Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Packers hold shareholders' meetingWisconsin Sports
-- General manager Ted Thompson said the Green Bay Packers had a remarkable season in 2011 – but the team still did not meet its goals. Thompson was among those speaking at the Packers’ annual stockholders meeting today at Lambeau Field.
GREEN BAY - General manager Ted Thompson said the Green Bay Packers had a remarkable season in 2011 – but the team still did not meet its goals. Thompson was among those speaking at the Packers’ annual stockholders meeting today at Lambeau Field.
He said the Pack’s divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants was not what the team strived for – but he proudly mentioned team records set by Aaron Rodgers, Donald Driver, and punter Tim Masthay. Thompson also repeated his priorities about growing the Packers through the draft – but for the first time in a few years, the team would not be the youngest in the NFL this coming season. The Packers also gave stockholders a look at the stadium’s new video boards to be used this fall – much sharper in quality than the old ones. Team president Mark Murphy said about 12,500 shareholders showed up – and that was over five-thousand short of a team record. The Packers were expecting 25,000 to attend today’s meeting, after a quarter-million new shareholders were added in a stock sale over the winter. At a news conference afterward, Murphy said he changed his mind about endorsing a longer regular season – and he now supports the current 16-game schedule for the safety of the players.
University of Wisconsin offensive lineman Casey Dehn is not expected to return to the Badgers this fall. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported the withdrawal – even though he was not available to confirm it. Dehn is scheduled to be a junior with the Badgers this season, competing for the top-spot at right guard. He closed out the spring practices as Wisconsin’s top right tackle. Dehn left the Badgers in the middle of the season last year due to academic issues – but he returned during the winter conditioning period.
The Milwaukee Brewers have lost 20 games this season by just one run, the most in the Majors. The latest such loss came last night in Philadelphia, when the Brewers blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning to lose 7-6. Game-Two of their three-game series is tonight at Citizens Bank Park. And Milwaukee will host Philly for four more contests in mid-August. The Brewers have lost four straight as they continue to plunge out of playoff contention. Milwaukee is now seven games below .500, eight back for a Wild Card spot, and 11-and-a-half behind first-place Cincinnati in the National League Central. What’s more, the Brewers need to gain five-and-a-half games on Saint Louis just to move into a tie for third place. Philly, meanwhile, will most likely end its string of five straight East Division crowns. The Phillies are 11 games below .500, and 14 in back of division-leading Washington. One of the few consistent bright spots for Milwaukee has been the play of Corey Hart at first base. He’s the only Major Leaguer to start at least 40 games at first without committing an error. Before this year, Hart only played two games at first base in the Majors. They were in 2006.