Wednesday, September 20, 2017

1961 Championship Banner

We don’t have one of these banners that commemorated the Green Bay Packers’ victory over the New York Giants in the 1961 NFL championship game, but it’d be cool if we did. Hmmm... with a visit to the local fabric store, maybe we could make one of our own.

Lombardi At West Point

Today’s feature photo is from Vince Lombardi’s pre-Green Bay years. He studied law before getting swayed back to the field as a coach at St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, New Jersey. He stayed there for eight seasons, and then left for a new coaching position at Fordham in 1947. Lombardi's coaching career at his old university was brief, with a wish to replace head coach Ed Danowski that never came to fruition. In 1949, Lombardi left for West Point, where the iconic Red Blaik hired him as offensive line coach.

Lombardi coached at West Point for five seasons, with varying results. The 1951 and 1952 seasons were low points due to the aftermath of a cadet cribbing scandal (a violation of the Cadet Honor Code), which was revealed in the spring of 1951. As a result, 43 of 45 members of the varsity football team were discharged by administrative order. Not much was expected from the 1953 team, but they finished with a 7-1-1 record, and Lombardi had a bigger role than ever in coaching the team. 

Following these five seasons at Army, Lombardi accepted an assistant coaching position with the New York Giants in 1954 as offensive coordinator under new head coach Jim Lee Howell. Serving as the team’s defensive coordinator was future Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Tom Landry. Five years later, he was hired as the top man in Green Bay, and the rest is history.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Rote and Noll

Here is an interesting photo to get our minds off of the painful game in Atlanta last night.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Seattle at Green Bay Game Program

Here is the game program cover from last Sunday’s Seahawks-Packers match-up at Lambeau Field.

Seattle at Green Bay — The Game #2

We’ll back with Part II of our gallery of images from last Sunday’s Packers-Seahawks game at Lambeau Field. Above, Seattle DE Michael Bennett makes his case to the refs.

Packers’ Head Coach Mike McCarthy also in conference with an official.

LB Blake Martinez (#50) makes a tackle on Seattle RB Eddie Lacy, a former teammate in Green Bay. Lacy only had three yards on five rushing attempts. That’s hardly “sticking it” to the team that let him go.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12), T David Bakhtiari (#69), and TE Marcellus Bennett (#80).

The Packers’ offense backed up against their own goal line.

A group of Green Bay ball-catchers.

RB Ty Montgomery (#88) gets the handoff from QB Aaron Rodgers (#12).

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) decides he needs to get out of the pocket.

Above and below, it was a picture-perfect weather day in northeast Wisconsin.

S Kentrell Brice (#29) and LB Jake Ryan (#47) converge on Seattle WR Tyler Lockett (#16), who has just fair-caught a punt. 

QB Russell Wilson (#3) scrambles left and looks for a receiver.

Packers’ president and CEO Mark Murphy and GM Ted Thompson watch the game from their private box. Next door is the broadcast booth for WTMJ/Green Bay Packers Radio Network.

WR Davante Adams (#17) and WR Randall Cobb (#18) await the snap of the ball.

The Seattle offense huddles while the Packers’ defense is ready.

LB Clay Matthews (#52) is ready to rush from the outside.

Double FOX cameramen.

The last time the Packers played Seattle, I found out that I can’t yell and make noise the whole game anymore. It felt like I was swallowing broken glass for the next four days. Getting too old, I guess.

The specialists’ lonely life on the sideline.

CB Davon House (#31), DE Dean Lowry (#94), and S Morgan Burnett (#42).

LB Nick Perry (#53) bags QB Russell Wilson (#3).

DT Mike Daniels (#76) forced Wilson to fumble on this play, and the Packers’ LB Kyler Fackrell (#51) recovered.

RB Ty Montgomery (#88) falls backwards into the north end zone for a third quarter TD.

The late afternoon sun on the eastern scoreboard side of the stadium.

A nice hole opens up for RB Ty Montgomery (#88).

WR Jordy Nelson (#87) is congratulated coming off the field following his third quarter TD reception.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) leaps to throw.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) got banged up in the fourth quarter, and was noticeably limping and grimacing.

But QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) stayed in the game and finished out the battle.

Victory formation for the Green Bay Packers’ offense.

The final score.

Always good to see.

A final look at Lambeau Field as we walked back to the Packerville, U.S.A. Green Bay headquarters with a win under our belts.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Seattle at Green Bay — The Game #1

It’s been a busy week, putting us behind in posting these photos from last Sunday’s Seahawks at Packers game at Lambeau Field. Above and below, fans tailgate in the stadium parking lot — a tradition for over half a century.

The new permanent structure — the Johnsonville Tailgate Village on the east side of Lambeau Field — replaces the previous tent, and is very popular on game day, as can be seen here and the following two images.

The view (above and below) upon walking into Lambeau Field just after the gates open — which is always two hours prior to kickoff.

A couple of views along the Packers’ sideline as things are being set up for the game.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) talks with a couple of members of the Seattle staff during the early warm-up period.

Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll.

TE Martellus Bennett (#80) throwing the ball around along the sideline.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) stretching and warming up.

WR Jordy Nelson (#87).

The “specialists” — P Justin Vogel (#8), K Mason Crosby (#2), and LS Brett Goode (#61).

This bird was perched on the FOX sideline microphone, and later was on the field during pre-game festivities. He was captured with a net and released outside.

WR Randall Cobb (#18).

Three Noon games-in-progress were shown on the Lambeau Field HD boards during warm-ups, since the Packers’ game did not start until 3:25 p.m.

A FOX cameraman.

Packers players come out for their final pre-game drills after suiting up in their home colors.

Seattle defensive players limbering up in the north end zone.

Former Packer RB Eddie Lacy (#27).

Haven’t seen this guy before — in the north end zone front row.

The two featured alumni for the Seattle game were former CB Willie Buchanon (1972-78), and former RB John Brockington (1971-77).

National anthem time, with Blues Traveler’s front man John Popper on the harmonica, followed by a flyover with two F-16s.

Getting ready for the kickoff to the 2017 Packers’ season.

Seattle with the ball first, after the Packers won the toss, but elected to defer their possession to the second half kickoff.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) making some signals at the line of scrimmage.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) making his first throw of the 2017 season.

More offensive passing action.

Coming next: Part II.