Category Archives: Fans

23

July

What Packers Rivals Really Think – Bears Edition

Packers, Bears, fans, interview, NFC North, rivalryAs Packers fans, we know how we view our team and their NFC North Rivals. But I’d guess most of us are curious as to how opposing fans view the same subjects. So to find out, one of our regular readers/commenters here, Jesse Cook (aka Bearmeat) contacted a few friends who are (somewhat) sane fans of our Division rivals and peppered them (pun intended) with questions about our team and theirs.

First up, Chicago Bears:

1.     Let’s start big picture here: What is the fan perception of the Bears organization in the next 5 years? Where is the arrow pointing? Do you approve of the job Emery and Trestman have done so far?

  • “In Emery we Trest”.  That seems to be the motto amongst most Bears fans in town these days.  I would say that the fan perception of the Bears is that this organization has finally joined the modern era of football, both from a General Manager and Coaching standpoint.  As every failed player from the Lovie/Angelo Era is shed, more positivitiy takes its  There is much optimism for the near future of this organization as Emery and Trestman continue their growth together.

2.     What do Bears fans think about the Cutler contract? Seems like a t for (so far) middling production?

  • Cutler has and will always be a polarizing topic in Chicago.  There is some reason for optimism for his 2014-15 season.  Another year under the high-powered Trestman offense, an improved offensive line, most of his top offensive weapons back.
  • In regards to Cutler’s contract, I think it’s beneficial for both sides.  For the Bears, it gives them options on how to handle their future at QB.  It’s basically a 3 year deal (average $18 mil a year *cough*), giving the Bears the option to turn it into a 4-7 year deal as they choose.  If they like what Cutler is doing, they can stick with him, or if they don’t they can cut him. Or maybe they bring him back for an extra year as they groom a potential new QB.  So yes, there’s a lot of money to be handed out the next three years, but they have plenty of wiggle room after that.

3.     A lot of Packer fans wanted Shea McClellin at ROLB 2 years ago. Yo got him and he hasn’t worked out at RDE, so he’s now moving to SLB. How does he look?

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20

July

2014 Packers ILB Position – Last Year’s Safety?

Brad Jones and AJ Hawk

Brad Jones and AJ Hawk

Won’t be long now! We can stop speculating on all things Packers in a few long days from now.  This offseason has been very good, talent has been added in Peppers and Guion for Defensive line.

There is a ton of talent heading into their second year. Baktiari, Boyd, Lacy, Jones, Hyde, Barrington, Palmer, Mulumba and White all earned playing time last year.  Every NFL coach and GM will tell you the biggest jump is going into that second year.

You add the players returning from injury in Bulaga, Sherrod, Matthews, Tretter, Worthy and getting players that were just banged up for most of the year like the Jones, both Datone and Brad were hampered with injuries, Perry played on a broken foot. These returning players account for five first round picks a second and a 4th. Not having those players on the field hurt the Packers in 2013 and will add a big boost for 2014.

You add another draft class to increase competition and this camp will be fun to watch.

I have heard more about the Packers not drafting an Inside Linebacker then about getting the best all around safety in the draft. From a lot of comments through out the Packer world, many think the defense is doomed because of not getting an ILB.  I am not one of those.

Safety was a bigger need, Changing the lineup of the Defensive line was a bigger need, Wide Receiver was a bigger need. When you are one injury away from Miles White being your #3 WR, it is a big need.

The situation at ILB is far from bad or will even be a hindrance to the 2014 defense. I have never understood the crap piled on Hawk for his eight years with the team. In 2013 Hawk became the Packers All Time Leading Tackler. When you look at the history of the Packers that is no small feat. That record stood for 24 years and that player took 11 years to do it.  He again lead the team in tackles last year, had 5 sacks and one Int with 5 passes defensed. He has missed 2 games in 8 years and yet so many just plain hate him.

14

July

Packers Tailgate Party – July 23, Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Tailgate Party Fundraiser

Tailgate Party Fundraiser

For Packers fans in Wisconsin or others coming in early for training camp, there’s a fantastic event taking place a week from this Wednesday on July 23. The event is a Packers Tailgate party / Charity Fundraiser on the grounds of Wisconsin Harley-Davidson of Oconomowoc, just 30 minutes west of Milwaukee. 

Organized by Mark Mayfield of Mayfield Sports Marketing, admission to the party is free, as is the parking. There will be appearances by several Green Bay players, live music, food, beverages, prizes, raffles, and more.

There will be a “Packers Ticket Booth,” where you can get your picture taken with current or former Packers players. Confirmed to appear will be Ahman Green, Gilbert Brown, Don Barclay, DuJuan Harris and Sean Richardson. Here’s a special 50% off offer for the photo booth (must order by July 19).

There will also be autograph sessions with the players.

100% of the proceeds will go towards various charities, such as MDA, Oconomowoc American Legion, Oconomowoc Lions Club and the Veterans Memorial Park fund in Oconomowoc. So come on out, have a great time, meet some Packers players and support some worthwhile causes.

Mayfield Sports Marketing is a sports marketing firm and booking agency. They offer a wide range of Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and other professional athletes for autograph sessions, golf outings, and football camps, as well as other paid appearances or endorsement deals. For more information about hiring a Packers player for your next event, use this contact form.

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June

Gilbert Brown Football Camp Returns – But Wait, There’s MORE!

Gilbert Brown Youth Football Camp

Gilbert Brown Youth Football Camp

This July 22nd – 24th, the highly successful Gilbert Brown Youth Football Camp returns to Oconomowac Wisconsin for it’s fourth straight year. But as if that wasn’t enough, Gilbert and event organizer Mark Mayfield have added something for everyone during those days.

The “Amp It Up” Tumble and Cheer Camp (put on by Xtreme Cheer AthletiX) will be going on at the same time and location as the Football camp. Now your little Cheerleader can get professional training and meet World Champion gymnast Chellsie Memmel while your little football player works on their skills with Gilbert Brown and other coaches. Both camps are for children in Grades 1-6.

Mayfield Sports Marketing has partnered with Wisconsin Harley Davidson and Xtreme Cheer AthleticX, for these camps. They will take place on the grounds of Wisconsin Harley Davidson, located at 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.

Gilbert Brown Camp Details:

  • Learn from and Interact with Gilbert Brown
  • Meet Special Guests ** PACKERS AHMAN GREEN, DON BARCLAY, DUJUAN HARRIS AND SEAN RICHARDSON ** Players scheduled to appear July 23. Time TBD and may change without notice.**
  • Special Gift sponsored by Associated Bank
  • Each camper will receive an OFFICIAL Gilbert Brown Camp T-shirt
  • Exclusive Camp Team Photo with Gilbert Brown
  • Opportunity to Participate in Contests and Win Prizes
  • A Fun and Educational Experience
  • Free admission to Mayfield Sports and WI Harley Davidson Tailgate Party

Amp it Up Camp Details:

  • Learn from and Interact with Amber and her team
  • Meet Special Guest is Olympic Champion and World Champion CHELLSIE MEMMEL *and UW Badgers former and current cheerleaders * Chellsie is scheduled to appear July 23. Time TBD and may change without notice.**
  • Amp It Up t-shirt
  • Exclusive Camp Team Photo
  • Set of Pom-Poms and Hair Bow
  • Special Gift sponsored by Associated Bank
  • Opportunity to Participate in Contests and Win Prizes
  • A Fun and Educational Experience
  • Free admission to Mayfield Sports and WI Harley Davidson Tailgate Party

 

There are morning and afternoon sessions for each of the camp. To sign up for any session, go to the camp registration page.

 

BUT WAIT, THERE”S MORE!

Tailgate Party Fundraiser

Tailgate Party Fundraiser

After the camps are over on the 24th, Harley Davidson, Mayfield Sports Marketing and a host of sponsors are holding a massive tailgate party which will include appearances by several Green Bay players, live music, food, beverages, prizes, raffles, and more. 100% of the proceeds will go toward the Veterans Memorial Park fund in Oconomowoc.

27

June

2014 Packers Roster Analysis June 2014: Youth Will Be Served Again

packers roster I printed up a copy of the Green Bay Packers roster last Saturday, the 14th of June. After looking through the 90-man list I came up with a few information odds and ends that might interest their die-hard fans who don’t want to comb through and spend their time accumulating such mundane numbers. I confess I am a detail geek, which is part of having an anal personality. So let’s get on with it.

Did you realize:

The current roster contains only 6 players who are 30 or older. A few more will turn 30 between now and the end of the season, but not many my friends.

There are only 2 players with double digit years of playing experience on the roster. JULIUS PEPPERS, who you will get used to as DR PEPPERS in my writings, is entering his 13th NFL season, and AARON RODGERS who is about to start season 10. My how the time does fly. I certainly realized RODGERS sat some seasons while getting ready to replace FAVRE, but a 10-year vet already?! No wonder I feel old most days. As another aside it should be noted that RODGERS is still only 30, turning 31 late in the upcoming season.

In keeping with the age/experience theme I will also note that of the 90 current roster members, 27 are Rookies and 26 are entering their second NFL seasons. I should point out that I consider these 1-year vet listings as second year guys, because that’s how long most have been out of college. That means that 53 out of 90 players (59%) have been in the League less than 2 years.

Most of the above numbers are far from the NFL average for age and experience, especially on a perennial Play-Off team like the PACKERS. During the TED THOMPSON regime the roster has been one of the 5 youngest teams around every season, once the SHERMAN era roster purge was completed. They have ranked youngest overall on multiple occasions.

As any good PACKERS fan realizes, the team also prides itself on acquiring and keeping their own players. No change in that regard this year. I count 71 of the 90 players on the present roster as having been originally signed or drafted by the PACK. MATT FLYNN/QB was their draft pick, went away and came back, so he counts. And a few current players like AARON ADAMS/OT, CHRIS BANJO/S, JARRETT BOYKIN/WR and others never played a down for another team, but did originally sign elsewhere. They aren’t even included in this count.

26

June

Stinky Cheese: The Broken Bond Between the Packers and Fans

Something smells funny in Packer Nation.

Something smells funny in Packer Nation.

The relationship between the Green Bay Packers and their fans has been one of the most special in all of professional sports.

Instead of one deep-pocketed owner running the show, the Packers are literally owned by the fans. Each owner has stock in the team that gives them voting rights at the team’s annual shareholder meeting each summer at Lambeau Field.

The team has over 360,000 shareholders that can call tthemselves NFL owners.  Of course that many people can’t oversee the Packers’ day-to-day operations so that’s where the president and CEO, currently Mark Murphy, comes into play.

You would think that such a unique ownership structure would create the strongest bond between a team and its fans in the history of the NFL.

In the past it certainly has, but in this modern age of the NFL, the relationship between the Packers and their fans is not as harmonious as it has been even going back just one decade ago.

In fact, you could argue the Packers and their fans have a broken relationship and not everything is well in Packerland.  The team and its fans could even use some “couples therapy.”

It’s time to face the truth: the Packers don’t care about their fans as much as they used to.  The same, to be fair, could be said about the other 31 NFL franchises, but this realization will sting particularly hard for Packers fans given the ownership structure of the team.

The NFL is a money making machine.  Profit is what makes the league go round and after the lockout in 2011, the league knows fans will watch no matter what they do or change. They’re shaking their moneymaker for all it’s worth.

The same could be said for the Packers. The team’s decision making process is no longer driven by the well being of the fans but rather that of the almighty dollar.

Some of the decisions have been truly mind boggling as well.  Look at the sudden decision of the Packers to do away with Fan Fest, a multiple day gathering at the Lambeau Atrium for fans to mingle with players both past and present as well as other activities.

The team cited declining attendance as one reason for it’s demise (the 2011 event was canceled due to the lockout) but at $85 a ticket, there was a reason many people stopped showing up.

24

June

Super Bowl Odds to Consider on a Summer Evening

2015 Super Bowl oddsFresh into Summer 2014, my thoughts turn not to the escaping the humidity “down the shore” as we say in NJ, or enjoying a sticky, dripping soft serve cone at our favorite ice cream shop. No, my thoughts turn to Super Bowl XLIX and what the Packers odds are to win.

Hey, don’t judge…

While not an avid gambler, I’ve always been intrigued by the so-called “futures” bets. Instead of betting on the winner of this weeks’ game or who wins the coin toss (a “prop” bet), I’d rather take a chance on predicting some huge future event, like a Super Bowl, for instance.

Anytime I’ve made it to Vegas, I’ve always put some money down on the Packers to win the Super Bowl. I just missed winning on Super Bowl XLV, having unfortunately just visited Vegas the year before and bet on the Packers to win at 15-1 odds.  That was the year of that crazy playoff loss to the Cardinals that still burns whenever I think about it.

But back to this year. Looking at the latest odds at http://www.bettingsports.com/nfl/, I’m a bit surprised that there is no team under 6-1. With the NFL Champion Seahawks the deserved favorites, I’m also surprised that the team they dismantled in the Super Bowl, the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos, are right behind at 7-1. Are they calling the Seahawks rout a fluke?

The top five is rounded out by the Patriots (9-1), 49ers (15-2), and Packers (10-1). Personally, I’d have the 49ers as the second favorites to win it all. I felt last year that Seattle and San Fran were the two best teams in the NFL and nothing has changed in my mind.

I’d also rate the Packers third, overall. I’m building more and more confidence in this team, especially with the improvements to the defense and the reported vigor the players are attacking OTAs with.  It’s been my contention that Mike McCarthy teams have been a bit too “professional” in temperament and needed a little more attitude. Enter Mike Daniels. With his recent comments about the need for more nastiness, especially on defense, I’m hoping his attitude is contagious and this is a different defense in 2015.

Should you find yourself in Las Vegas this year, be sure to head on down to the Sports Book in your hotel and place a few ducats on the Packers to win it all. I think you’re getting a good deal at 10-1.