Packers notebook

McCarthy impressed with Rodgers' offseason; Favre to be on Late Show; Milwaukee ticket holders get big games

For all the innuendoes in recent weeks of Brett Favre's doing an about-face and un-retiring, quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn't been looking over his shoulder to see whether his predecessor comes walking back into the team's Lambeau Field locker room.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers has been preparing since Green Bay started its offseason workouts March 17 as though he will be the starter come opening day in September.

"I think Aaron has a very good head on his shoulders," McCarthy said. "He's going through the quarterback school. He's doing a great job from a leadership standpoint. In his strength and conditioning program, he's doing a great job himself. He's just really focused on this opportunity. This is a tremendous opportunity for Aaron. He has put a lot into this opportunity, and he's going to take full advantage of it."

Favre to appear on Letterman show
Perhaps Rodgers will know for sure that Favre isn't coming back when the league's only three-time MVP makes a rare appearance on a nationally televised talk show.

Favre is scheduled to be a guest on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on April 24. Favre reportedly will be in New York City for an NFL promotional appearance that day.

Favre's only other appearance on Letterman's show was in 1997 after the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI.

Green Package ticket holders get luck of the draw
Controversy arose in Green Bay when the NFL released the 2008 schedule April 15.

To the so-called Milwaukee season-ticket holders who are entitled to two regular-season games each season after the team stopped playing games there in the mid-1990s went the spoils of a pair of marquee matchups at Lambeau Field. The schedule worked in their favor with the annually designated home games 2 and 5 being a Sunday night clash with Dallas on Sept. 21 and the showdown with rival Chicago on Nov. 16.

New Packers president Mark Murphy said the team couldn't make a request with the league for how the games were divvied up between Green Package ticket holders and Gold Package (Milwaukee) ticket holders.

"That's something you really don't have a lot of control over," Murphy said. "I know going back a few years one of the things that (retired president) Bob (Harlan) had talked to the league office about was trying not to have the Milwaukee games in the evening because of the travel. But, I think with the attractiveness of the Packers now and some of the changes with the scheduling at the league level, that really has gone by the wayside."

Of the six games for the traditional season-ticket holders in the Green Package, the only appealing date is Oct. 19 against Indianapolis.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We had a very successful year last year. We were a play away from the Super Bowl. I think there's a lot of interest in our team. You look at the ratings that the Packers have produced over the years, I think those are all factors."
-- New team president Mark Murphy on the Packers' getting maximum TV exposure for the 2008 season with four prime-time games and two others in the Sunday late-afternoon national slot.

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