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Jan 2, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers fan Jeff Kahlow watches from the stands against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Sleeping in on Sundays (⬆️ UP)

The NFL schedule was released last Thursday and Green Bay Packers fans won’t have to set their alarms often – well, one time for certain. Of the 16 games with announced times – the final game of the regular season is listed as TBD – will play 10 starting at 3:25 p.m. or later. This includes five prime-time games, with one on Thursday and another Monday night. Another game has a noon start on Christmas Day, when you’ll probably be up early anyway. Even with that contest, of Green Bay’s five noon kickoffs, four are on the road (the exception a Week 6 Oct. 16 game vs. the New York Jets). The only bugaboo is the team’s game across the pond in Week 5, an Oct. 9 showdown with the New York Giants in London. So set your alarm for that day. But don’t worry about your clock the rest of the season.

Hunter Renfroe, Brewers right fielder (⬆️ UP)

The power-hitting outfielder pounded three home runs last week, including two at Cincinnati last Wednesday, along with a double while going 8-for-24 overall. He’s up to nine homers, which is tied for the league lead entering Wednesday’s games, and a .496 slugging percentage. Renfroe also already has three assists. The Brewers have had only nine seasons since 2000 in which an outfielder had double-digit assists and none since Lorenzo Cain in 2018. A corner outfielder hasn’t accomplished it since Ryan Braun in 2016.

Aaron Ashby, Brewers pitcher (⬆️ UP)

Ashby has been used both as a reliever and spot starter this season. On Sunday, he came out of the bullpen and pitched four perfect innings striking out eight. He was the first reliever since 1988 to pitch 4+ innings, not allow a hit and fan 8+. He was also the first to pitch 4+ innings, whiff 8+ and get a save since some guy named Randy Johnson did it for Seattle in 1996. 

Willy Adames, Brewers shortstop (⬇️ DOWN)

A 1-for-13 week with six strikeouts and now a spot on the injured list with a sprained ankle. Milwaukee could use his offense, defense and energy. Here’s hoping to a quick return.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward (⬆️ UP)

He didn’t have his best shooting performance but Antetokounmpo still put the Bucks on his back and nearly carried them to the Eastern Conference finals. He averaged 33.9 points, 14.7 rebounds and 7.1 assists vs. the Celtics while playing 40 minutes per contest. Even in defeat, Giannis said all the right things, reminding us why Milwaukee is lucky to have him.

Grayson Allen, Bucks guard (⬇️ DOWN)

With Khris Middleton injured it was thought Allen could help fill the long-distance shooting void in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Alas … In the seven-game series loss to Boston, Allen made a paltry 20.8% of his 3-point attempts and shot 31.0% overall from the field. He averaged just 5.0 points per game and his cumulative box score plus/minus was -6.9, tied for second worst on the team.

Jaire Alexander, Packers cornerback (🤑 PAID)

It’s been reported Alexander is going to sign a five-year contract worth $84 million. Whether or not he gets all that money remains to be seen – the Packers could release him in 2024 or ’25 with minimal salary-cap pain, relatively speaking – but he’s sure to collect on the first three years which will see him earn roughly $60 million. Alexander will get $30 million guaranteed due to a prorated bonus but there’s also roster bonuses in 2023 ($11.45M) and ’24 ($8M) he’s sure to get. Not to mention his base salary, although that’s just over $1 million the first two year and $6.65M in Year 3. Still, he gets to claim the highest average salary among cornerbacks ($21M) – at least until the next CB signs a lucrative extension – while the Packers ensure themselves a lockdown corner for years to come. Win, win.