What are the chances LeRoy Butler gets into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year? If not this year, does he get in at all?
I truly believe in my lifetime Butler will get in the Hall of Fame. He deserves to be in the same conversation as John Lynch, Steve Atwater and the other fine safeties waiting for enshrinement. The Hall of Fame opened the floodgates this year with a 20-member class (five modern-era players, 10 seniors, three contributors and two coaches). So while that doesn’t increase Butler’s odds of making it this year, I think that move will help loosen the logjam if he needs to go the senior committee route someday.
Hey Insiders, just curious what you thought the odds would be of seeing a Packer get inducted in the Hall of Fame this year? The list of nominees was extensive, but to my surprise, Sterling Sharpe was left off after being included last year. I figured with the larger class this might be his best shot, with guys like Nick Collins being nominated. What are your thoughts? Thank you! A pleasure as always.
I believe Sharpe’s window closed as a modern-era candidate because it’s been 25 years since he last played. His best shot at enshrinement is now through the senior committee.
Thanks guys for all your work and insight. Just something I thought I saw during the Bears game. On I think the last punt the Bears moved their outside defenders in and left our gunners uncovered. Could JK (or who would) make an adjustment to fake the punt and throw it outside? I don’t believe there was anyone within 15 yards of our gunner. Just wondered if someone has the authority to change that from a punt to a fake punt and pass.
Technically yes, but that would have been getting cute considering it was a chance to pin the Bears back for a defense that had dominated for 3½ quarters until that point. Plus, not every punter can throw like Johnny Hekker.
I’m not a big fan of how in places like KC, SEA and NOLA crowd noise can directly influence the game. It’s great if an engaged audience can help motivate your team or get in your opponent’s head a bit, but when they start literally impacting your ability to perform because you can’t hear, I think that’s an unfair advantage. Where do you situate the line?
Like 25 feet behind the visiting bench, I guess.
Wes, seeing you always wear multiple layers during “Unscripted,” do the studios in the sub-sub-sub basement at Lambeau needed to be heated even in the summer?
It’s funny. I had this conversation with Spoff after we did the show on Friday. I usually wear multiple layers just in case Spoff and I wear the same shirt on that particular day. True story.
I have a question for you, but it’s for the “Unscripted” segment. Does the “sponsor” ever get mad for forgetting to do his time slot? It’s a question I have wondered about since last year and the many missed Campbell’s Soup spots.
We’re only required to do the read twice a week, but thanks for following that closely. We appreciate your patronage.
We have a general idea of game-day activities for the players, but what is your game-day schedule? Assuming a home game with a noon kickoff, what’s your arrival time, pregame duties, postgame, and when do expect to get home? Any press box rituals?
Good question and probably a boring answer. For Sunday’s game, I’ll get to Lambeau Field around 7:30-8 a.m. to get settled before we shoot our live Q&A on the field around 9:15 a.m. Afterwards, I’ll go upstairs, grab something quick at the omelet station and then do pre-game radio at 10:50 a.m. I’ll then eat lunch, probably make a snarky remark about how Demoski is dressed and then get ready to work. Sorry it’s not more exciting.
Wes, your responses to the questions along the lines of “Will they wear No. 88?” raised a question. When Vic created this column, he said that the readers wrote it. If you were to eventually get annoyed or frustrated with a single question that became something like a running gag, would you: continue the spirit of the column, ignore the masses and do what you see fit, or find a way to put a kibosh on the source of the frustration?
Do you not see me continue to publish No. 88 questions and comments despite it being the bane of my existence?
Eric from Stramproy, Netherlands
“Hi, Lillian.” An instant Classic! I couldn’t stop laughing. Wes, please buy Mike a beer to soften the blow.
I’m assuming there won’t be any Christmas cards being sent from the Spofford household to Knoxville, TN, this year.
Have you ever gone to ESPN.com and looked at the schedule of upcoming games? Next to each one is a link to “Tickets as low as $XX.” Guess which team needs three digits for the price?
That doesn’t surprise me in the least. It’s Packers season. Enjoy the game, everyone.