Has Aaron Rodgers lost his mind? Assuming Rodgers, the star quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, has legitimate reasons for eliminating dairy and much of the meat from his diet, we suspect Packer fans may not agree. (Somewhere in their contract it must be a violation for Packers’ players to be vegan!)
Rogers, 32, says he’s trying to eat healthier and believes his food choices will help prolong his career.
One fan’s advice to help Rodgers play longer: “Stick to using your arm instead of trying to use your brain.” Ouch. Yep, fans can be cruel, even Packer fans. Our guess is that Rodgers anti-cheese comments will be forgotten after his first touchdown pass this season. But, hey, Aaron, don’t come out against beer in Wisconsin. That’s definitely against a crime against Packer Nation.
Oregon standoff update
If their intentions were vague while they occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the legal case against Ammon Bundy and 25 co-defendants is slowly unraveling their goals. In papers filed by his lawyers Monday, Bundy intended to force a civil court to take up the constitutionality of federal land management policy. He also had expected the feds to issue an eviction or ejection claim instead of arresting and indicting the occupiers on federal charges in criminal court. Now facing conspiracy and weapons charges, Bundy is asking the court to dismiss the indictments, arguing that the feds lack jurisdiction over the land that includes the wildlife sanctuary.
The team of lawyers representing the defendants also failed to convince a U.S. District Judge to dismiss the charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers, and firearms possession in a federal facility. They asked the court to dismiss those charges last month, contending they were unconstitutionally vague or broad, or that the federal government did not have jurisdiction over the wildlife sanctuary in eastern Oregon.
Profit Tracker: Gaining momentum
A cash market rally helped add $62 per head to feedyard margins last week, ending with total average profits of $212 per head, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. USDA’s 5-area cash price increased more than $4 per cwt, closing the week at $129.01. The total cost of finishing cattle last week was $1,582, compared to $1,586 the previous week and $2,230 last year. Beef packer margins increased $19 per head, resulting in average profits of $145 on every animal processed. Packer margins are about $100 per head better than a month ago.
Commodities Set to break into bull market
The four-year bear market that pushed commodities to the lowest level in a quarter century is coming to an end as supply constraints drive a recovery in everything from soybeans to zinc. The Bloomberg Commodity Index, which tracks returns from 22 raw materials, is on track to close more than 20% above its low on Jan. 20, meeting the common definition of a bull market.