Happy Friday, Green Bay Packers fans. The NFL's schedule announcement is finally behind us and a date in Seattle sits squarely in the Packers' sights, as you'll see in today's curds.
Before we get to the links, I feel the need to share this quote from Mike McCarthy at the Wisconsin Sports Awards, talking about the opening game on the Packers' schedule:
McCarthy on the Seattle game: "We're going out there to kick ass" #WSA— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) April 25, 2014
Every once in a while, Mike breaks from typical coach-speak, and when he does, it's awesome. On to the news of the day.
Honoring stars pro, and not so at Wisconsin Sports Awards | JSOnline
Speaking of those awards, Eddie Lacy earned Player of the Year, the week 17 defeat of the Bears got Game of the Year, and the Packers won the "Fan Friendly Team" of the Year awards.
Incentives sweeten Matt Flynn's contract - JSOnline
Here's a little more detail on Flynn's deal, which actually includes half a million dollars in incentives; only $100,000 are "likely to be earned" and will count against the salary cap though.
Draft analysis: Ranking Ted Thompson's linebackers | Packersnews
Number one is not debatable. The rest of the list is.
Packers Pro Shop annual Tent Sale set for this weekend
If anybody is in Green Bay, going to the sale, and willing to spot me some money, shoot me an email. I'd love to pick up some extra swag and would be happy to send you a check.
NFL Draft 2014: What do you watch when evaluating defensive tackles? - SBNation.com
As always, Danny Kelly does a great job breaking down the critical skills at another position.
NFL schedule 2014: The 15 best games of the season - SBNation.com
From a national perspective, Packers-Patriots and Packers-Saints are among the best games in the NFL this year.