The Packers placed five players on the NFC Pro Bowl squad announced Tuesday night including Greg Jennings making the team for the first time. After a slow start, Jennings has been one of the league's most productive receivers the past two weeks ranking behind only Roddy White of Atlanta in NFC receiving yards. Chad Clifton made the team for the second time in his career as a backup tackle. Green Bay will have three defensive starters, Clay Matthews for the second straight year, joining John Brockington as the only Packers to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons. Nick Collins will be at safety for a third straight year, LeRoy Butler was the last Packer to do that and Charles Woodson returns for a 7th Pro Bowl apperance. He leads the team with five forced fumbles this season. Getting spurned was quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the league's 4th leading passer and Tramon Williams with a career high 6 interceptions this year. Both are first alternates. AJ Hawk, BJ Raji, Donald Driver and Josh Sitton are also NFC alternates.
Playoff road map set
With New Orleans winning Monday night, the Packers realized the best they could do in the NFC Playoff field would be entering as a Wild Card and number 6 seed. When the Vikings defeated the Eagles 24-14 last night, it propelled the Chicago Bears to the number 2 seed giving them a first round bye. The game also locked in Philadelphia as the number three seed. So if the Packers win and get in, they'll open the playoffs at Lincoln Financial Field next weekend, likely on Sunday considering Philly would be playing its third game in less than 2 weeks. If the Packers get past the Eagles, they would then have to play the top seed, probably the Atlanta Falcons at the Georiga dome in the Divisional Round.
Bucks miss again
The Milwaukee Bucks are the NBA's worst shooting team and Tuesday night, they missed 68 percent of the time in falling to the Bulls in Chicago 90-77. Milwaukee led 45-44 at the half but the poor shooting prevented them from ever making at run at the Central Division leaders. John Salmons led the Bucks with 18. Milwaukee (12-18) returns home to meet Dallas at the Bradley Center on New Year's night.
Phoenix women win big
The UW Green Bay women, ranked 21st in the coaches poll, wrapped up their non-conference schedule Tuesday night with a 70-53 victory over South Dakota at the Kress Events Center. Lydia Bauer led the Phoenix with 15 points off the bench, Celeste Hoewisch added 10 and every player who got into the game scored. GB led 38-19 at the half, held South Dakota to 38 percent shooting and forced 30 turnovers. Head Coach Matt Bollant said the final 8 minutes got a bit sloppy but he'll take the 11-1 record heading into the Horizon League schedule which opens Friday night with Detroit coming to the Kress.
Badgers open Big 10 with big win
The 24th ranked Wisconsin Badgers began conference play at the Kohl Center hosting 14th ranked Minnesota Tuesday night. The game was close throughout until Jordan Taylor and Jon Leuer made several key plays down the stretch in Wisconsin's 68-64 victory. Taylor finished with 22 points while Leuer added 16 for the Badgers now 11-2 on the season.