Green Bay Packers 2011 Offseason: Golf, Softball, and the Country Music Awards?

Jacqueline Moen-KadlecContributor IIIJune 12, 2011

Donald Driver...  father, son, husband, sports enthusiast
Donald Driver... father, son, husband, sports enthusiastChris Graythen/Getty Images

Greetings from the Frozen Tundra, friends!

As summer is beginning, this writer has not been as football-rabid as she was prior to the snow finally disappearing.  In May. 

With summer, this writer has been spending time with family, going out into the community for tractor pulls and other community beer-drinking related events.  But, with the summer of the Lockout going strong, the Green Bay Packers keep finding a way to pull me back in.

It kind of reminds me of the Green Bay Packers version of the mob.  I try to go on with my life and keep it on the straight and narrow, and then the Packers show up on the news for whatever reason, whether it is law-enforcement involvement (Johnny Jolly) or for good charity-related news (Donald Driver).  They keep pulling me back in. 

I try to go on, forget about them and SOMEONE has to host a charity softball game or golf tournament, leading me to believe that the Green Bay Packers players, for the most part, are the most decent, community-oriented players in all of football.

Yup, what Packer fan didn't see the news on Donald Driver's Charity Softball game and think to themselves, "Gee, I would make the drive to Green Bay to watch that."  And with a sell-out crowd this year, obviously there was a similar train of thought out there with other fans.

If the Packers were to play it at Lambeau Field, there would be a sell-out crowd.  If the Packers players were playing a rip-roaring game of "Duck, Duck, Goose," in a school yard, the fans would go watch.

Go ahead, Packers players, try it out and see what happens.

You should probably sell beer, though.  Beware, however, of intoxicated fans who wouldn't be able to run around in a circle for extended periods of time. 

Minus the potential for vomit (alcohol and running in circles don't mix.  Don't ask how I know this for certain), "Duck, Duck, Goose" would also be a rip-roaring success.

Additionally, Greg Jennings' Golf Outing for Habitat for Humanity in Waukesha also occurred this week.  With so many Packers players attending, it was like balance was returned to the State of Wisconsin. 

The air smelled sweeter (with less cow manure smell...), the clouds parted and the fans sang songs of praise.

I may or may not be kidding about the above scenario.

Aaron Rodgers!  Matt Flynn!  Frank Zombo!  Playing golf!  Oh my!  However, there was one noticeable absence from these wonderful events.

Where, you may ask, was Clay Matthews?  Clay Matthews was at the Country Music Awards.

Dude, it's beyond me.

Mr. Matthews, not to knock your choice of awards events, but you have the long hair, buddy.  ROCK OUT!  If you need a tutor on how to ROCK OUT, I am sure I could hook you up with one of the many metalheads in my area that still proudly rock out, sport the Slayer tattoo on their arms, and cause general mayhem and havoc.  You know, kind of like how you do on the football field.

Additionally, they may or may not be related to me.  I'm just saying it's a good possibility.  May I further add that I may or may not know women who have Poison tattoos.  That is also beyond me, but whatever floats your boat, says I.

However, the great shock was seeing Clay Matthews on TMZ.  Take comfort, friends, that he was not on TMZ for anything other than being Clay Matthews, which means that he wasn't out carousing with Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton.  Take further comfort that no legal actions were taken. 

My first fear was that Mr. Matthews was sick of the Lockout and just started tackling random people in the streets.  While this could be very entertaining, he'd probably get in trouble for that and that is just not the image the Packers want to present.

Anyway, the fans miss you guys.  Come back and stay awhile, Packers players!  Like, for a football season?  Wink, wink.

Have a good week!  And if you feel the urge to ROCK OUT, please do so in moderation.  As we are all getting older, no one needs to herniate a disk or anything.