Thursday, December 01, 2016

Week 13 TV Map

Due to work crushing free time this week, we’ve had no new posts lately. We will be at Sunday’s Packers vs. Texans game at home, so hopefully the weather will allow us to take some photos. Above is the Week 13 TV map, with spotted coverage of the broadcast across the country. It’s going to be nice to finally attend a Noon game again — that is the way football is meant to be.
Map courtesy of 506 Sports

Friday, November 25, 2016

Week 12 TV Maps

Green Bay plays at Philadelphia this Monday night (on ESPN), but here are the Week 12 TV Maps so that our readers can see which Sunday games will be on in their area.  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

1965 Champions Flag

For a late Thanksgiving post, we have this great 1965 World Champions Flag that once flew over the North end zone of Lambeau Field in 1966.

This is a photo that we don’t recall seeing before. Our Green Package seats are visible here, but our Gold Package seats had not been added yet. This also provides a look at the former team administration building that was added in 1963.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our loyal readers around the world.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Seven Blocks of Granite

Here we have a 1936 photo of the famed “Seven Blocks of Granite,” featuring future Packers Head Coach Vince Lombardi, third from left. The Seven Blocks of Granite were the Fordham University football team's offensive line under head coach “Sleepy” Jim Crowley and line coach Frank Leahy. The most famous Seven Blocks of Granite were Leo Paquin, Johnny Druze, Alex Wojciechowicz, Ed Franco, Al Babartsky, Natty Pierce and Lombardi. The nickname was also commonly used to referred to the Fordham lines of the 1929, 1930, and 1937 teams, but it is the 1936 line which is today the best known of these lines.

In its final two games the previously unbeaten 1936 team was tied by an inferior University of Georgia team and beaten by a lowly NYU team — ending their hopes of a Rose Bowl appearance. The line was not as good as some of the previous lines at Fordham, or the 1937 team which went 7-0-1. However, the 1936 team and the “Seven Blocks of Granite” became college football immortals.

Associated with the name, the Rotary Club's Lombardi Award is awarded annually to the best college football lineman or linebacker. The main part of the trophy, awarded to a down lineman on either side of the ball or a linebacker who lines up no further than five yards deep from the ball, is a block of granite, giving homage to Lombardi's college days as a lineman. Item info here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

1961 Season Schedules

Here are a couple more Packers 1961 season schedules, brought to you by Kessler Blended Whiskey and Kingsbury Beer. Kessler Whiskey was acquired by The Seagrams Company, and eventually, the brand became owned by Beam Inc., which was then purchased by Suntory Holdings. Kingsbury is still brewed and distributed by Miller Brewing Company. See the items here.

Monday, November 21, 2016

1930 Giants at Packers Game Program

This may be the oldest Green Bay Packers game program that we’ve featured on the blog. It is another auction find, and is a good time capsule of the time — 1930 — in Green Bay, Wis. One of the advertisers is a place we try to visit each time we’re in town — Bosse’s. As you can see on the front page, the Packers won that day, 14-7. Item info here.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Good Story

History was made in South Carolina today, as the father of Packers’ LB Joe Thomas became the oldest player to participate in a college football game. 55-year-old Joe Thomas, Sr. had a three-yard carry against Savannah State. More on his story here.

Friday, November 18, 2016

1955 Miller Schedule

Another auction item is this fine 1955 Miller High Life season schedule poster. The “on the air” they’re referring to is a good ol’ AM radio broadcast. Not T.V. and not the internet. And not on your phone, which in 1955, was a single fixture affixed to the wall, most likely in the kitchen (says the old man who serves as your Packerville, U.S.A. editor). Also note the locations of the preseason games, which were often held in non-N.F.L. cities to drum up interest in the league. See the auction post here.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

1930's NFL Team Owners Meeting

From time to time, we like to post items that are up for auction (or were at one time). That is the case with today and many posts coming up. From the auction description: “Dating from the mid-1930's, this beautiful, original black and white photograph measures 13.5" x 10.5" and pictures twenty-nine NFL owners and league officials, including National Football League president Joe Carr, Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall, Green Bay Packers founder and owner Curly Lambeau (second row, standing far left), New York Giants founder and owner Tim Mara, and Chicago Bears founder and owner George “Papa Bear” Halas. To have so many of the early NFL owners, founders and officials together in the same photo is quite special. These men built the foundation and developed the traditions of the league we hold so dear today.” For auction info, click here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Week 11 TV Maps

Yes, we know that the Green Bay Packers are in Washington on the national broadcast Sunday night (7:30 p.m. on NBC), but we thought you might want to know what games will be on in your area on Sunday afternoon. Or, you can use that time to clean up all of those pesky leaves that your spouse keeps telling you about.