Wednesday, September 26, 2018

2018 Week 4 NFL TV Maps

The Week 4 NFL TV Maps are out for this weekend’s football broadcasts. Above, the areas shown in RED will see the Green Bay Packers vs. Buffalo Bills at Noon (CT). It’s not good for a large part of the country — only the north part of the mid-section and a couple of pockets in California will see the game. The rest of Packer Nation will have to resort to alternative means.

These are the only two games to be shown as part of CBS’ Double-Header broadcast.

FOX’s Single-Game broadcast weekend is shown above.
Maps courtesy of 506 Sports.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

2018 Publications

This post focuses on some of the printed materials that have come out in 2018. Above, the 2018 Green Bay Packers Yearbook features WR Davante Adams (#17) on the front cover.

For the Packers’ 100th season celebration, they went with a “flipped” layout for the back of the yearbook, which features historical articles and photos. This means that you flip over the yearbook and it becomes another publication.

The 2018 Green Bay Packers Media Guide cover is pictured here.

The back cover of the 2018 Media Guide.

The 2018 Green Bay Packers Annual Report.

This was the cover for the September 16, 2018 home game vs. the Minnesota Vikings. Since Jerry Kramer received his HOF ring and had his name revealed on the stadium’s “Ring of Honor,” he was featured on the game program cover.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Vikings at Packers — Part II

We’re back with the second gallery from last Sunday’s game vs. Minnesota at Lambeau Field. Above, QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) looks for an open receiver.

WR Davante Adams (#17) cannot hold onto a pass thrown in his direction.

P J.K. Scott (#6) gets off another good one.

The Packers’ defense awaits the enemy’s offense.

A Vikings’ ballcarrier is stopped, while two Green Bay defenders take each other out in the foreground.

As we stated in Part I, it was a hot day in Green Bay, and the crowd got a good early Fall sunburn.

The cheer squads — made up of students from local colleges — provide some spirit on the sidelines.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) goes to the turf after scrambling for a first down.

During a T.V. timeout, offensive players and coaches discuss strategy.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) receives adequate protection in the pocket.

K Mason Crosby (#2) makes a field goal on the south end.

Packers’ CEO Mark Murphy (standing with yellow tie), usually occupies this booth with the GM and others. 

The offensive huddle.

LB Korey Toomer (#56) and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (#21) chase Vikings’ RB Calvin Cook (#33).

Minnesota LB Anthony Barr (#55) and QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) get in each other’s face during a timeout. It was Barr who ended Rodgers’ 2017 season with a broken collarbone.

When you’re the QB, that’s a lot of open ground to cover if you’re going to score some points.

Perhaps the best part of the game was the halftime ceremony in which newly-enshrined Pro Football Hall of Fame member Jerry Kramer was presented with his HOF ring. It is an honor that is long overdue.

Kramer’s Hall of Fame bust on display during the ceremony.

Also unveiled was Kramer’s name up on the Lambeau Field fa├žade, now forever on display with the names of all the other former Green Bay Packers enshrined in Canton, Ohio.

There’s a lot going on in this tight vertical shot.

The kickoff team getting some last-minute instructions.

DL Kenny Clark (#97) and LB Clay Matthews (#52) have Vikings’ QB Kirk Cousins on the run.

When the Packers have the ball, we like to see this.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) runs to try and reach the first down marker. His nemesis (LB Anthony Barr) chases him.

Minnesota Head Coach Mike Zimmer (in sunglasses) watches his team on defense.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) takes the shotgun snap while everybody shifts right.

DL Kenny Clark (#97) almost intercepts this Kirk Cousins pass.

QB Kirk Cousins (#8) gets an off-balance throw downfield regardless.

Zebra conference.

Vikings’ K Dan Carlson (#7) misses his third field goal of the game — all wide right.

This is the second time in five years that we have witnessed a Packers-Vikings tie in person. Believe us when we say that ties are very underwhelming.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) makes his way towards the tunnel after speaking with some reporters at the end of the game.

The disappointed crowd files out of Lambeau Field. Well, at least it wasn’t a loss.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Vikings at Packers — Part I

The Vikings-Packers weekend was unusual in that we were not in Green Bay from Thursday night through the game, as we normally do. First, we had a wedding in Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon, and then we drove from Indy to Green Bay on Saturday night, arriving in Titletown at 1:00 a.m.

Bleary-eyed, this was the scene awaiting us when we walked from our parking area to Lambeau Field on Sunday morning.

It was a HOT day in Green Bay, and our seats are in 100% sun for 100% of the game if it starts at Noon on a sunny day. This was the view shortly after 10:00 a.m., when the stadium gates opened.

Our usual mode is to go down behind the Packers’ bench area during warm-ups, as we did on Sunday.

A panoramic view of the bench area from along the yellow railing separating this from the seating area.

The Green Bay Packers warming up on the south end of the field.

The Minnesota Vikings warming up on the north end of the field.

Another panoramic view of the field from the entrance tunnels level of the stadium.

The crowded concourse area about a half-hour before kick-off.

Our usual choice for a bratwurst before the game, near our sections (100 & 102) for both Green and Gold Package games.

Packers players limbering up an hour or so before the game. TE Jimmy Graham is at left.

Former Packers’ WR James Jones on the sideline in his capacity as an analyst for the NFL Network.

Every year, there is an inordinate number of these people at games in Lambeau. Having Vikings’ fans sitting in your seats should be grounds for losing your season tickets.

The only better place to be on a Sunday morning is in a house of worship of your choice.

WR Davante Adams works against one of his teammates.

The special-teamers gather together, and are always the first out in their uniforms.

K Mason Crosby (#2) gets in some pre-game field goals.

GM Brian Gutekunst walking the sideline on game day morning.

P J.K. Scott (#6) booms a few to get a feel for the wind.

The enemy.

The team comes out en masse for pre-game warm-ups.

Team huddle.

It’s official!... QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) will play in today’s game!

QB Tim Boyle (#8), WR Randall Cobb (#18), and QB Aaron Rodgers (#12).

A close-up of QB Aaron Rodgers (#12).

Another close-up.

The team heads back to the locker room for their last-minute game prep.

Another photo of the enemy.

The stadium fills up.

The Packers come out and the starting defense is introduced.

The “100 Seasons” theme is everywhere this year.

The giant flag for the National Anthem.

The Green Bay Packers during the National Anthem.

Two F-18 fighter jets perform the post-anthem flyover.

The opening kick-off.

The game gets underway as QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) sets to throw.

Coming next: Part II