Monday, May 21, 2012

It’s Vacation Time...

The Packerville, U.S.A. staff will be out of the country for two weeks beginning Thursday, May 24th through Friday, June 8th. Our internet access will be limited during our travels on the European continent (mainly Germany and Switzerland), so we don’t expect to be posting any material in that time. But who knows? An earth-shaking event in the football world could change that. Otherwise, we will see you upon our return! As always, thanks for your continued interest and many, many encouraging comments about our blog. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. Auf Wiedersehen!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Starr Radio and More...

Here is another Bart Starr radio interview that we came across, and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did here at the Packerville, U.S.A. headquarters.

Sights and Sounds: Rookie Orientation Camp — watch it here.

Rookie Orientation Camp practice gallery is here.

Mike McCarthy recaps the Rookie Orientation Camp here.

Tailgate Tour: Day 1 video can be seen here.

The new Lambeau Field video boards installation progress gallery is here.

NFC North: Draft Grades can be seen here.

Monday, May 14, 2012

New Rodgers Brewers’ Commercial

Here is the new commercial that QB Aaron Rodgers made for the Milwaukee Brewers this year. You can watch it here.
And, frankly, we’ve been ignoring the whole Donald Driver Dancing with the Stars thing, as it’s not really our bag to watch any of those shows, but today he had some high-level support on hand to cheer him on at the broadcast.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

What Should’ve Been...

This is just a short post to point out the throwback helmets the Washington Redskins will be wearing at some point this year. If only this technology had been developed and used for the Packers’ “throwbacks” from the leather helmet era that they wore in 2010 and 2011. Those solid brown helmets they wore in those games just didn’t get the job done visually. The version of helmet graphic seen above would’ve been perfect. Oh well, maybe next time. We’re hoping the next “throwbacks” the Packers wear will harken back to the Lomabrdi era, with long-sleeved jerseys, black cleats, and grey face masks. Is anyone reading this up on Lombardi Avenue?

Friday, May 11, 2012

1967 & Super Bowl II

It’s time for some more video to ease into the weekend, this time featuring a re-cap of the 1967 season and culminating in Super Bowl II. Pop some popcorn and sit down with the family to enjoy this film.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Rare Look for Bart

Here’s a odd look for legendary Packers’ QB Bart Starr back in the Sixties. Obviously a promotional or advertising photo, it is curious not only for the lack of a face mask, but also for the odd-styled “G” logo on the side of the helmet. This image came to our attention via a link over at the Uniwatch site. In another case of cross-linking, Uniwatch linked a site that presented our post of the 1936 Packers/Cardinals game program a little while ago. We all try to help each other out here in the land of things that few people care about, you know.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Packers’ Heritage Trail

It was announced on Tuesday that a new Packers history-themed attraction will be completed by the middle of June in Green Bay. Based on the “Freedom Trail” in Boston which highlights the locations integral to America’s independence, the Titletown version will feature 17 bronze plaques, all within a mile of downtown Green Bay, that will describe the significance of each landmark to the Packers’ long tradition. Some of the locations include the old Green Bay Press-Gazette building, where the team was founded, and the Hotel Northland, where Vince Lombardi held his introductory press conference in 1959, among many others.

According to the press release, “the Packers Heritage Trail is the brainchild of longtime Wisconsin sportswriter and Packers historian Cliff Christl, who covered the Packers as a beat reporter for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for more than 30 years, beginning in the early 1970s.” Mr. Christl was our favorite sportswriter of all time before he retired a few years ago. His knowledge of Packers’ history may be surpassed only by the legendary Lee Remmel.

Since this blog is primarily centered upon the Packers’ history and tradition, you know that we will cover this new attraction when we visit Green Bay for Training Camp this summer.

To read more, please visit the official website.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

The Complete History 1919-2003

We thought we’d go back to some video in these off-season weeks, and this is a long one that is quite interesting from the historical viewpoint. An official NFL Films presentation, we think you’ll enjoy watching it.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The Lombardi Era — Part III

This is the last of three parts in our presentation of The Lombardi Era and the Green Bay Packers. We hope you’ve enjoyed these posts. Print out this issue page by page and you’ll have a great reference source for that age when Titletown became Titletown.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The Lombardi Era — Part II

Here is Part II of our presentation of The Lombardi Era and the Green Bay Packers.

Tomorrow: Part III

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Lombardi Era — Part I

In this post-Draft, pre Mini-Camps part of the Spring, we’re going to bring you the famous publication The Lombardi Era and the Green Bay Packers, which was produced following Vince Lombardi’s tenure as head coach. It is a commemoration of those championship years of the 1960’s that those of us who are middle-aged or older Packer fans remember fondly. Your Packerville, U.S.A. editor spent way too much time studying and memorizing this yearbook-type booklet when he should’ve been focusing on school work. We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we have over the years.

Tomorrow: Part II