Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The First Preview

The publication shown above caught our eye at the gas station this morning, so naturally we had to pick it up for the archives. USA Today’s NFL Forecast ranks the Green Bay Packers as behind only the Seattle Seahawks in their “power rankings” of the whole league. There are no predictions given — that will come in the many preview publications this summer. But it’s clear that the rest of the league still recognizes the Packers as one of the top two elite teams to beat, no matter what happened in the NFC Championship game against the team they rank as #1.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Miscellaneous Wednesday

If you’re a long-time Packerville, U.S.A. reader (thank you, by the way), you know that from time to time we like to scope out some Packers memorabilia from auctions. That’s where some of today’s treasures were found, and none of them were current auctions. Above and below are a couple samples of the Mobil Oil NFL posters that were available in 1965-66(?).



These are Curly Lambeau’s football spkies. At least, that’s what we’re told.

Button from (Dave) “Hawg Hanner Day.” From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “Hanner received an honor in 1962 reserved for only a few select players in franchise history. The popular defensive tackle was recognized during "Dave Hanner Day" before the Baltimore Colts game at City Stadium on Nov. 18, 1962. The team presented Hanner with several gifts, including a white station wagon, a tractor with a snow blower, and cash. Some of the 38,669 fans sported "Hawg Hanner" buttons and cheered wildly for their defensive hero in the Packers' 17-13 victory over the Colts.

Dave “Hawg” Hanner — Green Bay defensive tackle from 1952-64.

Hanner (#79 at right) makes a tackle near the goal line on a 49ers ballcarrier in a December 10, 1962 game in San Francisco. Wrapping the runner up initially is CB Herb Adderley (#26), with LB Ray Nitschke (#66, at left) coming in for an assist. This is from a newspaper archive, and the circled area appears to perhaps reference a knee injury that may have occurred on the play.

A Dave Boss-stylized Green Bay Packers poster from the 1960s.

Above and below, some select old Packers trading cards from quite a long time ago. 


You often see these old Williams Advertising posters for sale or on display, but you don’t often see the envelopes that contained the sets. 




Here are a few examples of the posters you would have collected in those days. Above, we see Bill Curry.

        Bob Jeter 

        Dave Robinson 

        Lee Roy Caffey 

        Willie Wood

Summer inches closer in northern Wisconsin, and we look forward to Training Camp drawing near, as well as all the fun summer things to do in Green Bay. The CityDeck (seen above) along the Fox River is just one piece of the revitalization of Titletown’s downtown. As part-time residents of Green Bay now, we enjoy all the time we are able to spend there.

Monday, May 18, 2015

American Legion Monthly — 1936

As we navigate this “quiet” time of the football year, we thought we’d post this article from the December 1936 issue of American Legion Monthly, when our team was only seventeen years old. At the time, it probably seemed like they had been around forever, compared to other professional football teams of the era. And now they are working on almost a hundred years. My, how time flies.




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bits ’n Pieces

It’s been a little while since we’ve had an update, and there is really not a whole lot going on other than the rookie camp they had last week following the draft. Not only were the 2015 draft choices there, but also a sizable contingent of undrafted free agents.

A few notes and dates:

There are are a few dates where fans can watch OTA and mini-camp practices — Thursday, May 28; Tuesday, June 2; Wednesday, June 10 (all at 11:30 a.m., on Clark Hinkle Field). 

We are told that the three-day mini-camp will also be open to the public — Tuesday, June 16 through Thursday, June 18. Times have not been announced yet.

These dates are weather-permitting… if there is rain, the practices will be held inside the Don Hutson Center and will be closed to the public. Check the forecast and Packers.com for any late-changing information before you go.

We plan to attend a practice or two and will share that with our readers when and if it happens.

Tickets went on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. for Brett Favre’s induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 18. The tickets, priced at $4 each (the money goes to charity), will grant fans admission to the seating bowl to watch the induction ceremony on the TundraVision video boards. During the evening, Favre will also make an appearance in the bowl to address the crowd. To get tickets, go here. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Sorry, they sold out in one day. Luckily, we got ours early].

 The Green Bay Packers’ annual shareholders meeting will be held in Lambeau Field on Tuesday, July 28 at 11:00 a.m., rain or shine. You must be a shareholder (or the guest of one) to attend the meeting. Your proxy materials will be forthcoming in mid-late June.

 The Clay Matthews Danbury Mint™ figure seen at the top of this post is new for 2015. It will be in our Packerville, U.S.A. archives soon.

More as it develops…

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Meet Mr. No. 1

The picks are all in, and the Green Bay Packers have selected Arizona State S Damarious Randall as the newest member of the team’s roster. Here is a bit about Mr. Randall: “By the end of the 2015 season, Arizona State safety Damarious Randall appeared to be headed for first-round selection in the NFL Draft, which seemed plausible after leading the Sun Devils in tackles and interceptions. Though his stock appeared strong after his early-March Pro Day at ASU, the pro-Randall momentum apparently is gaining steam.

“NFL.com analyst Mike Mayock leapfrogged Randall on his position-by-position board, ranking him atop his list of the class' best safeties. "Randall is by far the best cover safety in the draft," Mayock told the Daily News. "Because of the way Arizona State plays defense, you can see him play a ton of man-to-man, which is so helpful (in evaluating him). He's a guy that there's been a lot of buzz about for the last month or so. He reminds me of Jimmy Ward, who was drafted in the first round last year by San Francisco. But he's not as physical or as good a tackler as Ward.’

“FOXSports.com's Peter Schrager listed Randall as the 27th player off the board, saying: "Randall's my guy rising fast up draft boards and that's because of his versatility. He played corner at Arizona State and had a lot of success. He is built like a safety. He also had a great workout in Arizona for many pro scouts back during the NFL's Owners meetings. Buzz has been high on this guy for a while.’

“With the NFL going pass-heavy these days, Randall's cover skills are coveted. Though the safety talent in this draft class is considered poor, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that at least one team views the Sun Devil as a better prospect than Ward. As they say, one is all it takes.’

“Randall's versatility as a nickel or safety has propelled his cause, and perhaps the only slight against him is his size. At a hair taller than 5-10, Randall has made up for those concerns by bulking up to nearly 200 pounds, more than 15 pounds of added weight since ASU's season ended.”



Randall at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. 

The Packers picked 30th overall, due to their missing the Super Bowl by a few minutes. 

The NFL Network experts announce that Green Bay’s selection has been submitted. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces Randall’s selection. 

Two Packers’ fans in downtown Chicago show their approval of the pick. 

Randall was at home with his family instead of being in Chicago. 

A couple of screens with Randall’s statistics and information. 


Randall’s first Tweets as a Green Bay Packer. 

Randall’s page on NFL.com. Friday brings us Rounds 2 & 3.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Draft Is Upon Us

The 2015 NFL Draft is nearly here, and then we can really get down to the nuts and bolts of who will comprise our Green Bay Packers this season. All of the pre-Draft speculation can be really tiring, and completely meaningless. As a reminder, we have listed below the NFL Draft television broadcast schedule for Thursday through Saturday:

All times are Central time zone

THURSDAY
What: Round 1
When: 7:00 p.m. until end of first round (there's a 10 minute time limit on picks), approximately 10:30 p.m.
TV info: NFL Network and ESPN
Other coverage:
ESPN
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — NFL Insiders
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. —  NFL Live
5:00 p.m. — SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown
NFL Network
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. — Path to the Draft
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — NFL Draft Kickoff
4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — NFL Draft Gold Carpet
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  — NFL Draft Kickoff

FRIDAY
What: Rounds 2 (7-minute time limit) and 3 (5-minute time limit)
When: 6:00 p.m. until end of third round (approximately) 10:30 p.m.
TV info: NFL Network and ESPN2
Other coverage:
ESPN2
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — NFL Insiders
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. —  NFL Live
NFL Network
8:00 a.m. to 12 noon — Path to the Draft
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. — NFL Draft Kickoff

SATURDAY
What: Rounds 4-7
(Rds. 4-6: 5-minute time limit, Rd. 7: 4-minute limit)
When: 11:00 a.m. to (approximately) 7:00 p.m.
TV info: NFL Network and ESPN
Other coverage:
NFL Network
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. — Path to the Draft

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2005 Draft — Ten Years On...

Ten years ago today, QB Aaron Rodgers was drafted with the 24th pick of the 2005 First Round. Above, he meets the media a day later at Lambeau Field. We thought we’d go back and take a look at the teams who passed up the opportunity to draft a player who would win a Super Bowl (following the 2010 season), be named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player twice (2011 and 2014), be a four-time Pro Bowl selection (2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014), and a First Team All-Pro twice (2011 and 2014). Plus, he’s always referred to as one of the top QB’s in the league, and a future Hall of Famer. Now, here are the teams that didn’t think he was worth drafting:

   1 San Francisco 49ers — (QB Alex Smith)
   2 Miami Dolphins — (RB Ronnie Brown)
   3 Cleveland Browns — (WR Braylon Edwards)
   4 Chicago Bears — (RB Cedric Benson) 
   5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — (RB Carnell "Cadillac" Williams)
   6 Tennessee Titans — (CB Adam "Pac-Man" Jones)
   7 Minnesota Vikings — (WR Troy Williamson) 
   8 Arizona Cardinals — (CB Antrel Rolle)
   9 Washington Redskins — (CB Carlos Rogers)
 10 Detroit Lions — (WR Mike Williams) 
 11 Dallas Cowboys — (LB DeMarcus Ware)
 12 San Diego Chargers — (LB Shawne Merriman)
 13 New Orleans Saints  — (OT Jammal Brown)
 14 Carolina Panthers — (LB Thomas Davis)
 15 Kansas City Chiefs — (LB Derrick Johnson)
 16 Houston Texans — (DT Travis Johnson)
 17 Cincinnati Bengals — (LB David Pollack)
 18 Minnesota Vikings — (DE Erasmus James) 
 19 St. Louis Rams — (OT Alex Barron)
 20 Dallas Cowboys — (DE Marcus Spears)
 21 Jacksonville Jaguars — (WR Matt Jones)
 22 Baltimore Ravens — (WR Mark Clayton)
 23 Oakland Raiders — (CB Fabian Washington)
 24 Green Bay Packers — (QB Aaron Rodgers) 

What a fun list, eh? This is what happens when you draft for perceived need rather than taking the Best Available Player (BAP), as the Packers do under the leadership of Ted Thompson. Look at our three division-mates... they picked some long-term successful players, didn’t they? Cedric Benson last played — ironically — for the Packers in 2012; Troy Williamson last played in 2009; Mike Williams last played in Canada in 2013; and Erasmus James disappeared to indoor football in 2011. Now, let’s win some more championships!