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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!!!

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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 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!

Packers dominate the Giants to keep their playoff hopes alive. Packers 45 – Giants 17.

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Packers dominate the Giants to keep their playoff hopes alive. Packers 45 – Giants 17.

This game was a treat to watch as a Green Bay fan. Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns and looked like his old self. Concussion? What concussion? The rumor going around was that he was mad about missing last week’s game against the Patriots and he played like it. I hope he stays mad.

When he wasn’t throwing touchdowns he was running for first downs, and I’m sure we were all breathing a collective sigh of relief after watching him slide on one of his running plays. Safe! The performance of the offensive line in this game was impressive too. They were able to slow down the Giants’ pro-bowl caliber pass rush. It was a  good performance and I’d like to see that carry over to next week. Bryan Bulaga is a rising star at the tackle position. Josh Sitton has become a quality player. Chad Clifton is getting old, but he can still play at a high level.

But the real star of this game was the Green bay defense. Six turnovers! Wow. That was a pretty amazing defensive effort. Even though they gave up two big plays for touchdowns, they absolutely dominated the rest of the game. Eli Manning didn’t have very much time to pass and when he did his receivers were locked down most of the game. Tramon Williams made an incredible interception early in the game, and that really helped to set the tone for the defense during the rest of the game.

I think the game ball must go to Clay Matthews though, who never gives up on any play, and whose hustle to the ball carrier caused a fumble which the Packers eventually recovered. That was a crazy play. I’ve never seen anything like it. But it was a great effort by Nick Collins to recover the fumble after Clay punched the ball loose.

Even though the Packers roster was decimated by injuries this year, this team is still playing like it belongs in the playoffs, and I am keeping hope alive for next week. For those of us who still remember the Packers-Giants NFC championship game back in 2007 (and how could you forget?), this was a nice way of putting the G-Men in their place. We owed them an ass-whipping and they got one. Perhaps the Packers have even gotten another coach fired. Sorry, Tom Coughlin. (Except, not really. Ha ha!)

Now our Packers just have to whip the Bears hairy arses at Lambeau and they are in the playoffs. Pretty simple stuff. If they win they’re in. If they lose they are going home. I believe that they will win. The Bears are the most overrated team in football now in my opinion. Time for us to knock some of the wind out of their sail. Remember, the Packers barely lost to the Bears way back in week 3. If it wasn’t for a James Jones fumble, the Pack probably would have won. We owe the Bears one. Here, eat this while you watch the last regular season Packers game.

I want to thank you all for reading my blog this year. I hope that I will be writing a few more playoff entries for you, but we’ll see.  Fearless prediction for next week’s game: Packers 30 – Bears 21. Happy reading and eating and GO PACK GO!!

Washington gets the win and Aaron Rodgers gets a concussion as the Pack fall in OT. Redskins 16 – Packers 13.

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Well well well, that was one buzzkill of a game for Packers Nation. This could mean that our boys in the Green and Gold are in some serious trouble, folks. Now, I never want to blame a win or a loss on injuries or officiating but those two factors may have had something to do with the Packers late game collapse as they lost on an overtime Field Goal to the Washington Native Americans or American Indians against abuse or whatever you think they should be called. (If you’ve never read about the controversy over this NFL team’s offensive name, do so here and then decide for yourself.)

I never like games where pass interference or defensive holding calls turn the tides or the game in favor of a team. I thought that there were two bad calls in overtime – one holding penalty called on Poppinga, and the PI called on Woodson. Everybody knows that Woodson is an extremely savvy veteran player and he did nothing to deserve that call. That’s the shitty thing about the NFL, sometimes the Refs can help decide the game. Of course, I wouldn’t be bitching about the game if the Packers had won or gotten questionable calls in their favor, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes in today’s NFL.

Donovan McFavre, er I mean, McNabb, looked like the washed up soup salesman that we all know he is during the game – especially in the first half. But, in the immortal words of Dennis Green – We had ’em, and we let ’em off the hook. Even a broken clock can tell the right time twice a day, and in this case it was McNabb’s Favre-ing of an injury decimated Packers’ defense. By which, I mean, he made some miraculously lucky throws when he had to. I’d like to say that his talents won the game, but I guess Fourth-and-26 is just too fresh in my memory and we all know that McNabb is garbage, anyone who watched the game could see how many times he failed to hit some wide-open receivers. I can’t believe we lost to that soup-chucking giant-headed goon again… (end of rant.)

Anyway, after holding the ‘Skins offense to a pathetic showing and only 3 points in the first half, Clay Matthews‘ hamstring tightened up as the Pack’s defense loosened up in the second half. Washington’s stellar defense also started to lock in on Aaron Rodgers and they took advantage of the fact that Green Bay was either afraid to or couldn’t run the ball at all near the end of the game.

I also was disappointed with coach Mike McCarthy‘s call to go for it on fourth-and-goal so early in the game (second quarter). A chip-shot field goal there for an even bigger lead might have changed the outcome of the game. Plus, it usually frustrates an opponent when you can put any points on the board while already leading – it also could have been a factor in taking the crowd out of the game too. It is especially frustrating when you consider that the Pack only lost this game by three.

I never liked coaches making decisions like going for it in the first half when their team is already leading, there is just way too much football left to play. An easy field goal at that point would have put the Packers up 10-0. Instead they drove the ball 85 yards and came away with nothing. Not good, McBumbles. I mean… McCarthy.

Adding to the list of our (packers fans’) woes is the fact that Aaron Rodgers took a hard hit and may have sustained a concussion on his last throw of the game, when he got rocked as he threw that interception to Laron Landry. Because concussions have become a huge league concern, this could be an even bigger concern for all Pack fans – Rodgers could be held out of the next game if he doesn’t check out OK with the medical staff. Jay Cutler of the Bears had a similar knock to the head last week, and he was held out of a game as a medical precaution. I don’t know about you, but I don’t love the Packers chances next week without Rodgers commanding the offense.

The blow to Rodgers’ head wasn’t the only thing that might derail the Packer’s playoff hopes. Injuries to starting linebacker Nick Barnett (wrist), starting safety Morgan Burnett (ACL) , OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring), TE’s Jermichael Finley (knee) and Donald Lee (shoulder) , DE Ryan Pickett (ankle) and yes, dare I say, Al Harris (PUP) have really hurt the Pack’s chances of making a deep playoff run.

Both Barnett and Burnett suffered injuries last week and both are likely out for the rest of the season. It remains to be seen how serious the injuries are to the other players on the team. For that we will have to wait for the injury report, which comes out Tuesday. Harris could return to action as early as next week, which would be a huge lift to an underwhelming Packers’ secondary.

Ahhh well, at least we can take comfort in the food that rules the fall – that classic food of all foods to warm your insides and then sizzle your outsides on the way out, of course I mean some homemade chili. Tis’ the season, people. I was going to give you my own hand-crafted recipe but then I realized I probably shouldn’t reveal any ancient family secrets on the Web. So you’ll all just have to settle for second best and try cooking up what you find here. Remember to top that off with some udderly fantastic Wisconsin CHEDDAR. What could be better, right?

Happy eating and thanks for reading!!

Next week the Packers take on the Miami Dolphins at home. I’m too full to make a prediction, so shoot me your own here or on Facebook. Best of luck, and Go Pack!

The Pack is Back!! And so is my blog! Packers 27 – Eagles 20.

September 14, 2010 Leave a comment

I started writing this blog as part of a college class but I’m a graduate now and I thought I’d just give it a go- now that I’m not getting graded on it.

I am still going to bring you Packers game recaps, news and updates. And I’m still going to blog about the best foods in the world. And seriously, what could be better than food and football? Not much in my estimation. Hope you enjoy it like Troy enjoys Abed. Or haven’t you heard of Community? It’s only the best new show on TV.

So let’s just dive right in, like a pit-bull into a T-bone steak – Here are the highlights. (and some lowlights.)

The Iggle’s Kevin Kolb‘s first start after the Donovan Mcnabb era was short-lived, as Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III gave him a concussion and knocked him out of the game. Ouch. Eagle’s MLB Stuart Bradley was also concussed in the first half, leading to him sitting out the second half as well.

Ryan Grant also suffered a serious ankle injury, and there was a gruesome leg injury to the Eagles’s Leonard Weaver. Overall it was a tough game to watch as far as injuries ..

The Packers Defense had the Eagles shut down in the first half (they had more penalty yards than yards of total offense), until the Mike Vick show showed up in the second half and started making all of us here in Packer country nervous.  I still haven’t forgiven Vick for defeating our Packers in the playoffs almost five years ago when he was with the Falcons. (Among other things that he won’t be forgiven for.)

Fortunately though, the Pack had built a nice lead and the Defense came up big when it counted. Even a late Aaron Rodgers interception couldn’t turn the tide in favor of the Eagles, an interception that was noticeably uncharacteristic of Rodgers, he threw the fewest number of picks in the NFL last season (for a starting QB).

That’s all sports fans, and for this week’s food we’ve got to go with none other than the classic Philly Cheese Steak. It’s a classic and a Philadelphia tradition. Try the recipe here. But remember to replace that American cheese with some DELICIOUS WISCONSIN CHEDDAR.

Maybe some Philly fans can find comfort by gobbling down a couple of these. Don’t forget to let those kaiser rolls soak up your soggy tears you Eagles chumps! Don’t worry though – you still have Rocky.

Next week the Pack take on the Buffalo Bills in their first HOME game on the as of now not-so-frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.

Fearless Prediction: Packers 35 – Bills 10. Look for Rodgers and the Packers D to dominate.

Questions, Comments, Likes or Dislikes?? Feel free to say whatever you want, and thanks for reading! Happy reading and happy eating!