Thursday, June 23, 2016

Coming to Lambeau...?

We had some free time last evening, so we thought we’d mock up the Green Bay Packers’ “look” for the October 20th “Color Rush” game vs. the Chicago Bears. The Bears are unofficially rumored to be playing in all dark blue, since the home team chooses their color, and the Packers have supposedly chosen all yellow. 

So we took an image of QB Aaron Rodgers, and used the away jersey as the template. Then all we had to do was turn the white to yellow. The pants would not change, nor would the helmet. 

As a part of the NFL’s overall head safety program, teams must use the same helmet all season. 

From August 2013: “Our Head, Neck, and Spine Committee, chaired by Drs. Hunt Batjer and Richard Ellenbogen, and the Player Safety Advisory Panel, chaired by John Madden and Ronnie Lott, have recommended that players no longer wear different helmets as part of a ‘Throwback’ or ‘Third’ uniform,” the memo from the league office said. “Our office supports this change and has reviewed it with the chairman of our Health and Safety ownership committee, Dr. John York, who concurs with this recommendation.”

The league office told all teams planning to wear throwback uniforms that players must wear their regular helmets on throwback (or alternate color) dates. The outside of the helmet can be modified by removing or replacing decals or changing the facemask, but the helmet itself must stay the same. Once players have properly fitted helmets that they’re comfortable wearing, the NFL doesn’t want them changing helmets during the season just for appearances.

So, we’ll see how all of this plays out. Regardless of what the Packers’ uniform is, we’re pretty sure it won’t be popular with everyone. But it’s only for one game.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Packers Color Spectrum

Related to our last post on the suspected color combination that the Green Bay Packers will use for their upcoming “Color Rush” game on October 20th, we see above that the team’s uniforms have not always been the traditional green & gold. In this gorgeous image from the front cover of the Greater Green Bay 2016 Official Visitor’s Guide, we see the display of uniforms from the historic past at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame at Lambeau Field. We’re just relieved that they didn’t go with the “all green” combination seen on the back wall between “1949” and “1950.”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Color Rush (Official?)

From the world of NFL news yesterday, @NFL_Leaks reported “This, as far as I know, is the official and final design color sheet for NFL Color Rush (for 2016).” We have seen an earlier version of this which had the Chicago Bears wearing orange jerseys and pants vs. the Green Bay Packers in yellow jerseys and pants for their Thursday night, October 20th game. That seemed to make no sense, with the two colors being too close on the color spectrum (remember colorblind-gate this past season?). This updated and final(?) sheet has the Bears wearing their dark blue jerseys and pants for that game, which makes much more sense contrast-wise. Of course, nothing has been officially announced yet about the Packers’ choice of color. We predicted earlier that the team may reveal the uniform at the annual Shareholders’ meeting on July 20th. More to come...

Friday, June 17, 2016

2016 Training Camp Schedule

Now the late summer can be planned... the 2016 Green Bay Packers Training Camp schedule has been released. Highlights from the official press release:

With a theme of “Back to Football,” training camp kicks off with an 8:15 a.m. practice on Tuesday, July 26. After the opening session, morning practices beginning at 8:15 a.m. are also scheduled for July 27, 28 and 30.

The Packers will hold Family Night at Lambeau Field on Sunday, July 31. The following week, the team will have three open practices at Nitschke Field, all starting in the evening at 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 1, 3 and 4, prior to the preseason opener against Indianapolis in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 7.

Following the preseason contest against the Colts, Green Bay will hold two open practices (6:15 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 10) before the preseason home opener vs. Cleveland on Aug. 12. The Packers will have two open practices, 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 14 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 15, leading into the preseason game vs. Oakland at Lambeau Field on Aug. 18.

The team will finish training camp with two open practices (12:15 p.m. on Aug. 22 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 23) prior to traveling to play San Francisco on Aug. 26, and two open practices (12:15 p.m. on Aug. 29 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 30) before the preseason finale at Kansas City on Sept. 1.

NOTE: Should inclement weather or any other factor force the team indoors, practices will be closed to the public due to space limitations inside the Don Hutson Center. Please also note that all practice dates and times are subject to change.

Green Bay opens the preseason with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, against the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 7. The team’s two home preseason games, presented by Bellin Health and Cenex, are slated for Aug. 12, vs. Cleveland, and Aug. 18, vs. Oakland. The Packers’ two road preseason contests are at San Francisco, Aug. 26, and at Kansas City, Sept. 1.

Important dates on the preseason calendar include:

Friday, July 22 – Packers 1K Kids Run, Presented by Humana, 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 – Packers 5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field, 8 a.m.
Monday, July 25 – Players report
Monday, July 25 – Mike McCarthy’s season-opening press conference, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, July 26 – First practice, 8:15 a.m., Ray Nitschke Field
Sunday, July 31 – Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, Lambeau Field
Tuesday, Aug. 30 – Last practice open to public, 11:45 a.m., Ray Nitschke Field

This marks Green Bay's 71st training camp, a tradition that began in 1946 under Curly Lambeau. One of the most intimate preseason settings in the NFL, Packers training camp is unique in several respects. Players have been riding kids' bicycles to practice since the Vince Lombardi era, a tradition that now includes five special bikes as part of the American Family Insurance DreamDrive. The team has lived in the dorm rooms at nearby St. Norbert College since 1958, the league's longest training-camp relationship between a team and school.

For the most up-to-date information on the many activities throughout training camp, fans are encouraged to visit, and right here at Packerville. U.S.A.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Paul Hornung — for Marlboro

Perhaps you’ve forgotten that at one time in America, smoking was a good thing. Here’s Green Bay Packers HB Paul Hornung extolling the virtues of Marlboro cigarettes. 

Here’s another one to illustrate just how far we’ve come…

Friday, June 03, 2016

OTA Open Practice — June 2, 2016

We attended the second “open to the public” OTA practice on Thursday, arriving the night before. Above is a view of the west side of Green Bay as we crossed the Fox River at dusk. If you know where to look, you can spot Lambeau Field.

Fans line up outside Ray Nitschke Field before the gates are opened at 11:00 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. practice.

So many new rookie players... we made a cheat sheet at the last moment. And this doesn’t include the new players who aren’t rookies.

The view of Ray Nitschke Field before the players arrived.

Our first look at QB Aaron Rodgers (#12), strolling onto the field along with T Bryan Bulaga (#75) and G T.J. Lang (#70).

WR Randall Cobb (#18) with fellow offensive teammates before stretching exercises begin.

LB Clay Matthews (#52) walking out to limber up.

Team stretching before any drill work is done.

WR’s Jeff Janis (#83) and Jared Abbrederis (#84) stretch their muscles.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) and WR Jordy Nelson (#87) chat for a few minutes.

More stretching.

LB Julius Peppers (#56) talks with LB Clay Matthews (#52).

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) and teammates kick those legs up high.

New for this year... if there are any giant donuts that get onto the field during a game, the Packers will be prepared to tackle the problem.

Defensive backs working with their coach.

Linebackers off on their own.

OL Coach James Campen gets right in there with his players.

Offensive Linemen working against each other.

Second-string QB Brett Hundley (#7) gets some snaps during drills along with QB Joe Callahan (#6).

WR Randall Cobb (#18) awaits the snap of the ball with his fellow receivers.

It sure is good to see WR Jordy Nelson (#87) back on the field. He ran a few routes, mostly off to the side, one-on-one with Aaron Rodgers. He was just positioned at the line of scrimmage here... he did not run routes with defenders around. They’re being cautious.

WR Jordy Nelson (#87) watching some special teams drills.

Working on punt returns and blocking.

Offensive and defensive linemen working against each other.

G Josh Sitton (#71) has mastered the art of holding a giant red ball so that it cannot move.

Randall Cobb enjoyed a laugh around a couple of teammates.

QB Brett Hundley moves from one drill to another during a simulated “TV Timeout.”

Rodgers talks with QB Marquise Williams (#7), who did not participate in much throwing this day.

Did we mention we’re so glad that WR Jordy Nelson is back?

GM Ted Thompson looks over all of the guys he signed. Not all of the players we saw will return for Training Camp.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy also checks over his team.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) and WR Jordy Nelson (#87) head off to work on some pass routes.

Team punting drills.

Team field goal drills.

QB Aaron Rodgers and the #1 offense begin the scrimmage portion of the practice.

K Mason Crosby chats with a young Packers fan as he gets a drink from the water cart.

RB James Starks (#44) looks for a hole.

QB Brett Hundley (#7) takes control at the line of scrimmage.

Rookie draft choice WR Trevor Davis (#11) turns on the speed to elude S Marwin Evans (#25).

WR Jared Abbrederis (#84) and WR Randall Cobb (#18) try to get open in the secondary.

Offensive huddle.

S Chris Banjo intercepts a Rodgers pass and returns it.

A multi-bobbled ball falls to the turf. There were several INT’s in the scrimmage section of the workout.

A good number of fans took time off or left work for a “meeting” to watch practice.

The defense working against itself. 

Defensive close-up.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) plays LB while the offense works against itself.

LB’s Nick Perry (#53, mostly hidden), Clay Matthews (#52), and Julius Peppers (#56) take a breather near the end of practice.

CB Sam Shields, starting his coverage of a receiver.

Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers watches his defense.

The team gathers around Mike McCarthy at the end of practice.

Leaving Ray Nitschke Field... see you next time, trusty Training Camp friend.

After dinner we had to stop and take a photo of a favorite sign... the motel is closed, though.