Thursday, September 11, 2014

Grab Bag ’O Stuff

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the 2014 Green Bay Packers Yearbook yet, you can find it all throughout Wisconsin. Or, you can order it online from the Pro Shop here

This was the game program cover for the Packers vs. Oakland Raiders game on August 22. 

This was the game program cover for the Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game on August 28.  

A new publication, Packerland Pride, has appeared in Northeast Wisconsin. We picked up these two issues at Festival Foods in Green Bay. The magazine’s website is here.

These printed Camp Guides were available during Training Camp, and we picked them up during our 18 days in town this Summer.

The new Packers Pro Shop catalog arrived the other day. You can request one here.

Free 2014 Packers schedule magnets were given away to all fans entering the two preseason games at Lambeau Field in August. 

A new Packers book has hit the market... The Paul Hornung Scrapbook. Get your copy here or here. “Having played his entire career for the Green Bay Packers for the better part of a decade, Paul Hornung’s collection of memorabilia and photographs span a large and important section of Packers history. Now, Hornung makes his private collection of memorabilia available to the public for the first time ever, and includes never-before-seen photographs. This scrapbook also features such photos as his original contract with the Packers and stories and memories from Hornung himself, making this one-of-a-kind collection the perfect keepsake for any Cheesehead.”

Word came today that Packers legend Bart Starr, 80, suffered a minor stroke last week. We assume that means he will not appear with the rest of the Packers Alumni during halftime at Sunday’s game. Please keep Bart and the Starr family in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Green Bay Profiled; TV Map

This week, Green Bay and its football team were the feature of American Profile, one of those newspaper inserts that may or may not be in your area. After that Seattle game, we’ll take all the positive input that we can get.

This week’s TV broadcast map is out (courtesy of the folks at 506 Sports), and the area of the country marked in blue will see the  Jets vs. the Packers at 3:25 p.m. Sunday. It’s the second game of the CBS double-header. As you may recall us explaining before, the visiting team determines which network (CBS or FOX) carries the game. Visiting AFC teams are always televised by CBS, and visiting NFC teams are on FOX. ESPN and NBC are not affected by this formula.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Chiefs at Packers

Since our last post, we’ve been neglecting the ol’ blog here, so we want to start things up again with some photos from Thursday evening’s preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. We were in town again after having attended the previous Friday’s game with the Oakland Raiders.

Here’s how things look about 90 minutes or so before kick off. 

Packers players are out and warming up in shorts before going back into the locker room to don their full uniforms. 

The old steps of the original Lambeau “bowl.” 

The Gate Keeper who keeps people like us off the field and sideline area. That privilege is reserved for people who work for, or know, the team’s various corporate sponsors.

Chiefs players warming up as well. 

The Packers’ sideline area. 

The NFL is a small world. Players from each team often know one or two players from college, or from playing on other teams, etc. There’s always some visiting going on before and after games. 

Players come back out to warm up in full equipment, then head back to the locker room again before emerging as a team for the pre-game introductions. 

The game is underway. There is no more meaningless game (for the fans) than the last preseason game. Almost no starters even dressed for the game. The players trying to make the team are the only ones with a vested interest in what happens on the field. 


At halftime, they had youth football teams on the field, running plays. Some of these lucky kids got to play on the Lambeau turf, score a touchdown there, and do the “Lambeau Leap.” 

Leaving Lambeau at the end of the night. 

We picked up these fine two new additions to the McFarlane™ line while in town. 

Packers fans aren’t the only ones who are loyal to their team, and who follow them to away games. We saw this camper in the Lambeau Field parking lot on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ted Moore Passes Away

Ted Moore, the voice of the Green Bay Packers during the glory years in the 1960s and who made a memorable call in the famed Ice Bowl on Dec. 31, 1967, at Lambeau Field, has died. Moore died Friday at a health care facility in Brown Deer, apparently of heart failure, according to his son, Richard. He was 87.

Moore, blessed with a radio-friendly baritone, was a constant presence on the airwaves in his prime, calling games for the Packers, football and basketball games for the University of Wisconsin, and one year calling Marquette University basketball. He broadcast UW basketball for 22 years.

Moore spent 48 years in the radio and television broadcasting business. But he was best known for his work with the Packers. At the Ice Bowl, with the Packers trailing the Dallas Cowboys, 17-14, in the NFL Championship Game, Moore peered through a small unfrozen section of the press box window and called quarterback Bart Starr's sneak into the end zone. "The Green Bay Packers are going to be world champions, world champions for the third straight year," Moore yelled.

—The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Packers-Raiders from the Past

We’re heading up to Green Bay tomorrow afternoon to attend the Packers-Raciers preseason game at Lambeau Field. This will be a 7:00 p.m. national TV game (on CBS), enabling Packers fans outside Wisconsin to see the team for the only time this preseason. The most famous meeting of these two teams was, of course, in Super Bowl II, where the Packers won their second “Big Game,” capping off three NFL titles in a row. Above, DE Willie Davis sacks Raiders QB Daryle Lamonica. Let’s look at some more images from this game.

QB Bart Starr looks for his open receiver as LT Bob Skoronski (#76) provides protection. 

DT Ron Kostelnik puts pressure on Lamonica. 

LB’s Lee Roy Caffey (#60) and Ray Nitschke (#66) chase Raiders’ RB Hewritt Dixon.

Starr tries to elude the grasp of Oakland DT Dan Birdwell. 

An aerial photograph of Miami’s Orange Bowl stadium — the site of Super Bowl II — that we had not seen before. It was taken during pre-game festivities. 

Head Coach Vince Lombardi is hoisted on the shoulders of RT Forrest Gregg and RG Jerry Kramer following his final game with the Green Bay Packers.

Another view of almost the same moment that we’d never seen before.

The Super Bowl II game program cover... only $1.00!  Seen on eBay today for $350.

The Green Bay Packers received this ring to commemorate their Super Bowl victory and the feat of achieving three World Championships in a row.

Depending on the weather, we hope to bring you some photos from the game tomorrow night. Stay tuned.
Photo: Mears Online Auctions, NFL, Associated Press.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Is It Fall Yet?

It may still be Summer, but we’re looking forward to Fall — especially after seeing this delightful cover from a Green Bay vs. Baltimore game in October 1957. It’s too bad that no one dresses up like that to go to football games anymore. Maybe we should.