Saturday, October 13, 2018

Jim Taylor Passes Away at 83

Legendary Packers FB Jim Taylor has passed away at age 83, it has been announced. More to come.

Graphic: Green Bay Packers
Lower Photo: Baton Rouge Advocate

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 Week 6 NFL TV Maps

The Week 6 NFL TV Maps are out for this weekend’s football broadcasts. The San Francisco 49ers will be coming to Green Bay for Monday Night Football, so the maps are irrelevant to Packers fans. That is, unless you want to see which games you can watch in between raking the leaves and other chores. Those maps are posted below. Maps courtesy of 506 Sports.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Bills at Packers

The goal is to get photos from the previous week’s game (in this case, the Bills vs. Packers game) up here on the original blog before the next game is played, and sometimes it’s hard to get that done. But, we’ve pulled it off again this week. Above, we never noticed before that this display is on the Lambeau Field Atrium information desk each week during the season.

Your Packerville, U.S.A. editor (left) with one of two fellows who dress up as Packers from the 20’s through the 40’s. This was on Saturday prior to the game.

Each visiting team has a truck from their home state that delivers their equipment, and we’ve always wondered why they don’t fly it on the plane when they travel. Perhaps it’s too much weight(?), but we’ve never researched this.

All of the Packers’ in-season practices are held in secrecy behind the green tarp that is put up when training camp ends (even though they don’t use this field during camp anymore).

Lambeau Field on a chilly fall Saturday afternoon in Green Bay.

Our first look inside the stadium after entering about an hour-and-a-half before the game on Sunday morning.

Special teams players are always out early. Here, Buffalo’s K Stephen Hauschka (#4) practices field goals with P Corey Bojorquez (#9) and LS Reid Ferguson (#69). 

Packers equipment cases ready to go on the sideline.

The team’s equipment department has their own “100 Seasons” logo variation.

Just a few examples of the extra equipment that is ready if needed on the Packers’ sideline.

A close-up of P J.K. Scott (#6) as he visits with fans that he knows who are at the game.

Former Packers’ S Micah Hyde (#23) visits with K Mason Crosby (#2).

Buffalo Bills warming up on the field along the Packers’ sideline area.

The Green Bay Packers come out of the tunnel for their pre-game warm-ups.

Team huddle outside the tunnel.

Buffalo has the north half of the field as the fans start to trickle in.

Close-up of Packers players coming over to their bench area.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) limbers up the arm and the knee.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) jokes with the game’s referee, Bill Vinovich (#52).

The Lambeau concourse is crowded as we head over to our section and grab a bratwurst on the way.

The University of Wisconsin Band was on hand this day, as they do once each season. They played the national anthem, at halftime, and during their “Fifth Quarter” after the game.

One of the two “guys with the giant flags” as the Packers’ offense is introduced to the stadium crowd. They alternate introducing the offense and defense at home games.

As QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) is introduced, the rest of the team runs with him to the bench area.

The Bills’ offense has the ball first, on the north end of the field.

Buffalo’s RB Chris Ivory (#33) attempts to punch through a hole that isn’t there.

They ended up having to punt after failing to get a first down.

The Packers on offense on a short field.

The Packers’ defense during a time out.

Huddling up after the time out.

Bills’ RB LeSean McCoy (#25) gets his turn against the Packers’ “D.”

RB Ty Montgomery (#88) gains some useful yards near mid-field.

Micah Hyde (#23) goes down with an injury early, ruining his return to Lambeau Field for the first time as a Buffalo Bill.

The Packers’ offensive line coming to the line of scrimmage.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) calling the signals in the shotgun position.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) takes the shotgun snap.

TE Jimmy Graham (#80) returns to the bench after a TD throw by Rodgers.

Bills’ RB Chris Ivory (#33)... still trying to find a hole.

Not sure if LB Antonio Morrison (#44) got called for a facemark penalty on this play, but he should’ve.

Buffalo’s rookie QB Josh Allen (#17) looking for a receiver under the watchful gaze of LB Blake Martinez (#50).

A pulled-back view of the Bills on offense, heading south on the field.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) calling an adjustment at the line of scrimmage.

RB Aaron Jones (#33) providing that spark that the Packers need in the run game.

Local collegiate cheerleaders on the sideline.

Typical Packers fans, on a typical fall afternoon at Lambeau Field.

WR Geronimo Allison (#81) races to elude a defender.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12), after faking a hand off to RB Aaron Jones (#33), rolls out in the opposite direction.

An editorial: I know that at every game, there is a portion of the crowd who is perhaps at their first Packers game ever, but I’d like to point out that when the team is on offense, it is never O.K. to make excessive noise before the snap of the ball. They do not need your vocal support at that time. Our quarterback should never have to motion to the fans for “quiet” at the line of scrimmage. Thank you.

On the Packers’ bench, C Corey Linsley (#63) talks offensive line play with coach James Campen.

The view if you were playing a deep, deep safety position, behind S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (#21).

QB Josh Allen (#17) uses all of his strength to heave it downfield.

Above and below, QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) during a time out.

The Green Bay Packers’ bench area.

DE Dean Lowry (#94) tackles everybody — teammates included.

RB Ty Montgomery (#88) trying to race around the corner.

There were a surprising number of Bills fans in Green Bay for the weekend.

GM Brian Gutekunst (center) watching from high above.

LB Reggie Gilbert (#93) runs RB LeSean McCoy (#25) out of bounds.

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (#21) gets a word from Defensive Pass Game Coordinator Joe Whitt, Jr.

WR Geronimo Allison (#81) is tended to on the field for what turned out to be a concussion.

QB Josh Allen (#17) is sacked by LB Blake Martinez (#50)...

... and again by DL Kenny Clark (#97).

This is probably the most interesting quarterback position you’ll ever see on the field.

The Lambeau Field crowd enjoyed a mostly stress-free afternoon after the previous two home games (the thrilling come-from-behind victory over Chicago and the underwhelming tie with the Vikings).

Suite fans enjoy the new windows which open to let in the crowd noise and outdoor atmosphere — in between trips to the buffet for lobster and caviar.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) is brought down late in the game...

... but so is QB Josh Allen (again), this time by LB Oren Burks (#42) and LB Kyler Fackrell (#51). That was seven sacks on the day.

Game’s over.

The final score.

Some final stats on the scoreboard as the players leave the field.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) acknowledges the fans as he enters the tunnel.

As we mentioned earlier, the University of Wisconsin Marching Band performed their traditional “Fifth Quarter” for a good half-hour or more after the game.

Band members doing the “Lambeau Leap,” or more specifically, the “Lambeau Leap & Sit.”

Gentlemen of the band serenade a police officer with the classic song Hey, Baby.

“Saint Vince” sits near us in the next section.

The final sight as we left Lambeau until the next home game.