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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 sink the Vikings, Favre admits to sending Sterger voicemails. Packers 28- Vikings 24.

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Jenn Sterger, voicemail recipient.

Great win for the Packers tonight.

Keys to the game: The Packers did not give up any big special teams plays this week. The defense came through when they had to and did just enough to help the pack win. There were good things and bad things about the Packers’ game execution this week. Let’s break it down.

The Good: the Favre interceptions, of course, especially the Pick 6. The pressure finally getting to an opposing quarterback – mostly thanks to Clay Matthews – it is clear that his presence makes a huge difference for the Pack’s D. How about that face mask penalty in the 4th quarter? That was HUGE. Also good: Aaron Rodgers – he did just enough to win and for once he did not have to try to put the team on his back for a miraculous comeback.I bet he loved being the team with the lead in the 4th quarter for a change. Let’s also give some props to A.J. Hawk, Nick Collins and Desmond Bishop for picking off Gandalf the Grey. Excuse me, I mean Brett Favre. Or is it Rip Van Winkle? Or Hobbles McHobbally? Yeah, I guess it was Favre. Game ball goes to Bishop for the return touchdown. Notice that his 6 points were 2 points more than the Packers won by.

The Bad: The Packers defense could not seem to stop Percy Harvin or Adrian Peterson. They were lucky to slow them down just enough to win. It is clear how much they are missing guys like Nick Barnett and Atari Bigby right now. Guys who can tackle hard and blow plays up in the backfield. Charlie Peprah is definitely not the answer. Thank god for Woodson. At least Woodson can tackle Peterson. And Harvin. He might want to demonstrate for the rest of  the team. It was also disgusting to see almost the exact same play on consecutive 4th-and-1’s. Come on man! They had to be expecting it. Kuhn is okay but how about letting Rodgers run it? Or sweeping outside? It would have been better to do something they wouldn’t expect. Then there was the 4th down fake. Ugh. It would have been amazing if it worked. Unfortunately, it didn’t.

The ugly: Favre admitted this week to sending the voice mails in question to Jenn Sterger. We will have to wait and see if any punishment from the league will result from his admission. He has denied sending her the texts of his “nether regions”, though. If that is the case, this could be the end of the investigation. IF it turns out he was lying, well…. this could get uglier than the Michael Vick dog fighting fallout.

Here’s my recap: Great win for the Pack, they got the monkey off their back, Brett Favre almost had a heart attack and Jenn Sterger now thinks that he’s on crack. Yeah, rhyming. That just happened. Sorry. It was cheap, I know. That’s why it is in the ugly section.

Summary: Great win for the Packers. Enough said. Go Pack Go!

Injury Update – Standings Update

November 23, 2009 1 comment

Aaron Kampman (OLB) and Al Harris (CB) are both out for the rest of the season with serious knee injuries. Each man was injured during the Packers win over the 49ers.The loss of two veteran defensive players is going to really hurt the Packers. Kampman and Harris were both pro-bowl defenders.

Still, it will now be up to some of the younger backups to step in and try to fill those roles. Players to watch for: Tramon Williams playing in place of the injured Al Harris, and Brad Jones – a rookie OLB. I’m not exactly sure who the Packers will be using in place of Kampman yet – most likely it will be a rotation between Brandon Chillar, Brady Poppinga and Brad Jones.

Also, the Eagles squeaked out a victory over the Bears last night 24-20, so they are also now tied for a wild card spot with both Green Bay and New York (Giants). So as Packers fans, we should also be rooting for teams that play against the Eagles and the Giants. 🙂 Can’t wait for Thursday’s game, and I’ll be wearing my fatty pants for the Turducken.

A not so sweet blog entry, with report cards too. Buccaneers 38 Packers 28.

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment


Well, that was a terrible game to watch as a Green Bay Packers fan.

I mean come on, how bad do you have to be to lose to an 0-7 team starting a rookie quarterback for the first time? COME ON!! The Packers were a 10-point favorite to win that game. This should illustrate just how far they’ve fallen. I do not like this Sam I am, I do not like Green Bay’s dumb plan.

That made me physically ill. I guess I’ll have to eat a dreamsicle now in honor of those throwback Buccaneer uniforms. I think that maybe the reason the Packers lost was because they were too distracted by how ridiculous those uniforms made the other team look. Or because their coach is a dumb-ass. Or because Ted Thompson is an idiot who refuses to spend a dime in free agency. Pick your reason actually, it doesn’t really matter because this team isn’t about to turn it around without some help on the offensive line. Too bad we will have to wait until next year to see it. 😦

Now that it is the official halfway point of the season, I am giving my mid-season grades to the Packers:

QB: B+

Aaron Rodgers’ consistent high level of play with absolutely no protection is something I can get excited about. He has been one of the few bright spots on an otherwise terrible offensive unit. I would like to see him throw it away a little bit more, instead of taking a sack every time he gets in trouble, though. His three interceptions last game dropped his grade from an A.

Offensive Line: F

Let’s see – I think we are trying to set the record for the most penalties and sacks given up in one season. So far, so good.

RB’S: D+

Even the signing of Ahman Green couldn’t raise this grade. They just cannot run the ball, period. How much of that is the o-line’s fault is up for debate I guess.

WR’S: B

This grade was raised by Donald Driver’s consistently high level of play at age 35. I would still like to see a little bit more out of Greg Jennings and James Jones this season. Jordy Nelson is a talented young man, and that is why we have nicknamed him White Lightning.

TE’S: B-

Jermicheal Finley is a freak of nature and could be the next Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez. Too bad he has been out lately with an injury. Donald Lee is pretty good as a number two option, but he drops way too many passes to be a consistent first team player.

Defensive Line: C-

Jonny Jolly and Cullen Jenkins are probably the two best players here. We haven’t seen too much greatness from first-round pick B.J. Raji yet this season, which is too bad. This grade would be higher if the Packers could ever get to another teams QB, which they can’t seem to do.

Linebackers: B

Clay Matthews is a beast. A.J. Hawk and Nick Barnett are solid every year. Aaron Kampman is a talented player, but his talent is being wasted as an OLB and he can’t cover anyone. They might be better off trying to put him back on the D-line and using Chillar or Poppinga as the fourth linebacker. It can’t hurt.

Secondary: C

They aren’t terrible, but they’ve given up way too many big plays this season. Just think back to either of the Vikings games. Charles Woodson is the best player they have back there. Collins is pretty good, but he needs Bigby back there to help him shine. Al Harris has just been awful. He is a much better bump and run corner than a zone player in a 3-4 defense. I think that is showing this year. We could use better play from our third CB as well.

Special Teams: F

Giving up huge chunks of yardage on kick and punt returns? Check. Horrible and/or blocked punts? Check. Missed field goals galore? Check. Bad, bad, bad. That’s all I have to say about Coach Shawn Slocum’s special teams unit this year. But in the words of Mike McCarthy, I’m sure they’ll get that cleaned up.

Overall Team Grade: C

Current record: 4-4
At the midway point of the NFL season this is all we can give the Packers, an average grade for a mediocre team that probably won’t make the playoffs. I just wish they could turn it around this year instead of waiting until next year to make any changes. Oh well, keep your chin up out their cheesehead nation. There are still eight games left to play. Who knows, all 31 other teams could get the swine flu.
Love these grades? Hate these grades? I want to hear from you! Leave a comment.

Next week the Packers play the Cowboys at home. Go Pack!

Monday Night Meltdown – Another bad night for the Pack. Vikings 30 Packers 23

October 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Favre in purple

Favre in purple


It looks like Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle owes Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty a case of Wisconsin beer. The two governors had a bet riding on Monday night’s Packers-Vikings matchup. The winner got a case of the other state’s beer. Might I suggest some Spotted Cow, Mr. Governor? Or, if that’s not your favorite flavor, then you could go with some Pabst Blue Ribbon, or Leinenkugel’s. All three are Wisconsin beers that have become quite popular over the years. Yes, I am aware that many of you know this.

Gov. Doyle won’t be going home empty-handed because the two governors also had a bet riding on Saturday’s Minnesota-Wisconsin college football matchup. The Badgers pulled out the win 31-28. Gov. Doyle’s reward will be a case of specialty Minnesota foods. To put it in Minnesota terms: “Oh Ya Know, we got dat tater-tot hot dish ya know hey.” I suppose the only way to make their silly foods edible will be smothering them with Wisconsin cheddar. As we all know, Wisconsin cheddar makes everything better.
A wheel of Wisconsin Cheese

A wheel of Wisconsin Cheese

Anyway, on to the game. In my last blog I predicted that the Vikings’ strong pass rush, specifically Jared Allen, would dominate the Packers’ weak offensive line. That’s exactly what happened. It was a Monday night record 8 sacks for the Vikings. Even though Aaron Rodgers put up another valiant effort, the Pack’s O-line was obviously over-matched. If Green Bay doesn’t get this fixed and fast, it can expect to be watching the playoffs from home this year instead of participating in them. Their record is now 2-2 and they are two games behind division-leading Minnesota. They sorely missed Chad Clifton this week at left tackle.

Oh yes, and who could forget about Brett Favre. ESPN had this game hyped like the second coming of Christ. The senior citizen (Favre) tore apart the Packers’ secondary, throwing for three touchdowns, and making Al Harris wonder if he should cut off his dreadlocks. Perhaps if the Green Bay defense had been able to reach Favre at all, the outcome might have been different. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Next week is the Packers bye week before heading back to Lambeau Field to face the Lions. I’ll be at the game, so I should have some great inside-the-game reporting. Especially on the tailgating.