GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Little kids weren't the only ones breaking out their No. 12 jerseys for Aaron Rodgers Day.
Green Bay Packers offensive linemen Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Jeff Saturday, Marshall Newhouse and tight end Ryan Taylor showed up for Wednesday's practice wearing Rodgers jerseys. The Wisconsin Legislature had designated Dec. 12, 2012, as Aaron Rodgers Day in honor of the Super Bowl winner and last year's MVP, and students and workers throughout the state were encouraged to celebrate by wearing his jersey.
``We had some fun with it today,'' said Lang, who may or may not have been the ring leader for the caper. ``He was a good sport about it. He just laughed. He got a kick out of it.
``We like to poke at him as much as we can - there are not very many opportunities for that, for him being as sensitive as he usually is,'' Lang added. ``So we had some fun with it.''
The players wore their No. 12 jerseys for the first few minutes of practice, long enough for Rodgers - and everyone else - to notice. They then put their own back on.
``(I want) to thank my teammates for wearing my jersey for 20 minutes, and getting scared and taking it off,'' Rodgers said.
Rodgers doesn't normally like to be singled out, but said the proclamation was a ``great honor.'' He was even happier that it turned into a fundraiser for the MACC Fund, his favorite charity. Fans were encouraged to donate $12 to the MACC Fund, which is dedicated to fighting childhood cancer.
``It is a special thing,'' he said. ``This is something that will probably only happen once in my lifetime so I appreciate it.''
With their 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, the Capitals' playoff future is starting to come into focus. Washington has only one game remaining and can finish in either third or fourth in the round robin standings. That limits the number of possible playoff opponents for the Caps when the games really start to matter.
First, before talking about who the Caps may play, it is important to remember why. Under the NHL's regular format, a normal year would see teams advance in a bracket, meaning each team knows going in they will be playing the winner of a specific matchup if they advance. This year, the NHL is going back to its old format of re-seeding after each round. This makes determining matchups a bit harder to figure out.
Here's what we know. The Caps are going to finish in the bottom half of the round robin meaning they will play one of the highest two seeded teams coming out of the qualifying round. The Carolina Hurricanes swept their qualifying round series against the New York Rangers. As the No. 6 seed coming in, Carolina is going to be one of the top two qualifying round teams.
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Washington's final seed will be determined by Sunday's game against the Boston Bruins. A win in regulation, overtime or a shootout will mean the Caps are No. 3, while a loss in any fashion will bump them down to No. 4.
The simplest scenario for Washington is that If the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to win their series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Caps are guaranteed to play either Pittsburgh or Carolina as the No. 5 and 6 seeds, respectively. It gets a little trickier if the Penguins lose. If that happens, the Hurricanes become the top qualifying team and will play No. 4. The top team behind them then becomes No. 6 which, as of now, could be the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs or the Columbus Blue Jackets.
So a rematch with the Hurricanes is a definite possibility for the Caps, as is a matchup with the rival Penguins.
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Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, have announced the formation of a new organization called 'Nats for Masks' that will help provide masks to underprivileged and at-risk populations in DMV area.
As part of the initiative, the Scherzers will auction off some of their personal collection of memorabilia to support COVID-19 relief efforts in the DMV. Some of the auction items available included autographed game-used jerseys, caps, and even Max’s 2019 All-Star Game nameplate.
Giving back to the community is nothing new to the Scherzer family. As animal lovers, back in 2017 during the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Scherzer’s rallied to cover adoption fees for all animals at the Washington-based Humane Rescue Alliance in order to make space for animals brought in from Houston.
Erica is also on the Board of Directors of the Humane Rescue Alliance, and Max has also contributed in the past in a PSA to raise awareness for the shelter.
As if we needed another reason to adore the Scherzer family and what they do for our community, just add this to the list.
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