C.J.: Jennings-Rodgers huggy-bear moment didn’t heal the rift

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 30, 2013 - 8:25 PM

Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings was the hugger, Aaron Rodgers the hug-ee.

That lingering “Sunday Night Football” embrace that Greg Jennings over-shared with Aaron Rodgers was not particularly meaningful to the QB.

Rodgers was on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” Tuesday, talking about how well the season is going for the Packers, when Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon asked about that hug.

“I’m going to change the topic entirely to go to the hug with Greg Jennings that seemed to last forever and ever and ever,” said Kornheiser. “Was it as awkward for you as it appeared to be on camera?”

Remarked Rodgers: “It was a long hug. Prolonged one, yes.”

These comments really broke up Kornheiser and Wilbon, who got lots of chuckles out of the interview.

“It seemed longer with all the cameras around,” said Rodgers. “It was two competitors after the game and words were said and then we went our separate ways.”

Indeed, as Rodgers went to the winning locker room and Jennings went to the losing Vikings locker room, his new home.

As you may recall, Jennings — a wide-mouthed receiver — took pot shots at his former teammate, Rodgers, in an attempt to boost the ego of poor QB Christian Ponder.

“It seems to me 99.9 percent of the time you let these things roll right off your back and they mean nothing,” Wilbon said to Rodgers. “Did this one mean anything at the time?”

Rodgers: “This one would probably fit in the 99.9 percent you’re talking about. Every now and then one comes along and might mean a little bit, something to you; not this one, though.”

That’s a minor burn on Jennings.


The Ponders’ racy Halloween

I presume Ponder no longer has to go to the extremes of Squints to get a kiss from Sam Steele-Ponder.

The benched (and benched again?) Vikings QB and his ESPNer wife revisited 1993’s “The Sandlot” for costumes to commemorate their first Halloween as a married couple. Based on the photos I’ve seen, it takes some PDA to sell their portrayals of Squints and the object of his affections, lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn. They have a room, right?

Bleacherreport.com has photos of the Ponders’ hijinks. The website includes a link to the scene from the movie that shows Squints jumping into the deep end of the pool so Wendy can save him with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Ponder looks convincingly nerdy and not at all blue over the direction his career has taken. Of course, he hasn’t seemed that focused on football since he found Sam.

Much ado …

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