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Aaron Rodgers leads the list of seven Packers named to the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl.
Aaron Rodgers leads the list of seven Packers named to the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Seven Packers named to Pro Bowl

From the Green Bay Packers Tuesday:

Represented by seven members of the team, the Green Bay Packers learned Tuesday that wide receiver Greg Jennings, fullback John Kuhn, linebacker Clay Matthews, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, nose tackle B.J. Raji, center Scott Wells and cornerback Charles Woodson were named Pro Bowl selections by the National Football League. Additionally, Kuhn, Matthews, Rodgers and Woodson were named starters for the NFC squad.

The seven players are the most the Packers have had voted into the Pro Bowl since 1967.

Kicker Mason Crosby was named first alternate.

Jennings earns his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection, the first Green Bay wide receiver to be honored in back-to-back seasons since Donald Driver in 2006-07. Jennings leads the team in receptions (67) and ranks No. 2 on the squad in both receiving yards (949) and receiving TDs (nine) despite missing the last two contests with a knee injury.

For Kuhn, it marks the first Pro Bowl selection of his career as he becomes the first Packer fullback to be honored since William Henderson in 2004. Kuhn has accounted for six touchdowns this season (four rushing, two receiving), his second straight season with six total TDs. He has rushed for 73 yards on 28 carries (2.6 avg.) along with 13 receptions for 67 yards (5.2 avg.) this season.

Matthews earns his third career selection as he becomes the first Packer since RB John Brockington (1971-73) to earn Pro Bowl recognition in each of his first three seasons in the league. Matthews leads the team with six sacks, along with 69 tackles (49 solo), and has posted career highs in interceptions (three), forced fumbles (three) and passes defensed (nine).

Raji, a first-round draft choice by the Packers along with Matthews in 2009, earns his first career selection. He is the first Green Bay defensive tackle to be selected to the Pro Bowl since Bob Brown in 1972. Raji is tied for the team lead among defensive linemen with three sacks this season, while addi…

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So...who will it be raising the trophy this year?
So...who will it be raising the trophy this year? (Photo: Chinese News Agency)

My fearless NBA predictions for the 2011-12 season

Division winners:

Atlantic: New York

Central: Chicago

Southeast: Miami

Northwest: Oklahoma City

Pacific:  LA Lakers

Southwest: Dallas

Predicted finish in the Eastern Conference:

  1. Miami
  2. Chicago
  3. New York
  4. Orlando
  5. Boston
  6. New Jersey
  7. Milwaukee
  8. Atlanta

Predicted finish in the Western Conference:

  1. Dallas
  2. Oklahoma City
  3. LA Lakers
  4. LA Clippers
  5. Memphis
  6. San Antonio
  7. Denver
  8. Phoenix

NBA Finals: Miami over Oklahoma City

MVP: Blake Griffin, LA Clippers

Rookie of the Year: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland

Coach of the Year: Pat Riley, Miami (no, this is not a misprint)

We'll see how I do in June!

Week 16 NFL Playoff scenarios

For what it's worth, here are the official NFL Playoff scenarios with two weeks left to play:

NFC:

CLINCHED: Green Bay – NFC North and first-round bye
San Francisco – NFC West
New Orleans – playoff spot

GREEN BAY PACKERS
Green Bay clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) GB win or tie OR
2) SF loss or tie

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
San Francisco clinches a first-round bye with:
1) SF win + NO loss

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans clinches NFC South division with:
1) NO win or tie

DALLAS COWBOYS
Dallas clinches NFC East division with:
1) DAL win + NYG loss or tie OR
2) DAL tie + NYG loss

ATLANTA FALCONS
Atlanta clinches a playoff spot with:
1) ATL win or tie OR
2) DAL loss or tie + CHI loss or tie + ARI loss or tie OR
3) NYG loss or tie + CHI loss or tie + ARI loss or tie

DETROIT LIONS
Detroit clinches a playoff spot with:
1) DET win or tie OR
2) CHI loss or tie + ARI loss or tie + SEA loss or tie + DAL loss or tie OR
3) CHI loss or tie + ARI loss or tie + SEA loss or tie + NYG loss or tie OR
4) CHI loss or tie + ARI loss or tie + SEA loss or tie + ATL win or tie

 

AFC:

CLINCHED: Houston – AFC South
New England – AFC East
Baltimore – playoff spot
Pittsburgh – playoff spot

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
New England clinches a first-round bye with:
1) NE win + HOU loss or tie OR
2) NE win + PIT loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR
3) NE tie + HOU loss OR
4) NE tie + PIT loss + BAL loss

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1) NE win + HOU loss or tie + PIT loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Baltimore clinches AFC North division with:
1) BAL win + PIT loss

Baltimore clinches a first-round bye with:
1) BAL win + PIT loss + HOU loss

DENVER BRONCOS
Denver clinches AFC West division with:
1) DEN win + OAK loss or tie OR
2) DEN tie + OAK loss + SD loss or tie

Denver clinches a playoff spot with:
1) DEN win + NYJ loss + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie

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A wedding on skates?
A wedding on skates? (Photo: Milwaukee Admirals)

Getting married? How about on the ice at an Admirals game. By me!

Let me begin by saying that I take marriage very seriously.  As an ordained minister, I take special pride in the couples that I have brought together in Holy Matrimony. Two of my married couples even had babies this past autumn.  Who says that $39 I spent on the internet to become a man of God wasn't worth it!

I have performed weddings in parks, in open fields, and yes, on the ice at the Bradley Center.  Sacrilegious? Blasphemy! What better way to blend your love of each other and your love of sports on Valentines Day!

This from the Milwaukee Admirals and OnMilwaukee.com today:

The Milwaukee Admirals are looking for hockey fanatics who dream of getting married on the ice during an Admirals game. This Feb. 14, the Milwaukee Admirals are hosting Weddings on Ice!

Presented by OnMilwaukee.com, Radio Now, Robert Haack Diamonds, FunJet Vacations and New York Garlic Knots, Weddings on Ice will be a mass wedding ceremony and vow renewal during the first intermission of the game. OnMilwaukee.com's Doug Russell will officiate the ceremony and one lucky couple will have the opportunity to win a FunJet Vacations trip of a life time for their honeymoon!

"There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends," said Admirals President Jon Greenberg and Homer.

Call Kim Salli today at (414) 227-0800 to book your Wedding on Ice!

In order to participate in the wedding couples must have applied for a marriage license more than eight days and not more than 30 days before the ceremony.

For those who are already married but want to watch this once-in-a-lifetime ceremony, they can purchase tickets for the February 14 game, or any Admirals game, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or by logging onto our website at milwaukeeadmirals.com. Groups of ten or more will receive at least $2 off the face value of each ticket.

For more information or to purchase group …

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