Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived
I’m filling in today for Adam Czech, who is away enjoying the great outdoors in the wilds of Minnesota. Adam’s got a pretty good arm, so hopefully he’s not kidnapped by desperate Vikings fans looking for a real quarterback. We’ll keep you posted.
This is one of only a few more Surviving Sundays you’ll see this year, as the Packers open their training camp next Friday. What I thought was going to be a long hiatus seems to have flown by. I suppose being incredibly busy with work, a kitchen remodel project and running multiple blogs and a podcast network will make the time pass quicker.
But here we are, the NFL 2013-2014 season is upon us. If by no other means, I can tell that by the string of excellent training camp battle and positional groups articles I’ve been reading all week on ALLGBP.com and PackersTalk.com. (That sentence was brought to you courtesy of the “Shameless Self-Promotion Department.”)
Of course, there are plenty of other fine sources of information about our Green Bay Packers, and some will be featured in the links below. But first, I want to give a plug to a publication that is near and dear to my heart, and brings back many fond memories, The Packer Report.
Back in the pre-internet days, it wasn’t easy being a Packers fan in NJ. Local newspapers covered, yes, the Giants and Jets, two teams I couldn’t care less about. There wasn’t even a national paper like USA today, where you might hope to see a little snippet about your team. But there was, as it was called back then, Ray Nitschke’s Packer Report.
Once a week during the season and less frequently during the off-season, the Green and Gold covered newspaper would arrive in my mail, usually on a Tuesday. That would have been fantastic if it was covering the game that just happened, but alas, by the time I got it, it was talking about the game that happened two Sundays ago. Still, it didn’t matter. It was information about my Packers I could get nowhere else.
Somewhere along the line, I failed to renew my subscription to Packer Report. It was probably in the late 90′s after Holmgren left, my kids were old enough to play sports and I got heavily involved with coaching two travel teams. Soccer became my passion and the Packers took a temporary back seat. 15 years later, with the kids off to college, I worked my way back to my first love, the Green Bay Packers.
We were now in the internet age and more football was being televised than ever before. Packers news was readily available, and frankly, I never thought I would need the Packer Report again. Until about five years ago. I discovered Bleacher Report, which (can you imagine this) would let anyone get on the internet and start writing about their favorite sports/teams and actually have people read your work and comment on it!
That led to being “discovered” by other blogs (PackersLounge.com and PackerChatters.com) who would publish my articles about the Packers on their sites. Eventually I got the crazy idea that I should start my own blog, and was dumb enough to go through with it.
One thing that seemed obvious to me was, if I was going to write about the Packers, I better be well informed. So I sought out sources of news about the Packers, becoming a regular reader of JSOnline.com, PackersNews.com and fan sites like CheeseheadTV. Then one day, following a string of links from one of those sites brought me to PackerReport.com. “It still exists!,” I exclaimed.
Even better than just a web site, they still put out a print publication, but now it’s a glossy- full-color mag that arrives on my doorstep as the old Packer Report once did. Of course, it’s not free – there’s a subscription cost as there always was.
Packer Report became the main topic of this post because I spent my Saturday afternoon devouring the latest issue. It’s filled with great content about the upcoming training camp, with an in-depth look at each position group. To me, Packer Report is well worth the subscription cost of $8.33 per month for the print magazine and access to great content on their web site. I would flat-out recommend this for any Packers fan.
Packers News, Notes and Links
Brian Carriveau over at CheeseHeadTV.com has been interviewing our ALLGBP.com writers on his Railbird Central Podcasts. Here’s where you can find those podcasts. He also takes an excellent look at the Packers salary cap situation looking forward to 2014, when a whopping 18 players will be without a contract.
Jason Wilde at ESPN Milwaukee is in the topm ten of his countdown of the most important Packers. In what I would call a major surprise, he has Evan Dietrich-Smith as the seventh most important Packer. Check out that article and all his picks at his blog.
Tex Western over at AcmePackingCompany.com predicts Andy Mulumba makes the Packers roster.
John Rehor examines the effect Greg Jennigs’ comments are having on Packers fans.
LombardiAve.com takes a look at who is next in line to get a contract extension from the Packers.
Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette has an in-depth interview with recent Packers hall of fame inductee Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.
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Non-Packers Links and Other Nonsense
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Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.