Team outing

As he has done in the past, Mike Sherman gave his team a break from a June minicamp practice. But this time he surprised everyone involved with the timing of the outing.<p>

"That even got us," said veteran guard Marco Rivera. "We kind of thought on Friday we'll go golfing, bowling or we'll go shoot paintguns again. So, he even surprised us. He kind of switched it up."

       The Packers were tentatively scheduled for a team outing for this Friday. But the coach took his team bowling today in an effort to build chemistry on a roster that probably will turn over by one-third this season.

       Sherman took the team bowling in his first season as head coach in 2000. In 2001, the Packers played paintball, and last June they went golfing.

"Every year is a new team," Rivera explained. "Nobody really knows each other. We see them in practice, but we don't know their names, or we know their names, but we don't know who these guys are.

"Coach brings us down here, we bowl and you see some of the younger guys with the older guys. They're cheering, high-fiving. We get to know them. They get to know us.

"That helps to build (chemistry), and come (training) camp in July, we know them and they're a part of the team."

       The Packers will resume practice on Thursday at 11 a.m. as scheduled, and will add a Friday practice at 10:30 a.m. The team will resume practice on Monday, June 9 at 11 a.m., June 10 at 11 a.m. and hold the final practice of minicamp June 11 at 10 a.m.

       Weather and field conditions permitting, practice will be held outside at Clarke Hinkle Field (open to the public), but otherwise will be held inside the Don Hutson Center (closed to the public).

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