Friday, October 09, 2015

NFL Week 5 TV Map (Friday Update)

There has been only one minor change to the NFL Week 5 TV map for the CBS early game. As with the previous map, RED areas will see the St. Louis Rams vs. Green Bay Packers at Noon (CT).

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Lindy Infante Dies at 75

Former Green Bay Packers head coach Lindy Infante has passed away at the age of 75 after a long illness. From the Associated Press:

MIAMI (AP) — Lindy Infante, the hard-luck former coach of the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts, died Thursday. He was 75. Infante's wife, Stephanie, told The Associated Press that he died in St. Augustine after a lengthy illness.

Infante was a head coach for six years in the NFL, compiling a 36-60 record. He was the NFL Coach of the Year in 1989 with Green Bay, but his only postseason appearance came in 1996 when his Colts lost a wild card game to Pittsburgh, 42-14.

In 1997, the Colts finished 3-13 and Infante was out of a job after two seasons with a 12-20 record. The following offseason, Indianapolis drafted quarterback Peyton Manning.

There was bad timing at Infante's first head-coaching stop in Green Bay, too. He went 24-40 from 1988-91. After the Packers finished 4-12 in his final season, the team overhauled its front office, and the following year general manager Ron Wolf acquired Brett Favre from the Atlanta Falcons. The Packers reasserted themselves as one of the league's top teams.

Safety LeRoy Butler, a mainstay of the Packers defenses in the 1990s, expressed his condolences on Twitter. "He is the one that convinced the Packers to draft me in 1990 — 'we must have this guy,'" Butler wrote.

Infante got the job in Green Bay after Michigan State coach George Perles initially accepted, then backed out.

Infante also had stints as offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals (1982) and Cleveland Browns (1986-87). He was known as a shrewd play-caller while with the Browns, with Bernie Kosar at quarterback.

Infante also coached the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL in 1984 and 1985. He played college football at Florida from 1960 to 1962.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Week 5 TV Map

The Week 5 NFL TV Maps have been posted. On the map above, the RED areas will see the Rams at Green Bay in the CBS early game. FOX is generally the network for NFC football, but using a 2014 rule, the two networks can switch slates to give a particular game a greater area of coverage and exposure.
Map courtesy of 506 Sports

Some More From 1976...

The Packerville, U.S.A. Time Machine has stopped back in 1976 again, this time for a preseason game vs. the brand-new Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Milwaukee County Stadium. Many may not know that the expansion team was put together by future Packers’ GM Ron Wolf

A one-page interview with Packers’ K Chester Marcol

Two pages (above and below) of just what was new in that bicentennial year. 

An ad for former Packers’ G Fuzzy Thurston’s Left Guard restaurant in Milwaukee. 

 Packers’ QB Lynn Dickey — “the man” at the time.

O.K., this isn’t Packers-related, but man... what an incredible automobile! 

An article and ballot for voting on the “Greatest Players in Packer History.” 

A two-page photo essay on the Packers’ “Fan Photo Day.” The team used to have this event every year during Training Camp, but discontinued the tradition in the early 1990’s due to overwhelming crowds once Mike Holmgren and Brett Favre came on the scene. We went in the late 1980’s, and there couldn’t have been more than a couple hundred people there. Success sometimes kills traditions.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Almost 50 Years Ago...

Just a few days shy of 50 years ago, the Packers were also preparing to play the San Francisco 49ers, as they are tomorrow. Here are a few scans from that game program at City Stadium (Lambeau Field). The game programs today are $6, which is a tiny price increase compared to the price increase for tickets in that same time frame. 

The San Francisco team roster from that week in 1965. 

Starting lineups for each team, plus cool retro ads. 

Some of the football stars from the Bay area

The Packers’ 1965 roster

Halftime entertainment was provided by the Hamm’s Indians Drum and Bugle Corps from St. Paul, Minn. These days, they'd probably have to remove the offensive attire. 

The Week 4 NFL TV Map for the FOX late game has been updated slightly. RED areas are where the Packers vs. 49ers game will be televised at 3:25 p.m. (CT).
Map courtesy of 506 Sports

Friday, October 02, 2015

Week 4 TV Map — UPDATE

The updated NFL Week 4 TV Map for the FOX late game is shown above. As with the previous map, the RED areas will see the Packers vs. 49ers game at 3:25 p.m. (CT).
Map courtesy of 506 Sports

Thursday, October 01, 2015

49ers New Stadium

The Packers head out to San Francisco on Friday, a day earlier than they normally travel, to acclimate themselves to the West Coast time zone, climate, etc. Sunday’s 3:25 p.m. (CT) game will be the first time that they have played in Levi’s Stadium, the 49ers’ new home. The 49ers are enamored with the place, as you can see in these 22 pages from their 2015 Media Guide. Like, really enamored. In comparison, the Packers have 13 pages about historic Lambeau Field in their own 2015 Media Guide.

This illustrates the need to have top-notch stadium facilities in the NFL, which is why the Packers have recently done, and will be doing, seemingly continual improvements to Lambeau Field and to their stadium “footprint.” You have to keep up with the Joneses in this league — and not just the Jerry Joneses.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Week 4 TV Map

The initial Week 4 TV maps came out today, and shown above is the FOX late game map. The areas in RED will see the Packers take on the 49ers at 3:25 P.M. (CT). This can and probably will change, with more areas likely added before the weekend.
Map courtesy of 506 Sports

Chiefs at Packers

This past Monday, we were in Green Bay for the night game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was a beautiful day, and around Noon we went over to Lambeau Field to visit the Pro Shop. We saw NFL Hall of Fame (and former Green Bay Packers) RB Paul Hornung talking with current team president Mark Murphy. They were in an area that was cordoned off for pre-game access, so we weren’t able to get over and get a better photo or an autograph from The Golden Boy. Dang.

Well, shortly before the Lambeau gates opened two hours before the game, it started to rain. This, of course, puts a damper on us taking the nice camera and taking photos during the game. 

The national anthem, featuring a large flag and fireworks. 

One game image, as the rain continued off and on all night. 

Always good to see this graphic on the Jumbotron, yes? 

The final score... closer than it needed to be at the end. 

Monday night’s game program... focusing on the 50th anniversary of Super Bowl I

We forgot to post the game program from last week’s game with the Seattle Seahawks, so here it is.