Tuesday, August 06, 2013

2013 Publications Galore

It’s time to share some of the additions to the Packerville, U.S.A. archives that we’ve gathered in the last couple of weeks. First off, we have the 2013 edition of the Green Bay Packers Media Guide. It is made up of 608 pages of just about anything you’d want to know about the team. Statistics-wise, it has no equal. We have every Media Guide back to the 1965 edition. 

This year’s Green Bay Packers Yearbook features LB Clay Matthews on the cover. We have every issue back to 1961, and also have a printout of the 1960 version, which is one of the rarest and most difficult to find. In our opinion, the yearbooks have lost something since they were taken over by the team instead of being prepared by an outside party. But maybe they’ll get better over time.

This is the 2012-2013 Green Bay Packers Annual Report, of which we request a printed copy each year for the collection. It usually is sent out after the Annual Shareholders Meeting, in late July.

This 2013 Green Bay Packers Training Camp Guide is being handed out free of charge during camp practices each day. This is Edition: 1, but we’re not sure how many editions will be produced through the last public practice on August 27th.

All of the pro football preview magazines are out this time of year, as usual. Athlon Sports Pro Football is up first. Their prediction for the Packers in 2013: NFC North Division champions, losing in the NFC Divisional Round Playoffs.

Oh yes... we also found the official program for the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Canton, Ohio. We don’t usually pick this up each year, but we did because Packers LB Dave Robinson was inducted this past Saturday. 

Back to the preview publications. Lindy’s Sports Pro Football has this prediction for the 2013 Green Bay Packers:  NFC North Division Champions, NFC Champions, losing to Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII.

The 2013 Pro Football Weekly Preview is the final publication (along with their Fantasy Football Guide) from this group, as they have closed the business after 46 years. Their predictions for this year’s Packers: NFC North Division Champions at 10-6, losing somewhere in the postseason. They have the 49ers defeating the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

2013 Sporting News Pro Football has this last prediction for the Green Bay Packers: NFC North Division Champions, beating Dallas in the NFC Wild Card Round, beating Atlanta in the NFC Divisional Round, and losing to Seattle in the NFC Championship game.

Last but not least is this stellar, outstanding, and gorgeous Sports Illustrated Special Issue which is all about the history of the Green Bay Packers. It is filled with awesome photography and numerous historical articles from the magazine’s archives. By all means, pick this issue up at a magazine stand or book store near you!