Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year’s Eve with Paul Hornung

We’re going to ring in the New Year with one the Green Bay Packers’ most legendary players, courtesy of the archives of Sports Illustrated magazine. Paul Horning was drafted out of the University of Notre Dame  in 1957, and played for Green Bay from 1957-1962, 1964-1966. Here are some images from his football career. Above, Paul carries the ball against Michigan State in 1955.
Photographer: Mark Kauffman

Horning carrying the ball in Notre Dame’s spring football practice, 1956.
Photographer: John G. Zimmerman

Passing against Michigan State, 1956.
Photographer: John G. Zimmerman 

Getting off a punt against Michigan State, 1956. 
Photographer: John G. Zimmerman 

On the cover of Sports Illustrated, October 29, 1956. 
Photographer: John G. Zimmerman

Crossing the goal line against the Baltimore Colts, November 6, 1960. 
Photographer: Neil Leifer

Kicking a field goal against the Colts, November 6, 1960.
Photographer: Neil Leifer

Gaining yardage against the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1960 NFL Championship game. The Eagles prevailed, 17-13.
Photographer: Neil Leifer

Running to daylight against the New York Giants in Milwaukee, December 3, 1961.
Photographer: Neil Leifer 

Utilizing the halfback option, 1961 NFL Championship game, December 31, 1961. 
Photographer: Neil Leifer 

Following the blocking of C Jim Ringo (#51), 1961 NFL Championship game, December 31, 1961.
Photographer: Neil Leifer 

Taking the field in Milwaukee with his teammates against the St. Louis Cardinals, September 23, 1962. 
Photographer: Neil Leifer 

Booting a field goal against the St. Louis Cardinals in Milwaukee, September 23, 1962. 
Photographer: Neil Leifer

Talking with QB Bart Starr on the bench in Milwaukee while the Packers play the Rams, December 2, 1962. 
Photographer: Neil Leifer

Enjoying the weather on the bench in San Francisco, December 9, 1962.
Photographer: Neil Leifer

Waiting for his name to be called in player introductions, 1962 NFL Championship game in New York, December 30, 1962.
Photographer: Neil Leifer

Heading around the right end of the line, 1962 NFL Championship game in New York, December 30, 1962.
Photographer: Neil Leifer 

On the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine following the announcement of his one-year suspension for gambling on football — the May 20, 1963 issue.
Photographer: Mark Kauffman 

Watching the defense in action during the September 20, 1964 game against the visiting Baltimore Colts.
Photographer: Walter Iooss Jr. 

Leaving the field in Baltimore after a 42-27 victory for the Packers, December 12, 1965.
Photographer: Walter Iooss Jr.

At the end of a run during the Western Conference Championship in Green Bay, a 13-10 overtime win for the Packers over the Colts — December 26, 1965.
Photographer: Neil Leifer

Getting attention on the field during the Western Conference Championship.
Photographer: Neil Leifer

Running in the snow and mud of the 1965 NFL Championship Game, a 23-12 victory for the Packers over the Cleveland Browns — January 2, 1966.
Photographer: Neil Leifer

Sitting between teammates DE Willie Davis (#87), left, and DE Lionel Aldridge (#82), right, in Baltimore, December 10, 1966.
Photographer: Neil Leifer

Standing on the sideline with fellow backfield member FB Jim Taylor (#31) at the first Super Bowl, January 15, 1967. Horning did not play due to a pinched nerve in his neck.
Photographer: Neil Leifer

On the field with retired and still-playing teammates, October 18, 1970 — Bart Starr Day at Lambeau Field. The Los Angeles Rams spoiled the festivities with a 31-21 win.
Photographer: Neil Leifer

Paul in his office — June 19, 2002. 
Photographer: Walter Iooss Jr.

Paul and Angela Hornung — June 19, 2002. 
Photographer: Walter Iooss Jr.  

Hornung back in Green Bay for an Alumni game — Redskins at Packers, September 15, 2013.
Photographer: Jeff Haynes
Original material here.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Week 17 TV Maps

Here are the Week 17 TV Maps, for all Sunday games, since the Packers at Lions NFC North Division Showdown isn’t until Sunday evening. This will let you determine which games you will be able to see in your area. Happy viewing and GO PACK GO!!!

This is the TV Map for the NBC Sunday Night Football broadcast... everyone can cheer on the team this week.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Bart’s Card, and His Sneakers

In this week before the big showdown with Detroit for the NFC North title, here are a couple of Bart Starr treasures for your review. Above and below, this is legendary QB Bart Starr’s Topps™ card from 1957. 

Even more rare is this “Bart Starr Lineup” of Converse-like sneakers from La Crosse (Wis.) Rubber Mills. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

An Omen for Tomorrow?

We welcome our enemies from the west to Wisconsin...

Look What Came In The Mail Today...

As the Packers prepare to play the Vikings tomorrow, we received our 2016 Playoff Tickets in the mail today. We committed to them early, to lock in a lower price for season ticket holders. Now it remains to be seen if the Packers will earn a home playoff game. We’d sure like to use these tickets in January.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Week 16 TV Map

Here we see the Week 16 TV Map, showing that Saturday’s Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers game will be seen by everyone in the RED areas, at Noon on FOX. That will not make a very Merry Christmas Eve for Packers fans who live in the rest of the country.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Seahawks at Packers

It’s been a hectic week with work and travel (during the midwest snowstorm today), but we wanted to get the images up from the Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks game last Sunday. Above, here we are driving north to Green Bay on Friday evening. 

A winter Wisconsin sunset. 

There weren’t nearly as many Seattle Seahawks fans in Green Bay as there were at last year’s home opener. The Atrium in general was pretty low key for a Saturday afternoon before a home game. 

Your Packerville, U.S.A. editor sends you Christmas Greetings from Titletown. 

1990’s-era former Packers Gilbert Brown and Santana Dotson were the featured alumni this weekend, signing autographs in the Atrium on Saturday and appearing as honorary captains on game day.

When in town during the week, you can attend Packers T.V. show tapings free of charge. 

To bring luck on Sunday, and to get a touch of history, we like to drive past Coach Vince Lombardi’s home the day before home games. 

The snow in Green Bay started late Saturday night and continued right on up to just before game time (kick-off was at 3:25 p.m. CST). 

Walking from our standard parking space to Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon. 

Work on the Titletown District continues, as we see the Lodge Kohler Hotel. It has been enclosed with walls and windows so that interior work can be done all winter. The opening will be before next season’s Training Camp. 

This was the condition of Lambeau’s “bowl” on Sunday. This is why you need a chair-back seat for your posterior, and some cardboard or foam under your feet to insulate them from the cold snow or concrete.

Our standard Packers’ sideline view before the game. 

WR Jordy Nelson out running the field’s perimeter early in warm-ups. 

Three early games being shown on the Jumbotron for the fans who enter the stadium before the crowds. 

Like we said earlier, there weren’t as many Seattle fans as last year, but there were some. 

The box with the “T.T.” and “M.M.” labels is where GM Ted Thompson and team president Mark Murphy watch each game.

Some players come out earlier, but then the rest of the team comes out together for group warm-ups, as seen above. 

The Seattle Seahawks gather together on their end of the field. 

WR Randall Cobb, catching the ball for QB Aaron Rodgers in warm-ups.

Above and below, two shots of QB Aaron Rodgers throwing to limber up. 

Some of the other players on the field, with WR Jordy Nelson (#87) catching for back-up QB Brett Hundley (#7). 

WR Davante Adams (#17) making some catches pre-game. 

Head Coach Mike McCarthy jokes with the game’s officials. 

 A Packers’ team gathering before heading back to the locker room.

Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll with some of his players in pre-game. 

The Packers doing some stretching as a team. 

The game is underway, with Seattle on offense following the Packers’ TD from WR Davante Adams on the third play. 

The Packers with the ball again, with QB Aaron Rodgers’ breath visible on this cold day. 

QB Aaron Rodgers takes the snap as they come towards the north end of the field. 

QB Aaron Rodgers looks up to the stadium scoreboard before the snap of the ball. 

The Seattle offense’s huddle. 

A Green Bay tackle is made on a Seattle ballcarrier. 

DE Dean Lowry (#94) and LB Clay Matthews (#52) get ready for another Seattle play. 

Former Packer P Jon Ryan punts following the failure of Seattle to get a first down. 

Seattle’s premier CB Richard Sherman prepares to cover WR Davante Adams

WR/RB Ty Montgomery (#88) sprints through a hole created by the Packers’ offensive line. 

Seattle QB Russell Wilson looks for a target, as Packers’ S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (#21) watches his every move. 

The offensive unit, including C Corey Linsley (#63) and G Lane Taylor (#65) relax on the bench while the defense is on the field.

K Mason Crosby (#2) kicks one through the uprights on the south end of the field. 

Players keep warm along the Packers’ sideline. 

It was so nice that the Seattle fans had very little to cheer about during the whole game. 

Again, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (#21) keeps his attention on QB Russell Wilson. 

WR Randall Cobb (#18) is set to receive a Seattle punt. 

The Packers’ offense huddles up before a play. 

WR/RB Ty Montgomery (#88) sweeps right, looking for daylight. 

On a Packers’ time out, QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) cleans his cleats. 

Seattle’s Pete Carroll can’t be enjoying what he sees from the Seahawks’ sideline. 

DE/LB Datone Jones (#95) almost gets a sack of Russell Wilson. 

A bundled-up Lambeau Field crowd enjoys a stress-free butt-kicking of their disliked rivals from the northwest. 

During an instant replay challenge, WR Jordy Nelson (#87) watches the scoreboard, knowing that he had possession of the ball on a sideline catch (the refs ruled he didn’t).

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) looks for an open receiver in the north end zone. 

A zoomed-back view of the same scenario. 

Russell Wilson again just gets a pass off before getting hit by DT Letroy Guion (#98) and another hard-to-identify Packer.

The Packers’ tunnel is mostly covered by snow. 

It was nice to see Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at the game. You’d think they’d be too busy before Christmas to get away from the North Pole.

With Rodgers limping and a huge lead, QB Brett Hundley (#7) was sent in to finish the game — here, handing off to RB Christine Michael (#32). 

WR/RB/KR Ty Montgomery takes a knee prior the kick-off following Seattle’s only TD. 

The Packers’ defense near the end of the game. 

Action during Seattle’s last possession. 

The final score — greatly enjoyed by the crowd. 

Players gathering at mid-field following the game. 

QB Aaron Rodgers leaving the field and heading to the locker room.

Always good to see.