Friday, September 26, 2014

Packers vs. Bears 1960

For “Bears Week,” we’re posting some scans from the September 25, 1960 Green Bay-Chicago game program. “City Stadium,” of course, has been called Lambeau Field since 1965. The illustrations on program covers of this era are so great... and how about that price? 25¢!!!  It seems late now, but this was the 1960 season-opener.

In-depth local Packers coverage at that time was provided by Lee Remmel and Art Daley — two of the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s finest.

Head coach Vince Lombardi and his 1960 staff (above and below)

Green Bay’s executive committee and board of directors for 1960. 

Player photos are used throughout the program. How nice they all look in their coats and ties. 

Assistant coach Bill Austin explains offensive line play to the average fan. 

Some much lesser-known players from the era, and the famous Packers Lumberjack Band. 

Ads like this are not seen in today’s game programs. Too bad.

The 1960 Green Bay Packers roster. 

The people in Lombardi’s front office were very important, too.

The 1960 Chicago Bears roster. 

Manci’s Supper Club was a popular place at that time. 

You certainly don’t see NFL team photos like this anymore.

 A shot of Packers-Bears preseason game action from Milwaukee.

Rahr’s Beer was a popular local brew in Northeast Wisconsin. 

From the Press-Gazette just last week: “Bertrand Sports Shop, a provider of athletic equipment to youth athletic teams across the city, is closing after 83 years. Gary Bertrand said the family-owned store will close in a couple of weeks, after selling its inventory. The store opened in 1931 on Washington Street where the parking ramp is now located, Bertrand said. It consolidated in its current 419 N. Broadway building about 1975, after a fire in the east-side store.”

On that 52-degree fall day in Green Bay, the Bears came out on top by a score of 17-14 in front of a capacity crowd of 32,150.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Obscure QB’s — Part 1

So when was the last time you thought about QB Rich Campbell? Those of us who grew up in the “Wilderness Years” of the Green Bay Packers probably haven’t heard that name in a long, long while. Well, we here at Packerville, U.S.A. strive to keep Green Bay’s football history alive. Campbell, from the University of California, was the Packers’ First Round pick (6th overall) in the 1981 NFL Draft. He played for the team from 1981 until 1984, playing in seven games. His career stats are 31/68 completions, 386 yards, 3 TD’s and 9 INT’s.

Week 4 TV Map

The Week 4 NFL TV Maps have been released, and it’s good news for the majority of the country, excluding the Northeast and most of Florida. If you live in the areas marked by RED above, you will see the Packers vs. the Bears at Noon (CDT) on the FOX television network. Hopefully, it is a game that we will enjoy.
Map courtesy of 506 Sports

Friday, September 19, 2014

Jets Game Program Cover

This was the game program cover for last Sunday’s Packers-Jets game at Lambeau Field. Be sure to enjoy the photos from the game that were also posted today.

Jets at Packers Gallery

It’s been a busy week, not leaving us much time to devote to the blog. But we wanted to share these images from the Packers-Jets game last Sunday afternoon. Actually, the first few are from Saturday, as we see Lambeau Field the day before, being prepared for the game the next day. 

The grounds crew is painting the hash marks on the field so they’ll be fresh about 24 hours later. 

A view of the gridiron and stands from field level. 

The best (and only) aluminum benches in the NFL await the best fans in the NFL. 

It’s a quiet Saturday under the stands on the main concourse level. 

Now we’re at Lambeau on Sunday, with the New York Jets warming up on the field prior to the game. 

The Jets’ K Nick Folk gets the action underway. 

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) under center as the Packers get the ball. 

Here, the Jets have the ball deep in their own territory to start a drive. 

LB Julius Peppers (#56) and CB Tramon Williams (#38) make a tackle. 

The Packers’ sideline. 

Rodgers has a wide hole to work with. 

The Packers’ offense at work on a beautiful sunny September afternoon. 

During a time out, WR Jordy Nelson (#87), RB Eddie Lacy (#27), and WR Randall Cobb (#18) take a breather. 

Rodgers confers with Head Coach Mike McCarthy on the same time out. 

The New York Jets’ sideline. 

The Packers’ defense at work. 

LB’s Clay Matthews (#52) and A.J. Hawk (#50) await the snap.

Now it’s the Packers’ turn to start deep in their own territory. 

Defensive work on the same spot. 

Rodgers gets his offense together for a huddle. 

Rodgers throws into the South end zone. 

Also in the South end, the defense tries to stop the Jets. 

It was a beautiful day for a game. 

Rodgers scrambles right, looking for an open receiver. 

Huddling deep in the North end of the field again. 

They’re so nice and close when they get down to our end of the stadium. 

It was a very windy day outside Lambeau Field, but not too bad inside. 

On an instant replay review, T David Bakhtiari (#69) chats with an official while they look at the HD video board.

Lacy takes off on a running play. 

Rodgers at work, looking for a receiver in the North end zone. 

This is the end of the big fight after the two-point conversion. 

An official’s flag in the North end zone. 

We like these guys’ banner in the South end zone. 

Rodgers fakes the hand-off to Lacy. 

Your quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, up close. 

Jordy Nelson up close, too. 

The final score of the Packers’ first victory of the 2014 season.