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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 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!!

Lions tame the Packers playoff hopes in Detroit, and A-Rod goes down with another concussion. Lions 7 – Packers 3

December 13, 2010 1 comment

By J. Larsen

Well that was one soggy biscuit of a game, wasn’t it? You can bet the Lions fans are out in full force celebrating right now with their Coney dogs, Coney Island chili and Coney island chili-cheese dogs. I bet those bas-tads even use some of our Wisconsin Cheddar cheese to sweeten their doggies up…

But speaking of things that aren’t so sweet right now, how about the Green Bay Packers offense. It was pathetic in this game, folks. Lack of a running game, no pass protection and terrible O-line play all contributed to the Packers only being able to field a single field goal on the day. That wasn’t the only factor, though. Of course there were two costly turnovers.

Now, I enjoy apple turnovers as much as the next guy, but the football kind leave a sour taste in my mouth. I hated the interception that bounced out of Greg Jennings’ hands and right to a Lions’ defender. And I HATED even more the Matt Flynn interception in the end zone. That could’ve been seven points either time for our boys. But instead it turned out to be zero. Proof that you can’t win in the NFL if you turn the ball over.

But do you know what I hated most of all? The play calling. It was atrocious, especially at the end of the game. You absolutely, unequivocally, without a shadow of a doubt, DO NOT call a bomb to the end zone on 4th and 1 with time running out. Not when your backup QB is in and he has struggled all game. Seriously, Mike McCarthy, what is wrong with you? Please, Mr. McCarthy, try coaching your way out of a soggy paper bag. But don’t worry, I won’t hold my breath, because this could take forever.

Other errors by McCarthy were made as well. He should have challenged the play that might have been a Jennings catch for a touchdown. It was close enough that it was worth a review. He should have called more running back and wide receiver screens to offset the Lions (somehow) incredible pass rush. And he never should have called a running play with under two minutes left in the game, not to mention the last idiot call and fourth and 1. If you need only one yard to save the game, maybe just try to get ONE YARD! Arrgggghhhhh!!!!!!!!!  Ok, it’s okay. I feel much better now.

I bet Aaron Rodgers might not be feeling so hot after suffering his second concussion of this season and being held out of the rest of the game on Sunday. He is not going to have a very long NFL career if he doesn’t learn how to protect himself. Come on Rodgers, learn how to slide! I don’t want to be screaming Flynn to Win(!) at my TV every week. The Packers are going to need Mr. Rodgers neighborhood if they stand any chance at all of making the playoffs. His status for next week’s game is still uncertain.

If you’re  feeling down like me, then pick yourself up with some of these delicious treats, great for a desert on game day. The Packers aren’t out of the playoff hunt yet, but their window is closing. I will be hoping for some help from other teams who can beat the Bears, as well as the Pack to try and close out strong with some wins. The defense is still playing great right now. Let’s just pray they can get the offense going.

The Packers still  have three games left to try and make a playoff push. Next week they play the Patriots in New England and will be the underdogs away from home. The Pats just CRUSHED the Bears, so I will be hoping that this could be one of those let-down games for them after a big win. Still even if the Packers and the Bears both lose next week, I believe Green Bay will have a fighting chance to make the playoffs. I would love nothing more than to watch the Bears have a late-season meltdown. Wouldn’t you? That’s what I thought.

Happy Holidays everyone, and hey – Happy Reading and Happy Eating!! Thanks for supporting my blog.

Packers fall on late field goal in HOT-lanta. Falcons 20 – Packers 17.

November 29, 2010 3 comments

Michael "The Burner" Turner

Tough day for the Packers today, they played a good game but came up just short.

 

If there was one play that turned the tide of the game in the Falcons’ favor, it would have to be the fumble in the end zone by the Packers. At that point, it looked like the Packers were going to take control of the game, but instead they gave Atlanta the ball and it led to a huge momentum swing.

For me the difference in the game was the running backs. The Packers could get nothing going at all on the ground, and their running backs even had negative yards rushing. It is going to be a problem when your quarterback is the leading rusher on the team. On the flip side, Micheal “the burner” Turner was solid for the Falcons, gaining over 100 yards on the ground and helping the Falcons control the clock.

The Packers didn’t have that luxury and so they had to rely on the legs and the arm of Aaron Rodgers. I thought he played an excellent game, minus the goal-line fumble.

The running backs for the Packers had a terrible game, and the Packers o-line just didn’t open up many holes for them. Give credit to Atlanta’s defense for that, they completely shut down the run and made the Packers offense one-dimensional.I still felt like the Packers were the better team on the field, but obviously the ball just didn’t bounce their way very many times in this game.

The Packers defense played well and they shut down one of the premiere receivers in the NFL today – “Hot” Roddy White. I am going to say that is mostly thanks to Charles Woodson. The only thing that the defense could have done better was to stop the run, but it is nearly impossible to stop Michael Turner, he is some kind of freak of nature.

The only other thing the defense could have done was force a turnover, but Atlanta’s offense is very effective at not turning the ball over and making the most of their opportunities.

For me, the plays of the game were both made by Aaron Rodgers on 4th down – the escape and the shovel pass for a key first down on the last drive and also the extension of a play until he could fire the ball to Jordy “White Lightning” Nelson in the endzone for the touchdown to tie the game. That was just an incredible job by Rodgers escaping the rush and waiting until someone could finally get open. That late touchdown of course tied the game at 17.

You know what happened next, of course, a face-mask penalty on the ensuing kickoff and some good throws by Matt Ryan led to the game-winning field goal for Atlanta with close to no time left on the clock. The packers had one chance at the Hail Mary, but they came up short. Final score 20-17 in a real barn-burner. You can’t say it wasn’t exciting, though.

Speaking of burners, I’ve decided to call this Michael Turner’s Burner Burger. Don’t Burn your mouth off! Eat this and feel better about the Pack’s loss. Of course they play San Fransisco next week and I will be looking for them to bounce back in a big way. Those sourdough-heads don’t stand a chance.

Happy reading, happy eating and GO PACK GO!!!

A sour day for sourdough heads, a sweet day for cheese heads. Packers 30 – 49ers 24

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment


This blog entry will be short and sweet. Just like that win.

With another victory this week over the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers have moved into playoff contention. At 6-4, their record ties them with only the New York Giants, good enough for a wild card berth at this point. They might also be tied with the Eagles, but the outcome of the Eagle’s game against the Bears has not yet been decided. With 6 games left to play, the next few weeks will be critical. A few more victories would put Green Bay in control of its own destiny. Let’s hope the team doesn’t have a letdown due to the close win this week. They are on a short week, playing the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving this Thursday.

If 49ers fans are feeling down, maybe feeling a little bitter after that loss, they should grab some San Francisco sourdough bread, a bay area specialty. They can use it as comfort food. It’s really quite good. They can also grab some extra napkins to dry their tears. My step-brother Kyle is a 49ers fan – maybe I’ll offer him a loaf. He was at the game. I wonder how that went down… he was probably booed by the Green Bay fans. Nothing a little sourdough bread can’t fix. “Hey Kyle, why don’t you shove this sourdough bread in your sourpuss?” Ha-ha.

This victory was vindication for Aaron Rodgers, as the 49ers passed him over for Alex Smith in the 2005 draft. He had something to prove this week, and it showed. I think he had the last laugh, as he put up some big numbers and guided the Pack to a second straight win. If he keeps playing like that, I like the Packers chances to make the playoffs. It was also nice to see a better performance out of our offensive line, which enabled Ryan Grant to have a 100-yard rushing day. The balance on the offense was a big key to the Pack’s win. 🙂

Like I said, the Packers play the Lions this Thursday in Detroit. Go Pack!

This week’s winner: Aaron Rodgers

This week’s loser: Alex Smith

A victory sweeter than Texas homestyle chili – Packers 17 Cowboys 7

November 16, 2009 5 comments

There’s only one thing to do after a victory like that. Crank up the Journey. “Don’t stop – believing!” With a convincing win over the Dallas Cowboys this week, the Packers have significantly improved their chances of winning a wild card playoff spot. But that’s not the best part. The best part is that my good friend Joe is a lifelong Cowboys fan, and I am a lifelong Packers fan. It was so great to finally be able to rub it in to him, because we love to talk smack to each other! Last time these two teams met it was a Dallas victory and I couldn’t hear the end of it from him. This was great. It was just too sweet. In honor of that sweetness, I am going to make some yummy Texas homestyle chili. Here is a great recipe for it.

I recommend letting it simmer for about half a day until it is absolutely perfect. Top it with some shredded Wisconsin cheese and sour cream and you will be sure to create a mouth orgasm, or as I like to call it, a mouth-gasm.

The game ball this week goes to Charles Woodson. Is he even human? Two forced fumbles, and a goal-line interception at crucial moments in the game by Woodson this week. Those things are enough to make any Packers fan smile. I knew there was a reason I named my Yahoo pro football pick ‘em group “Charles Woodson is GOD.”


Now you can drink some Charles Woodson wine with your dinner, too. 🙂

While Green Bay’s offensive line was still bad, it was a big improvement this Sunday over previous weeks. I actually like the decision to put the rookie T.J. Lang in as a starter. Aaron Rodgers was able to make a few plays without running for his life this week, and Packer-backers can take some comfort from that. And if they still feel like crying, hopefully it’s only because the chili they’re eating is way too spicy. Have a great week cheeseheads!

This week’s winner: Charles Woodson

This week’s loser: Wisconsin native Tony Romo. Ha ha! Sorry Tony Romeo, better luck next time.

Next week the Packers host the San Fransico 49ers. Go Pack!

Have a recipe you would like to share? Leave a comment below.

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