According to this story by Don Walker, Mike McCarthy has fired a 22-year veteran of the Packers maintenance crew because, according to the team, the worker had the temerity to say “don’t lay an egg” to McCarthy before the Vikings game. The worker, Mike Wood, denies saying this, claiming instead that he said “let’s get the boys ready to kick some butt this weekend.”
I don’t know who to believe. On the one hand, does anyone ever use the phrase “kick some butt” anymore? I can see “kick some ass” or something along those lines but I don’t think I’ve heard anyone say “kick some butt” since 1982. On the other hand, there is no one in the story who confirms the Packers’ account.
For argument’s sake, let’s assume the guy said some version of what McCarthy thought he heard. Maybe something like: “Don’t let the boys lay an egg this weekend, let’s get them ready to kick some ass.”
Is that really worth firing someone who has worked for the team for two decades? That is crazy – and looks even worse since the Packers did, in fact, go out and lay and egg November 1.
The irony should be obvious to even the most casual observer.
On the one hand, McCarthy says publicly that special teams coach Shawn Slocum, whose unit has performed poorly all year and largely cost the Packers their last two games, “has done a good job.” And Mike Wood, whose 22 years with the Packers suggest he probably really has done a good job, is fired for making (or not making) a wisecrack?
I don’t think this story ends well for Coach Mangini, er, McCarthy.
How disrespected are the Packers now? I was listening to Sirius NFL Radio on my drive in the other day and squeezed in between their hours of discussion devoted to the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers they managed to preview the Cowboys-Packers game.
It was depressing.
The commentators — I think it was Bryan McGovern and Gil Brandt — wondered aloud whether this might be a “trap” game for the Cowboys. That is, coming off a big victory against Philadelphia, the Cowboys might be so confident about a win this weekend in Green Bay that they would overlook the Packers and lose.
Two months ago, the Packers were being discussed seriously as a potential NFC champion. Now, after two losses to the Vikings and last week’s defeat at Tampa, they are considered so weak that teams could look beyond them to future games.