Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Favre on Sports Illustrated Cover

Less than 24 hours after we said there wouldn’t be many updates here until Training Camp, we find out that former Packers QB Brett Favre will be featured on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. It’s the annual “Where Are They Now?” issue, which is always interesting to read. And it will be even more interesting to read this year!

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Break Before the Season Begins

This is the dead zone of the NFL football year, and so the updates will be few and far between as everyone gets away for a bit prior to Training Camp. We know for sure that the first big event we’ll cover will be the Brett Favre Packers Hall of Fame event at Lambeau Field on July 18th. Until then, our Packerville, U.S.A. control room (seen above) will be mostly empty — unless something really, really, really important happens.

Monday, June 22, 2015

2015 NFL Previews

As Andy Williams sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!,” except we’re not talking about Christmas. The new NFL preview magazines are coming out. If you’re lucky like us, you can purchase the versions that have Packers on the cover as we did at the Barnes & Noble in Green Bay this past Saturday.

Let’s go through each of them and see what they predict for the Packers in 2015. Athon Sports Pro Football (above), has the team winning the NFC North Division, beating Philadelphia in the Divisional Round, finally beating the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, and winning Super Bowl 50 over the Indianapolis Colts. Very nice.

Lindy’s Sports Pro Football also has the Packers winning the NFC North and beating Seattle in the NFC Championship game... but winning Super Bowl 50 over the Baltimore Ravens. 

The Sporting News Pro Football joins the rest in picking the Packers to win the NFC North, but has them beating the New York Giants in the Divisional Round, before heading to Seattle to also beat the Seahawks in the NFC Championship. In Super Bowl 50, they predict that Green Bay will beat New England.

USA Today NFL 2015 has a panel of experts voting on their predictions for the coming season. All eight pick the Packers to win the NFC North, five of the eight have Green Bay winning the NFC Championship game, and five of eight have the Packers beating either Indianapolis (3 votes), New England (1 vote), or Denver (1 vote) in Super Bowl 50.

O.K., that’s not too much pressure on our team, is it?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Day of Shootin’

As expected, the Green Bay Packers skipped a scheduled practice today and all went for a shooting excursion. You can read about it here.

Bart Starr Update

“The Bart Starr family today issued the following update about the condition of Pro Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr:

“Following Bart’s strokes, our family began to investigate numerous therapy options. Several months ago we applied for and were accepted into a clinical trial using stem cells. Friday we safely returned home from the first of the two treatments.

“While we welcome everyone’s interest and support of Bart’s health, at this time, we’d like to allow him a chance to fully participate in the clinical trial and let the results, if any, to speak for themselves. At an appropriate time in the future, our family looks forward to sharing the details of Bart’s participation in this most important clinical exploration of what role stem cells may play in the treatment of stroke.

“Until then, we continue to thank you for all of your love and prayers. Your support has given us much strength over the past nine months. Bart joins me in sending our love and appreciation to all our special friends and fans. We are working hard toward the one goal he most cherishes: a return to Green Bay for a Packers game.”


Friday, June 12, 2015

50 Years Ago

50 years ago on this past June 1st, Green Bay Packers co-founder, head coach, and namesake of the team’s legendary stadium, Earl “Curly” Lambeau passed away from a heart attack. It was at this home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin — in the Door County peninsula — that he expired while mowing a friend’s family’s lawn. Someday, a historical marker may be placed at the site, which is said to have been restored recently to the same look it had that summer day in 1965.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Packers Helmets Gallery

 
The third group of OTA’s (Organized Team Activities) wraps up this week, with Mini-Camp being held next week in Green Bay. We’re looking to get up there for at least a day of the three “open to the public” practices, but we’ll see. Today, from a 2012 auction, we’re showing a gallery of Packers helmets, most of which are from the mid-80’s to the mid-90’s, with a few exceptions. What is interesting is the variety of face masks used. Some are the same style, but the bars change in thickness. None of the helmets would be safe for use nowadays, what with all the focus on head injuries.




















Tuesday, June 02, 2015

From the Weekend...

As part-time residents now, we spent the weekend at our place in Green Bay and enjoyed checking out a couple of new restaurants and just being in Titletown. Walking down by the Fox River on the City Deck Saturday night, we walked past the former Prange’s Department Store headquarters building (above), where Vince Lombardi was interviewed for the Packers’ head coaching job in 1959. It now contains condominiums.

Saturday evening sunset over the Fox River. 

There is always history to learn wherever you turn. 

The house seen above and below is where QB Bart Starr lived in the 1960’s. 


Beautiful tulips adorn the drive in front of Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon. 

The world’s largest hex nut, outside Packer Fastener along Ashland Avenue. 

Two great street names. 

And two more. Mike McCarthy way used to be Potts Avenue until last year.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The First Preview

The publication shown above caught our eye at the gas station this morning, so naturally we had to pick it up for the archives. USA Today’s NFL Forecast ranks the Green Bay Packers as behind only the Seattle Seahawks in their “power rankings” of the whole league. There are no predictions given — that will come in the many preview publications this summer. But it’s clear that the rest of the league still recognizes the Packers as one of the top two elite teams to beat, no matter what happened in the NFC Championship game against the team they rank as #1.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Miscellaneous Wednesday

If you’re a long-time Packerville, U.S.A. reader (thank you, by the way), you know that from time to time we like to scope out some Packers memorabilia from auctions. That’s where some of today’s treasures were found, and none of them were current auctions. Above and below are a couple samples of the Mobil Oil NFL posters that were available in 1965-66(?).



These are Curly Lambeau’s football spkies. At least, that’s what we’re told.

Button from (Dave) “Hawg Hanner Day.” From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “Hanner received an honor in 1962 reserved for only a few select players in franchise history. The popular defensive tackle was recognized during "Dave Hanner Day" before the Baltimore Colts game at City Stadium on Nov. 18, 1962. The team presented Hanner with several gifts, including a white station wagon, a tractor with a snow blower, and cash. Some of the 38,669 fans sported "Hawg Hanner" buttons and cheered wildly for their defensive hero in the Packers' 17-13 victory over the Colts.

Dave “Hawg” Hanner — Green Bay defensive tackle from 1952-64.

Hanner (#79 at right) makes a tackle near the goal line on a 49ers ballcarrier in a December 10, 1962 game in San Francisco. Wrapping the runner up initially is CB Herb Adderley (#26), with LB Ray Nitschke (#66, at left) coming in for an assist. This is from a newspaper archive, and the circled area appears to perhaps reference a knee injury that may have occurred on the play.

A Dave Boss-stylized Green Bay Packers poster from the 1960s.

Above and below, some select old Packers trading cards from quite a long time ago. 


You often see these old Williams Advertising posters for sale or on display, but you don’t often see the envelopes that contained the sets. 




Here are a few examples of the posters you would have collected in those days. Above, we see Bill Curry.

        Bob Jeter 

        Dave Robinson 

        Lee Roy Caffey 

        Willie Wood

Summer inches closer in northern Wisconsin, and we look forward to Training Camp drawing near, as well as all the fun summer things to do in Green Bay. The CityDeck (seen above) along the Fox River is just one piece of the revitalization of Titletown’s downtown. As part-time residents of Green Bay now, we enjoy all the time we are able to spend there.