Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Man. The Legend.

Our historical offering for today is this portrait of the man who started it all — Curly Lambeau. What might he think of today’s NFL? It had changed quite a bit even by the time he died unexpectedly in 1965.

Starting today’s video presentations is this clip from the brand new NFL Network show: NFL AM.

New C Jeff Saturday is acclimating to the Packers’ offense.

Comments from Head Coach Mike McCarthy: “No starting jobs are won today.” 

 From the NFL Network: Green Bay Packers Fantasy Preview.

The Larry McCarren Report: Contenders

WR Donald Driver feels blessed… 

Jermichael Finley: “More weapons this year.”

From the NFL Network: Evaluating Packers training camp

• Training Camp Report #5: Tuesday, July 31
• Burnett, Driver star in Tuesday practice
• Camp – Day 5 at a glance
• Packers focus on improved scoring, not rushing
• Driver says he's not done, yet
• Burnett bolsters Packers defense
Breakout for Burnett? Williams, McCarthy say so
• NFL Pro 32 Power Rankings
• AP Pro32 comments about Packers
• Erik Walden suspended one game
• Packers Hall of Fame honors one-millionth fan
• Teams discover iPads aren’t just for playbooks

New Reading Material

New to the Packerville, U.S.A. archival bookshelves are these items. Above, the brand-new 2012 Green Bay Packers Media Guide has arrived. Filled with all of the stats and information you could ever want about your favorite team, we never miss one. Our collection goes back to 1965. Get yours at the Packers Pro Shop.

This brand new one proves that there can never be too many books about Packers history (at least for our tastes). As long as a book breaks some new ground and/or offers some photos we’ve never seen before, then they’re worth adding to the collection. It can be obtained through the Packers Pro Shop, or if you prefer a bit of a discount, check it out at Amazon. Below, the back cover of this edition.

And now here’s some post-practice video from today. Head coach Mike McCarthy speaks on the red zone emphasis.  

Ted Thompson's first thoughts to the assembled media from training camp. 

T Bryan Bulaga is confident in the Packers’ offensive line group.

The Larry McCarren Report: Playing time to be earned

• Green Bay Packers Team Report
• Packers defense a big hit on Monday
• Red-zone drill turns up the volume
• Saturday came to Green Bay to win
• “Packers Family Night” tickets sold out
• Packers sign TE Cosby
• Training Camp Report #4: Monday, July 30
• Hargrove: Rodgers vs. Brees? Rodgers.
• Hargrove bringing energy to Packers practices
• Packers Camp – Day 4
• Aaron Rodgers says Packers will be better
• Packers, Bellin Health expand partnership
• Bellin Health North Gate photos
Peter King: Monday Morning Quarterback
• Jaguars fans allowed to bring food into stadium
• Not exactly in like Flynn
Photos: Brett Favre back on the field
• Titans player dies in apparent suicide
• XLV seating debacle lawsuit will go ahead

Monday, July 30, 2012

No Practice? Back to 1961...

The first Sunday of Training Camp 2012 also meant no practice. The new CBA provides us less practices overall and less practices in full pads. So, with not much going on in Green Bay today, we wanted to share an issue of Newsweek for your nostalgic enjoyment. The October 30, 1961 issue features an illustration of the Packers’ Paul Hornung evading a Baltimore Colts defender. We now bring you this full article from the Lombardi era:

 Can we interest anyone in a new Dodge Dart?

Or, for our more affluent readers, perhaps you’d prefer a Lincoln Continental. 

And who says technology wasn’t top notch in those days? Imagine... push-button, multi-line telephones for business! 

• Players to watch during Family Night
• Nelson still working on special teams
• Packers believe passing game has yet to peak
• Cobb working hard to fit in with Packers

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tickets and More...

While we were in Green Bay for the Shareholders’ meeting the other day, we forgot to mention that our Gold Package season tickets arrived the same day. The day that the tickets make their appearance is always a welcome event in the life of a fortunate Packer fan. While we remain on the waiting list for the Green Package (the rest of the games), we watch the construction of 7,000 new seats and eye our place on the list (#2,570) with hopeful curiosity.

We’ve had a day that has kept us from the world of football and the internet, and it’s very late, so we don’t have a lot of news links tonight. Above, Mike McCarthy reacts to first padded practice

QB Graham Harrell on his opportunity as Rodgers' backup

Around the locker room: Saturday sound bites 

• Training Camp Report #3: Saturday, July 28
• Matthews vows defense will improve
• Rookies flash in pass-rush drill
• Packers add 2.5-second pass clock to their practices
• Green impresses in comeback from injury
• Packers still class of NFC North
• Packers have many ways to fix their defense

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Return with Willie

Today’s historical photo is a fine image of Hall of Famer Willie Wood returning either a punt or a kick-off at Lambeau Field in the Lombardi era. Why hasn’t anyone invented a time machine so we could experience something like this in person?

Now we’re in the modern era with Coach Mike McCarthy’s comments after practice on Friday. Unfortunately for the fans that were there, it rained in the morning and so the practice was held inside the Don Hutson Center and closed to the public. 

Rookie DE Jerel Worthy is adjusting to the speed and tempo of the NFL. 

TE D.J. Williams on the nuances of cow tipping(?)

 Tramon Williams feels great, ready to "attack it"

After Further Review: What are the pros and cons of holding Training Camp at home?

Talking Packers on WBAY-TV.

• Training Camp Report #2: Friday, July 27
• Worthy receives McCarthy approval
• Smith, Jennings might be just right
• Packers Blog #1Friday Practice 
• Packers Blog #2Friday Practice
• Inside Scoop on QB Aaron Rodgers
• Packers Camp – Day 2
• Jennings on contract: ”I'm not naive”
• Newhouse thrives on QB's confidence
• Sherrod unsure when he'll practice
• Finley has 'mild concussion,' Hargrove excused
• Daniels finally hits the field
• Smith jumps in, but waits turn

• Browns owner to give up controlling interest
• Hall of Fame to open research center

Thursday, July 26, 2012

We’re Underway!

From today until February (hopefully), we have ourselves a football season, which we’ve waited for these many months. As camp gets underway, today we thought we’d just bring you some news and videos to enjoy. Above, players continue the time-honored tradition of riding local kids’ bikes to and from practice.

Coach Mike McCarthy addresses the media, and he’s excited about his young players.

The (Larry) McCarren Report: Changes in secondary

QB Aaron Rodgers is excited to be back at camp.

Rodgers stresses consistency as the goal for 2012

Training camp locker room sound bites...

• The time has come
• Focus is on avoiding Giants-like lapse
• Woodson steps into safety position
• Packers Training Camp, Day 1
• Packers make defensive changes
• Green's return an emotional one
• Even the MVP gets a roommate in camp
• Packers brace for well-attended training camp
Photos: Players ride bikes to practice
Photos: First Training Camp practice
• Owners could squeeze players into wanting 18 games
• Hopes high for many NFL teams as camps open
• NFL, locked-out officials meeting Friday
• NFL launches Total Wellness initiative

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

As Camp Gets Started...

As Training Camp gets underway on Thursday morning, it’ll be the first time in three years that we’re not there for the first practice of the new season. Chalk that up to the scheduling of the Shareholders' Meeting on a Tuesday, and our scheduled visit to camp not being until August 4th-8th for various reasons. The photo seen above has words of wisdom for the 2012 Green Bay Packers that we hope they are aware of. This is a photo of the old stairway leading to the field that so many great Packer teams used.

• Packers Team Report
• 2012 Training Camp Dope Sheet
• Expectations high for Packers
• Packers release Peprah, announce other moves
• Packers cut Peprah after failed physical
• Quarless, Sherrod, Kuhn to start on PUP
• McCarthy hopes for last year's camp urgency
• McCarthy sends message to rookies
• Packers prepared for open of training camp
• The time has come
• Bishop, Zombo, Brooks, Jones on injury lists
• Green Bay Packers Preview

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

2012 Shareholders Meeting

As promised, here is an update on today’s 2012 Packers Shareholders meeting. We arrived at Lambeau Field about 7:45 a.m. this morning, and she looked like this on a lightly overcast day.

Fellow shareholders make their way to the Lambeau Atrium gate. 

The Atrium didn’t open until 8:00 a.m., and the lines were long. But once the doors opened, it took only a few minutes to clear the courtyard area.

Oh yeah. 

People milling about in the Atrium before heading to the seats in the Lambeau bowl. 

Under the Lambeau stands before the meeting. 

Our first look at the inside view of the 6,700 new seats being added in the South end zone. 

New seats construction with the HD video board in the South end zone.

Waiting for the meeting. View of the new HD video board in the North end zone. 

Lambeau Field awaits the football season. Coming soon, thankfully. 

Close-up of the new HD video board in the South end zone. Apparently, the iPhone’s camera has a conflict with the HD video.

Hardcore: Sitting in your season ticket seats during the annual meeting. By his age, this must be a third-generation season ticket holder.

Around 12,500 NFL team owners sitting in Lambeau waiting for the meeting to begin (above and below)

The stars of the day are the men in suits, who entered the playing field to applause. 

Team president Mark Murphy addresses the gathering. 

GM Ted Thompson gives his football report. 

Another look at the new construction where it meets the existing structure. 

The meeting is over... time for a brat! 

Hanging out in the Lambeau Atrium after the meeting. 

How great for the Packers... people lined up to give them loads and loads of cash!

Brisk sales in the Packers Pro Shop today, and we did our part as well.

Mark Murphy meets the press after the meeting today. Watch his press conference here.

What to Watch for in Training Camp can be seen here.

• Packers' Training Camp opens Thursday
• Preseason Power Rankings No. 1: Green Bay Packers
• Packers set shareholders meeting record
• It's what he didn't say that counts
• Packers name Ed Policy Vice President and General Counsel
• Packers CEO shifts position on preseason games
• Shareholder envy
• Thompson says little, fans chant 'We love Ted!'