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We are the champions, my friends! Green Bay Packers 31 – Pittsburgh Steelers 25. Packers are Super Bowl Champions!!

February 9, 2011 1 comment


It’s all over. The Green Bay Packers are the Super Bowl 45 Champions. Aaron Rodgers is the Super Bowl MVP. Dreams really can come true. For the players on this team, they have. The Vince Lombardi trophy is returning to Titletown.  People in Green Bay will be dancing in the streets and wearing cheese on their heads. Some won’t be wearing anything but cheese on their heads. Can you blame them? 🙂 You know what goes great with an Aaron Rodgers “title belt” celebration? Having the Lombardi Trophy back in Titletown.

Congratulations to the veterans on the team, especially Donald Driver, Charles Woodson and Chad Clifton. While it was disappointing that both Woodson and Driver got hurt in the game, in my opinion they both still earned their Super Bowl rings. What a great season and what a great team. Woodson and Driver were definitely emotional leaders for the team, even if they couldn’t finish the game on the field.

Congratulations to Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson and Mark Murphy. They deserve as much credit as anyone for this Super Bowl win. Congrats to Dom Capers and the entire Packers coaching staff. This team will go down in history as one of the greatest Packers team ever.  And yes, dad, as you promised, you will now have to call him MR. McCarthy now that he has a Super Bowl ring and a street in Green Bay named after him. (Sorry, no more Mike McFarty…. at least, not until they have a losing season.)

I will admit, I wasn’t always a believer in this coach, or this GM or this team president. But I will gladly eat some crow now and say that Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson and Mark Murphy are all geniuses and have proved all of my doubts wrong!!! And I am so happy for them, for the fans and for the 2010-11 Super Bowl Champs – YOUR GREEN BAY PACKERS!!

There’s only one thing left to say, and that’s how great it is to strap on the imaginary “Championship Belt” with your friends. I am planning on doing it a lot in the months to come and I hope you’ll join me. In the return to TitleTown celebration at Lambeau Field Aaron Rodgers even said “you can steal my celebration. Now that we’re the champs, you go ahead and put that on whenever you want!” Thanks, Aaron. I’m sure we will. Ha ha, I can’t wait. And with the core of this team coming back in 2011-2012, I can’t wait for next year either. I can’t think of anybody who deserves all this success more than Rodgers, Woodson, Driver and this incredible team. And you can bet – you’ll always remember where you were when the Green Bay Packers won SUPER BOWL 45 and became World Champions!!! I know that I will.

Well, thank you all for reading my blog this year. I really enjoyed writing it and hearing from some of you, my lovely readers. This is going to be my last post for a while, but I’d like to leave you with a parting gift – my Super Fun guide to Packers nicknames. Some of these I made up, and some are actually true. But they all have some meaning for each guy.

Here they are, your 2010 GBP nicknames:

Aaron Rodgers gets more than one. That’s because he’s the MVP and he deserves them. They are: “The People’s Champ”, “The Legend-Killer”, “Brent Who”, “Title-Belt Holder”, “Photo Ninja” and “Man O’ Steel”. They should usually be inserted in between the first and last name. Or sometimes just shouted randomly at your television.

Here are the rest of the guys nicknames:

James “Gridiron Man” Starks, John “The Snowplow” Kuhn, Brandon “Baby Jacks” Jackson.

Donald “Double-Dee!!!, Quickie” Driver, James “Double-J” Jones, Jordy “White Lightning” Nelson, and Greg “The Natural” Jennings. Greg also likes the nickname “Superman”.

Chad “The Wall” Clifton, Bryan “the Whale” Bulaga, Daryn “Big Cajones” Colledge, Scott “Scotty 2 Hotty” Wells, and Josh “The Incredible Hulk” Sitton.

Now for Defense:

Charles “Chaz” and “White House” Woodson. Tramon “The Man” Williams, Sam “Laser” Shields. It’s also a good idea to yell “Shields Up!” whenever you see him. Nick “Prowl Bowl is my middle name” Collins and Charlie “the Doctor” Peprah.

For linebackers we have Clay “the Clay-Maker”, “the Sack-Master” and “the Beast” Matthews. Then there’s Desmond “the checkmate” Bishop, A.J. “The Genius” Hawk, Erik “That Guy” Walden and Frank “el Zorro” Zombo.

On the D-line there is Ryan “The Boulder” or ”The FENCE” Pickett, Cullen “the Freight Train” Jenkins, “Mean” Howard Green and B.J. “The Freezer” Raji. With the Freezer of course being Raji’s own creation. Much like his weird touchdown gyrations.

We’ve also got Tim “The Master” Masthay and Mason “Chasin’ Jacke” Crosby.  Last but not least, there is Jarret “zero to hero” Bush.

Now, I know that’s not everyone, but that ought to hold you over until NFL draft time. Hope you enjoyed the ride. I know I sure did.

GREEN BAY PACKERS, SUPER BOWL 45 CHAMPIONS!!!!   Ahhhhhhhh, I never get tired of saying that. Time to go put on my “title belt.”

See ya!!!! GO PACK GO!!!

Packers vs. Steelers Super Bowl game preview

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment


The big game is almost here, and I must say that it has been a magical ride. When I started this Packers fan blog back in September, I had no idea that the Packers would eventually be playing for a Super Bowl championship. This will be a great game and the hype is already at a fevered pitch. I am so glad that many of you discovered my blog this year and I hope you enjoyed looking at my posts and my after-game analysis. I really enjoyed writing them.

Here’s a great article written by Rick Reilly about why Packers fans don’t just want the Packers to win, they NEED them to win. My wife found this on article on ESPN.com, thanks Stacey!

In honor of the Pack’s first Super Bowl Appearance in 13 years, here is my game preview:

The Steelers had the number one scoring defense in the NFL this year, and they only allowed about 14 points a game. The Packers had the number two scoring defense this year, and they only allowed about 15 points a game. The Packers have a former defensive MVP in cornerback Charles Woodson. The Steelers have a former defensive MVP in linebacker James Harrison. Both team defenses like to use complex blitzing schemes to confuse opposing quarterbacks. And both teams have brilliant defensive coordinators: the Packers in Dom Capers and the Steelers with Dick Lebeau.

Now, with all that being said, I still do not think that this will be a low-scoring game or a defensive struggle. The domed stadium in Dallas is going to provide ideal conditions for the high-octane passing offense of the Packers. It will also be a fast track for the Steelers power running game with Rashard Mendenhall. I expect both offenses to put a lot of points on the board. Having two weeks to prepare for the game is going to be an advantage for both offenses. It is generally not an advantage for either defense.

If the Steelers do have one weakness, it is their pass defense. I believe that the Packers will be able to make some big plays through the air if they can spread out the Steelers defense with four and five wide receivers. I expect them to do just that and then mix it up with some power running formations for James Starks. The Steelers have two good cornerbacks in Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden and an all-pro safety in Troy Polamalu, but the rest of their secondary can be exploited. By contrast, the Packers have THREE great corners with Charles Woodson, the emerging Sam Shields and Tramon Williams. They also have an all-pro at safety with Nick Collins. I expect that the Packers will be able to play better pass coverage.

Keys to Victory:

I think there are three main things that the Packers can do to win this game,
1. Stop Rashard Mendenhall and the Steelers power running attack. This is easier said than done. Hawk, Bishop and company will need to bring their A-game when it comes to tackling and chasing the running backs.
2. Contain Ben Roethlisburger and get pressure on him during pass plays. Do not let him escape a sack, which he often is able to do. Clay Matthews will need to be in his face. Don’t let him get away, Clay!
3. Score early and often. If the Packers can get some early passing scores, this game would become much easier for them to win. The Steelers are a better running team than a passing team, and do not play as well when playing from behind. That means Aaron Rodgers needs to try to set up some early scores. I think he and his receivers can do it. He’s pretty good at escaping sacks too.

Regardless of the outcome, it  will be an amazing Super Bowl and I am so happy for the Green Bay Packers and their fans. Enjoy the game. Hopefully it won’t be another 13 years before the Packers next Super Bowl. But if it is, I’ll be watching… and waiting. Thanks for reading my blog! Have a great and safe Super Sunday and GO PACK GO!!!

The Packers are going to the Super Bowl! The Packers are going to the Super Bowl! The Packers kicked the Bears’ Butts! The Packers are going to the Super Bowl! Packers 21 – Bears 14

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment



Woo Hoo!! How about that game?!! The Packers went into Chicago and showed everyone that The Bears Still Suck!! The Packers are now the proud owners of the George Halas trophy as YOUR NFC Champions! I couldn’t be happier. The state of Wisconsin and the city of Green Bay are buzzing with excitement as the Packers will now prepare to play in Super Bowl 45 (XLV) on Feb. 6 in Dallas, Texas.
Here’s a cool YouTube video I found to help you commemorate the achievement:

Green and yellow, green and yellow, green and yellow, green and yellow. Ha ha. Yeah, especially when I take it deep like Driver. Now check out these Super Bowl snack ideas!

Okay, enough of the celebration. This is the part of the blog when I talk about the game. First I would just like to say that the Packers followed my three keys to victory from last week to come out on top. They stopped Devin Hester. The got pressure in Jay Cutler‘s face. And they outran the Bears. Starks was good enough to help Green Bay win and the Pack’s defense did an admirable job of slowing down Matt Forte.

So, who were the game’s MVP’s this week? Well, B.J. Raji is an obvious choice. I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed his celebration dance after his interception for a touchdown. He looked like an overweight  Hawaiian belly dancer. He followed that up of course with the “Big Boy Belt”. Which is, of course, just the championship belt celebration that he took from Rodgers. Also, you might have noticed that people are calling him the “Freezer.” This is because people have started comparing him to William “Refrigerator” Perry from the ’85 championship Bears. Also, last week when Raji played fullback on offense against Atlanta, a coach came up to him and said, “you looked like ‘The Fridge’ out there.” To which he replied, “I’m not ‘The Fridge’, I’m the Freezer.” Freezer indeed. I hope I see the Freezer in the Super Bowl!

Another big time player in this game was Sam “Laser” Shields. This guy went from being a rookie out on the street to playing in an NFC championship game in just under a year. And not only has he handled all the pressure incredibly, but he has also played extremely well this season. I like that he seems to keep getting better every week. He came up with the game-ending interception. That might have been the play of the season for the Packers. He also had an almost-interception of Jay Cutler that was overturned after the review of the play. He’s become a great cover corner and not only that, he is also a great kick returner and special teams player. I love his story and I hope to see him on the Packers roster for many years to come.

Other players who made a BIG contribution in the game: Jennings, Cullen Jenkins, Clay Matthews and Tim Masthay. Jennings was a monster in the first half, and he helped the Packers put an early score on the board, which helped them later in the game. Cullen Jenkins was nothing but trouble for the Bears offensive line and he made life very hard for whichever quarterback was in the game. He almost pulled down Matt Forte for a safety on a running play in the second half. Clay Matthews might not have had a sack, but he is a force against both the pass and the run. And, of course, the Punter Tim Masthay had a great game. You know, punters never really get enough credit. But this guy probably played the game of his life. The Packers owned the Bears in field position all day. This is mostly thanks to the great punts that Masthay was hitting all game. I remember one in the game that must have traveled almost 80 yards. He also kept it away from Devin Hester. So for that I say, kudos to you, Mr. Punter. You probably are a big reason that the Packers are in the Super Bowl.

I’d like to now give some credit to the Packers coaching staff and management team. Nobody that I talked to this year thought that the Packers could make it this far after the injuries to Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley. Not to mention the multitude of injuries to players on the defense, including Nick Barnett. But Mike McCarthy (or as my dad would say, Mike McFarty), Dom Capers and the entire Packers management team (yes, even you, Ted Thompson) deserve our praise for getting these guys to play like nobody was injured at all. They have put a quality product on the field and Mike McCarthy has done an amazing job not letting injuries become an excuse for losing. So to all of these men, I say, congratulations. You deserve all the success you have worked so hard for. Now, go bring that Lombardi Trophy back to TitleTown!

There’s only one more thing to say. I want the Packers to win this Super Bowl for the older players on the team. For Charles Woodson and Chad Clifton and Donald Driver. I want them to win if for these guys that have for so many years come so close, yet felt so far away from a Super Bowl championship. I want them to win it for the Green Bay teams that broke the fans’ hearts. For the fans who watched the Packers fall to the Giants in the 2007 NFC Championship. For the fans who remember 4th and 26, when the Packers lost in the playoffs to the Eagles after that miracle fourth down play. For the fans who remember the terrible teams of the 80’s and still came to Lambeau Field year in, and year out. And finally, I want the Packers to win this Super Bowl for all of their great fans across the world, myself included. Because after all, The Green Bay Packers are the TRUE ‘America’s Team.’ And I can think of nothing sweeter for America’s Team than hoisting that Vince Lombardi trophy in Dallas. Let’s bring it back to Green Bay. After all, this is where it belongs.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for eating. And I sincerely hope that you enjoyed my blog this year. Oh and p.s. the Packers will be playing the Steelers in the Super Bowl. Look for my game preview later this week. 🙂

Packers – Bears NFC Championship game preview

January 18, 2011 2 comments

Well, it’s almost here. The Packers will play the Bears at Soldier field on Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. In honor of how far the Pack have advanced this year, I am writing up a little game preview and comparison for all of you, my lovely readers. Thanks for checking out my blog this year! Here goes…

The Packers and Bears will be meeting for the 182nd time Sunday, the oldest (and Best!) rivalry in the NFL. So what can the Packers do to win this game and get to the Super Bowl? Here are what I believe are the three keys to victory:

1. Stop Devin Hester. DO NOT kick the ball to him. DO NOT punt the ball to him. Don’t let him get deep for a pass. He’s a scoring threat that the Packers should shut down.

2. Get pressure on Jay Cutler. Blitz the heck out of him. If he gets rushed and has guys up in his face all day, he WILL make a mistake. The Packers’s defense should be able to force him into some bad throws or bad plays.

3. Outrun the Bears.  If the Packers want  to win in frigid and hostile conditions they need to get more running yard than the Bears. This means stopping Matt Forte and turning James Starks into a snowplow. Once the Bears have to try to defend the run, Aaron Rodgers can carve them up. Easy, right?

If the Pack can do these three things, they will win the game. I believe they can.

Fearless prediction: Packers 24 – Bears 21.

Now, I’d like to break down position by position and player by player which team I believe will have the advantage in the game:

Quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers vs. Jay Cutler.

While it’s true that Jay Cutler has played well this season and limited his mistakes, there is no way that he has played better than Rodgers, who has had an MVP type season. Not to mention his dominant performance in the playoffs so far this year. Jay Cutler occasionally will try to force a few throws and the Packers need to try to capitalize on those mistakes to win. Also, if Jay Cutler is on Earth than Aaron Rodgers is on another planet. He could very well be wearing that championship belt come February. Advantage: PACK, by a mile.

Offensive lines: Bears O-line vs. Packers O-line

The Bears O-line has given them problems all year-long, especially with the timing routes that new Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz likes to run. Their line has been one of that teams’ only weaknesses this year. On the other side, the Packers O-line has been just okay. They seem to get little to no push in the running game against better defenses and have been only so-so in pass protection. Rodgers often has had to try to escape the rush himself when defenders got free. On a positive note, rookie Bryan Bulaga seems to have come into his own this year and Josh Sitton has also played well. In summary, neither one of these O-lines belongs in the pro bowl. (Hear that, Chad Clifton?) But these teams seem to make it work. Advantage: EVEN

Running Backs: Matt Forte & Chester Taylor vs. James Starks & Brandon Jackson

I’ll keep this short. Starks has emerged as the Packers clear ground threat after sitting out most of the season, but it is unknown how well he could hold up over a full 16 game schedule. Jackson is a capable third down back but nothing more. Matt Forte is one of the highest-scoring players on the team and is a legitimate threat to score every time he touches the ball. Chester Taylor is a great blocker, receiver and third-down back. With Ryan Grant, the Packers might have had an advantage here but without him, not this year. Still, I think Starks will be the difference in the game. Advantage: slight edge to BEARS

Receivers: Jennings, Driver, Jones & Nelson vs. Knox, Hester, Aromashudu & Bennett

The Bears have somehow managed to take a group of skill positions players and cast-offs from other teams and turn them into a respectable unit. I’m guessing that is mostly thanks to Mike Martz. On the other hand, the Packers top four receivers are all threats to score each time the catch the ball. Their receivers are great at running with the ball after the catch. Donald Driver still plays at an amazingly high level for his age. Jennings has emerged as the Packers star wide-out. In this comparison, it is no contest. Advantage: PACK

Tight Ends: Greg Olsen & K. Davis vs. Donald Lee, Andrew Quarless & Tom Crabtree

This one is pretty simple. Greg Olsen is probably the best receiver on the Bears team. He’s a pro-bow type player. The Packers have a vet in Donald Lee, and some young talent with Quarless and Crabtree, but they don’t stack up. The Pack lost their advantage when Jermichael Finley went out for the year with an injury. Advantage: BEARS

Now to the defensive side of the ball:

Defensive lines: Peppers, Idonije, Harris & Adams vs. Raji, Pickett & Jenkins.

Well the Bears have an obvious advantage on the D-line just by the fact that they play a base 4-3 defense while the Packers use a base 3-4. They also have the 6-time pro bowler Julius Peppers and an emerging star in Idonije. On the other hand, the Packers have had great performances by Raji, Pickett and Jenkins all year. Still, it seams that the Bears might have a slight advantage. Advantage: BEARS

Linebackers: Matthews, Hawk, Bishop & Walden vs. Urlacher, Briggs & Tinoisamoa.

Well, we ought to have the advantage here just having four versus their three. Matthews is now a star on the Pack’s defense. Hawk has come back from not playing a snap in the first game to being a leader on the defense. And Bishop and Walden have both stepped up and played incredibly after filling in for injured starters. Bishop may have replaced Nick Barnett next year as a starting ILB. The Bears have two pro bowlers in Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher. Tinoisamoa is the weak link and he can be exploited. Neither the Packers or the Bears have very good backups at linebacker at this point. But the Packers’ woes are mostly because of injuries. The Bears are praying that neither Briggs or Urlacher gets hurt. They are not the same team without them. Advantage: slight edge goes to the PACK

Defensive backs: Woodson, Williams, Shields, Collins & Peprah vs. Tillman, Jennings, Harris, Bowman & Manning.

This is an easy choice. The Packers have a former Defensive MVP in Woodson, a young star in Williams, a Pro Bowl player in Collins and an emerging star in Peprah. On the other side, the bears secondary is solid but it is nowhere near as good as the Packers. Their coaches probably dream about having the secondary that the Packers do when they go to sleep at night. Advantage: PACK

Kickers: Robbie Gould vs. Mason Crosby.

Simply put, Gould is money. He rarely misses even in poor conditions. Crosby is good and has a really strong leg but conditions do seem to affect his kicks. Advantage: BEARS

Special Teams: Devin Hester & Daniel Manning vs. Sam Shields & Tramon Williams

The Packers should not be using their second and third best cornerbacks on kickoff and punt returns and risking injury to them. But they don’t have anyone else.  Devin Hester is a freak of nature on punt returns and he absolutely SHOULD NOT be kicked to. The Packers will lose if they punt the ball to him once too often. Advantage: BEARS

So, did I give the Bears too much credit? Probably. After all, THE BEARS STILL SUCK! Time for their lucky streak to run out am I right? This will be one epic battle. Let’s cheer on our team like we never have before! Thanks for reading and GO PACK GO!!!

Packers ride their HOT streak into Hot-lanta and beat the Falcons to advance to the NFC championship game! Packers 48-Falcons 21

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment



First of all, congratulations to the Packers on the great victory. It seemed like every player on the team made a difference this week. The Packers have earned  themselves a trip to the NFC Championship game with this performance! Wooooo Hoo! Congrats to all the Packers fans here in Wisconsin and out there across the world. I hope you loved watching this game as much as I did. Well, let’s talk about it – is this our time? Could this be the team of destiny?

The game MVP has got to be none other than Mr. Aaron Rodgers. He played the game of his life. I mean, it’s easy to overlook how good he is sometimes, because the Packers defense has played so well this season, but you have got to believe that his play in this game is what made the Packers unstoppable. He never seems to get nervous, even when the Packers were down 7-0 and 14-7. How many times did he escape a sure sack in this game? How many times did he make the throw on the run? How many times did he find the open man at the last possible second? I lost count. I tried to count them, but I ran out of fingers. Brett who? Am I right? And how about the celebration with the “title belt” after the touchdown run? Ooooh it’s so good. Screw you, Jon Abraham.

Aaron Rodgers was snubbed for the pro bowl in favor of Matt Ryan and Mike Vick, but I am pretty sure that he was vindicated by beating both in the playoffs. He’s becoming the player that Packers fans have dreamed about since he took his first snap after the Brett Favre era. The scary thing is, he is still getting better. And I can’t even imagine how good he could be with all of his weapons. Remember, he’s been without Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley for most of the season. It’s easy to forget that with how well he’s played this year. He threw for three TD’s and ran for another in the game tonight. Just an insane performance. Atta boy, Rodgers!

Other players also came up huge in this game. James “Grid-Iron Man” Starks was a beast once the Packers had the lead. John “the dump truck” Kuhn was his usual bowling ball self. Jordy “White Lightning” Nelson made some great catch-and-runs. And who could forget my favorite player: Donald “Double D!” Driver. He still plays the game pretty well for an old man. 🙂 Also, fun fact about this game: the Packers did not punt ONCE in the game.

On the defensive side of the ball, the game MVP was surely Tramon Williams. He had not one, but two game-changing interceptions. Can you believe the interception for the touchdown just before halftime? That might have been the play of the game. The other corners played very well, too. Charles Woodson had a nice sack of Matt Ryan. Clay “The Beastmaster” Matthews was all over the field. That was no surprise. He’s been all over the field all year. B.J. Raji is now a force on defense and offense. I absolutely loved the call to put him in as a fullback on the goal line. Also, let’s give it up for linebackers A.J. Hawk, Desmond Bishop and Clay Matthews. Matthews also had the fumble recovery.  The linebackers just SHUT DOWN Michael Turner in this game. I knew that they could do it. The Packers ‘D was on fire in this game. Thank you, Dom Capers.

I suppose I do have to say a few things that the Packers should work on for next week, because they did make a few mistakes. The early fumble by Greg Jennings might have hurt them in a  game that was close. Luckily, it was a non-factor. The kickoff coverage was pathetic on the return touchdown that was allowed to Eric Weems. I was glad to see that they tried to kick it away from him for the rest of the game. They allowed the Falcons to have a late touchdown drive once they had a commanding lead. And, Mason Crosby missed the long field goal in the fourth quarter. He was able to make his second try, though.

Okay, that’s all for the game. Let’s have a feast for the NFC Championship!!! But what will the Packers be feasting upon? Bear flesh, or Seahawk meat? Neither one sounds very appetizing to me. So, while you’re trying to decide, eat this! Not That! Remember, no matter what game day snacks you decide to make, everything is better with some Wis-con-sin Cheddar. Hope you enjoyed reading this! I still have another week to blog!!!  Yes! See you next week. Happy Reading, Happy eating and GO PACK GO!

Epic win in Philadelphia as the Packers defeat the Eagles to advance in the NFC playoffs! Packers 21 – Eagles 16

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment


It’s on to Atlanta for our Green Bay Packers. What a great victory for Packers nation!! Congratulations to Mr. Aaron Rodgers for his first playoff victory as a Green Bay QB. Congrats again, Aaron! Where’s that championship belt? 🙂

Okay, I feel like I need to get my Hate-or-ade (this is a pun on the word “Gatorade”, kids) out-of-the-way early this week. To Kobe Bryant: For sending a signed jersey to Mike Vick that said ‘Be Epic’, I now have another reason to hate you. Which won’t be hard considering you already play for the most hated team in the NBA and are a date-rapist. I can’t wait for the Lakers to lose in the NBA playoffs. Oh, and this doesn’t mean you’re of the hook either, Lebron. To Mike Vick: Nice last second interception, or should I say nice EPIC FAIL. How epic was that? Ha ha. That’s okay though, I’m sure you know that every dog has his day. (Too far? Eh… I don’t care.) To Desean Jackson: the reason your ankle got hurt is because you’re a giant douche bag who likes to taunt other teams and who talks a ton of trash. Maybe you could take a page out of the Donald Driver playbook and learn something about class and sportsmanship. Seriously. How’s that humble pie tasting? Not too sweet, I hope. To Andy Reid: Nah, I kind of like you Andy Reid. He doesn’t deserve it. What was up with that weird full body suit thing he was wearing, though?

"Thanks for the jersey, Kobe"

Okay, on to the greatness that was this game. I am giving out two game balls this week. The first goes to James “Iron Man” Starks for being the best running back the Packers have ever had in the playoffs. Ever. Unless you want to count Dorsey Levens / Edgar Bennett, but we could be arguing about this all day. No, really though, the kid set a Packers rookie playoff record with 123 yards in the game. He single-handedly turned our previously pathetic running attack into a force to be reckoned with. I believe that James Starks was a HUGE reason that the Packers were able to win this game. The second game ball goes to the entire Green bay defense. They held the most explosive quarterback and receiving attack in the league to only 16 points over an entire game. Clay Matthews and Desmond Bishop were flying all over the field. Tramon Williams made the clutch interception to seal the victory. And B.J. Raji was in the backfield on nearly every play. Great job by the defense, and what a great game plan by defensive coach Dom Capers. Runner up for a game ball goes to Philly kicker David Akers for missing two field goals and taking six points off the board for the Eagles. If he makes those two kicks, the final score could have been 22-21 the other way. Thanks for the help David Akers! (I hear he’s secretly a Green Bay fan). Thanks for Finkling those kicks. Laces out!

I love hearing the crowd at a local bar go crazy when the Packers win. It’s how you know you’re where you belong. If you’ve never left your house during a Packer game, I recommend going out to The Bar at Cedar Creek to have a good time. That crowd will get you fired up. You can also get some good food there. But remember, whatever you get, smother it in some delicious, nutritious Wisconsin Cheddar cheese. I recommend one of the house cheeseburgers, or the specialty pizza there. They are both Campbell’s mmm mmm good. Enjoy it, even try to savor it, like it ‘s the last Packers game of the year. Because next week it could be.

Looking ahead, the Packers will play the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night. These teams met during the regular season and the Packers lost in a really close game. You can read about it in my archives if you like. Just go here. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a game the Pack should have won, but A-Rodge fumbled the ball on the goal line after an attempted QB sneak. The falcons recovered. Without that turnover, the Pack might have won that game, instead of losing by three points.

This week’s keys to victory: if the Packers want to beat the Falcons this time, they will need to do three things.

1. Stop Falcons running back Michael “The Burner” Turner at all costs. He shredded the Green Bay defense last time around. 2. Stop Atlanta’s pro bowl wide receiver “Hot” Roddy White. 3. Get James Starks going. The Packers need to run it well so that they can keep the Atlanta offense off the field, because they know how to score. I also imagine that Starks could punch it in on 3rd-and-1 or 4th-and-1 yard to go. That would eliminate the need for putting Rodgers in danger on the QB sneak. If the Pack can do these three things, they will win the game. Fearless prediction: Packers 20 – Falcons 17, and the Pack advance to play the Bears in the NFC championship game. 🙂

Well that’s all for my extended playoffs blog! I sincerely hope that you enjoyed reading it. Or that you enjoyed watching the highlights video if you didn’t read it. I’ll be  back next week. Remember, happy reading, happy eating and GO PACK GO!!

Packers win a close one as they beat the Bears to make the playoffs!!! Packers 10 – Bears 3

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment


As I sat there watching the game at The Bar in Wausau, I had the sinking feeling that the Packers were going to blow it and miss the playoffs this year. Boy, was I glad that I was wrong.

Because that feeling came before the Green Bay defense took charge and said oh no Jay Cutler, you and your double-chin are not going to beat us. Not today. After all, THE BEARS STILL SUCK! Game ball for the game has to go to the entire Packers defense for a dominant performance.

When the offense was struggling, the defense just kept coming up with big stops again and again. Of course the stars on the defense all played well: B.J. Raji, Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Clay Matthews and Nick Collins all made big plays. It was the usual cast of characters.

Some of the other credit for the great defensive performance needs to go to some of the more unknown players. For instance, CB Sam Shields came up huge time and again for the defense, and Safety Charlie Peprah had the crucial interception in the end zone. You’ve also got to give some props to Punter Tim Masthay for keeping the ball away from the dangerous Devin Hester and for having two punts downed inside the 5-yard line. Now that’s how you win with special teams.

As far as the Green Bay offense goes, it was bad man. Pretty unspectacular. They couldn’t ever really get anything going except for the few big passing plays. Give the Bears defense credit, they were able to shut down one of the best offenses in football for more than three quarters. But it wasn’t enough. I’d like to thank Greg Jennings for making the play of the day. I was also happy to see Donald Lee finally make a catch in the end zone. It never hurts to be that wide open, either.

There were some problems with the offense that the Packers will need to fix before next week. Bryan Bulaga had a few too many penalties for holding and for false starts. The running game could not get going. Neither Brandon Jackson or James Starks could gain much traction. Donald Driver had an uncharacteristic fumble. These are a few things that they will need to improve to beat the Eagles.

Your food for this week is going to be some Barb‘s best Bear Meat. After all, the stupid Bears played their stupid starters for the whole stupid game and we still ate them up. Yum Nom Nom Nom!! We should also share some with Lovie Smith and that Bears offensive coordinator for calling a timeout right before they could have gained 15 yards and a critical first down. And if we don’t share our man meat, the least we can do is send one of them a thank you card. It should probably read: thanks for calling us a timeout, Dumbass!!! 🙂 🙂 😉

Looking ahead, the packers will play the Philly Eagles on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Philadelphia. It will be the Mike Vick show vs. the Aaron Rodgers show. Personally, I think that the Packers defense is better than the Philly defense and that the Packers have a great chance to win this game. Either way, it is soooo exciting to have another game to write about! Fearless prediction: Packers beat the Iggles 38-35 in a shootout.

Happy Reading and Happy Eating!!! Go PACK Go!!!!