Thursday, April 28, 2016

Meet DT/NT Kenny Clark

Round 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft was tonight, and the Green Bay Packers chose DT/NT Kenny Clark from UCLA with pick #27. Utilizing their “Best Available Player” (BAP) strategy that most fans and media never seem to figure out, they get a player that can hopefully make the retirement of B.J. Raji a moot point. Round 2 is tomorrow night, and they may yet get the LB that everyone seems to think they should take. Here are some more photos of Clark (who wore #97 in college — we’ll see if fellow current DT Christian Ringo surrenders that number to him), followed by his bio from the official UCLA media guide:

We also found this video highlights film on YouTube to see him in action with UCLA.

Position: Defensive Line
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 310
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Bernardino, Calif.
High School: Carter
Experience: 2 Letters

2015 — Starter in all 13 games for a total of 29 consecutive starts ... Third-team AP All-America ... First-team All-Pac-12 Conference selection (AP and coaches) ... Team co-captain ... Appeared on the Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland and Lombardi Award Watch Lists ... Recorded career bests in tackles (75-second on team and 25th in Pac-12), sacks (6.0-second on team and tied for 10th in Pac-12) and tackles for loss (11.0-second on team and tied for 14th in Pac-12) ... He had the third highest PBU total on the team with five.

2014 — Starter in all 13 games ... Made 58 tackles (sixth on the team), 5.5 for loss ... Selected to the second-team all-conference squad ... Posted a career-high eight tackles at UVa and at California (1.5 for loss) ... Registered seven stops in games at Arizona State and at Colorado ... Had at least four tackles in eight games.

2013 — Appeared in all 13 games with four starts ... Made 31 tackles, four for loss ... Had a best game of six tackles vs. Arizona State ... Credited with one forced fumble ... Had nine multiple tackle games ... Named Sun Bowl Most Valuable Lineman ... Presented the Ed Kezirian "Coach K" Award for Academic and Athletic Balance at the team banquet.

HIGH SCHOOL — A four-star recruit according to both and … Ranked No. 187 nationally by … SuperPrep All-West Region selection and the No. 24-ranked defensive tackle in the country … Ranked as the No. 20 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 34 overall prospect on the West 150 list, according to … Regarded as the nation’s No. 24 defensive tackle and the No. 39 overall prospect in the state of California by …’s No. 56 recruit in California and the No. 41-ranked defensive tackle in the nation … The No. 25-rated prospect in the CA/NV/HI region according to PrepStar … CIF Eastern Division Defensive Player of the Year … Also on the wrestling team … Team went 12-1 in his senior season … Credited with 71 tackles, 11.0 sacks for 64 yards lost, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery … As a junior, had 31 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss … Coached by Alex Pierce.

PERSONAL — Full Name: Kenneth Duane Clark, Jr. … Born in San Bernardino, CA… Parents: Kenneth and Leslie Clark … Has one brother and two sisters ... Lists the NFL's Ray Lewis as the athlete he admires the most … Enjoys spending time with his family ... Interested in becoming a coach.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 NFL Draft Details

2016 NFL Draft: How to watch on TV

Draft week is finally here and the Los Angeles Rams are on the clock. And for the second straight year, all the round-by-round drama will unfold in Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. Here's the schedule for Rounds 1-7, including TV coverage times and networks:

Thursday, April 28: 7:00 p.m. CT on ESPN and NFL Network.
Each team has 10 minutes to submit their official pick.

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Friday, April 29: 6:00 p.m. CT on ESPN and NFL Network. ESPN's coverage moves to ESPN 2 at 7:00 p.m. CT.
Each team has 7 minutes to submit their official pick.

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Saturday, April 30: 11:00 a.m. CT on ESPN and NFL Network.
Each team has 5 minutes to submit their official pick.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pigskin Champions

On this lovely spring day our thoughts, as usual, turn to football. Of course, there’s the NFL Draft coming up this Thursday, but we found this on YouTube — the only place this side of the Packers Hall of Fame that you can view this film. It’s “Pigskin Champions,” a 1937 sports short subject documentary directed by Charles G. Clarke. Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was a part of the "Pete Smith Specialties" series, and featured the then-World Champion Green Bay Packers in an exhibition of football skills.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Titletown District Construction

We spent last weekend in Green Bay at the Packerville, U.S.A. headquarters, and were able  to see that the team’s development of the Titletown District is getting started. To explain for the uninitiated, or for those who have forgotten, this is the huge new project on the 34-acre property now owned by the Packers that spreads westward along Lombardi Avenue towards Highway 41.

First, we’ll take a look at the renderings released by the Packers several months ago. Above shows how it will appear when looking east back towards Lambeau Field.

This is the view you’d get while standing on the upper concourse of Lambeau, looking west. The building at right with the “H” on it will be the new location of the Hinterland Restaurant and Brewery, which will move from their current location downtown. Not seen is the Bellin Health Sports Medicine Clinic and Lodge Kohler, a four-diamond high-end hotel.

This satellite view shows all of the area to be developed (the skinny portion to the left).

Above and below, a winter scene of the area with proposed skating pond in a 10-acre park-like setting. 

The same view of the scene from second photo at top, but in winter.

A fall scene, looking back towards Lambeau Field.

Another drawing, with Lambeau Field to the right. The top of the drawing is north.

An aerial photo of about half the site.

This is a shot that brings us to what we saw last weekend. At lower left, dirt is finally being moved at the Lodge Kohler site. This is the view from the upper Lambeau Field concourse, looking west.

Now, onto our photos. This is along Ridge Road, seen from the Lambeau Field parking lot. The construction fences are up, and so we had to scout out some position where we can take photos of the project from time to time through the next few years.

Looking westward through the fence gate. The Lodge Kohler site is to the immediate left.

Standing along the construction fence on Ridge Road.

Miron, who has been the builder through most of the Lambeau Field renovations, is apparently the main contractor for the Titletown District as well.

Looking the other direction (south) along Ridge Road.

Next time we visit the site, we should wear our Packers’ hard hat.

Above and below, looking at the site through the fence gate.

Above and below, the Kohler Company handles the construction of their facilities, so Mortensen Construction will be the contractor on their site.

Back at Lambeau Field, the refurbishment of the corporate suites continues. They were 13 years old, so a “fresh” look was due.

On a 74° day in Green Bay, the large piles of snow stubbornly hang on, but are just about gone. 

The scene on Brookwood Drive, which is the road where we normally walk to the stadium after parking. Looks like we’ll need a new route this season.

The same view, a bit closer. The construction trailer offices seen at left is where Lodge Kohler will be built.

Above and the next several shots: Views of the Lodge Kohler site as seen from Brookwood Drive.

We’ll be providing construction updates as we go along.

Other project details:

Bellin Health, official healthcare partner of the Packers, will operate the nearly 30,000 square-foot sports medicine facility. It will be geared toward injury prevention, performance improvement, injury treatment and therapy — and will include lab, x-ray and MRI; sports nutrition; sports psychology services.

Hinterland’s 20,000 square-foot facility will be nearly four times larger than their current Green Bay restaurant and brewery. The main floor brew pub and restaurant experience will pair farm-to-table culinary experiences. The brewery will produce 20,000 bottles annually and offer tours and tasting rooms for guests.

Lodge Kohler will be Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate Group’s fourth hotel, adding to The American Club and Inn on Woodlake in Kohler, Wis., and The Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Future tenants
Approximately 16 acres will be available for further development — retail, commercial and residential. Up to 70 townhouse homes may be constructed along Brookwood Drive.

Targeted completion is the fall of 2017 for the three initial components described above.

Development consultants
Sterling Project Development, a real estate advisory firm
ROSSETTI, a global architectural design and planning firm
Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, a firm that creates, redevelops, and operates parks, public spaces and neighborhood streetscapes

The Packers plan to invest approximately $65 million in the Titletown District. Cumulative initial investment by all parties between $120-130 million.