Friday, May 25, 2018

Dick Deschaine Dies


Richard “Dick” Deschaine, 87, a punter for the Green Bay Packers from 1955-57, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Deschaine had a four-year NFL career, three with the Packers and one with the Cleveland Browns. He punted 181 times for the Packers, averaging 42.6 yards. In his four years in the NFL, he finished second in the league twice and sixth twice, but during a time when NFL rosters were limited to 33 players, it was hard for teams to keep specialty players. Deschaine also was a receiver, but did not catch a pass in the NFL. 

Gathering of family and friends will be held from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at St. Bernard Catholic Church 2040 Hillside Lane. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Mark VanderSteeg officiating, followed by a Life Celebration at his favorite supper club, Wally’s Spot. Complete Details will appear on Sunday, May 27, 2018.
Sources: Packers.com; Green Bay Press-Gazette

Monday, May 21, 2018

Sideline Scene at City Stadium


Spotted on an auction site — with so many interesting things to see in the image: “1940s Curly Lambeau Green Bay Packers Vintage PhotographLegendary coach Curly Lambeau is photographed here on the sidelines of Green Bay’s City Stadium seemingly disputing a call by one of the game’s referees while assistant coach, and Hall of Famer, Don Hutson calmly takes a drag from his cigarette to the left of the head man. Light wear shown throughout the 8"x10" image with moderate creasing in the left two corners. Reverse is blank.

Interested parties can bid here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Offseason Updates



UPDATED: 05/25
ROSTER NEWS FROM GREEN BAY

2018 DRAFTED PLAYERS:
Rd. 1 — CB Jaire Alexander*, Louisville (5-10; 196)
Rd. 2 — CB Josh Jackson*, Iowa (6-1; 192)
Rd. 3 — LB Oren Burks*, Vanderbilt (6-3; 230)
Rd. 4 — WR J'Mon Moore*, Missouri (6-3; 205)
Rd. 5 — G Cole Madison*, Wash. State (6-5; 308)
Rd. 5 — P JK Scott*, Alabama (6-5; 208)
Rd. 5 — WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling*,
              S. Florida (6-4; 206)
Rd. 6 — WR Equanimeous St. Brown*,
              Notre Dame (6-5; 214)
Rd. 7 — DE James Looney*, California (6-2; 287)
Rd. 7 — LS Hunter Bradley*, Miss. State (6-2; 241)
Rd. 7 — LB Kendall Donnerson*, Mo. State (6-3; 249)
*Signed

2018 DRAFTED PLAYERS CONTRACTS:
The Packers signed all 11 of their draft picks in advance of this week's OTA practices. They used 93.96 percent of their rookie salary pool ($8,245,687) on those 11 picks.

Here's a breakdown of the contracts for all the Packers draft picks:

Jaire Alexander, CB, first round: Four years, $12,050,734 ($6,844,168 signing bonus) plus team option for fifth year. Total guaranteed: $12,050,734. Base salaries, all fully guaranteed: $480,000 (this season), $1,027,761 (2019), $1,575,522 (2020), $2,123,238 (2021).

Josh Jackson, CB, second round: Four years, $6,256,100 ($2,629,892 signing bonus). Total guarantees: $3,874,260. Base salaries: $480,000 (this season, fully guaranteed), $764,368 (2019, fully guaranteed), $1,048,736 (2020), $1,333,104 (2021).

Oren Burks*, LB, third round: Four years, $3,431,555 ($820,756 signing bonus/only guaranteed money). Non-guaranteed salaries: $480,000 this season, $606,500 (2019), $697,500 (2020), $775,000 (2021). Workout bonuses: $25,000 each season from 2019 to 2021.

J'Mon Moore*, WR, fourth round: Four years, $2,912,368 ($452,359 signing bonus/only guaranteed money). Non-guaranteed base salaries: $480,000 this season, $570,000 (2019), $660,000 (2020) and $750,000 (2021).

Cole Madison*, OL, fifth round: Four years, $2,784,332 ($324,331 signing bonus/only guaranteed money). Non-guaranteed base salaries: $480,000 this season, $570,000 (2019), $660,000 (2020) and $750,000 (2021).

J.K. Scott*, P, fifth round: Four years, $2,677,552 ($217,553 signing bonus/only guaranteed money). Non-guaranteed base salaries: $480,000 this season, $570,000 (2019), $660,000 (2020) and $750,000 (2021).

Marquez Valdes-Scantling*, WR, fifth round: Four years, $2,677,552 ($217,553 signing bonus/only guaranteed money). Non-guaranteed base salaries: $480,000 this season, $570,000 (2019), $660,000 (2020) and $750,000 (2021).

Equanimeous St. Brown*, WR, sixth round: Four years, $2,578,400 ($118,408 signing bonus/only guaranteed money). Non-guaranteed base salaries: $480,000 this season, $570,000 (2019), $660,000 (2020) and $750,000 (2021).

James Looney*, DT, seventh round: Four years, $2,549,428 ($89,429 signing bonus/only guaranteed money). Non-guaranteed base salaries: $480,000 this season, $570,000 (2019), $660,000 (2020) and $750,000 (2021).

Hunter Bradley*, LS, seventh round: Four years, $2,537,464 ($77,342 signing bonus/only guaranteed money). Non-guaranteed base salaries: $480,000 this season, $570,000 (2019), $660,000 (2020) and $750,000 (2021).

Kendall Donnerson*, OLB, seventh round: Four years, $2,530,956 ($70,955 signing bonus/only guaranteed money). Non-guaranteed base salaries: $480,000 this season, $570,000 (2019), $660,000 (2020) and $750,000 (2021).

— Source: ESPN

*Signed
NOTE: All have minimum non-guaranteed base 
salaries: $480K, $570K, $660K, $750K.

2018 UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS:
TE Damon Gibson, Minn. State-Morehead (6-3; 240)
TE Kevin Rader, Youngstown State (6-4; 250)
G Jacob Alsadek, Arizona (6-7; 325)
C Austin Davis, Duke (6-4, 301)
T Alex Light, Richmond (6-5; 287)
LB Clarence Johnson, E. Texas Baptist (6-0; 226)
LB Naashon Hughes, Texas (6-3½; 259)
DT Tyler Lancaster, Northwestern (6-3½; 313)
DT Filipo Mokofisi, Utah (6-3; 283)
CB Chris Seisay, Portland State (6-1; 197)
S Raven Greene, James Madison (5-11; 197)
ILB Marcus Porter, Fairmount (6-0; 229)
T Kyle Meadows, Kentucky (6-5; 301)
ILB Parris Bennett, Syracuse (6-0; 233)
QB Tim Boyle, Eastern Kentucky (6-4; 232)
LB Greer Martini, Notre Dame (6-3⅜; 232)
TE Ryan Smith, Miami (Ohio) (6-4; 257)

NEW PLAYERS ADDED:
TE Marcedes Lewis — Details TBA
CB Tramon Williams — 2 Years; $10,000,000
TE Jimmy Graham — 3 Years; $30,000,000
DL Muhammad Wilkerson — 1 Year; $5,000,000
QB DeShone Kizer — 4 Years; $2,893,776
WR Jake Kumerow — 1 Year; $480,000
WR Colby Pearson — 1 Year; $480,000
TE Robert Tonyan — 1 Year; $480,000
LS Zach Triner  — 1 Year; $480,000
WR DeAngelo Yancey — 1 Year; $480,000
G Kofi Amichia — 1 Year; $480,000
LB Ahmad Thomas — 1 Year; $480,000
RB Joel Bouagnon — 1 Year; $480,000

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED:
FB Joe Kerridge — 1 Year; $630,000
WR Geronimo Allison — 1 Year; $630,000
G Justin McCray — 1 Year; $550,000
S Jermaine Whitehead — 1 Year; $550,000
C Lucas Patrick — 1 Year; $550,000
LS Taybor Pepper — TBA
CB Donatello Brown — 1 Year; $550,000
WR Michael Clark — 1 Year; $550,000
G Adam Pankey — 1 Year; $550,000
WR Herb Waters — TBA
CB Davon House — 1 Year; $1,005,000

UNSIGNED FREE AGENTS:
OLB Ahmad Brooks — TBA
G Jahri Evans — TBA
LS Brett Goode — TBA
DE Quinton Dial — TBA
T Ulrick John — TBA
CB Demetri Goodson — TBA

FREE AGENTS LOST (NEW TEAM):
CB Damarious Randall (Cleveland Browns)
S Morgan Burnett (Pittsburgh Steelers)
ILB Joe Thomas (Dallas Cowboys)
WR/KR Jeff Janis (Cleveland)
Richard Rodgers (Philadelphia Eagles)

PLAYERS RELEASED (NEW TEAM):
LB David Talley 
WR Jordy Nelson (Oakland Raiders)
QB Joe Callahan (Philadelphia Eagles)
P Justin Vogel (Cleveland Browns)


Friday, May 11, 2018

Jerry Kramer — Hall of Fame Media Guide


Looking ahead to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction weekend in August, we thought we’d share some of the historic organization’s 2018 Media Guide. This year, of course, is when Green Bay Packers’ legendary G Jerry Kramer finally gets to join his Lombardi Era teammates (and coach) into the hallowed institution. The ceremonies will be held August 2-5, 2018 in Canton, Ohio, home off the Hall of Fame. We attended Brett Favre’s induction weekend back in 2016, but will not be going this year.


Here is the biography and stats section on Jerry Kramer in the 2018 Hall of Fame Media Guide.








This section tells the history (above) and the future (following two pages) of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.






Finally, this is the section about the Hall of Fame selection process — explaining how the yearly inductees are chosen.







Tuesday, May 08, 2018

2018 Green Bay Packers Draft


We’re back from a self-imposed “vacation of isolation” from all news, social media, etc. to re-set the brain after a particularly stressful and trying year. Unfortunately, it coincided with the 2018 NFL Draft. This post is not news to anyone who wasn’t isolated last week, but serves as a quick reference to the new players chosen by the personnel staff at 1265 Lombardi Avenue in Green Bay, Wis.






















All graphics courtesy of the Green Bay Packers

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Antiques Road Show — Green Bay


Last year, the PBS television program Antiques Road Show filmed in Green Bay, Wis., for the first time. We knew about this at the time because a neighbor of ours attended and consulted us beforehand on where to stay, eat, etc. while in town. You can now see this episode on the PBS site here. The article above appears today on the excellent Uni Watch website. If this isn’t a daily stop for you, it should be.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

2018 Green Bay Packers Schedule


The 2018 NFL Preseason and Regular Season Schedules have been released. Now we can plan the rest of the year!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Aaron Rodgers Compilation


For your Friday and/or weekend enjoyment, here is a collection of Aaron Rodgers highlights from 2008-2017. This will help you get through this time of waiting for The Draft™ and OTAs/Minicamp. Prepare to smile. You’re welcome.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Preseason Opponents Released


Yesterday, the Green Bay Packers released their preseason opponents for the four weeks in August, with specific dates and times to be announced when the complete 2018 NFL schedule is released soon (last year it was released on April 20th). The final two preseason games are likely to be Thursday night events, as has been the case in recent years.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Packers Announce “100 Seasons” Details


Today the Green Bay Packers announced the initial details surrounding their 100th birthday. Since the 2018 is actually their 100th playing season, and their incorporation birthday is August 11, 2019, it will be a two-year celebration.

From the Green Bay Press-Gazette: “The celebration kicks off in June with a traveling interactive exhibit called “Lambeau Field Live,” and picks up at the end of July with a four-day “Packers Experience” at 1265 Lombardi Ave. The free festival will include live music, a replica team locker room, USA Football kids' clinic, Packers alumni Q&A, photo stations and more. The “Experience,” which begins July 26, coincides with the annual shareholders meeting and the start of training camp.

The Packers have produced a Ken Burns-length documentary, “Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers.” It has 10 episodes covering 10 decades of Packers football, with each episode running from one to two hours. Some decades were more newsworthy than others, and of course will cover 13 championships, including four Super Bowl victories, but also a couple of painfully long spells in the wilderness, including from 1945 to 1959 and from 1968 to 1991.

The documentary series will include never-seen footage and new interviews with current and former players. Portions of the documentary will be available on Packers.com and featured on game days during the fall. The entire series will be available in the fall of 2019.The Packers have not released details about how the series will be distributed.

In 2019, the Packers will release its “100 Seasons” book, a definitive history of the Packers. 

Fans can access “100 Seasons” through a special website that launches in June.”