The Joe & Ebo Show: Maniac Maggie Loves Joe

MADISON | Love is in the air…

As we talked about the Packers and T.J. Lang’s future with the team on the Joe & Ebo Show, our conversation took a very bizarre turn with one caller looking for her true love.

Now, it’s Valentine’s Day, I get it, people either love or hate this “holiday” as they search for someone to love them. Cue Maggie (lovingly tabbed as Maniac Maggie after her call) he thought she had found her soulmate in Joe Miller after a night out drinking.

Take a listen:

Yeah, this woman is crazy. It didn’t end there though.

Maniac Maggie then left a voicemail to the front desk. We were forwarded her message and more craziness ensued.

So. Many. Questions.

Who is Maggie? Is she Joe’s soulmate? What is Joe not telling us? Will Joe and Maggie got to 50 Shades Darker tonight? I MUST KNOW!

 

The Neighborhood: What decisions should the Packers make in free agency?

GREEN BAY, Wis. — I’ll begin by admitting I’m not an expert on the salary cap, and I don’t have a direct line to Ted Thompson’s office. But with about $42 million in cap space heading into the offseason, here are some of the options the Green Bay Packers are faced with, along with my predictions of how they’ll handle them. My predictions are only for those positions in which Green Bay also has options in free agency.

Center

Incumbent: J.C. Tretter has just finished up his four-year, $2.6 million contract and is an unrestricted free agent. Pro Football Focus ranks him as the 13th-best center in the league based on this past season’s performance, despite missing the last half of the season with a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL). That’s nothing new for the Cornell product, but it’ll cost him when it comes to contract negotiations.

Options: A.Q. Shipley | Arizona Cardinals, Joe Hawley | Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brian Schwenke | Tennessee Titans, John Sullivan | Washington Redskins

Prediction: With Corey Linsley as the only other experienced center on the roster and Tretter the best available, he’ll likely come back on a one-year contract.

Guard

Incumbents: T.J. Lang ranked as the No. 6 right guard in the regular season, according to Pro Football Focus, and has expressed his willingness to return to Green Bay at age 30. Don Barclay suffered a shoulder injury in November and was replaced by rookie Jason Spriggs, who showed promise for the future protection of the Green Bay backfield.

Options: Kevin Zeitler | Cincinnati Bengals, Ronald Leary | Dallas Cowboys, Larry Warford | Detroit Lions, Luke Joeckel | Jacksonville Jaguars

Prediction: I see this as a position the Packers only address in the draft, so the only move here is to re-sign Lang to a multi-year deal, while potentially cutting Barclay loose. With the promise of Spriggs and the frugal nature of Thompson, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Barclay released.

Tight End

Incumbent: Jared Cook came over from the St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams on a one-year, $2.75 million contract, and despite missing six games with a high ankle sprain, he performed admirably and became a keystone to their success entering the postseason. He averaged 55 yards and four catches per game over the last 10 games (including playoffs).

Options: Martellus Bennett | New England Patriots, Jack Doyle | Indianapolis Colts, Vernon Davis | Washington Redskins, Jacob Tamme | Atlanta Falcons

Prediction: After earning a Super Bowl ring with New England and making it clear he wants to get paid, Packer fans dreaming of a Bennett-to-Green-Bay scenario can forget about it. At 29 years old, Cook is productive enough to warrant a two-year deal to remain in Titletown.

Running Back

Incumbents: Neither Eddie Lacy, nor Christine Michael were dominant forces in the backfield for the Packers, but because of that, Green Bay can cash in when it comes to negotiations. Lacy logged just 360 yards and no touchdowns before an ankle injury sidelined him for the season. Michael was seldom-used, logging 114 yards on 31 carries in Green Bay.

Options: Le’Veon Bell | Pittsburgh Steelers, LeGarrette Blount | New England Patriots, Latavius Murray | Oakland Raiders, Danny Woodhead | San Diego Chargers

Prediction: Thompson doesn’t like to go with what he doesn’t know, so I don’t see him contacting any of the above options (Bell will re-sign with the Steelers anyway). It’s already being reported that Lacy is likely coming back on a one-year deal worth about $2 million. And with Ty Montgomery looking like a more sure bet, Michael will try to find work elsewhere.

Outside Linebacker

Incumbents: Nick Perry finally had a breakout year, posting 11 sacks, 35 solo tackles, and 17 assisted tackles. Julius Peppers‘ numbers weren’t as great, but he was still effective at 7.5 sacks, 15 solo tackles, and eight assisted tackles.

Options: Chandler Jones | Arizona Cardinals, Melvin Ingram | San Diego Chargers, Malcolm Smith | Oakland Raiders, Barkevious Mingo | New England Patriots

Prediction: While it’s been a nice ride for 37-year-old Peppers, he’ll likely hit the free market and end his career with his first team | the Carolina Panthers. After finally seeing one of “his guys” break out, Thompson will re-sign Perry to a three-year contract and probably overpay. Don’t be surprised if the Packers tease us with a nibble in free agency on an OLB.

Safety

Incumbent: It was a career year for Micah Hyde, matching his personal-best three interception mark on the season. That’s despite making a switch to slot cornerback due to injuries in the Green Bay secondary.

Options: Eric Berry | Kansas City Chiefs, Tony Jefferson | Arizona Cardinals, Barry Church | Dallas Cowboys, Johnathan Cyprien | Jacksonville Jaguars, Quintin Demps | Houston Texans

Prediction: Hyde had a relatively team-friendly contract of four years, $2.3 million, and after earning the performance-based escalator last season, I don’t see why that changes. He’ll earn a three-year deal with the Pack. Plot twist: Thompson nabs one of the above options at safety, but it’ll be a player we know little about.

While cornerback was largely ignored in this post due to the fact that Green Bay doesn’t have any on expiring contract, I’d expect that to be the area where the Packers find a piece in free agency. The best players available are A.J. Bouye (Houston Texans), Trumaine Johnson (Los Angeles Rams), Stephon Gilmore (Buffalo Bills), Morris Claiborne (Dallas Cowboys), and Captain Munnerlyn (Minnesota Vikings).

Bucks to announce D-League details on Wednesday

OSHKOSH, Wis. — The Milwaukee Bucks are set to make an announcement regarding their future NBA D-League team Wednesday in Oshkosh, reports WBAY-TV.

Oshkosh is one of the three finalist cities team president Peter Feigin alluded to during an interview on The Neighborhood late last summer. While no potential team names were mentioned at that time, Feigin said they would take the process seriously. Other cities being considered are Sheboygan and Racine.

The announcement is expected to include details about the construction of a new arena to house the franchise. The WBAY report says Oshkosh investors are proposing a $15 million, privately-funded arena that would seat about 3,500 fans for D-League games, while doubling as a concert venue holding 4,000 people. Construction is expected to begin next month.

Feigin told the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network that a determining factor for which city would house the D-league team would have to bring “attendance, an in-bred fan base, and the financial support…A lot of it is who the partnership group is and then what the excitement, and the activity, and the pre-sales are.”

Milwaukee has been among just a handful of NBA teams without an affiliate, relying upon the league’s “flexible assignment rule” when sending players to the Development League to build up their skills. If everything goes as planned, the Bucks would become the 25th of 30 NBA teams to have its own affiliate.

Tundra Talk With Blake Martinez: Week 17

MADISON | Believe it or not, it’s already to the end of the NFL’s regular season. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun.

In the final regular season show of Tundra Talk with Blake Martinez, the linebacker recaps the Packers running the table and on the verge of winning the NFC North and making the playoffs.

Listen below:

Blake recaps the Packers win over the Vikings

He now talks on the “run the table” comments made by Aaron Rodgers

Get to know #50 as he takes questions from his fans

And finally, Blake previews their match-up with the Lions

 

PETITION: A Great Dayne Injustice

MADISON | The NCAA says Ron Dayne is no longer the FBS career-rushing holder despite him running for more yards than anyone else.

San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey broke the NCAA’s all-time record for rushing yards in a career on Saturday, going for 115 yards in the Aztecs’ 34-10 win against Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl. The senior finished his career with 6,405 yards, topping the previous mark of 6,397 yards held by Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne since 1999.

Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘didn’t Dayne have more yards than that?” Well, yes, yes he did! The NCAA says Dayne’s career total was 6,397, the Wisconsin record book puts it at 7,125 yards. Why the discrepancy? Well, the NCAA didn’t start counting bowl stats until 2002, meaning the 725 yards Dayne ran for his four bowl games, including three 200-yard outings, aren’t counted in the official stats.

The numbers don’t lie, and they are there, but the NCAA doesn’t want anything to do with that.

Sign the petition to recognize Ron Dayne is the real All-time rushing leader!

SIGN HERE : http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/a-great-dayne-injustice-ron-dayne-the-true-ncaa

Let’s make this happen.

Tundra Talk with Blake Martinez: Week 15

MADISON | As we near the end of the NFL season, the Packers are in a spot to potentially run the table, and with a little help, make the playoffs.

Still recovering from injury, inside linebacker Blake Martinez is ready to get back on the field to help give his team a push.

Listen below as he joins the Joe & Ebo Show with his Tundra Talk segment to break down the green and gold.

Blake talks on the Packers win over the Seahawks :

More on the state of the team and dealing with injuries:

It’s the fans turn for Questions with Blake:

Finally, the linebacker previews Sunday’s matchup against the Bears:

Be sure to catch Tundra Talk with Blake Martinez every Tuesday through Friday at 10AM on 106.7FM 1670AM The Zone.

Wayne Larrivee, voice of the Packers, talks new book and state of the team

MADISON | From Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers, countless playoff appearances and two Super Bowls, Wayne Larrivee has seen and called many magical moments for the Green Bay Packers.

Wayne joined the Joe & Ebo Show to talk the Packers season and their upcoming game against the Chicago Bears, as well as his new book “If These Walls Could Talk.”

Listen below:

 

And here’s your dagger on a great holiday gift “If These Walls Could Talk” | The Green Bay Packers are one of the most successful teams in the NFL, with 13 world championships and four Super Bowl wins. Authors Wayne Larrivee and Rob Reischel through interviews with current and past players, provide fans with a one-of-a-kind, insider’s look into the great moments, the lowlights, and everything in between. Readers will hear from players, coaches, and personnel as they discuss their moments of greatness as well as their defeats, making for a keepsake no fan will want to miss.

Tundra Talk With Blake Martinez: Week 14

MADISON | It’s the question all Packers fans are wondering… can Green Bay run the table and make it to the playoffs?

It would be beneficial for the Packers if their inside linebacker, Blake Martinez, was healed  up and ready to play, but for now, we will take his insight on the team.

Listen below as #50 breaks down the Green and Gold in this week’s edition of Tundra Talk:

Blake discuses the Packers win over the Houston Texans.

More from Martinez on the state of the Packers defense and winning two in a row.

It’s time to hear from the fans with questions for Blake.

And finally, Blake previews the Seattle Seahawks.

Former Badgers preview Big Ten Championship

What should we expect to see in the BIg Ten Championship between Wisconsin and Penn State? Should the winner get into the College Football Playoffs? These are just some of the questions three former Badgers answer on this week’s Wisconsin Football Roundtable show. Click on the audio link to hear from former Badgers Brooks Bollinger, Gabe Carimi and Matt Bernstein as the current Badgers gear up for the big showdown in Indianapolis.

Tundra Talk with Blake Martinez

MADISON | The inside linebacker position has taken a hit for the Green Bay Packers before they face off against the Philadelphia Eagles.

One player who will be sorely missed is Blake Martinez.

Thankfully, we can still have his insight on the game as he sits down with the Joe & Ebo Show.

Listen below as Blake breaks down Monday Night Football:

Be sure to catch Tundra Talk every Tuesday through Friday at 10AM on 106.7FM 1670AM The Zone.