If Aaron Rodgers Says So…And I Will Give you Four More Reasons

OK, this is a post I wanted to write for a long time. The fear of backlash, jinxing the 2014 Packersteam…and the possiblity of being chewed up and spit out by Packers fans from here to kingdom come. But yesterday I was watching Steve Mariucci interview Aaron Rodgers (which was enlightening in more than one way) and Aaron himself made a comment about something I had been thinking for a long time.

Aaron mentioned what he thinks of as one of the best things that happened to the team last season. If you didn’t see the interview, take a guess what THAT is, then read on. Continue reading

What 2 Watch 4: 3 Things To Keep Your Eye On When The Packers Play The Titans

Well, the preseason has begun and the Packers have their first preseason game this coming Saturday Julius Peppers 2014 Training Campagainst the Titans. While preseason games are not the most exciting games, I am SO pumped for this game for a couple reasons:

  1. It is the first chance to see the Packers in action
  2. I’m gonna be at the game!

Everybody says that the preseason doesn’t matter…WRONG. While it is true that the scores of the preseason games don’t matter and the wins and losses make no difference whatsoever, the games themselves are critical to the final evaluation of the players. Now, am I saying that the coaches need four preseason games to evaluate? Probably not, in fact a lot of coaches have said that they think there are too many preseason games but that doesn’t change the fact that the very BEST way to determine whether a player should stay or be cut is to watch them in live action versus a live opponent. Continue reading

3…[4]…14…15…66…92: The Packers Schedule Retirement of Brett Favre’s Jersey

Well, it’s official! The Packers today announced that they will induct Brett Favre into the Packers brettkidHall of Fame and retire his jersey in 2015. Packers President Mark Murphy made the announcement about the jersey retirement while Perry Kidder, President of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame announced the induction.

 

2015 will be 45th anniversary of the Packers Hall of Fame and the first inductee will be none other than your own Brett Favre! What a momentous occasion as the Hall of Fame expands to a new two-story space and at the same time welcomes Brett Favre back into the fold. Packernation will be abuzz with anticipation of that induction banquet…slated for July 18th, 2015.

But that is not all…Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy also announced the retirement of Brett Favre’s jersey at the same time, the first time these two events have happened simultaneously…in Packers history! Well I thought it couldn’t get better but then we heard from Bob Harlan who spoke of the way in which Brett brought a franchise that could not compete in the NFL to a point of seemingly perpetual excellence…the smallest town in the NFL with a bigger punch than cities like New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis and New Orleans. This is Green Bay Wisconsin…home of the Green  Bay Packers!

On that day…Brett Favre’s jersey…number 4…will join those of just FIVE other Packers to be retired on the North end of Lambeau Field. His will be raised aloft to join those of Tony Canadeo, Don Hutson, Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, and yes…Reggie White. The symbolism is obvious…”no one will wear your number again…because there will never again be another player like you!”

Steve Mariucci chimed in to congratulate Brett… and then…Brett himself got on the line to say a few things to Packernation. He expressed how honored he was to be able to be counted among the greats of the greatest sports franchise in the world. He answered Steve Mariucci’s question as to whether he would be open to coming back to Green Bay before the induction in 2015 by saying yes, he would love that and “wouldn’t it be nice to flip a coin with Bart Starr before a game…I think that would be an electric moment.”

Brett left no doubt as to how he thought of himself and his loyalties…stating “That’s what I am is a Packer and always want to be remembered as that”, he also said “I am a Packer, will always be a Packer…it was like borrowed time playing elsewhere.”

Brett related the excitement of being inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and having his jersey retired to his first NFL victory…the moment he threw the touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor. “I look forward to it.”

brettjerseymemeAnd finally, a couple of quotes from the two who really made this thing happen…

Brett Favre: “It is time to come back.” …Bob Harlan: “It’s good to have old friends home again…”

Agreed? What do you think Packernation? Leave me a comment below.

GO PACK!!!

 

Packers to Address Packernation: Brett Favre to Packers HOF and Jersey to be Retired in 2015

brettkidWell Brett Favre announced on his official website that he will be returning to the Packers in 2015 for induction into the Packers Hall of Fame and to have his jersey retired. By all counts this appears to be the will of Packernation finally coming to fruition. I addition to thousands of e-signatures on the petition, thousands of others in Packernation posted, shared, and commented that they wanted Brett back. Well Packernation, you asked for it and you GOT IT!

Of course, the official press conference is not until 1:30 CST and you can see it here, so we can’t be certain of the official details but the day has finally come when we will know that Brett Favre, for all his late-career prodigal wanderings, is coming home.

While I understand why some Packers fans still hate Brett (I was  pretty mad myself when it happened and for a long time afterward) I think the opinion of Packernation comes down to a couple basic facts: Continue reading

Click Here To Wish Jared Abbrederis Well!

News of Jared Abbrederis’ ACL injury dampened Family Night for Packers fans who also follow theJared Abbrederis Badgers.. We saw a lot of good things…a lot of exciting things, but did not get a chance to see Jared out there catching passes and running around.

This is a setback…nothing more and as AJ Hawk hinted, Abbrederis will look back on this year with a smile after a long and illustrious career with the Packers. Of course, there is no guarantee of that but Jared has a real shot and could contribute to the longevity and success of Aaron Rodgers too. The Wisconsin Badgers have produced top quality receivers in the past and the Packers picked Abbrederis for a reason. Continue reading

It’s Time For Family Night!

Yes, I know…the Packers won’t be scrimmaging at tonights Family Night practice but it is still a familynightchance to see the team practice just before the preseason begins. If you are not in Wisconsin, check the game out here.

And keep in mind, as we have said here at GPN, the MOST important thing for the Packers Training Camp is to stay healthy. Abbrederis has sustained a knee injury already and we do NOT need any starters going down during Family Night. There will be enough risk during the 4 preseason games but if we can survive those…we could have a great start to the 2014 season! Continue reading

AM Quickslant: Long Term Lacy?

One of the best surprises of the 2013 season, well, let’s face it, the BEST surprise of the 2013 season

Eddy Lacy brings the thunder.

Eddy Lacy brings the thunder.

was Eddie Lacy. Watching Eddie Lacy truck linebackers and cornerbacks was one of the highlights of the season, especially for Packers fans like myself who had been saying that we needed a successful running game for years. Eddie Lacy brought balance to the Packers offense like Anakin Skywalker brought balance to the force in Star Wars…just because he brought balance, didn’t mean nobody got hurt.

But there is a problem…The Packers used Lacy too much. Continue reading