Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Celebration of Life

Fred “Fuzzy” Thurston’s celebration of life was held on Friday, December 19 at Lambeau Field.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Week 16 TV Map

The TV Map for FOX’s coverage on Sunday is not encouraging for Packers fans. Only those residing in the purple areas will see the game. Even the folks in western Wisconsin will not see it, because they are in the Minneapolis TV market. Unless you have other plans involving sports bars or satellites, remember that you can listen online at WTMJ 620 AM radio in Milwaukee’s website.

Monday, December 15, 2014

“Fuzzy” Thurston Remembered

On Sunday, while watching an unfortunate performance by the Packers in Buffalo, our phone buzzed with a news alert that Fred “Fuzzy” Thurston had passed away. Sadly, we were not surprised after seeing him signing autographs with Jerry Kramer in the Packers Pro Shop on October 18th. We hadn’t seen him for a while, and it was obvious that he had been experiencing health problems. Not long ago, we read that he was in the last days of his life.

Fuzzy was a legend in Green Bay, because of his playing days for the Lombardi teams, sure. But also for his unfailing support of the team he loved, and as a business man in the city. We visited his establishment, “Shenanigans,” several times in its two locations over many years. The hat that he signed will be in our collection forever. He was the kind of guy that you assumed would always be around, cheering on the Packers.

But the stars of what we refer to as “The Glory Years” are aging, as all of us are. The Packers’ success over the last 20 years has been very enjoyable, but the Green Bay teams of the 1960’s will always hold a special place in our lives — for those of us who grew up in that era. As you’ve noticed here in Packerville, U.S.A., there is a heavy emphasis on that era. Here’s to you, Fuzzy, you gave us all many things to remember.

In 2006, Fuzzy published a book titled, “What A Wonderful World: A Story of Personal Triumph.” Luckily, we purchased a copy at Fuzzy’s bar and had him autograph it. It is now an expensive acquisition, but the stories and photos would make it worth it for anyone interested in this era of Packers’ history. We thought we would post just a few of the selection of images from the book here, in honor of Fuzzy. Above, a candid shot of Vince Lombardi and Fuzzy in 1968.

An early photo of Fuzzy with his mother at the family home in Altoona, Wisconsin. 

Fuzzy, lower row center, on the Valparaiso University basketball team. 

Fuzzy sitting on the Packers bench with RB Paul Hornung

Posing with T Bob Skoronski

Playing on the Packers’ offseason traveling basketball team in the 1960’s. 

Posing at “Shenanigans” with fans. 

Mike Holmgren with Fuzzy in Lambeau Field. 

Fuzzy with three 1996 Packers you may have heard of: C Frank Winters, QB Brett Favre, and TE Mark Chmura. They brought another Lombardi Trophy home to Green Bay. 

From the back cover of the book, a photo of Fuzzy at Lambeau Field.
Lombardi-era photos by Vernon and Jim Biever

Friday, December 12, 2014

eBay Photo Day VI

It’s time for another eBay Photo Day, where we scout out some photos from Packers history and provide a link where you can go and purchase/bid on them. Above, QB Bart Starr and RB Paul Hornung converse on the Green Bay sideline during a game. Place bid here.

QB Bart Starr and Coach Vince Lombardi watch the defense on the field during an undated home game. Place bid here.

WR Max McGee makes a fingertip TD catch in the L.A. Coliseum vs. the Rams in 1960. Place bid here.

Undated posed “action” image of FB Jim Taylor. Place bid here

1962 team “Tang” promotional photo. Place bid here

QB Bart Starr on the road pre-game photo. Place bid here

1972 Green Bay Packers team photo. Place bid here

RB John Brockington game action photo. Place bid here

The Ice Bowl-winning sneak in progress. G Jerry Kramer throws his block on Cowboys’ lineman Jethro Pugh, and QB Bart Starr is about to cross the goal line. Place bid here.

Vince Lombardi sideline portrait. Place bid here

LB Ray Nitschke during pre-game introductions. It’s so nice that modern-day lawyers forced the logos and hologram on the front side — they look so nice on a framed photo. Place bid here.

QB Bart Starr about to get the snap from C Ken Bowman on a foggy day. Place bid here

Coach Lombardi and others (including band members) on the sideline in the rain. Place bid here.

Bart Starr in his coaching years, looking dapper in his white pullover sweater. Place bid here

RB Tom Moore avoids Detroit’s Joe Schmidt, who is being blocked by G Jerry Kramer. Place bid here.

RB Paul Hornung is seen in a press photo from his 1967 wedding. Place bid here

The Colts’ Billy Ray Smith shakes hands with QB Bart Starr as the two walk off the field after a game in Green Bay. Place bid here

QB Bart Starr passes against the Cleveland Browns in the 1965 NFL championship game at the newly-named “Lambeau Field.” Place bid here

At an away game, we see RB Jim Grabowski, G Jerry Kramer, and WR Carroll Dale during a time out. Place bid here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Packers vs. Falcons

On the drive up to Green Bay on Monday for the Packers-Falcons game, the snow started between Sheboygan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. It was a wet, heavy snow since the temperature was around 35 degrees. 

That’s the glow of Lambeau Field off in the distance, as seen from our parking spot a few blocks to the West of the stadium. 

Lambeau on a snowy night in early December. 

Thank you, kindly. Always good to be in Lambeau.

A flag that covered the entire field was used during the national anthem. 

Packers players come out of the tunnel for pre-game warm-ups in the snow. 

WR Randall Cobb loosens up with a few throws. 

All of the Packers’ quarterbacks pose with their position coach. From left to right, Scott Tolzien, Matt Flynn, QBs Coach Alex Van Pelt, and Aaron Rodgers.

Atlanta Falcons players do some stretching in the snow flurries. 

The ESPN Monday Night Football crew do their pre-game show from field level. 

Quarterbacks, receivers, and tight ends limber up along the Packers’ sideline. 

The mid-field coin toss is conducted, which the Packers won and elected to get the ball first. 

RB Eddie Lacy works for some yards early in the game. 

The Packers offense, led by QB Aaron Rodgers, at work. 

LB Julius Peppers makes a stop on RB Steven Jackson. 

WR Jordy Nelson is dragged down by CB Desmond Trufant after a reception. 

More yardage for Lacy in a mass of bodies. 

Rodgers and the offense on the move. 

Nelson ready to work against CB Robert McClain. 

The Packers approaching the North end zone. 

After a late hit on a scrambling Rodgers, a scrum broke out on the sideline near the goal line. 

The Lambeau Tundra Line performs during a TV time out. 

K Mason Crosby kicks an extra point. 

QB Matt Ryan gets a pass off into the Packers’ secondary. 

S Micah Hyde awaits a Matt Bosher punt. 

Rodgers and his offensive teammates take a break during a time out. 

The offense huddles up before the next play. 

Rodgers makes some adjustments at the line of scrimmage. 

Rodgers hands off to RB James Starks

The offensive line takes a break on the heated bench. 

The Monday Night Football broadcast booth on the bottom level of the press box. 

As if we didn’t get enough of him while he was with the Chicago Bears, KR Devin Hester now plays for the Falcons. 

Atlanta huddles up before a play in the North end of the field. 

Atlanta coaches and staff along the sideline. 

S Morgan Burnett, LB Clay Matthews, DT Datone Jones, and CB Tramon Williams wait for the Falcons to line up for the next play. 

WR Julio Jones — who had a record-breaking night — makes another reception despite the efforts of CB Davon House

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix shares a laugh with an official. 

The Packers’ defense makes a stop short of the goal line. 

Crosby kicks a successful 53-yard field goal. 

The Falcons on their way to another score in the North end zone. 

On the final drive, Starks played a crucial role to preserve the victory with his runs. 

Rodgers and Head Coach Mike McCarthy confer during a late-game time out. McCarthy, with this victory, tied Vince Lombardi’s 98 wins for second place all-time behind Earl “Curly” Lambeau.

Rodgers takes a knee to run out the clock, and the Packers move to a record of 10-3, and 7-0 at Lambeau Field in 2014. 

Players mingle and visit on the field after the game. 

That’s it, the final score, and the final photo.