Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Perpetual Green & Purple War


We have many family and friend contacts in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota — some are football fans and some are not. This came to our attention through these channels, and Packerville, U.S.A. is perhaps the only place you will come across it. This Artful Living issue is out in anticipation of Super Bowl LII which is to be played, for some reason, in a cold-weather climate. The high-end magazine features homes, decorating, clothing, and food of the highly cultured (and wealthy) in the Twin Cities. Interestingly, there was the following article on the long-standing (and perpetual) conflict between fans of the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers.





















Saturday, January 06, 2018

2017 Home Game Program Covers


This is our second annual presentation of all home game program covers that were sold at Lambeau Field this past season. Starting with:
PHILADELPHIA AT GREEN BAY • AUGUST 10, 2017
PACKERS 24, EAGLES 9


LOS ANGELES AT GREEN BAY • AUGUST 31, 2017
PACKERS 24, RAMS 10


SEATTLE AT GREEN BAY • SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
PACKERS 17, SEAHAWKS 9


CINCINNATI AT GREEN BAY • SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
PACKERS 27, BENGALS 24 (OT)


CHICAGO AT GREEN BAY • SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
PACKERS 35, BEARS 14


NEW ORLEANS AT GREEN BAY • OCTOBER 22, 2017
PACKERS 17, SAINTS 26


DETROIT AT GREEN BAY • NOVEMBER 6, 2017
PACKERS 17, LIONS 30


BALTIMORE AT GREEN BAY • NOVEMBER 19, 2017
PACKERS 0, RAVENS 23


TAMPA BAY AT GREEN BAY • DECEMBER 3, 2017
PACKERS 26, BUCCANEERS 20 (OT)


MINNESOTA AT GREEN BAY • DECEMBER 23, 2017
PACKERS 0, VIKINGS 16

Thursday, January 04, 2018

The Ice Bowl — in TIME


As a follow-up to last Sunday’s feature on the 50th Anniversary of The Ice Bowl, here is how the game was covered in the January 12, 1968 issue of TIME magazine. 


For some further background, let’s take a few looks at the world of 1968. On the cover was educator Samuel B. Gould, who at the time was President of the State University of New York (SUNY). The university system was the subject of a feature article inside.


You’re probably familiar with the Columbia Record Club, but there was also the Columbia Stereo Tape Club for those into the reel-to-reel stereo fad of the era. Serious audiophiles will take issue with my calling it a “fad,” but it was not the “mainstream” format


And here is what you could play your reel-to-reel musical selections on — perhaps after you returned from the Ice Bowl game and your fingers thawed out enough to work it.


As The Beatles sang at the time:

Flew in from Miami Beach BOAC
Didn't get to bed last night
On the way the paper bag was on my knee
Man I had a dreadful flight



Some heavier reading from the issue: U.S. dead in Vietnam stood at 9,353 for the calendar year 1967, for a total of 15,997 since 1961... only 42,223 to go.

Get yourself a “Wide-Track Pontiac”... that car looks like it could take a corner at 80 m.p.h.


Two new albums were out: Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding and Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant — which led to a movie as well.


WAY before the era of watching movies on your phone.


“Let’s cover up those ugly old brick buildings with beautiful aluminum, and then 40 years later, we’ll rip off the ugly aluminum and restore the lovely retro brick fa├žades.”

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The Packers Thank Us


Here we are at the end of another season. This time, we’re not bemoaning an NFC Championship loss, but the first losing season since 2008. Big changes are afoot at 1265 Lombardi Avenue, and all of that coverage can be found elsewhere. The ad above was placed in today’s Green Bay Press-Gazette and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. And now we move into the offseason, where speculation is high and actual news is low.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Ice Bowl 50th Anniversary


50 years ago today, the legendary “Ice Bowl” (the 1967 NFL Championship game) was played at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Dallas Cowboys were the visiting team, vying for their first NFL title against the Green Bay Packers — who were trying for their third NFL title in a row. To commemorate this monumental event, we are presenting these videos, audio, and photos from that historic, frigid day. Firste, we have a re-created broadcast featuring the voice of the 1960’s Packers, Ray Scott, who originally called the game for CBS on December 31, 1967. Watch it here.


This is the official NFL Films highlight film of the game.


This segment is from the NFL Network’s episode of “Vince Lombardi — A Football Life.”


This is the CBS intro to the “Ice Bowl” broadcast on that day.


Here are the last four minutes of the Dallas Cowboys radio network broadcast.


The WTMJ Green Bay Packers radio network broadcast of the game can be found here. It features Ted Moore (above) with the play-by-play.


Some amateur 8mm film from the game.


The NFL Films biography of Vince Lombardi that was done after his death in 1970.

And now, a huge gallery of images from that day:


This is the cover of the 1967 NFL Championship Game — “the Ice Bowl.” Check out our previous presentation of the entire program here.


The National Weather Service chart for December 31, 1967.


This photo of fans at Lambeau Field tells you all you need to know about the conditions on that December Sunday.


Two hearty souls — perhaps twins?


The Green Bay Packers Band on the field.


Two aerial photos (above and below) from that day, which just came to light this week.




QB Bart Starr (#15) hands off to HB Travis Williams (#23).


QB Bart Starr (#15) looks over the Dallas defense at the line of scrimmage.


QB Bart Starr (#15) gets a pass off over DE George Andrie (#66) and a fellow defender.


A look at the Packers on offense, with FB Chuck Mercein (#30) providing protection for QB Bart Starr (#15). Note the exposed Packers’ old administration building in the background, behind the north end zone. The Packers’ locker room was located there.


Dallas QB Don Meredith (#17) just after the snap.


WR Boyd Dowler (#86) catches a touchdown pass over the coverage of DB Mel Renfro (#20)


RB Dan Reeves (#30) fights for some yardage with DE Willie Davis (#87), DB Tom Brown (#40, partially hidden), and LB Dave Robinson (#89) in pursuit.


The Packers gang-tackle RB Don Perkins (#43) — with LB Lee Roy Caffey (#60), LB Ray Nitschke (#66), and DB Willie Wood (#24) in on the fun.


WR Boyd Dowler (#86) scores another touchdown in the south end zone.


RB Don Perkins (#43) makes a gain against the Packers’ defense. LB Ray Nitschke (#66) looks to perhaps be the eventual tackler.


Another view of the loyal Green Bay Packers fans watching the frozen action. A total of 50,861 people were in attendance — with at least double that number claiming later to have been there.


QB Dan Meredith (#17) is sacked.


QB Bart Starr (left) on the sideline with Coach Vince Lombardi.


Another view of one of WR Boyd Dowler’s (#86) two touchdown receptions. He had four receptions for 77 yards on the day.


QB Bart Starr (#15) is sacked by LB Dave Edwards (#52).


The view you would’ve had of QB Bart Starr (#15) as a Dallas defensive player.


DE George Andrie (#66) scoops up a Packers’ fumble, which he returned seven yards for a touchdown.


WR Carroll Dale (#84) is driven into the hard turf by LB Dave Edwards (#52).


FB Ben Wilson (#36) gets into the game, trying here to elude the tackle by LB Dave Edwards (#52).


LB Dave Robinson (#89) stops RB Don Perkins (#43) cold (no pun intended).


QB Bart Starr (#15) looks to pass under good protection by T Bob Skoronski (#76).


Dallas players huddle by a heater under the makeshift “dugout” constructed on the sideline.


On the final drive, FB Chuck Mercein (#30) gains a big chunk of yards inside the Dallas “red zone.”


Coach Vince Lombardi watches his team get closer to a third straight championship.


QB Bart Starr (#15) drives the Packers’ offense towards the south end zone with time running down in the fourth quarter.


QB Bart Starr (#15) barks out the signals as the Packers faithful in the stands watch and pray.


QB Bart Starr (#15) begins his unexpected (by his own players) sneak.


QB Bart Starr (#15) crosses the goal line due to the blocks by G Jerry Kramer (#64) and C Ken Bowman (#57).


QB Bart Starr (#15) lays safely in the south end zone, as expected ballcarrier FB Chuck Mercein (#30) holds his hands in the air to show the officials that he was not assisting Starr on his sneak play.


The Packers’ sideline erupts in celebration as the Packers take the lead, 21-17 (after the extra point).


Another less famous view of the post-sneak touchdown.


Coach Vince Lombardi is congratulated on the sideline following the go-ahead score.


Yes, they did... and he was laying across the south end zone goal line.


Above and below, ecstatic fans tear down the goal posts following the game.




An exhausted and thawing QB Bart Starr talks with reporters in the Packers’ locker room following the game.


FB Chuck Merecein (#30), a late-season pick up, is congratulated by Coach Vince Lombardi.


The following day’s front page from the (Madison) Wisconsin State Journal.



Also:

Box score and statistics from the 1967 NFL Championship.

Photo credits in this post: The Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys, Vernon Biever, John Bieber, National Football League, the Wisconsin State Journal, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, and the Associated Press. This post is presented for historical purposes only.