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July

Cory’s Corner: Mason Crosby deserves praise not punishment

Mason Crosby trails Ryan Longwell as the Packers career scoring leader by a score of 1,054-903. He was perfect from 39 yards and in last year.

Mason Crosby trails Ryan Longwell as the Packers career scoring leader by a count of 1,054-903. He was perfect from 39 yards and in last year.

Mason Crosby has been the whipping boy by Packers fans the last few years.

People have been eager to paint him as the goat for missing the 52-yarder at the Metrodome in 2008 or the 52-and 51-yard field goals at Indianapolis in 2012.

But despite getting the Monday Morning Quarterback treatment every time he misses a field goal, Crosby had the best season of his seven-year career last year. He made over 89 percent of his field goals, including 5 for 7 from 50 yards or more, and he was perfect from extra points for the second straight year.

And now, Crosby is on the cusp of greatness. He is only 151 points from tying Ryan Longwell as the Packers career scoring leader. Crosby, who turns 30 on Sept. 3, is under contract until 2015, so there’s plenty of time for the record to fall.

However, I doubt that even a Packers career scoring record will sway the minds of the Packers faithful that wanted him gone two years ago.

Kicking is one of the most fickle jobs in sports. They don’t help the offense move the ball down the field. They don’t wrap anybody up on defense. They are only called on when an offensive drive fails or to be the end-of-game savior.

And when their foot fails them, things get ugly for them. Yet, running backs and wide receivers fail at some point in the game but they usually don’t receive the same amount of criticism when a kicker pushes an attempt as time expires.

Crosby’s 141 points he scored last year and in his rookie year of 2007 are the highest Packers scoring totals in a season by a player that was only a kicker. And believe it or not, Crosby owns the most field goals at a distance of 50 yards or more with 19. That’s two more than Chris Jacke and six more than Ryan Longwell.

When Crosby signed the five-year $14.75 million contract back in July of 2011, I was one of those that was a little surprised. But then that season he connected on 85.7 percent of his kicks (24 for 28) including a 58-yard boot at Minnesota.

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June

Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived

Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football

Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football

Profootballtalk.com asked fans to vote on their Packers Mt. Rushmore this week and it created some interesting debate on Twitter and talk radio.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, the Packers Mt. Rushmore needs to consist of four people. It can be players, coaches, executives or whomever that you feel is one of the four most important people in Packers history.

This is a tough one. If there was an actual Packers Mt. Rushmore, it would need to go on the side of a very large mountain because four people is much too small.

As much as I love guys like Ron Wolf and Bob Harlan and acknowledge that the Packers might not be around without folks like them, I don’t know if I can put executives on a Mt. Rushmore. Isn’t putting executives on a Packers Mt. Rushmore kind of like putting Abe Lincoln’s chief of staff on the actual Mt. Rushmore instead of Abe Lincoln himself?

I’m also not sure coaches belong on a Mt. Rushmore. But that means leaving off Vince Lombardi and Curly Lambeau, which is just asinine.

If I knew that people wouldn’t burn down my house for leaving Lombardi and Lambeau off, I’d probably put Don Hutson, Bart Starr, Reggie White and Brett Favre on my Packers Mt. Rushmore. When the people arrived with torches and pitchforks to take care of me after leaving off Lombardi and Lambeau, I’d remove Hutson and White for the two legendary coaches.

Football will always be about the players to me. You absolutely have to have a good front office and coaching staff to make everything work, and I’ll say it again that the Packers are not the Packers without the executives and coaches I’ve already mentioned (along with many others).

But in the end, you have to wear a jersey and helmet instead of as suit and tie to make my Packers Mt. Rushmore.

Let us know who makes your Packers Mt. Rushmore in the comments section.

(And don’t yell at me too much for leaving Lombardi and Lambeau off my pre-torches and pitchforks Packers Mt. Rushmore.)

Packers News, Notes and Links

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April

Packers Hall of Fame Announces Donation of Rare Don Hutson Recordings

April 22, 20101 Green Bay, Wis. – Don Hutson, a Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer who played for the Packers from 1935 to 1945, hosted a radio program in the late 1940s. Selected recordings of this program are now part of the Packers Hall of Fame archives of Packers history.

Don Hutson’s nephew, Steve Hutson of Mequon, WI, donated the unusual vinyl-coated aluminum records that are 16 inches in diameter and play from the center to the outside. The Packers Hall of Fame audio engineer needed to purchase a custom-made turntable in order to play them and convert the recordings to digital MP3 files. There are three records, including one of Don Hutson’s audition for the radio show.

Tom Murphy, the Packers Hall of Fame archivist, said “these records are a great addition to our archive of physical items — but to also have these recordings in digital format really makes this donation special. We can make clips available to our members via our new online digital archive (packershalloffame.com/access-pass) and we can offer them to fans as a digital download (packershalloffame.com/online-store).

Steve Hutson said “Lee Remmel previously suggested the Hall of Fame might be able to do something with these records. It’s wonderful that my uncle’s commentary about Packers football in 1949 has been digitized and can now be heard by Packer fans throughout the world.”

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. was established in 1967 as a non-profit corporation, independent of the Green Bay Packers, with the mission to preserve and protect the history of the Packers. The physical location is housed in a spectacular 25,000-square foot facility in the Lambeau Field Atrium and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with variable hours on game days and holidays (call 920-569-7512 for more information). The Packers Hall of Fame digital archive was established in 2011 to provide an online resource of Packers history. Fans can learn more at packershalloffame.com The Hall raises funds to support its mission through events and donations. The annual Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 11, 2011, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. The annual Induction Banquet will be held on July 23, 2011 at the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay, Wis. Both events are currently sold out. Contributions to the Packers Hall of Fame — either financial or in the form of historic Packers memorabilia — may quality as a tax-deductible gift.