NFC North: Maria Menounos

Just what you all wanted: NFC North blog readers will be treated to another week of "Dancing with the Stars" coverage.

(Don't like it? I'll be happy to bring back hourly Minnesota Vikings stadium updates.)

As you would most likely know by now if "DWTS" interests you, Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver has advanced to the finals of the ABC reality show. (I'm still a little confused how three celebrities remain in play after a four-person semifinal round, but maybe I'm overthinking it.)

After bidding farewell to the plucky Maria Menounos, Driver will compete against fellow celebrities William Levy and Katherine Jenkins next week for the "DWTS" title.

From a football standpoint, Driver's additional week on the show has probably delayed any resolution to his future with the Packers. Green Bay begins organized team activities next Monday, as Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com points out, but Driver will still be in competition at that point.
So, as Lynn Hoppes notes over at ESPN Playbook, "Dancing with the Stars" moves to into its semifinal round Monday night on ABC. That means Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver is one of four contestants vying for the title, which means it's time to start paying attention to "DWTS" as far as I'm concerned.

If I can't wrest control of the remote Monday night, I'll do so ASAP and follow up at some point Tuesday. Driver is competing against opera singer Katherine Jenkins, actor William Levy and TV host Maria Menounos. (My extensive research on Levy reveals he is more frequently referred to as a "Latin heartthrob" but I just have no idea what that means.)

It sounds as if the Packers will be well-represented in the audience Monday night. According to Driver's verified Twitter feed, those scheduled to attend include coach Mike McCarthy, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, linebacker Clay Matthews, receivers coach Edgar Bennett and Rob Davis, the Packers' director of player development. Hopefully Rodgers can break away from his intensive training for the evening.

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