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Same old story for Packers

By Michael Hunt

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

PHILADELPHIA -- There is nothing more to say about the 2005 Green Bay Packers because, 11 games into this absurd exercise in redundancy, they give you absolutely nothing except varying degrees of the same brain-anesthetizing, meaningless shtick.

They keep it semi-interesting into the fourth quarter against fill-in-the-blank opponent. (OK, it was Philadelphia on Sunday. Doesn't matter.)

They find a way to mess up a critical play because fill-in-the-blank injured player wasn't available and some fill-in-the-blank guy off the street couldn't get it done.

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And then they play just well/poor enough to find a way to lose against a fill-in-the-blank quarterback. (Mike McMahon, Joey Harrington, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson.)

Enough. No more. Give us a call (but not when we're busy, like in the middle of a press conference or something) when you have something new, different or mildly amusing to offer.

No more mention of the E-word again, Mike Sherman. Do not speak of effort for what is left of this pointless season. Injuries? Again, no one cares. Ask New England. That little nametag-in-the-huddle routine will only get you so far in the NFL. We're going on, what, Week 13 now, and this whole thing has gone way past whatever stage is past tedious.

The NFL is the last bastion of performance-based employment opportunity in professional sports. Play hard and get paid really well, or get cut.

"Guys are playing for jobs," Brett Favre said. "If they don't pick it up, they'll be out of a job before too long."

Oh, goody. Let us know when you make a decision.

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