Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Bart Starr Feature

ESPN The Magazine has a feature on the Packers’ legendary QB Bart Starr this week. It centers on his recovery and goal to be in Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night to honor fellow QB Brett Favre. It is very sad in parts, and we continue to wish him nothing but the best. You can read the story here.

Eagles at Packers

Now that the final preseason game is thankfully nearly upon us (Thursday night), we wanted to post some photos from last Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. Above, we see the game program cover, featuring DT Mike Daniels

Fans make their way to the stadium from the neighborhood and parking areas to the West. 

Tailgating gets underway for 2015. 

Approaching the “Verizon Gate”... the one nearest our seats. 

Enter early for less crowds and no waits for a Lambeau Field bratwurst

From the upper level walkway, we see the area that will soon look completely different. This is where the entire “Titletown District” will be built. This is looking West toward Highway 41, which is now an interstate highway.

Looking down on the outdoor seating area for the “1919 Kitchen and Tap,” the new restaurant which replaced Curly’s Pub and located on the Atrium”s first floor.

Fans entering the Atrium, or the “Miller Brewing Company Gate.” 

Entering the bowl from the upper concourse. 

Eagles QB Tim Tebow during pre-game warm-ups. 

Parabolic microphone and yard line marker. 

Pre-game sideline scene. 

Our “Gold Package” seats are two rows directly above the 25-second clock in the North end zone. 

All 50-yard line numbers are painted gold this season to advertise the 50th anniversary of Super Bowl I. 

Sideline fan to combat the August heat of preseason games, but actually it was very comfortable all night. 

Looking into the Packers’ tunnel. 

Third-string QB Brett Hundley warms up before the game. 

We had to look up and see what this was all about. Find out here

Pre-game warm-ups all over the field. 

A little pre-game work by the Philadelphia offense. 

The Packers are introduced as a team unit in the preseason. It’s not until the regular season that each individual starter is introduced separately, alternating offense and defense for home games. 

Players going through their pre-game rituals, with smoke lingering from the pre-game fireworks during introductions. 

Here you see the smoke lingering in Lambeau because there was only a 5-m.p.h. breeze Saturday night. 

Special Teams unit huddle. 

GM Ted Thompson (in black hat and black shorts) watches his team from the sideline. He does this in August to gauge another aspect of his players... their sideline interaction. This figures into whether or not they make the final roster.

QB Brett Hundley played three-plus quarters as the starter. QB Aaron Rodgers was held out of the game completely, while QB Scott Tolzien was dressed but did not play. He was just cleared from his concussion suffered against Pittsburgh.

Our “view from here” in our North end zone seats. 

QB Brett Hundley hands off to RB Eddie Lacy

DT/NT B.J. Raji (#90) and LB Clay Matthews (#52) are outnumbered 6 to 1 on this play. 

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix seems to be off balance on this play, or incorrectly guessing the movement of the running back. 

QB Brett Hundley hands off to RB James Starks, who has a plethora of blockers in front of him. 

Packers bench scene. 

Eagles bench scene. 

The Packers are down in our end attempting to score. They did. 

Halftime entertainment was youth football, and several kids got to do their first “Lambeau Leap” after their Lambeau touchdown(s).

Eagles QB Matt Barkley tries to avoid pressure by DT Mike Pennel (#64) and LeTroy Guion (#98).

QB Matt Blanchard gets off a throw in his final game as a Packer (for now, at least). He was cut in the trim down to 75 players on Tuesday. 

QB Matt Blanchard with his lower-end-of-the-depth-chart teammates. 

The final score.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

An Unfortunate Situation

Well, we all know that it can happen at any time to any of the players. But you sure hope it doesn’t happen to one of your top players. The Packers must now embark on the 2015 NFL campaign without the services of WR Jordy Nelson, due to his ACL injury sustained in the second preseason game in Pittsburgh on Sunday. How the offense will adjust, and who will come to the forefront, is yet to be seen. One more thought... reducing the number of preseason games would not have had any impact on this situation. Would it be any better if it happened in the first game of the regular season? The injury could’ve happened on any play during Training Camp as well. It’s just rotten luck, that’s all.

Graphic: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Titletown District Plan Unveiled

We had hoped that they might do it at the Shareholders’ Meeting on July 28th, but today the Green Bay Packers unveiled their initial plans for the Titletown District. What is that, you ask? Well, the team has been buying up land around Lambeau Field to expand their stadium “footprint” where they can earn revenue that will not have to be shared with the other 31 teams. The model is based on Patriot Place at Gillette Stadium — home of the NFL champion New England Patriots, which we reported on back in March. You can read that here.

To read the details of the Titletown District that were presented today, please go here and here. The photos shown here were supplied by the Packers at today’s 11:45 a.m. press conference.

2015 Training Camp — Day 7

Players arrive and get ready for the Monday, August 10 practice of 2015 Packers Training Camp. Above, the linebackers and defensive backs are always among the first to come out.

As two players get some help with their stretching, former player and broadcaster — and now Sports Analyst — Larry McCarren (in hat) observes the scene.

Synchronized stretching. 

LB Jayrone Elliott (#91) and LB Julius Peppers (#56) compare notes while not involved in the drill of the moment. 

LB Nate Palmer (#51) makes a stop on an unidentified ballcarrier during a “Team Tackling” drill. 

LB Julius Peppers (#56) does the same thing. 

Some special teams practice. 

K Mason Crosby (#2) strolls the sideline until he’s needed. 

The quarterbacks go through their early practice paces. QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) takes a shotgun snap. 

Offensive linemen get some instruction. Identified players are T Fabbians Ebbele (#68), T/G Don Barclay (#67), and T David Bakhtiari (#69).

GM Ted Thompson, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, and Secondary-Cornerbacks Coach Joe Whitt, Jr. watch some of practice at midfield.

QB Aaron Rodgers leads the other quarterbacks in footwork drills. 

Offensive linemen battle each other. 

Special teams time of practice, featuring field goals. 

Up close and personal. 

And who said there was no tacking these days in the latest CBA era? 

RB Rajion Neal (partially obscured) tries to slip through an opening in the line. 

QB Brett Hundley gets a throw off with virtually no pressure. 

RB James Starks runs to daylight. 

RB Alonzo Harris gets his turn with the ball and makes some yardage. 

QB Aaron Rodgers gets nice protection and a pocket to make this throw. 

QB Aaron Rodgers making some adjustments at the line of scrimmage. 

TE Richard Rodgers (#89) turns on the gas after making a reception against LB Josh Francis (#45). 

QB Aaron Rodgers throws one direction while glancing in another direction. 

RB Rajion Neal tries to outrun a pack of defenders. 

Rookie WR Ty Montgomery goes down after (we learned later) getting two hard hits to the groin. 

Head Coach Mike McCarthy has a few words with QB Aaron Rodgers between drills.

LB Clay Matthews (#52) talks shop with LB Sam Barrington (#58). 

WR Ty Montgomery came back into the action after being out a few minutes for injury. 

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) gets the shotgun snap with RB Eddie Lacy (#27) by his side. 

The starting offense huddles up during scrimmage action. 

RB Rajion Neal (#34), RB Eddie Lacy (#27), and RB James Starks (#44) on the sideline. 

QB Aaron Rodgers jokes with some teammates as practice winds down. 

Head Coach Mike McCarthy gathers the troops together at the end of practice. 

Above and below, the defensive secondary gets together to grab some fast balls out of the juggs machine following practice. 

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

CB Quinten Rollins

DB Micah Hyde

DB Kyle Sebetic 

Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers watches the post-practice action. 

“O.K., boys... that’s it. Let’s hit the showers.”