December 2008 - Green Bay Packers Wiretap
Hochuli Costs Ryan Grant $1.35 Million
When referee Ed Hochuli reversed the ruling on the field that Ryan Grant had scored an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter Sunday against the Detroit Lions, and instead had just a 21-yard gain, Grant lost $1.35 million. Grant could have earned a $1.5 million bonus if he reached 1,250 yards for the season. He only earned $500,000 for finishing with 1,203. Grant also could have earned another $600,000 for placing in the top five among NFC rushers. Grant finished sixth, 35 yards behind Matt Forte of the Bears, to pocket $150,000. ?Yeah, that?s the way the ball bounces,? Grant said. ?I told (running backs coach Edgar Bennett), ?If we were playing in your day, that?s a touchdown. No replay.?? Grant said one of the game officials encouraged him to keep going on the run. ?I?ve been playing football a long time, I run to the whistle,? Grant said. ?I saw the ref running with me, saying ?Grant, you weren?t down, keep running.? When I got to the end zone he said, ?Good job, you weren?t down.? I was like, ?There you go.? ?He was running by the sideline, I wasn?t talking to him. He?s like, ?No, no keep running.? ?First time a ref ever said anything to me.?
Rodgers May Need Surgery
Aaron Rodgers said having offseason surgery on his right shoulder is a possibility. "We'll take a look at that after the season, probably," Rodgers said. Rodgers hasn't missed a start despite playing with the strained shoulder.
MNF: Bears Beat Packers To Stay Alive
Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal in overtime and the Bears overcame frigid conditions and the Packers for a 20-17 win Monday night to stay in the running for the playoffs, as reported by the Associated Press. Chicago?s Alex Brown blocked Mason Crosby?s 38-yard field-goal attempt with 18 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
Economy, Favre Doom Packers' Merchandise Sales
The loss of Brett Fave and the condition of the nation's economy have crippled Green Bay's merchandising sales this season. "One thing with Packers sales, there's always been a certain steadiness," said Jeff Lemieux, owner of Jeff Sports Inc., a souvenir and collectables outlet with stores in Brookfield and Menomonee Falls. "You can always count on 'X' amount of sales. "This is our 27th year. There are seasons above and beyond, like last year or the Super Bowl years. It usually doesn't dip down below a steadiness line. But this year . . . we've had to work a little harder at it." Merchandising sales have reportedly been down 10% to 15% this season in Green Bay.
Rodgers, Packers Officially Out Of Playoffs
The Jaguars defeated the Packers on Sunday, officially ending Green Bay's chances at making the playoffs. The Packers have lost four-straight games to fall out of contention, including losses in each of their last three games on their final drive.
Wisconsin Still Tuning In For Favre's Games In Big Numbers
In the Wisconsin area, the audience for the Denver Broncos at New York Jets' telecast late Sunday afternoon was bigger than the audience for the Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings' telecast Sunday night. Broncos at Jets on WDJT-TV (Channel 58) had a rating of 17.5 or 158,436 households. Bears at Vikings on WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) had a rating of 15.3 or 138,518 households, the highest-rated show in primetime on local TV Sunday night. The Carolina Panthers' victory over the Packers, carried on WITI-TV (Channel 6) in Milwaukee, had a local rating of 35.5 or 321,399 households. A total of 61% of the sets on at the time were tuned to that game.
Packers Benefiting From Jets' Success
The Packers are benefiting from the regular season success of the Jets this season because of what they will receive in the Brett Favre trade. Green Bay acquired a conditional fourth-round pick, but the pick has already changed to a third-rounder because he has been a part of 50% of the teams plays. If he is in on 70% of New York's plays, Green Bay will receive a second-round selection. That pick will become a first-rounder if Favre is on the field for 80% of New York's plays, or if the Jets advance to the Super Bowl.