On a bright and balmy evening at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers faced off in a pre-season game.
Green Bay won the game, 21-to-10.
Many questions have begun to get answered today as the Packers, along with the other NFL teams, started to cut down their rosters. In the off season, teams bloat to as many as 90 players. Today the teams shrank to 75 players. On September 3rd, the final roster will be down to 53.
And that’s when I realized the preseason is for breaking hearts. Within two weeks, Coach Mike McCarthy has to cut the size of his team in half.
Coach McCarthy is now in the speed-round portion of staffing cuts. Men will leave Green Bay without a contract or a rose or a promise of any kind. McCarthy says that “releasing” a player is the hardest part of this business, in true NFL-speak. In other words, its tough to let a player go.
The best part about football and sports in general is that we don’t know how a season will play out until it does. It’s real life drama in real time.
So enjoy this moment, Packer fans, when everything still has potential.
My favorite part of the pre-season game was the interview with Packers guard T.J. Lang. This offensive lineman has pro bowl numbers, but he’s often overlooked, as ESPN pointed out this summer.
Lang sat down for a half time interview with the NFL Network in his shower shoes. Seriously? Wisconsin is super casual, but is this a thing? Do grown men wear shower shoes to interviews? This was NOT a locker room Q&A, by the way.
I did pay attention to what Lang was saying. And his trademark plain spokenness won me over.
Lang said, “I’d rather be known as the underrated guy than as the overrated guy.”
I think shower shoes just hammer home that point.