season on Sunday 2nd December at 1.30pm and 3.00pm. A large turnout is expected as the lads require a win to guarantee a promotion play-off.Sports Prediction Competition: The current top ten entries in our Sport Prediction Competition are as follow – Oisin McColgan: 60, Brian Moran: 57, Andy McLaughlin (Snr): 57, Senan Grant: 57, Aidan Mulholland: 54, Shaun Higgins: 54, Daniel Carr: 54, Matthew Cutliffe: 54, Kieran Grant: 54.Lotto: The winning numbers in the €3,220 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 13th November in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 1, 6, 26, 29. There was no jackpot winner that week, however prizes of €20 go to each of the following participants:Claire McNicholl, ClonbegDoherty Family (Roe), SledrinDanielle Loughrey, Ardravan Jean O’Flaherty, Main StreetBernard McDaid, 11 Hatmore Park, DerryCongratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaaGAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more