Friday, August 31, 2012

Ending on a Good Note

For those of you able to watch Thursday night’s game on the NFL Network, it was quite enjoyable from an “it doesn’t count and we need to see how our back-ups play” standpoint. The Packers were in control for most of the game, and while the Chiefs were able to run the ball early, they were kept out of the end zone. Above, back-up QB Graham Harrell had a much better night than he did the last couple weeks. Still, if Aaron Rodgers goes down in the regular season, no one will sleep very good at night. 

RB Alex Green (#20) got himself a couple of touchdowns; one each, receiving and rushing.

Rodgers played only two series, and the first-string offense came up scoreless. 

Other starters, like LB Clay Matthews (#52) didn’t play very long, either. There were a lot of players to get on the field and evaluate before the team cuts down to 53 players by 8:00 p.m. Friday evening. 

It was a beautiful night for football in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Some players on the bubble had a good night — like CB Sam Shields, who came up with a drive-stopping interception in the end zone.

Photos courtesy of the Green Bay Packers

• Packers-Chiefs game video highlights.

• Mike McCarthy: A number of fine performances 

• Graham Harrell: "It's fun to move the ball"

Sights and Sounds: Packers-Chiefs 

The newest issue of Sports Illustrated is the “NFL 2012” preview issue. We have not researched to see if this issue features “regional” covers or not, but our copy has Detroit’s Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson on the front.

What’s interesting is that SI’s NFL writer Peter King has this prediction for Super Bowl XLVII. 

There’s a little insert guide to NFL “Gameday” across the league, and it has nice things to say about the Lambeau Field experience.

Packers fans are featured in this ad. 

And look who’s on the magazine’s back cover for Verizon — the official communications partner of Packerville, U.S.A.

• Packers 24, Chiefs 3: Easy money
Harrell stars in win over Chiefs
• Official Game Stats
• Official Box Score
• Official Scoring Summary
• Official Play-By-Play
• Bubble players make strong final pitches
• Packers-Chiefs post-game quotes
• Chiefs’ backups struggle in 24-3 loss to Packers
• Rodgers’ success goes back to junior college class
• Decisions, decisions: Cut to 53 looms
• Finley feels fine after limited preseason
• B.J. Raji should be O.K.

• NFL asks U.S. judge to toss concussion lawsuits
• The healing of Dolphins coach Joe Philbin
• Fan falls to death at Reliant Stadium

Important dates to remember (all times CDT):
Friday, Aug. 31 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 53 players by 8 p.m. (CDT)
Saturday, Sept. 1 – After 11 a.m. (CDT), clubs may establish a practice squad of eight players
Sunday, Sept. 9 – Regular-season opener vs. San Francisco 49ers, 3:25 p.m. (CDT)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Gray Ghost

UPDATE: Tonight’s Packers-Chiefs game will be televised LIVE at 6:00 p.m. Wisconsin Time on The NFL Network.

The player we’re hanging out with today is the great Tony Canadeo, Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback with the Green Bay Packers from 1941-1944, and 1946-1952. 

 • Gameday Entertainment: Packers vs. Chiefs

• Annual Welcome Back Luncheon 

• Green Bay Packers Team Report
• Packers-Chiefs Game Preview
• Packers-Chiefs: 5 things to watch
• Chiefs vs Packers Game Preview
• Harrell readies for crucial finale
• Players get final shot to impress
• King picks Packers over Broncos in XLVII
• Big question mark for Packers: No. 2 QB
• QB Power Rankings: Rodgers reigns supreme

• Reseller: Hundreds of Packers tickets available
• Scalping ordinance changed
• WisDOT issues Packers travel advisory

• Football is dead. Long live football.
• NFL to use replacement officials for Week 1
• XLVII things to look forward to in 2012 NFL
AFC East Preview Capsules
AFC West Preview Capsules
AFC North Preview Capsules
AFC South Preview Capsules

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Here Comes Charlie Brock...

Today’s visit to meet the Packers of the Past spends some time with Charley Brock, center and linebacker with Green Bay from 1939-1947.

While looking for some images of Mr. Brock, we came across this game-used helmet of his in an online auction site from 2009.

Ted Thompson: It's not easy to make an NFL roster. 

MIke McCarthy: Adversity is an opportunity

 • Aaron Rodgers can appreciate a good prank.

 • The Larry McCarren Report: A smarter training camp.

• Hungry Muir in a 'good spot'
• McCarthy: Starks 'hasn’t made a whole lot of progress'
• Sherrod presents roster dilemma
Bad numbers? No worries for Rodgers, Clements
• An up-and-down camp comes to an end
• Thompson: Wynn deserves roster spot -- elsewhere
• Benson 'leading off' in Packers' backfield
• Defense is unit in ascent
• End of camp leaves McCarthy confident

• Hall of Fame announces donation of 1926 team blanket
• Packers, NFL celebrate Back to Football campaign

• Where will NFL offenses go from here?
• Players strike possible over referee lockout
• Exhibition football helps NBC, CBS
NFC West Preview Capsules
NFC North Preview Capsules
NFC South Preview Capsules
NFC East Preview Capsules

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Learn About Mr. Fritsch

Green Bay’s star back of the Forties, Ted Fritsch, is the subject of today’s post. 

• Mike McCarthy: It’s important to give team targets

• The Larry McCarren Report: The Backups

• Packers Team Report
• Get in and get out healthy
• Offense hitting stride as camp nears end
• Remember 5 questions? Now, 5 answers
• Rodgers gets faceful of shaving cream
Down to 75: Packers IR six, PUP two, cut two
• Jennings: 'You can’t get a more comfortable helmet'

• Flynn loses Seahawks' QB battle

Monday, August 27, 2012

Bart and Cal and More...

We’re back after taking a day off when there wasn’t much going on, and we’ll do so from time to time to lessen the likelihood of burnout through the season. Focusing on a few historical things (which is why this blog exists in the first place), we start with a later-Sixties image of Packers’ QB Bart Starr (#15) preparing for a hand-off against the Chicago Bears at home.

Also, continuing with the Packers of the Past (1965) booklet, today we have an article on Cal Hubbard, who is not only in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame too.


Mike McCarthy: Thursday important for evaluations

• The Larry McCarren Report: Setting a mean edge

• Packers Team Report
• Packers-Chiefs Preseason Week 4 Dope Sheet
• Sunday practices notes
• Thompson Q&A: 'We're going to try to be better'
• House: No surgery if shoulder 'doesn't pop out'
• What to make of Starks' tumble down depth chart?
• Finley vows to be ready despite preseason
• Did the Packers find missing piece?
• Rodgers ready in Sunday practice
• No rest for weary Finley
• Green Bay's army of clones
Peter King: Monday Morning QB

Packers uniforms rank #6 out of 122 pro sports teams

Saturday, August 25, 2012

From the Past — “Buckets” Goldenberg

There wasn’t much going on with the Packers on Friday after Thursday night’s victory in Cincinnati, so we’re sharing another player from the Packers of the Past booklet (1965). Today we meet G/RB Charles “Buckets” Goldenberg, who played for Green Bay from 1933-1945. 

Mike McCarthy is happy with the pass rush

Here’s where we spent Friday night — working the “chain gang” for high school football. Always the best seat in the house.

• Packers release five players
Hargrove among five cut by Packers
• McCarthy praises defense's play
• Is Graham Harrell a good backup?
• Harrell gets no guarantees
• He's baaack: Tramon Williams returns to form
• Ten things we learned from win