Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Week Two TV Maps

The Green Bay Packers play at Lambeau Field this Sunday, taking on their division-rival Minnesota Vikings at Noon (CT). The map above shows where the game will be seen (in the yellow areas). Plan accordingly if you need to go somewhere to view the game. Below is a map of the other Noon (CT) games on CBS, as well as the late games on FOX


Maps courtesy of 506 Sports

Monday, September 09, 2019

Bart and Cherry Starr Article


If you haven’t read the fine article over at ESPN about Bart and Cherry Starr, we recommend that you do so here. Cherry will be in Green Bay this weekend with son Bart, Jr., for a tribute to her late husband, the legendary Packers’ Hall of Fame quarterback, at Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. There will also be other events that support the charities that have been important to Bart and Cherry through the years.



Sunday, September 08, 2019

Now That The Season Has Started...


Now that the 2019 regular season has started with an old-school 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears, here are the NFL rules changes for this year. Perhaps something came to your attention on Thursday night, and you thought to yourself, “Wait... what?!” So here are the updates for the new season:

2019 NFL RULES CHANGES

PASS INTERFERENCE REPLAY REVIEW

Beginning in 2019, both offensive and defensive pass interference calls are reviewable. Plays can be reviewed whether the penalty was called on the field or not. This rule change is subject to a one-year trial period.

A pass interference ruling will be changed in replay only when there is clear and obvious visual evidence that the on-field ruling was incorrect. To change the ruling on the field, there must be clear and obvious evidence that contact “significantly hindered” or “did not significantly hinder” an opponent.

BLINDSIDE BLOCK

Owners voted to expand protection of defenseless players by eliminating the blindside block. It is now prohibited for a blocker to initiate forcible contact with his head, shoulder or forearm when his path is toward or parallel to his own end line. The penalty for an illegal blindside block is a loss of 15 yards and an automatic first down.

KICKOFF

Owners voted to make permanent the kickoff rules changes that were implemented in 2018. The restrictions resulted in a 35% decrease in concussions on kickoff plays when compared to the 2017 season.

Here are the NFL kickoff rules:

The kickoff team must have five players on each side of the ball and cannot line up more than one-yard from the restraining line. For example, the kicking team will line up at the 34-yard line for a kickoff from the 35-yard line.

At least two players must be lined up outside the yard-line number and two players between the inbounds lines (hash marks) and the yard-line number.

 At least eight players of the receiving team must be lined up in the 15-yard “setup zone” prior to kickoff; only three receiving-team players can remain outside of the setup zone.

 No wedge blocks are permitted. A wedge block is defined as “two or more players intentionally aligning shoulder-to-shoulder within two yards of each other, and who move forward together in an attempt to block for the runner.”

 Double-team blocks can only be performed by members of the receiving team who were originally lined up in the set-up zone at the time of the kick.

 Until the ball is touched or hits the ground, no player on either the receiving or kicking team may block within the 15-yard area from the kicking team’s restraining line. On an onside kick, the kicking team may not block in the first 10 yards.

 The ball is dead if it is not touched by the receiving team and touches the ground in the end zone (touchback).

BOOTH REVIEWS

In addition to pass interference, owners voted to expand the number of plays subject to booth reviews to include:

 If a penalty flag is thrown that would negate a touchdown, the play will be reviewed first to determine if there was a score before the defense elects to enforce the foul.

 All two-point conversion reviews will now be initiated by the Replay Official. The plays are no longer challengeable by a coach. This is true regardless of the call on the field.

CELEBRATIONS

Beginning in 2019, only players in uniform may enter the field to celebrate. If anyone other than a player in uniform enters the field, it is a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct — loss of 15 yards and an automatic first down.

PLAYER DISQUALIFICATIONS

Owners voted to expand the authority of game officials to disqualify players for acts committed during a game. In 2018, designated members of the officiating team could disqualify a player for non-football acts (such as unsportsmanlike conduct) if a flag was thrown related to that act. In 2019, this will be expanded to also include any football act.

PENALTY ENFORCEMENT ON TOUCHDOWN PLAYS

The offense may now apply any penalties committed by the defense to either the ensuing kickoff or to the succeeding extra point or two-point conversion plays.

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POINTS OF EMPHASIS

USE OF HELMET

The Officiating Department will continue to emphasize the Use of Helmet rule adopted in 2018.

The officiating standards for the Use of Helmet rule are: 

 Lowering the head (not to include bracing for contact)

 Initiating contact with the helmet to any part of an opponent. Contact does not have to be to an opponent’s head or neck area — lowering the head and initiating contact to an opponent’s torso, hips, and lower body, is also a foul.

 Making contact on an opponent (both offense and defense)

Players can be ejected for Use of Helmet fouls — and all ejections will be reviewed by senior officials in Art McNally GameDay Central in New York. The standards for ejection are, if: 

 The player lowers his helmet to establish a linear body posture prior to initiating and making contact with the helmet;

 The player delivering the blow had an unobstructed path to his opponent;

 The contact was clearly avoidable

The Committee is in support of issuing warning letters for any Use of the Helmet fouls in the interior line or where there is little space between players.

OFFENSIVE HOLDING

Offensive holding will be more strictly enforced this season, particularly on the back side of the run play or line of scrimmage. Referees will closely monitor play at the line of scrimmage to ensure that offensive players do not materially restrict opponents or alter the defender’s path or angle of pursuit.

Material restrictions include but are not limited to:

1. grabbing or tackling an opponent

2. hooking, jerking, twisting, or turning him

3. pulling him to the ground.


Source: NFL Ops

Friday, September 06, 2019

Other Week One Games — TV Maps


Now that we have all enjoyed the Packers’ 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears in the NFL’s 100th season opener, here are the other games and where they'll be broadcast this Sunday. Enjoy another few games this weekend!





Tuesday, August 27, 2019

There’s a Lot of Reading to be Done..


We stopped at the local Barnes & Noble here in Green Bay to pick up the book you see above, “The Big 50 — The Men and Moments That Made the Green Bay Packers.” But what we didn’t know that the book you see below is also available. Both are 2019 publications.


This one — “Ron Wolf and the Green Bay Packers” — should be interesting, if it offers some behind-the-scenes anecdotes that we haven’t heard previously.


This book — “Strength In Numbers” — is also currently available, but we have not added it to the archives yet.

There are some more books coming this fall, including the Packers’ “official” 100th anniversary book by team historian Cliff Christl (not pictured). The others are:










Stay tuned...

2019 Yearbook & Media Guide


Today we have every Packers fan’s required reading for the start of the NFL regular season. This year’s issue of the 2019 Green Bay Packers Yearbook features new head coach Matt LaFleur on the front cover.


Also hot off the press is the 2019 Green Bay Packers Media Guide, with just about every stat and piece of information you could ever want contained therein.


As a bonus, we have Wisconsin’s Official Travel Guide, featuring some guy who used to catch footballs in the northeast part of the state.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

2019 Official NFL Playing Rules


If you are interested, we invite you to download the annual “Official Playing Rules of the National Football League.” Learn what the new rules are for 2019, and have them available to review throughout the season. Download them here.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Texans at Packers Game Photos



After getting caught up with the Training Camp galleries, it’s time to post photos from the first preseason game featuring the Green Bay Packers vs. the Houston Texans. The southerners came north earlier in the week to practice twice against the Packers at Ray Nitschke Field. You can see those galleries here and here.


Here’s the view of Lambeau Field as we approach from the west, our usual direction after parking in the local neighborhood on that side.


A view of Lambeau Field before the first preseason game of the 2019 season.


A view of Lambeau Field before the first preseason game of the 2019 season.


A view of Lambeau Field before the first preseason game of the 2019 season.


A view of Lambeau Field before the first preseason game of the 2019 season.


A view of Lambeau Field before the first preseason game of the 2019 season.


A view of Lambeau Field before the first preseason game of the 2019 season.


A view of Lambeau Field before the first preseason game of the 2019 season.


Something we don’t see too often... a player coming over to the railing and signing autographs during warm-ups. The Packers’ longtime kicker, Mason Crosby (#2) attracted a crowd quickly.


The glamorous life of NFL special teams players.


The view from behind the Packers’ bench area as the stadium starts to fill up.


The game time weather status.


Spare parts for various helmets on the sideline.


In case you don’t know exactly where you are upon arriving at the game.


NFL footballs poised on the sideline. You can get your own here.


The team comes out of the tunnel for pre-game warm-ups.


Packers players during pre-game warm-ups.


The Texans’ kickoff team before the kickoff.


The Packers’ kickoff team before the kickoff.


The 2019 preseason gets underway in Lambeau Field.


Since QB Aaron Rodgers is not playing, QB Deshone Kizer (#9) gets the start.


The evening sunlight on the crowd and the suites.


Houston QB Joe Webb III (#5) with their offense.


LB Oren Burks (#42) is injured early in the game. He sustained a torn pectoral muscle and his status for the regular season has not been announced.


Coach Matt LaFleur has a few words with an official.


K Sam Ficken (#7) kicks an extra point.


The quarterbacks meet with their coach and their offensive coordinator.


RB Tra Carson (#32) runs to daylight.


WR Steven Mitchell, Jr. (#11) looks to avoid CB Tony Brown (#28) and CB Chandon Sullivan (#39).


QB Joe Webb III (#5) is about to be stopped by S Natrell Jamerson (#21).


RB Dexter Williams (#22) gets a chance in his first NFL action.


The Texans break the huddle as the Packers’ defense awaits.


QB Tim Boyle (#8) takes the second quarterback shift in the game.


When there is a replay review and the television broadcast is away at commercial, they show what the referee is seeing on the giant stadium screens.


QB Tim Boyle (#8) lets a long one fly.


The preseason broadcast crews for each team work on top and below each other, surrounded by corporate suites on the stadium’s west side.


DL James Looney (#99) wraps up RB Karan Higdon, Jr. (#31).


DL James Looney (#99) and LB Ty Summers (#44) contain a scrambling QB Joe Webb III (#5).


QB Manny Wilkins (#18) gets his turn for the last part of the game.


Being a Gold Package ticket holders game (largely from the Milwaukee area), the crowd dwindled in the second half, as most of them had to drive back south to go to work in the morning.


A north end zone view of the stadium near the conclusion.


The final score at Lambeau Field.


A new “Packers Win” graphic for 2019.


Lambeau Field as the crowd makes its way back to their cars.


The Packers vs. Texans game program. Thank you for visiting, and come back often!