Welcome to Saturday Scorecard, where we are officially celebrating the end of two-a-days. It was getting hard to eat two double cheeseburgers a day, but we made it. As the Packers and Seahawks prepare to play in Seattle, we'll provide points to ponder on this glorious late-summer weekend.
In honor of Irish Fest, Slainte!
Seattle's best? The Packers play their second exhibition game tonight at Qwest Field and, if you can stay awake (or sober) for the second half of a 9 p.m. kickoff, you may want to focus on rookie safety Morgan Burnett, the punting battle, fullback / ex-cheerleader Quinn Porter, the play of backup cornerbacks Pat Lee and Brandon Underwood and Green Bay's overall approach to the contest.
Coach Mike McCarthy hinted this week that he may give veterans Donald Driver and Charles Woodson the night off, which would enable him to look at backups. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers will want to see Burnett, who is filling in for Atari Bigby, and the young cornerbacks. But, Capers -- in his second year -- has said that he doesn't want to "tip his hand" by unveiling his full arsenal before the regular season begins.
Given that backdrop, you have to wonder if the proposal to cut the NFL's preseason to two games has merit. An 18-game regular season could be punishing, sure, but the four exhibition games are pretty much a waste of time. The regulars probably play -- in total -- about one game, anyway. If the primary goals are to avoid injury and keep your game plans shrouded in some degree of mystery, why not cash in on extra revenue by adding two weeks to the regular season?
Given all the work that is done in minicamp and "voluntary" organized team activities, the ritual of two-a-days and four exhibition games seems somewhat archaic.
For teams like Seattle, which is adjusting to life under new coach Pete Carroll, the extra time could help make life a little easier. Perhaps the NFL could give new coaches an extra week of OTAs or mini-camp to adjust.
But, the notion of four preseason games -- for which teams charge regular season prices -- appears to have outlived its usefulness.
Proper perspective: I asked a friend, who is an avid Vikings fan, for his reaction in the wake of Yahoo sports reporter Jason Cole's blog that quoted unnamed sources indicating that Brett Favre and Minnesota's offensive players have little respect for head coach Brad Childress.
"Why is that a story?" my passionate purple-clad friend asked. "I'm a diehard fan and I think Childress is a moron. Why should the players think differently?"
Center of attention: Bucks center Andrew Bogut created some ripples when he mentioned during a recent Australian TV interview that his elbow isn't progressing as he'd hoped.
"I'm optimistic that I should be ready for the season but you never know with these things because of the nerve damage and so on, it's on its own course," Bogut said.
With several weeks left before training camp, it's too early for fans to panic. Bogut has been injured enough during his career that he'll know to proceed with caution and not overdo things.
Here is a look at the interview in question:
Ray of sunshine: When you consider the plight of the Brewers -- and the level of disappointment that many fans are feeling about this season -- you can take some measure of solace in the fact that the team is not buried in bad contracts like a certain club 90 miles south of Milwaukee (paging Mr. Soriano and Mr. Zambrano to the white courtesy telephone.
With Jeff Suppan, Bill Hall, David Riske and likely Doug Davis and Trevor Hoffman off their books next season, the Brewers will have some money to spend on players. They also banked $2 million in the budget when Dylan Covey decided to go to college rather than pursue a pro career while he deals with his diabetes diagnosis. The Brewers will get a compensatory pick for Covey, which they can forfeit if they sign a Class A free agent this winter.
LARRY KING LOUNGE
Is it just me, or is Roger Clemens driving 115 mph down Pete Rose Boulevard?... Remember the old days, when fans used to cheer for Clemens and Tiger Woods? Based on what happened at the PGA, it appears Woods is winning fans back. Shooting 85 will do that... The site youwager.com is laying 75 percent odds that Clemens does time in jail. The odds that his wife files for divorce before October? Those are 33 percent... I thought the "Brock Ness Monster" was going to be a fan favorite this year. With Earl Boykins on the bench, I think he may have some competition. It's good that the Bucks are collecting likable guys... I might be wrong, but I expect big things from Rob Jeter's Milwaukee Panthers this season. The trip to Italy is going to pay dividends in terms of team chemistry and experience.... Speaking of the Panthers, they'll be facing an interesting matchup with Illinois-Chicago this season. New UIC coach Howard Moore, like Jeter, is a former assistant under Bo Ryan. There won't be many secrets with the swing offense in those games... The Wisconsin Badgers are holding their annual Family Fun Day from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Camp Randall Stadium.
Host of “The Drew Olson Show,” which airs 1-3 p.m. weekdays on The Big 902. Sidekick on “The Mike Heller Show,” airing weekdays on The Big 920 and a statewide network including stations in Madison, Appleton and Wausau. Co-author of Bill Schroeder’s “If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers” on Triumph Books. Co-host of “Big 12 Sports Saturday,” which airs Saturdays during football season on WISN-12. Former senior editor at OnMilwaukee.com. Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.