RIP: Mike McCarthy’s Brother Dead at 47

mike conferenceWe in Packernation feel the pain of defeat with our team like no other fan-base in the NFL. We know that our head coach Mike McCarthy was already hurting when he received even worse news…that his brother Joseph McCarthy III had collapsed unexpectedly and passed.

Coach…we in Packernation are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad and difficult time. May family, close friends and warm memories be of some comfort to you as you mourn. We in Packernation are saddened by this…we will be sending warm thoughts your way.

There is no trite catchphrase or little magic wand that we can wave to make what you are going through easier but we can only say, “We are with you” through it. And in spirit…we are.

Coach McCarthy...we in Packernation are saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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What We Learned in the NFC Championship Game

IMG_0989.JPGPostseason heartbreak has become a familiar sentiment for Packers fans of late. Sunday’s defensive meltdown in the game’s final minutes was the Packers’ fourth overtime defeat under Mike McCarthy – the second in an NFC championship game. Despite owning a 16-point lead mid-way into the third quarter – and a 12-point lead with less than four minutes to play – the defense crumbled and gave way to the improbable. Continue reading

R&R: Rants and Raves by Jeff

lombardi 1Packers fans will feel the sting of this loss for the entire off-season. But sometimes, you have to look at things from a different angle to gain perspective. I was heart broken like everyone else last night and wanted all the coaching staff to be fired, but putting it in perspective, it was a great season for the most part and I feel blessed to be a Packers fan.


You would think with a loss I would have a ton but the players actually did a very good job this game right up to the end. Coach McCarthy needs to open his playbook and rip out all the pages that have prevent in them playing not to lose seems to have bad results.

This defense had the Hawks shutout for 30 minutes by playing aggressive football but came out for the second half with a new game plan “Prevent” and we all see how it worked out. Continue reading

So They Say “May The Best Team Win”…But Not Always

Aaron RodgersThe old saying doesn’t always hold true. A Packers team that seemed to once again take their foot off the gas and fall apart both in the redzone and in the second half was in many ways the better team. This will likely be the most disappointing Super Bowl for the fact that our beloved Packers won’t be playing and the AFC representative is a team we had already beaten.

It is sad to me that Seattle had to rely on their punter, ex-Packer Jon Ryan, to throw a touchdown pass. I am sure Seahawks players and fans are satisfied with that kind of a win, but not Packers fans. As horrifying as it was to see our team not seal the deal when they had the game in hand…to the tune of one…just one first down, it is just downright pathetic to see a team that should be cleaning out their lockers take the Packers rightful spot in the Super Bowl.

We are disappointed, but not devastated. We are down, but we are not out. While this season did not end the way we wanted it to, we are still Packers fans and very soon we will once again bring the Vince Lombardi trophy home. Yes…we fell. And yes…we will get back up! Continue reading

When They Don’t Give You A Chance…You Take It: The Packers Defense

timeIn the first meeting in September, the Packers gave up 110 yards rushing to Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks. This Packers defense is a little bit different and we are going to need them to play lights out to take one from the Seahawks in a few…short…minutes.

The Packers defense has been much better of late, and in my opinion may be the unsung heroes in this game. We know that the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers is limited, we know that Eddie Lacy will have a big part to play. But the Packers defense can truly prove a point this afternoon if they can get the job done against the Seahawks offense. Continue reading