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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 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!!!!

 

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!!

Packers lose a heart breaker in New England. Patriots 31 Packers 27.

December 20, 2010 3 comments

For a game that wasn’t even supposed to be close, it certainly was exciting to watch as a Packers fan. Green Bay came into the game as two score underdogs, but they sure didn’t play like they were.

You can’t ask for much more excitement than a game that comes down to the final play. It’s just too bad that things didn’t work out for the Pack.

There were some good things about this game that the Packers can build on. Mainly that they were finally able to get some running backs going against a good defense. They haven’t run it well all year, but it was a different story in this game. I’d like to see that trend continue.

And how about that onside kick to open the game? Wow! That was pretty ballsy Mike McCarthy. That was a great call. When you play the Patriots on their home field you are going to need to steal a few possessions to win the game and I loved that play to set the tone for the game.

Now for the bad stuff: Poor, poor tackling in critical situations. Namely, the squib kick return by the Pats’ O-line man, Dan (Roseanne) Connonly. I mean seriously… he’s a lineman, there’s just NO WAY the Pack’s special teams unit should let him almost run it back for a touchdown. Also, Sammy (Davis Junior) Shields really has to make that tackle on the Patriots’ tight end, instead of letting him get into the end zone. Another killer was the dropped interception by Charles “Chaz Cheddar Cheese” Woodson in the first quarter. You don’t get many chances to intercept Tom “the Biebster” Brady, so you have to make the most of it when you do.

Even though our beloved Packers lost, there was still some good news for GBP fans coming out of this game: because the Giants and the Buccaneers both lost on Sunday, the Packers still control their own destiny going into the playoffs. If they can beat the Giants and Bears to go 10-6, they are guaranteed a playoff spot. So chin up, Packers faithful.

The defense it still playing at a high level, with rising stars Clay Matthews, B.J. Raji and even Desmond Bishop leading the way. I could  still see the Packers making it into the playoffs as a wild card team. But win or lose, you know I’ll be watching and cheering them on.

If you do feel a little down after the tough Packers loss, try soaking up your tears with this Grilled Beer Cheese Sammy. I can’t think of anything that could be more Wisconsin-y.

As always, happy reading and happy eating. Thanks for viewing my blog, 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.