Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Coach Starr — 1977

Today we see Packers’ head coach Bart Starr during a home game in the 1977 N.F.L. season. Standing on his right along the sideline is one of his star defensive players, CB Willie Buchanon. In this, his third season at the helm of the Packers, Starr’s team wound up winning only four games all season, finishing with a 4-10 record. Needless to say, they finished last in the N.F.C. Central Division that year. The teams they did defeat in ’77 were the New Orleans Saints, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Detroit Lions, and the San Francisco 49ers.

We also like this tidbit we found on the Packers’ site, from writer Vic Ketchman:

“I talk to out-of-town sportswriters every day. The consensus opinion of the Packers is that it’s a franchise to be admired. I get a lot of these respect-type questions, and I’m not sure if Packers fans feel ignored or are just so proud of their team that they want to know it’s respected, but either way, be happy because your team is one of the preeminent franchises in all of sports. No team and its fan base are more respected than the Packers and their fan base are.”