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May

Packers Fans in Paris

W.O.S. Bar in Paris France

W.O.S. Bar in Paris France

Special to ALLGBP.com:

Being thousands of miles away from home is not an excuse to miss out on every Green Bay Packers game in the NFL. Despite the dwindling NFL fan base in Europe, the Packers have solid roots in the heart of Paris. We’re talking about the WOS bar in Rue Saint Jacques.

After NFL Europa was disbanded in 2007, many Parisians who were inevitably hooked on American football had nowhere to go to get their daily dose of the NFL. Since Europe is still primarily soccer country, even American migrants find it hard to pay tribute to the sport.

The only American tradition that seems to have melded nicely into European mainstream is the game of  Texas Hold’em. The poker game has claimed Paris and the entire European community in popular gaming sites like partypoker français. Because poker claims to have its roots in Europe, its presence online is nothing short of ubiquitous. Partypoker became successful in cornering the market by integrating multilingual functions, a feature that lets you use play money, video tutorials and its very own Android application.

If only the NFL were able to captivate the European scene in the same way poker did, we’d have a lot more Green Bay fans in the romance capital of the world. But thanks to WOS bar, any Packers fan will feel right at home.

Pierre and his crew will cure your homesickness with great drinks and multiple screens to watch your favorite NFL team with. One of the hottest bar topics you’ll hear is how to get the rest of Europe to love the game and we’re never in short supply of suggestions. One suggestion is booking European sponsors similar to that of good soccer teams like Real Madrid and Manchester United. By donning a Bwin shirt similar to Ronaldo, you might ease soccer fans to the whole idea of the NFL.

Still, other good propositions involve away games in key European cities that would act as a teaser and a good gauge whether fans would want to see the NFL back. It’s also important to find athletes from these cities in order for the rest of the country to rally behind that player. One patron even suggested that in order for France or any European country to produce a player of that caliber, introduction of the sport would have to start at a young age and by sponsoring Institutes of higher learning, one can achieve such a goal. College and University rivalries are a good way to spark competition and it has paved way to many great games even in the pee wee level.

7

September

Packers Super Bowl Chances: Three Causes for Concern

Packers 2012 Season Prediction fanduel.com

What me, worry?

If you are a Packers fan, you already know that this season is basically Super Bowl or bust. Ted Thompson even changed his ways, looking to free agents for some immediate help. The team enters the year as one of the favorites to reach New Orleans, while last season’s postseason disappointment is still fresh in everyone’s memory. While the Packers on paper look as good as anyone, there are still some concerns. Here’s a look at the three positions that cause the most concern for the Packers in 2012.

Running Back

A team with Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback is not going to run the ball that often, but they still need to be able to do it on occasion. The signing of Cedric Benson should help, but as he gets up there in age his production will not likely be what it used to be. When it comes to other running back options, there just really is not much there. Alex Green, James Starks and Brandon Saine have all been restricted by injuries this preseason, but they also have just not been very impressive when on the field. The running game has to be at least a threat, or defenses will be able to focus on the pass more than ever.

Young Defenders

The Packers are known more for their offense, but the defense still needs to be solid. Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy, Mike Daniels, Casey Hayward, Jerron McMillian and Dezman Moses are all rookies that the Packers are most likely going to hand significant minutes. This is partly due to necessity, as last year’s defensive performances will attest to.In addition, the Packers have always been a team that prefers the draft-and-develop method.

Backup Quarterback

Yes, everyone hopes it never comes to this, but the Packers no longer have the security blanket of Matt Flynn if something goes wrong with Aaron Rodgers. Instead, they enter the season with Graham Harrell. While Harrell has been in the system for a few seasons, he still does not seem to be ready to provide much value as a NFL quarterback.

Rodgers has been pretty durable, but remember that he did suffer a pair of concussions in 2010. All quarterbacks are just one hit away from possibly missing time. To achieve the long term goal of reaching the Super Bowl, there may be a need fo someone to “hold the fort” for a game or two. Fans were confident with Flynn in that role. Harrell? Not so much.