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Packers reveal team bowling outing with clip from ‘The Big Lebowski’

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The Green Bay Packers coaching staff decided to give players a day off Tuesday from the typical OTA grind and instead go on a bowling outing. And they let the players know in the most “Dude” way possible.

As the players congregated for a morning meeting, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy played a clip from the cult classic “The Big Lebowski” to alert them of the nature of the team-bonding field trip.

Not surprisingly, the announcement to forgo practice and workouts during Tuesday’s scheduled organized team activities elicited a positive response and a roar of applause from the players, per a report on the Packers’ official website.

“It was a very happy team meeting this morning,” McCarthy said. “As soon as they saw ‘The Big Lebowski’ come on the screen, the veterans knew what was happening. A lot of fun.”

Players polled for the report had nothing but great things to say about the surprise outing to a local bowling alley, using words like “fun” and “refreshing” to describe the surprise. Although it merits noting that veterans may have known something was coming as the Packers routinely take a day off of the team’s offseason program to do an off-site team-building activity. In previous years, it was clay shooting and dodgeball. But this time around, the team opted to follow the lead of “The Dude” and go bowling.

No matter what kind of outing, McCarthy, who may not be into the whole brevity thing, insists it’s a great way to get away and build camaraderie.

“I think it’s important to be able to step away from the fire,” McCarthy said. “These guys have been competing throughout the whole offseason program. I think to get away one day each and every year, see the personalities come out – it’s very healthy for our football team.”

But with a return to regularity on Wednesday, odds are good that the Packers coaching staff wasn’t cool with allowing the White Russians to flow freely. And that’s not far out, man.