Tuesday, January 17, 2012

That’s All Folks...

With the Packers’ sudden exit from the Playoffs after what should have been another glorious season, we are calling it a day here at the Packerville.U.S.A. blog — for the time being, at least. Readership will, as it did even with the team’s championship last year, drop significantly in the off-season. We will take this time off to reassess what we do here to determine if all the hours are worth it, and whether we’ll continue.

This loss hurts, and we fans who spend way more time on the team than is probably healthy need time to process it all. We will try, however, to maintain the Twitter feed and see how that goes. Thanks to our loyal readers and those who also have sent nice comments. Knowing that there are many out there who appreciate the things we share here has helped us continue when it seemed the late nights were getting to be too much. Until we come back with further word on the status of the blog for the future, take some time away from football in these months ahead.

UPDATE: Thanks for all of the positive comments to those who have done so. To respond to the comment about my being a “fair weather fan” (those are fighting words with me!), I have this to say: “Fair weather fan? I think not. I'll put my loyalty and time and money spent on the team (tickets, merchandise, and 1,872 miles of nine round trips between home and Green Bay) up against YOU or anyone, and will win hands- down. My break from the daily blog is to take a breather from the 300+ hours I've spent on it alone since the end of July. The end of the season, as frustrating as it was, is the perfect time to take a break since that is when all of the "fair weather fans" stop reading it anyway. Google's statistics prove that.

20 comments:

Mr. D said...

Well, I for one really appreciate everything you do. It is a lot, though, and you certainly do owe yourself a rest.

Anonymous said...

great job- site is very well done and honest- not just another packer "praise" site- also great photos!!

thank you for your efforts

Anonymous said...

Excellent work, found the blog late last season and it's the 1st place I go daily for Packer news & history. Still stunned, but enjoy the downtime.

Chance Michaels said...

I know that this loss was especially painful, but don't lose heart. I love your blog, as I know others do.

The Packers will start their campaign for Fourteen in a couple months, and we'll all be there! Until then, there's lots of glorious history to discuss; I for one have learned a great deal reading your blog.

Anonymous said...

I would greatly miss this wonderful site - I check into it daily. I love all of the old Packer stuff you throw in, and would have a big void throughout the year without having this site to turn to. I know it takes a lot of your time, so it's understandable and right that you take a deserved break. Please come back at some point.... Please!!!! And thanks for all that you do to keep our Pack Spirit alive!

Fred said...

I have told many people about your site: the BEST all-in-one Packer site out there. Get recharged and come back as the Packers find a defense to compliment their offense during the off-season.
Thank you.

Inquiring Minds said...

I agree with the appreciation for this site. You guys do a great job.
I get stuff here that makes me appreciate the team more, and more. The historical articles are awesome. Learned some wonderful things about Hutson that I never knew before.

Hope you choose to continue, you are providing a great service to fellow fans!

Anonymous said...

The Packers have been around since 1919. In that time, as you have documented so well, there have been many highs and lows. In time this game won't be forgotten, but it will be just one chapter in a long story. I love your site as well, and would hate to see it disappear.

As the great Milwaukee punk band The Shemps once sang (back in '83) The Pack Will Be Back!!

http://youtu.be/SI0yE1WzJ38

Brad said...

i absolutely love the blog. the pictures are great, and i truly enjoy all the posts on the history of the packers, and other little know facts about the team. i found this site last season, almost by accident, and couldn't believe i hadn't heard of it before. i sure hope you decide to continue after the break. thanks!

Anonymous said...

Fair weather fan... They lost a playoff game. Very disappointing, but no need to throw in the towel.

Mr. Lambeau said...

Thanks for all of the positive comments to those who have done so. To respond to the comment about my being a “fair weather fan” (those are fighting words with me!), I have this to say: “Fair weather fan? I think not. I'll put my loyalty and time and money spent on the team (tickets, merchandise, and 1,872 miles of nine round trips between home and Green Bay) up against YOU or anyone, and will win hands-down. My break from the daily blog is to take a breather from the 300+ hours I've spent on it alone since the end of July. The end of the season, as frustrating as it was, is the perfect time to take a break since that is when all of the "fair weather fans" stop reading it anyway. Google's statistics prove that. I will be back, just not sure when.”

Anonymous said...

Sorry if I offended you, but I guess the following statement bothered me. If they would have beat the Giants, would you have wrote this? Of course the hours are worth it. People enjoy your blog!:

We will take this time off to reassess what we do here to determine if all the hours are worth it, and whether we’ll continue.

Mr. Lambeau said...

Yes, I probably would've written the same thing. After last season, Super Bowl and all, I was re-assessing all the time and effort. I decided to give it another year, and now am going to decide the same thing for 2012.

Anonymous said...

Thanks!
We stop by PACKERVILLE, USA
every day.
Again, Thanks for all your time, effort and insight.

Anonymous said...

Simply outstanding blog, please keep it going, ignore the negative comments tossed your way about being a 'fair weather fan' or any other such nonsense. Your hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated and speak for itself as to your loyalty and dedication to the Packers.

Take a well deserved break, Mr Lambeau, see you in a few months.

Anonymous said...

Greatly appreciate your efforts. I especially like the photos and articles from the 60s. Hope you don't give it up. Enjoy your time off and hope you'll be back soon.

Johnny O said...

I friggin' love this site. Aside from Uni Watch, this site is a daily staple in my household.

You guys do such in depth work, and I really appreciate all that you do. The old material, and the scans is what really keeps me coming back.

My family also has "gold package" tickets during the Packer season and would love to buy you a great tasting, less filling Miller Lite next season. Keep up the fantastic work. It truly is appreciated.

Ed Newhouse said...

Just came across your blog for the first time. What an outstanding site! A true labor of love. I can't imagine the hours you've spent on it. Perhaps you can enlist some help from your friends (readers) to help with the maintenance?

Brandon said...

Every time I visit your site I can tell how much work you put into it. I'll certainly miss reading and linking back to your site from Acme Packing Company. The Packers have such a rich history and you do a great job of reminding us about it.

Keith Yowell said...

Thanks for all of the great work you have done with this blog - the best pertaining to a single team's history that I've yet encountered. I'm an Eagles fan, but first and foremost, I'm a fan of the game and its history. I definitely can relate to the need to take a break - I have my own blog ("Today in Pro Football History") that I launched in October 2009 and, like you, have put a lot of time and effort into it. I enjoy it, but am also glad when reaching this point in the cycle to be able to start relaxing the pace heading into the offseason. I hope you'll be posting again in due course, and look forward to it!