GREEN BAY – If you and the kids are out trick-or-treating in suburban Green Bay and you happen upon a guy who bears a striking resemblance to Mike McCarthy, it probably isn’t someone masquerading as the Green Bay Packers head coach.
It’s more likely to be him.
McCarthy issued a holiday get-out-of-here edict Thursday that he wanted everyone – his coaching staff, support staff and players – to be out of Lambeau Field by 4 p.m. so they could celebrate Halloween. He does the same thing at Christmastime.
“We grinded as a staff – seriously, on Monday and Tuesday night, we worked like dogs, to make sure we could all go home today,” McCarthy said after his daily press briefing.
McCarthy and his wife, Jessica, have their home well-stocked with candy for any trick-or-treaters who come by, but they’ll be out with daughters Gabrielle and Isabella while sons Jack and George hit the streets with their friends. Jessica’s mom with handle candy distribution, while McCarthy will be driving Kubota RTV around the neighborhood – and he’s got a special surprise for the girls and a few of their friends.
“I’ll give you a scoop. I’m going to pull a trailer and have a hayride in the back,” McCarthy said proudly. “We’ll be out there.”
McCarthy said Gabrielle is dressing as “The Queen of the Night” – “Gabi has dressed up three times already today,” he said – while Isabella is going as Agnes from Despicable Me.
And what about their dad? After he saw New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick in a pirate costume earlier this week, will McCarthy follow suit?
“I wore a costume at a party last week,” McCarthy said. “I’m done.”
Asked what he went as, McCarthy gave essentially the same answer he does when asked about injuries: “I can’t tell you.”
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