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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Fight night in GB

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

By the looks of it, I missed a pretty entertaining practice in Green Bay by one day. I'm scheduled to arrive there Wednesday and attend Thursday's practice. But Tuesday evening's affair was highlighted by a series of fights and intensity that left experienced observers rolling through their mental files.

Longtime Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky called it "perhaps the most spirited Packers training camp practice in more than a decade." Fights included multiple matchups between linebacker Desmond Bishop and center Jason Spitz. Coach Mike McCarthy stopped practice to chastise players for hitting after the whistle, but another brawl soon erupted after linebacker Brady Poppinga hit running back Kregg Lumpkin.

McCarthy: "I'll say this, and I probably shouldn't say it, but we were 6-10 last year, and we didn't have a ... fight all of training camp. So, I guess we're off to a hell of a start."

I can attest to the relatively tame camp the Packers had last year. Fights on their own don't help build a team, but the intensity and aggressiveness that leads up to them can be habit-forming.

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