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Wednesday
Jan112012

Son of Packers Coach Called Pal Before Falling in River

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(OSHKOSH, Wis.) -- The son of Green Bay Packers coach Joe Philbin made a "non-distress" phone call to a friend shortly before he was heard shouting for help as he apparently tumbled into the icy Fox River, officials said Tuesday.

Investigators do not suspect foul play in the death of Michael Philbin, but are trying to determine whether alcohol was a factor.

Police said they will not know the cause of death until autopsy and toxicology results are returned in about four weeks.

Michael Philbin, 21, was reported missing Sunday around 8 p.m. after not returning to the residence in Oshkosh, Wis., where he was staying, police said.  Philbin was visiting friends at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and made a phone call around 2:10 a.m. Sunday morning from the area around the river.  Police said the phone call was a "non-distress" call and are asking anyone that was with Philbin at the time to come forward with information.

A security guard at a nearby business called the police department around 2:30 a.m. Sunday after hearing someone shout for help and seeing someone near the river, police said.  Police, fire and dive team patrols searched the area, but did not find anyone on Sunday.

A fresh search was conducted on Monday and the body was found around 3:15 p.m., according to police officer Joseph Nichols.

Nichols said temperatures had been unseasonably warm in the Oshkosh area -- 50 miles from Green Bay -- and that there was only a little bit of ice around the edge of the river.

Police are trying to determine whether Philbin was drinking the night of his death and are trying to put together a timeline of his last hours alive, according to new information released on Tuesday.

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Tuesday
Jan102012

Son of Packers Football Coach Found Dead in River

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(OSHKOSH, Wis.) -- The son of Green Bay Packers coach Joe Philbin has been found dead in an icy Wisconsin river, according to sources.

Michael Philbin, the 21-year-old son of the Packers offensive coordinator, was reported missing Sunday by his family. League sources told ESPN that a body recovered from an Oshkosh, Wis., river on Monday was identified as the missing son.

The police said they will publicly identify the body at a press conference Tuesday. They withheld the name of the individual Monday at the request of the family, but confirmed that the body was that of a man, aged 20 to 25 years old.

The body was discovered after an employee at a nearby business reported hearing cries for help from someone on the icy Fox River around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Police, fire and dive team patrols searched the area, but did not find anyone on Sunday.

A fresh search was conducted on Monday and the body was found around 3:15 p.m., according to Police Officer Joseph Nichols.

Nichols said temperatures had been unseasonably warm in the Oshkosh area -- 50 miles from Green Bay -- and that there was only a little bit of ice around the edge of the river.

Packers coach Joe Philbin spent Monday in Oshkosh, where his son had been reported missing after an outing with friends at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, according to ESPN. Michael Philbin is the second-oldest of six children.  

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Friday
Aug122011

Bears Fan Obama Welcomes Super Bowl Champion Packers to the White House

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama swallowed his pride for his hometown Chicago Bears and welcomed the Green Bay Packers to the White House Friday to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.

Obama, a die-hard Bears fan, admitted that welcoming the rival team was no easy task, especially given that the Packers beat his beloved Bears in the championship to advance to the Super Bowl.

“I'm just going to come out and say it. This hurts a little bit. This is a hard thing for a Bears fan to do,” the president said at the top of his remarks. “It doesn't hurt as much as the NFC championship game hurt, but it still hurts. You know, you guys come into my house, to rub it in.”

In the “interest of good sportsmanship,” the president congratulated the Packers on their fourth Super Bowl victory and record 13th NFL championship.

Obama still had a few scores to settle, however, and singled out cornerback Charles Woodson for giving him a hard time last season. After the Packers beat the Bears, Woodson sent the president a signed jersey that read: “See you at the White House.”

“Charles, you're a man of your word. And I've now learned something that every NFL quarterback already knows too well: Don't mess with Charles Woodson,” Obama said.

The president also praised the Packers for their charity work in communities across Wisconsin and Michigan.  “So even a Bears fan can admit that the relationship between Green Bay and its team is something special,” he said.

The team presented the president with a personalized jersey and shares in the team, which is publicly owned. As a new partial owner, the president immediately had a few suggestions, including trading Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the Bears.

Looking ahead, the president said it was good to have football right around the corner. “Like every football fan, I was thrilled to have the lockout ended. Nobody likes long, frustrating negotiations with a rigid opposition taking it to the brink,” he said in a nod to debt debate.

As for this upcoming season, Obama told the Packers to “enjoy it while it lasts.”

“Bears fans have two dates circled on our calendars: September 25th and Sunday Night Football on Christmas Day! And if you guys are on a roll by then, just keep in mind that there's only one person here who can ground all planes in and out of Green Bay if he has to,” he concluded.

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Saturday
Feb052011

Super Bowl XLV: Last Chance to Watch NFL Before Labor Stoppage?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- On Sunday millions of people around the world will tune in to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV. But could this be the last National Football League game for some time?

The current labor contract between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, the players' union, expires March 4. Unless a new agreement is reached, the league could be headed for a work stoppage. That means no spring practice, no free agency deals and, potentially, no 2011 season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said repeatedly in Dallas Friday that the owners and league are committed to reaching an agreement before the deadline.

The standoff between the league, team owners and players centers on two key issues. First, there's revenue sharing. NFL players currently receive 60 percent of the league's $9 billion in annual revenue, but team owners say that's unsustainable, given the economic downturn. They want to reduce the players' share by 9 percent to 18 percent.

Second, there's the schedule. The league wants to add two more regular season games, for a total of 18. Players say that would increase their risk of injury, and they deserve compensation.

Goodell was scheduled to meet with officials from the NFL Players' Association on Saturday, the first formal negotiating session since November. The NFL commissioner met with the head of the players union, DeMaurice Smith, in New York Monday.

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