Our Sincere Thoughts for You on Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, Packernation celebrates tDSC_1061he greater Nation that makes the National Football League possible. To all the men and women who have gone before us, stood between the cause of Freedom and those who would threaten it, we honor you today:

As Long as Freedom reigns, you live on in the hearts of those who cherish the inalienable rights that your blood, sweat, and tears provided. Those who remember the cost of freedom…and keep the receipt.

DSC_1051Courage is NOT a gift given, it is NOT found in size, speed, strength or superiority of armament. COURAGE comes when men and women stand against the very thing they are afraid of. It is at the moment we face what we fear, that courage comes. Those who do so are truly courageous, truly brave…true heroes. And no bolt of terror, no slug of slavery, no crooked blade of religious intolerance can EVER stand against freedom as long as we remember the heroes who came before.

And so we remember you, we salute you, and we pledge to carry on your spirit as one NATION. For we are truly blessed to live in the land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE.DSC_1055

In memoriam:

John Cross: March 2, 1966

April 4, 2002 NEVER FORGOTTEN.

We can’t win ‘em all my friend

 

 

 

The Back-story Resonates…

I don’t know about you but seeing repeated clips of Brandon Marshall on The View signing his new contract for $40 million and then making a big dealbrandon about giving $1 million to his charity really got under my craw this week. It bothered me I think because I was a bit conflicted about it. I saw Marshall when his emotional outbursts cost him his job with the Broncos. I saw when he came to the Bears and because he was a good receiver, he made plays FOR a team that I hate AGAINST the team that I love…the Packers. So I admit, I was jaded against this contract signing on national television thing from the start. But also I applauded his work to raise awareness of mental health issues. I just wondered why, when Charles Woodson could give millions to a hospital, he didn’t have to toot his own horn in this way. We all know that Aaron Rodgers gives but he never announces it himself. Something about it just didn’t feel right.

Well, as always when forming an opinion, it is important to get the whole story. Today I found a clip of the full segment, not just the piece that NFL Network has been replaying ad nauseum. And I must say, it changed my mind quite a bit. Now, I think when Green Bay is picking off Jay Cutler passes to Brandon Marshall…I will at least have a little more respect for the guy than I did before. Continue reading

Can’t Get Enough of this Guy

I can’t help it…I love watching Eddie Lacy film. This kid pretty much single-handedly became the answer for lacya running game that had been absent in Green Bay for far too long. While today’s NFL allows for teams with a great quarterback and wide receivers (Green Bay) to not just survive but thrive, keep in mind in 2010 how important it was that James Starks came on strong when he did. Yes Packernation, the pieces are coming together.

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Happy Armed Forces Day Packernation!

Armed-Forces-DayToday is a special day. We are constantly amazed at how AWESOME Packernation is…but today we should all stop to realize that Packernation could not exist without another nation…America. And today, Americans celebrate all those who put their lives on the line in the armed forces keeping our freedom and our families safe. How many Packers fans out there who love to watch the world’s best sports team do battle on the field of play, turn off the tv and go to train…or get deployed out to the real battle…the battle for freedom. So from all of Packernation to our troops abroad and ALL those serving in the Armed Forces we say, “THANK YOU!”

Mike McCarthy Press Conference: Rookie Orientation Day 1

Mike McCarthy spoke to the media today briefly after rookie orientation, fielding questions about the new draftmike conference choices and undrafted free agents that Green Bay has brought on board. Here’s the straight skinny from my point of view.

In his usual no-nonsense demeanor, McCarthy answered questions as well as can be expected this early on in the process, saying that the goal of this orientation is to evaluate body movement, communication and the ability to process Continue reading

Seek Ye Out The Diamond In The Rough

I made the comment before this year’s draft that this may be the year that Green Bay gets another late round imgressteal. And while I am with everyone who is excited about the Adams and Abbrederis picks (very excited), I am keeping my eye on Jeff Janis as a possible seventh rounder who could become Donald Driver-like in production. While Driver came out of Alcorn State but had freakish athleticism, Janis has a big body but with 4.4 speed, he can develop into a very good player on a team that already has the pieces in place but has shown the ability to use weapons in mass when they were available.

Notice, however, that I said he could develop into a great player. I don’t expect Janis to flash greatness immediately. He needs to nuance his route running and learn Packer toughness catching in the face of hard hitting safeties. There is a transition coming from a Division II school to the pros and whether my prediction comes true will depend a lot on Janis’ ability to learn and transition. But this is part of what I like about the guy, he’s an underdog. I think the setup is right for Janis to become a force in the NFL: Continue reading

Forgotten Need Filled?

imgresEven though it is painful to read, most post-draft grades are going to be given solely on the basis of what needs each team filled and with how good a player(s) they filled them. In packernation, we all know that Jared AbbrederisTed Thompson does NOT draft for need unless two players are very closely ranked…then he will take need over best player available. Thompson made it clear that this is exactly the way this year’s draft played out, explaining why the Packers ended the draft with three wide receiver choices as that was the deepest position in this year’s draft.

There are some who would have liked to see the Packers draft another defensive player rather than take those three receivers but I am not one of them for a couple reasons:

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You Grade the Packers Draft

Well with the draft in the books and a day to think about it…we want to know what packernation thinks! draft picHow did Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy do in this year’s draft? Grade each pick below and we will post the results. Don’t let the national media draftniks tell you what to think about this year’s draft…make your opinion known!

From what Ted Thompson has said after the draft, the Packers stayed true to their best player available philosophy for the entire draft. The Packers first pick was one that was hoped for by many, but not all in Packernation. A safety with a lot of range who can also come up and play the run. Here’s the rundown on the entire draft class: Continue reading

Day Two Selections Make Day Three Critical

Well the Packers first and second round picks in this draft were real crowd pleasers. Ha Ha Clinton Dix khyliwas a fan favorite for a long time but one that few thought would be available for the Packers at pick 21. When his name was called out…many in packernation were totally stoked. Then in the second round the Packers got Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers was totally stoked (along with most of packernation).

Then came round three and when the Packers took Khyri Thornton at 85. The high-motor DT from Southern Miss was met with less enthusiasm. First of all, it was a surprise that Thornton would be considered the Packers best player available at this pick, and secondly, DT was not seen as a position of high need. Khyri has a lot to learn to become an effective NFL defensive tackle but his quickness off the ball and his high energy play on a team that struggled to win one game caught Ted Thompson’s eye. Khyri could be a good player with some development, and he definitely will be playing with a chip on his shoulder as he had to fight to get into college and get his chance. And learning from guys like Julius Peppers can’t hurt. Continue reading