Last year around this time, the Packers were in the middle of a playoff run when ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio came across a video of Aaron Rodgers not signing an autograph for a fan. Florio then went full out character assassin on the matter, and while he eventually took back a lot of what he said about Aaron Rodgers "needing to learn where his money comes from", the backlash to Florio was still strong. I swore off reading PFT ever again at the time, but just like Florio I've come back on my claims and once again regularly read the site. I think a lot of people are always going to despise Florio not for who he is but what he is - a normal dude that became a star by blogging about football. It's a dream that all of us have had, but only he was lucky enough to get a meeting with the devil to exchange him his soul.
Nevertheless, at the time the article Florio wrote came out I was so outraged that I created a site ProFootballTrash.com, and the intention was to slam Florio once or twice a week until I got his attention. That never happened and I only wrote on the site twice, but I bring it up again because the domain registration is set to expire next month and I am not spending the $10 again to keep the name. So, I will post the article that I wrote as "ProFootballTrash" here on The Bucky Channel, as (despite popular opinion) I am going to re-up on the domain fee to keep TBC alive. Enjoy this article from January 17th, 2011...
With the Green Bay Packers going into Chicago this week as favorites in the NFC Championship Game, Packers fans are feeling pretty good about their first trip to the Super Bowl since 1966 (or maybe they've been there since, I'm not sure, I'm not that big into fact checking). Packers fans are worried however, because of the terrible news that came out regarding Aaron Rodgers this week. The rumor that Aaron Rodgers hates cancer patients has been around since he first entered the NFL. Hell, it's the reason San Francisco didn't draft him. But this notion that he hated cancer has never been confirmed. Finally though, WBAY-TV out of Green Bay caught Rodgers - ON TAPE!!! - walking past someone wearing all pink and refusing to stop to say hello, refusing to sign her hat, declining to take her out to see the new Vince Vaughn movie, and most regrettably of all, refusing to cure her cancer. Rodgers has been busted for the cancer patient hater that he is.
Since this horrible display, reports from all over Green Bay have Rodgers ignoring people with cancer. "I went to the grocery store the other day, and Rodgers neglected to say hi to me," confesses Bob Hermandale of Ashwaubenon. "I was at one end of the aisle, wearing a pink button in support of cancer, as I am a lung cancer survivor from a few years back. Rodgers was at the end of the aisle, and he refused to come and approach me. Once Jan's (Cavanaugh) story came out, I knew I wasn't alone."
Alone Bob wasn't.
Take the story of Kenechi Udeze, former first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings who retired from the Vikings in 2009 because of the aftereffects of his treatment for ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). "Even though I'm retired from the NFL, I still consider myself a Viking," Udeze may or may not have ever said in his life. "I met Rodgers a few times when the Vikings would play the Packers, and once he found out I had cancer, he never talked to me again. Then this year, he went out and beat my old teammates and friends not once, but twice! He knew I was rooting for Minnesota, and since I had cancer, he should have done anything in his power to make me happy."
Now, I know that I consider myself a journalist, but instead of just reporting on the facts I'm also going to inject some opinion into my story. Look, nobody likes cancer. It's terrible. It's probably the worst thing in the world. It tears families apart, and good people die way too young from it. That we all know. But that fact that a non-cancer victim is so blatantly ignoring a cancer victim that just wants to get her hat signed is the worst thing in the world, dare I say, even worse than cancer!
I also know that Rodgers has done some good in the community, and the mere fact that I mention this might contradict things I've previously said, but that's in the past. You want accolades for helping donate your time and money to people with cancer, especially children. What do you want to me say, "You want a cookie or something?"
Bottom line here? I saw how popular Aaron Rodgers became after his win against the Falcons, and I am deciding to tear him down a peg. That's what we do here in America. We get successful in life by tearing down others. Once people hate Rodgers again, then I will defend him. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a Scrooge McDuck style vault in my backyard full of gold coins I need to swim in, and further distance myself from reality.
And thus the ProFootballTrash.com experiment comes to an end.