Monday, March 19, 2018

Offseason Update

Updated: 03/19
News from Green Bay, as 2018 Free Agency opens, and a new year begins...

01/02 — WR Jake KumerowWR Colby PearsonTE Robert TonyanLS Zach Triner and WR DeAngelo Yancey signed.
01/03 — G Kofi Amichia signed.
01/04 — LB Ahmad Thomas signed.
01/10 — RB Joel Bouagnon signed
03/9 — Traded CB Damarious Randall, 2018 fourth-round pick and 2018 fifth-round pick to Cleveland for QB DeShone Kizer, 2018 fourth-round pick and 2018 fifth-round pick.
03/12 — Signed G Justin McCray.
03/12 — Signed CB Donatello Brown.
03/12 — Signed WR Michael Clark.
03/12 — Tendered OL Adam Pankey as an exclusive rights free agent.
03/13 — Agreed to three-year contract with TE Jimmy Graham.
03/13 — Released WR Jordy Nelson.
03/14 — Tendered WR Geronimo Allison as exclusive rights free agent.
03/15 — DL Muhammad Wilkerson and CB Herb Waters signed
03/16 — TE Jimmy Graham signed.

Looking Back at Favre

Just because it’s Monday, and there’s not much going on now that the free agency flourish has faded as we wait for the 2018 NFL Draft, here’s a Brett Favre gallery for your enjoyment. Remember when Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren, and Favre came to town? And then Reggie White? That feeling you got when you realized that maybe the team was going to turn things around? That’s now been 26 years, making us feel much older. These images are in random order — just enjoy the exhibit. 

Images Source: Bing Images

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A Plethora of Programs

Most of us do not have the financial resources to add the things to our collection that we’d like to add, but auction sites are great places to view these treasures... and dream. Here are some items up for bidding at Heritage Auctions. If you can’t swing the cash, enjoy the “window shopping!”

Visit the Heritage Auctions site here.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

“Would You Pay 50 Cents to Keep the Packers?”

From today’s “Glimpses of the Past”:

“Would You Pay 50 Cents to Keep the Packers?… Are the Packers worth a couple of packs of smokes, a half-pound of coffee or any other four-bit item to you? The figure seems rather fantastic when you place it alongside the price of a new stadium, but here’s how Bernard Darling, co-chairman of the Stadium Ward committee along with Councilman Roman Denissen, explained it at an informal meeting of city councilman, Mayor Otto Rachals, City Atty. Clarence Nier and Packer officials at the Northland Hotel last night:

‘The City of Green Bay’s cost in building the stadium will be approximately $600,000 in 20 years — the original $480,000 plus interest. The Packers’ cost will be the same. Our population should average 60,000 over the next 20 years and probably will go higher. Thus, the average cost per person for the city’s share would be $10 for 20 years.’

“Citizens of Green Bay will vote April 3 on a referendum to decide whether or not the City of Green Bay should issue $960,000 in bonds for the construction of a new stadium, with the Packers bearing half the cost.”

— Green Bay-Press-Gazette, March 13, 1956

We’re glad these “citizens of Green Bay” voted sensibly to build what is widely hailed as one of the places that sports fans need to visit before they die.
Text from today’s Green Bay Press-Gazette

Friday, March 02, 2018

New Turf For Lambeau Field

We took some photos today outside Lambeau Field, where the process is well underway on the new playing surface for the 2018 NFL season. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers are replacing the turf at Lambeau Field. Replacement is necessary because the synthetic fibers sown into the turf were wearing out. The surface is the same concept as before, but the Packers are switching from the GrassMaster product to SISGrass. The GrassMaster turf was installed before the 2007 season.

Here's a quick look at the turf replacement project and what it will take to get the field ready for the start of the season:

• Work began this month. The field is expected to be ready for play in early August, before Family Night.

• Irrigation and heating systems will be re-installed to make sure they work with the new turf.

• Sod will be planted in spring. Stitching of synthetic fibers will take place in July.

• More than 2,500 miles of synthetic fibers (or 20 million individual fibers) will be sewn into the grass.

• The Packers shareholder meeting will be held at Lambeau Field in June and Cellcom Green Bay Marathon will go through the stadium, but no other events, such as concerts, are scheduled.

• And no, the Packers will not sell the turf removed from the field as they did in 1997.

Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel