Packers unveil wild throwback uniform that's all green plus FBI now involved in Deshaun Watson case

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Hardin discusses FBI investigation in Deshaun Watson case

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Packers unveil wild throwback uniform that's all green plus FBI now involved in Deshaun Watson case

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I don't usually plan my entire life around preseason football, but I'm going to this weekend. For the first and only time all year, there will be FIVE STRAIGHT DAYS of football. 

Will all my friends stop talking to me when they find out I canceled our weekend plans to watch preseason football? Probably, but it's a risk I'm willing to take. 

The preseason fun starts tonight with the Patriots traveling to Philadelphia (7:30 p.m. ET, NFLN). This should be an exciting game and that's mostly because not only will we get to see the continued QB battle between Cam Newton and Mac Jones, but we'll also get to see Jalen Hurts get some serious playing time for the Eagles. I will put my 1-0 preseason picking record on the line by taking New England to win 20-17.

After tonight, there will be two games on Friday, followed by 10 games on Saturday, two games on Sunday and one game on Monday. Again, that's FIVE STRAIGHT DAYS. That's enough preseason talk for now though, let's get to the rundown where we'll take a look at the Packers new throwback uniform and we'll also unveil our All-NFC South team. 

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It's officially "Nerd Week" on the Pick Six podcast, which is our way of saying this is the week where we bring people on the show who are smarter than us. For today's show, Will Brinson was joined by R.J. White of SportsLine.com and the two took a deep dive into the AFC and NFC South. Using analytical data, the two made predictions on the win totals for each team in both divisions and they also tried to figure out how each division will play out. 

In the AFC South, R.J. is all over the Titans. Tennessee has an over/under of 9.5 and White is going to pound the over and he doesn't care whether the Colts have Carson Wentz or not.  

"I would take the over either way," White said. "I liked it already. I thought [the Titans] were going to win 11 games or so when we knew Carson Wentz was healthy. If Wentz misses one of their matchups, then I give them 12. We'll see if that makes a big difference, but I would take them either way."

The Colts and Titans play each other in Week 3, so there's definitely a chance that Wentz could miss the game. Although the Colts are optimistic that he'll be back on the field sooner rather than later -- and there's even a chance he could be ready for the opener -- he could miss the first month of the season if he comes back just halfway through that five to 12 week recovery timeline he was given a few weeks ago (If he's out the full 12 weeks, he wouldn't return until Week 8). 

As for the NFC South, White is high on the Saints, despite the loss of Drew Brees. White thinks Jameis Winston gives them a better chance to win this year than Taysom Hill and if Winston is the starter, White thinks the Saints will go over/under total of nine wins. 

"Yea, Brees is gone, but his absence didn't slow the Saints down the past couple of years," White said. "They went 8-1 with backup quarterbacks [over the past two seasons]. They have an excellent offensive line. They had an excellent defense last year -- they lost a few pieces -- but have players like Cam Jordan, DeMario Davis, Marshon Lattimore, that keeps their floor high, so they're not going to fall apart on defense. I think you're really betting on Sean Payton here.... He should be able to get to 10 wins with this roster."

How do Brinson and White feel about the other NFC South teams? You'll have to listen to find out. 

To listen to today's episode -- and to subscribe to the best daily NFL podcast out there -- be sure to click here

The Packers have apparently decided to take the "Green" part of "Green Bay" extra seriously this year and we know that because they unveiled a new throwback uniform on Thursday that's ALL GREEN. The Packers have worn throwback uniforms before, but surprisingly, this will mark the first time that they've worn a throwback uniform that includes any green. 

Over the past 30 years, whenever the Packers have worn throwback uniforms, they've thrown back to their old Acme Packers uniforms, which are are blue and gold. 

Here are a few details on this year's throwback, which is definitely not blue and gold: 

You can see pictures of the new uniform by clicking here and if you do click over, the first thing you'll probably notice is that it looks like the Packers are borrowing their new uniform from the Oregon Ducks

It's not clear how many times the Packers will be wearing their new throwback, but we do know that the uniform will be making its debut on Oct. 24 in a Week 7 home game against Washington

When Aaron Rodgers held his first press conference of training camp back on July 28, he casually mentioned that he had thought about retiring instead of playing for the Packers this year. 

So how close was he to actually retiring? 

The Packers quarterback offered a few more details on the Dan Le Batard & Friends Podcast this week and apparently, he was on the fence about retiring until the last possible second

"I mean, I felt going into the weekend before camp that I was 50/50," Rodgers said. "I don't care if people don't believe that. That's true. There were some things that got me to 50/50 for sure, and you know I spent a couple of days in silence and meditation and contemplation and really felt like that I should come back. There's a lot of opportunities for growth and exciting things in Green Bay and that felt like the right thing to do."

Also, he gets to wear those sweet new throwback uniforms and I'm not saying that's why he came back, but getting a chance to wear an awesome new uniform would definitely be enough to lure me back. 

As for when you'll get to see Rodgers play in a game, that won't be coming until Week 1 because the Packers have decided that he won't be taking any snaps during the preseason. 

If you're wondering how good the Buccaneers are going to be this year, all you have to do is take a look at our All-NFC South team. Jared Dubin went through all four rosters in the division to create one Super Team that consisted of 27 players (12 on offense, 12 on defense plus three special teams). Of the 27 players on the All-NFC South team, SIXTEEN OF THEM came from Tampa Bay. 

With that in mind, let's take a look at the offense for the NFC South's all-division team, which features six Buccaneers players: 

The Panthers had the fewest players on the All-Division team with just four, including McCaffrey, who is listed above. 

If you want to see the defensive side -- or the specialists -- on the NFC South's All-Division team, then be sure to click here

With less than four weeks to go until the start of the NFL season, Deshaun Watson's football future is still up in the air and it's starting to look like his case won't be figured out anytime soon after it took another twist on Wednesday. 

The FBI is now involved in the investigation, however, it's still unclear what their role is. Watson is currently facing 22 separate civil lawsuits that all allege sexual misconduct and/or assault and the man representing those 22 women, Tony Buzbee, says that the FBI is involved in the case because they're investigating Watson. 

"He said to me [the FBI agent], he's like, 'look, what I've heard is that most of the reachouts occurred via the internet which creates jurisdiction for us,'" Buzbee told Amy Dash of LeagueofJustice.com. "But then I understand there were these two women that were from out of state, which obviously creates more jurisdiction as well."

Basically, if Watson reached out to the women over the internet trying to solicit sex, then the FBI would get involved. However, like everything in this case, there's two sides to the story. 

Watson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, confirmed that the FBI is now involved in the investigation, but he says it has nothing to do with Watson. According to Hardin, the FBI is only investigating the case to try and figure out if one of Watson's accusers tried to extort him. 

"In April, the FBI came to us and told us they were investigating a matter as to whether one of Mr. [Tony] Buzbee's clients had committed extortion in the way they were demanding money from Deshaun or what they would do if they didn't pay it," Hardin said in a news conference on Wednesday, via ESPN.com.

According to Hardin, the FBI definitely wasn't investigating Watson as Buzbee claims. 

"We were not the ones who contacted them; they contacted us," Hardin said. "We talked to [the FBI]. We even let them interview Deshaun -- and if y'all can find a lawyer that will let his client talk to the FBI if the lawyer had thought his client had done anything wrong or had any exposure, then I'll be very, very surprised."

As the season gets closer and closer, it's becoming much harder to see Watson playing this year. The Texans are going to have a hard time pulling off a trade as it is, but when you add a possible FBI investigation, that's going to scare teams away. It's starting to feel like the only way the QB will play this season is if he somehow settles all 22 cases over the next four weeks. 

It's been a busy 24 hours in the NFL and since it's nearly impossible to keep track of everything that happened, I went ahead and put together a roundup for you. 

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Ross Chambless: When the Great Salt Lake we know is gone, what shall we name it?

The Root 19 August, 2021 - 09:30am

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Boats no longer able to leave the Great Salt Lake Marina due to extremely low water conditions, are removed and placed in dry dock as seen on Friday, July 9, 2021.

I recently visited the Natural History Museum of Utah with my daughter where they have an exhibit about the Great Salt Lake. A display lets kids crank a handle to fill up a miniature model of our Salt Lake valley with water to visualize the historic high levels of the lake.

As my curious 6-year-old cranked the water in like rain, she and I were fascinated to imagine how much greater the Great Salt Lake once was.

More than 20,000 years ago the lake (or technically, its shoreline) had a different name – Stansbury Lake, according to geomorphologists. It gradually swelled to its peak size, becoming Lake Bonneville, between 16,000 and 14,500 years ago. It then covered almost a quarter of Utah and reached depths of 1,000 feet in some places. Most of our homes in the Salt Lake valley would have been submerged, except for those lucky few along the upper foothills with “beachfront” property. The imprint of the shoreline can still be seen today.

Lake Bonneville disappeared rather catastrophically when a sandstone embankment at Red Rock Pass, Idaho, suddenly gave way. Scientists estimate the breach spewed at a violent rate of 15 million cubic feet every second, flowing into the Pacific Ocean via the Snake and Columbia Rivers. In just a few weeks the massive lake dropped more than 300 feet.

In the following centuries, the lake stabilized at its Provo shoreline level at just over 4,700 feet above sea level, the level of Foothill Drive in Salt Lake City. A couple of centuries later, the lake level shrunk further, fluctuating at levels similar to today but with the West Desert flooded. At this stage, 10,000 years ago, it was named Lake Gilbert. We know the first Utahns, people of the Pleistocene, experienced the Gilbert Episode when they weren’t hunting mammoths and saber-tooth tigers to extinction.

Now in 2021, the Great Salt Lake has shrunk to its lowest level ever, below 4,191.35 feet above sea level. Since the Mormon pioneers arrived in 1847, it has dropped 11 feet and shrunk by a third in size.

If we account for all the factors draining it away — our agricultural choices, lawns and golf courses and drinking water, compounded by drought and climate change — what does the disappearing lake mean for us, as modern Utahns?

At its new emasculated level, maybe it is time to give the lake a new name. Because it’s not seeming so “Great” anymore.

Natural events and a changing climate have always affected the lake. But even with our current climate crisis and drought, allowing the lake to wither and die is a policy decision. If the lake vanishes, that’s on us. And it will have devastating consequences for our children. Like my daughter.

A third of the lake’s water comes from precipitation, while two-thirds of it comes from the three rivers that feed it — the Bear, the Weber and the Jordan rivers. The more we’ve drawn from those rivers the more the lake vanishes. And if more diversions occur on the Bear River for a growing Wasatch Front population, it could mark the endgame for the lake.

Our water use mindset of “beneficial use” has gotten us here. The prevailing attitude has been that any water that has reached the lake was wasted — not “beneficial” for humans. So, let’s redefine “beneficial.”

The Great Salt Lake did not just give our capital city its name. It has a significant and underappreciated impact on our collective well-being. It provides billions of dollars in resources for the minerals industry, brine shrimp harvesters and recreationists. It supports a critical migratory bird ecosystem. It feeds our annual snowpack. It prevents toxic dust storms from occurring. It gives us awe-inspiring views.

We must have a long-term perspective. The decisions we make now could preserve the lake for our children, and their children. All of us who benefit from the lake in one way or another need to think seriously about what the lake means to us, and what it will mean when it’s gone. Because when it is gone, it will need a new name.

Ross Chambless lives in Great Salt Lake City and works for the Utah House of Representatives.

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