From his reccent interview with LarryBrownSports.com,
“There’s two main components that a center needs to have, and it’s not quickness or agility or snapping or anything. It’s two things: One, he has to have a good height, and I’m talking about where his butt rests. It can’t be too low because I don’t wanna get deep in that stance and it can’t be too high so I feel like I’m standing up. It’s gotta be just right. He’s got that.
“And the second is most important, and that’s sweating. How much do they sweat? The worst thing that you can have is third, fourth quarter on a October day where it’s 65, 70 degrees and he’s sweating through his pants. Because that is not a situation you wanna be in. You gotta change pants at halftime.”
“Our backup center — great guy — Evan Dietrich-Smith, he has major sweat issues. And when you get that ball snapped up and there’s a lot of sweat that just splashes all over you and on your hands and the ball — it’s not a good situation. So he actually has changed at halftime before. So those are the two things you look for: butt height and sweating. Jeff’s doing really well in both categories. … Low sweat ratio and solid butt height.”
Well there you have it: Low sweat ratio and solid butt height.
In addition to being two of the more recognizable public figures in Wisconsin and the reigning Most Valuable Players of their respective leagues, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun are close friends.
Now, they’re business partners.
The Milwaukee-based SURG Restaurant Group announced today that Rodgers and Braun will team up on a new restaurant called 8*twelve. The restaurant, located at 17800 W. Bluemound Rd. in Brookfield, will offer family cuisine as well as steaks and seafood with much of Executive Chef Aaron Patin’s preparation taking place on a wood fire grill, a center point of the kitchen.
Fans of both players will see memorabilia in the bar area, which will feature numerous big-screen televisions. The grand opening is slated for June.
“I have been invited. I want to do it, I want to do it right,” Rodgers said. “The commitment that it takes in my opinion to do it the right way was just too much for me this offseason, so I will be doing that in the future and look forward to the opportunity.”
Rodgers is obviously a fan of the show, and you can safely assume he’ll be watching Eli’s star turn.
“Peyton Manning set the bar pretty high,” he said, “so it will be interesting to watch Eli this week to see if he can live up to his brother’s appearance on there.”
And perhaps in reference to Lindsay Lohan’s tepid performance earlier this year, Rodgers stressed the need to put all his focus on “SNL” when the opportunity comes.
“As we’ve seen, if you watch the show, you can tell the people who really put the time in on it, and the people who maybe couldn’t make the same kind of commitment.”
The recipe for a great “SNL” episode always goes back to the writing, so Eli, Rodgers or whomever must depend on the people behind the scenes to truly make it work (it’s kind of like football in that sense). That said, if Rodgers has good material to work with, we don’t doubt he could become the best athlete to ever host the show. He’d be the anti-Michael Phelps.