Aaron Rodgers Says it Again – He Wants to Be a Packer for Life

Aaron Rodgers has long said that he hopes he’s able to finish his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, the team that drafted him in 2005 and the team for which he’s been the starting quarterback since 2008. But having had a front-row seat for his predecessor Brett Favre’s acrimonious departure from the franchise in the summer of 2008, Rodgers knows that’s in no way guaranteed, Jason Wilde of ESPN.com reports.

Nevertheless, Rodgers told Bill Simmons on HBO’s “Any Given Wednesday” that it’s important to him to finish his career in Green Bay.

“You look at two of my favorite players from my sports-watching lifetime, Derek Jeter and Kobe Bryant — and now Tim Duncan, who just retired — those are three amazing examples of guys who played the entire time [with the same team],” Rodgers told Simmons in an interview that was taped Tuesday.

“Their legacy, I think, gets made in those later years, when they’ve really proven to win championships and be at the top of their game: Derek to be one of the best shortstops of all time, one of the best Yankees of all time; Kobe, one of the best players, best Lakers of all time; and Tim, one of the best power forwards of all time.

“But later in their career, they stay with the same team, they stick it out. … I think there’s a lot to be said about finishing your legacy off the right way with one team and it’d be nice to be able to do that.”

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Discusses Concussions On #AnyGivenWednesday

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Watch as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers talks about the issues surrounding concussions in today’s NFL on the HBO show #AnyGivenWednesday hosted by Bill Simmons.

What if the Packers Logo Went Pokémon Style?

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Ever wonder what would happen if the NFL went Pokémon style with their logos?

Well, with the new sensation Pokémon Go hitting the market, Daily Snark put out all the NFL teams if their logos were done in the style of Pokémon – with the Packers instead of being the Packers being known as the Green Bay Pikas.

Here’s the complete list of teams at the link HERE

Packers Have to Learn from Mistakes of 2015; Not Repeat Them

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The Packers are still a force in the NFC and the NFC North, but there’s plenty to do as they get ready for training camp at the end of July if they are going to be booking a trip the Super Bowl in February.

Last season the team got off to a red hot 6-0 start before a bad loss against the eventual Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, but then never really regained that fire from early in the season as they wrapped up 2015 with a 10-6 record.

The team went 4-6 after that hot start, and easily could have went 1-5 if it were not for the late miracle in Detroit when the team pulled off a win on the final play of the game.

Green Bay couldn’t even win the NFC North as the Viking swooped in and won the division in the last game of the regular season with a 20-13 win in Lambeau Field on the final Sunday night of the year.

Because of that, the Pack had to play at Washington in the wild card round, and while they beat the NFC East Champion Redskins, they then didn’t have enough to close out the Cardinals, losing in the Divisional Round in Arizona.

The team is still in the mix to win the division, as Betfair Casino New Jersey has the team at 5-8 to win the North, but some feel that the way the Vikings finished the season was a sign of things to come, as they are listed at 5-2 to win the North.

The other two teams in the division, the Bears and Vikings, are listed at 8-1, but both teams seem to be almost in rebuild mode at this point.

The Pack can’t fall asleep again after a hot start in 2016. With Aaron Rodgers in his prime, and the return of wide out Jordy Nelson, this team still has the look of a champion.

Now if they can avoid issues like early injuries and playing down to the competition remains to be seen, but for now, the team has to take the lessons of 2015 and learn from them, not allow them to haunt them again this season.

Off the Top: Vigorish Explained

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The vigorish, or “vig,” is a term used in sports betting to describe the theoretical advantage a professional bookmaker has when taking any wager from a bettor. Similar in concept to a commission, the vigorish exists to ensure the business of oddsmaking is profitable as well as to protect the bookmakers themselves from sudden ruin in the event of an unlikely outcome.

Vigorish Listing

The vigorish represents the mathematical edge that bookmakers create as a long term insurance policy, and is typically expressed bookmakers as a percentage. The percentage can commonly range from 2 to 5 percent, and is taken from the winning side’s share when the successful bets are paid out. For instance, the Packers are one of the most popular NFL teams to sweat for Wisconsin sports betting fans. If an event were to draw 10,000 dollars in wagers from both sides to create a $20,000 pool with a 2 percent vigorish in place, the winners would be paid a total of $18,000 while the bookmaker turned a profit of $2,000 regardless of the winning side.

Vigorish Against the Spread

Betting against the spread, or against a predetermined margin of victory, is the most common form of wagering on team sports such as basketball or football because it can often make wagering on both teams equally attractive to bettors. The industry standard for bets against the spread is shown as -110, meaning that for every $110 you stake you stand to win $100 with a successful bet, and the extra $10 is kept by the bookmaker as vigorish.

Money Line Vigorish

Low scoring games such as hockey and soccer as well as combat and individual sports more often use the money line system. These bets simply require a wagerer to correctly predict a winner, and the bet is structured to pay out according to the participants’ respective chances at winning. Money line bets will typically be rendered with the favorite rated as -100 or less and the less favored side rated at +100 or more. This means that a bettor will have to risk the listed amount on the favorite to win $100 and a bet of $100 on the less favored side will net the listed amount in the event of a successful wager.

Parlay Vigorish

Instead of taking vigorish on each game or match within a multiple-event parlay bet, bookmakers apply vigorish to these bets by lowering the payout overall as compared to an individual wager on each event. For example, if the odds of a bettor correctly predicting 3 games at random is 7-to-1, the parlay will pay out at 6-to-1 odds and reserve the extra payout. This ratio grows even more favorable to the bookmaker as more events are added and the chance of a winning wager approaches the astronomical.

Vigorish is a form of protection that helps ensure bookmakers can pay winning wagerers as well as keep their operations running smoothly. While it may be true the house always retains the edge, by intelligently navigating the realities of vigorish, players can get the most favorable odds at as low a personal risk as possible.

Packers Have Work to Do to Remain a Favorite in the NFC In 2016

The Packers are coming off yet another playoff season, but 2015 overall was a bit of a downer, as the team was able to make the playoffs, win a playoff game in Washington, but blew a great chance to reach the NFC Title Game as they lost in the divisional round to the Arizona Cardinals after forgetting to cover Larry Fitzgerald in overtime.

Now that it’s all said and done, the Packers window to get back to the Super Bowl is still open, but the team has plenty to do this offseason if they want to get back to the big dance, a place they have not been since beating the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in February 2011.

As of the time of writing, the team currently is 12/1 to win the Super Bowl according to William Hill. Only the NFC Champion Panthers and the Seahawks have better odds, as both are listed right now at 10/1 to win Super Bowl XLI in February of 2017.

While the Pack will be looked upon as again a contender in the NFC, they as a team will have to look within to sign some of their free agents that will hit the market in just over a week.

Those players include: Mason Crosby, B.J. Raji, James Jones, John Kuhn, Michael Neal, Sean Richardson and Nick Perry. Here’s a complete list of the free agents for the Packers – FREE AGENTS.

The team will also need to address a couple positions, including inside linebacker, running back, nose tackle, tight end and punter. It will be a complicated offseason for the Pack, but if this team wants to make another run in the NFC next season, they will need to address these issues and make sure to be ready to go opening day 2016.

Packers to Play Indianapolis in Annual NFL Hall of Fame Game in August

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Packer fans will have even more reason to go to Canton, Ohio to see Bret Favre get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as it’s stated that the Packers and Colts, who also have a presence in this year’s Hall of Fame Class, will do battle in the annual Hall of Fame Game to be played on August 7th.

Packers CB Casey Hayward Will ‘Probably’ Test the Free Agent Market

Packers cornerback Casey Hayward says he will “probably” test the free agent market this offseason according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

The 26-year-old Heyward, a 2012 second-round draft pick for the Packers out of Vanderbilt, started 13-of-18 games for the Packers in 2015 and graded out as the team’s No.1 cover corner according to Pro Football Focus.

Heyward was used primarily in the slot and may be looking for a job as an outside corner. After GM Ted Thompson drafted cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins in the first and second rounds last year, the Packers are in okay shape with those two and Sam Shields should Hayward leave for greener pastures in 2016.