Category Archives: Super Bowl

14

January

Are the Green Bay Packers Still Elite?


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Are the Packers still elite?

Remember when the Green Bay Packers were legitimately thought of as elite and the next NFL dynasty? All the ingredients were there: A great quarterback. Talented receivers. Young defenders on the rise. A Super Bowl win. Playoff chops. A smart coaching staff and front office.

Then the Giants and 49ers manhandled the Packers in playoff losses and all that dynasty talk seems like so long ago.

Forget dynasty. Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press Gazette says the Packers are no longer even an elite team.

Vandermause gets a little carried away early in the column when he says that Colin Kapernick is now a more feared player than Aaron Rodgers (ridiculous). But for the most part, I see where Vandermause is going. He thinks the 49ers have a lot more talent than the Packers. After watching these two teams play each other twice this season, it’s hard to argue with him.

Can a team fall from potential dynasty to less-than-elite in about one year? Sure, these last two playoff losses sting, but do they really mean the Packers are no longer elite? I can see both sides of the argument:

Packers are no longer elite

  • Did you watch the game on Saturday? There is no way to use the words “elite” and “Packers” in the same sentence after that ass whooping.
  • That’s two straight playoff losses where the Packers were dominated by a bigger, stronger and more physical team. Elite teams don’t get pushed around like that.
  • The Packers struggled against other good to great teams this season. The 49ers, Seahawks, Giants, Vikings and Colts all beat Green Bay. Houston, and maybe one of the Chicago games, were their only signature types of wins.
  • The Packers lack toughness and are not able to match other team’s physically. Teams with offensive lines that are big and mean and feature defenders that are able to tackle the Packers’ receivers can contain Rodgers and push the Packers’ defense around.
  • The scoreboard and the standings don’t lie. A team that fails to reach its conference championship game two straight seasons cannot be considered elite.

The Packers are still elite

  • Aaron Rodgers is the Packers quarterback. Enough said.
25

November

Packers Prediction Contest: Win a copy of the Official Super Bowl XLV Commemorative Book

One - Official Commemorative Book of the Packers Super Bowl XLV Journey

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One Mind, One Heart, One Purpose. Charles Woodson spoke those words and it became the official mantra of the Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl Journey.

As the 2012 Packers try to find their own path to the Super Bowl, it never hurts to look back and reminisce on the great ride the 2010 Packers took to the organization’s 13th world championship.

This beautifully produced hardcover book features original and in-depth stories from the Packers editorial staff writers, as well as hundreds of photographs.

You’ll be treated to insider insights and behind-the-scenes images, many never before published, including photos from the team plane on the ride home, the triumphant return to Lambeau Field, the jubilant parade, even inside the invitation-only private ring ceremony.

The book also includes a forward by Charles Woodson, an introduction by Mike McCarthy and an afterword by Mark Murphy.

 

Packers Vs Giants Prediction Contest.

Now you can win a copy of this fantastic book.

Make your picks in the comments below.   The person with the correct winning team and the closest overall in point differential wins the T-shirt.

Don’t forget the tiebreaker question… (you won’t be eligible if you don’t answer it.)

 

Winning Team:

Final Score:

Tiebreaker: (Total net yards of offense for the Packers):

Post your entry in the comments below. Only entries posted here and received by 8:30PM EasternTime on 11/25/12 will be considered. ALLGBP writers are not eligible. The winner will be announced On Monday in the comments section of this post, so check back if you think you did well.

 

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27

October

Fabulous New Book From Sports Illustrated: Football’s Greatest

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I was lucky enough to get my hands on a review copy of  a new book titled “Football’s Greatest” from Sports Illustrated. This massive (10′ x 13′, 288 pages) hard cover book is one of those books any serious football fan must have sitting on their bookshelf.

The book is a group effort by seven Sports illustrated senior writers and editors who cover the NFL. They’ve taken on the painstaking job of ranking the NFL’s historical best of the best in over 20 categories. Best quarterbacks, best linebackers, best stadiums, best franchises, etc.

Whether you’re a Packers fan or a fan of any of the “Other 31,” it’s easy for me to say you’ll love this book.

If you are a Packers fan, I can tell you that your team is very well represented, with 22 selections in 17 categories, including three #1 rankings and 14 in the top five. I can tell you that naturally, Vince Lombardi was selected as the greatest coach in NFL History, and there is one Packers player omitted that really rankles me. I don’t want to be a spoiler, so you’ll have to read the book to find out who the other Packers selections are.

To pick up a copy of the book, click on the image above. Also, look for our Packers prediction contest before the Packers – Jaguars game. The person with the most accurate game prediction will win a copy of the book.

For some more details about the book, here is the official press release from SIBooks:

Who Are Football’s Greatest?

Sports Illustrated’s team of experts answers the questions pro football fans have been debating since the pigskin started flying

New book sets the All-Time Top 10 in every category—from positions to teams to coaches and rivalries—with best football movies, stadiums, and uniforms mixed in as well

NEW YORK—As the NFL approaches the midpoint of the 2013 season, Sports Illustrated’s pro football experts have created the ultimate book to help settle, and probably continue, the debate for the gridiron’s best ever. FOOTBALL’S GREATEST, on sale today, names the Top 10 in more than 20 categories not just by position player, but also the best stadiums, rivalries, coaches and even trades. The book also looks at the most underrated players in the history of the NFL and includes hundreds of classic images and the storytelling that only the writers of Sports Illustrated can provide.

22

October

SPECIAL SALE on Packers Super Bowl XLV Commemorative Book

One - The official Commemorative of the Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers

One – The Official Commemorative of the Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers

One Mind, One Heart, One Purpose, One Goal – Charles Woodson

We have a cool deal for ALLGBP.com readers. Using our special offer code, you can purchase the official commemorative book of the Packers Super Bowl XLV season for only $10. This book was commissioned directly by the Packers and is normally sold in the Pro Shop for $25.00

This full-color hardcover book tracks the Packers game by game over that magical ride to the Super Bowl Championship.  It includes original and in-depth stories from the Packers editorial staff writers, as well as hundreds of photographs.  There is a Foreward by Charles Woodson,  an Introduction by Mike McCarthy and and Afterword by Mark Murphy.

Readers are treated to insider insights and behind-the-scenes images, many never before published, including photos from the team plane on the ride home, the triumphant return to Lambeau Field, the jubilant parade, even inside the invitation-only private ring ceremony.

This is a limited offer until 12/20/12 or supplies run out, whichever happens first.  If you’re looking for a cool gift for the Packers fan in your life or just want to treat yourself to a special deal, pick one up now.

Just click on this store link and be sure to enter in offer code “ALLGBP” (no quotes).

 

Here is the press release from the Packers about his book:

The Green Bay Packers’ inspiring 2010 season continues to be replayed in the minds of fans, old and new, through the publication ONE, the one and only official team commemorative book illustrating the journey to Super Bowl XLV.

The keepsake has been a popular item in the Packers Pro Shop since its arrival in September.

Flipping through the 128 pages of ONE allows readers to relive each game from the standpoint of players, coaches, and fans. The book includes an Introduction written by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, an Afterword written by President and CEO Mark Murphy, more than 150 pictures, and firsthand stories written by Packers editorial staff.

 The book also features a Foreword written by cornerback Charles Woodson, who also inspired the book’s title, ONE, with his motivating postgame speech to his teammates following the NFC Championship. The speech focused on the need for unity and the actions of one heart, mind, purpose, and goal.

21

October

Packers Prediction Contest: Win a copy of the Official Super Bowl XLV Commemorative Book

One - Official Commemorative Book of the Packers Super Bowl XLV Journey

*** WIN THIS BOOK ***

One Mind, One Heart, One Purpose. Charles Woodson spoke those words and it became the official mantra of the Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl Journey.

As the 2012 Packers try to find their own path to the Super Bowl, it never hurts to look back and reminisce on the great ride the 2010 Packers took to the organization’s 13th world championship.

This beautifully produced hardcover book features original and in-depth stories from the Packers editorial staff writers, as well as hundreds of photographs.

You’ll be treated to insider insights and behind-the-scenes images, many never before published, including photos from the team plane on the ride home, the triumphant return to Lambeau Field, the jubilant parade, even inside the invitation-only private ring ceremony.

The book also includes a forward by Charles Woodson, an introduction by Mike McCarthy and an afterword by Mark Murphy.

 

Packers Vs Rams Prediction Contest.

Now you can win a copy of this fantastic book.

Make your picks in the comments below.   The person with the correct winning team and the closest overall in point differential wins the T-shirt.

Don’t forget the tiebreaker question… (you won’t be eligible if you don’t answer it.)

 

Winning Team:

Final Score:

Tiebreaker: (Total net yards of offense for the Packers):

Post your entry in the comments below. Only entries posted here and received by 1:00PM EasternTime on 10/21/12 will be considered. ALLGBP writers are not eligible. The winner will be announced in the comments section of this post, so check back if you think you did well.

 

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6

October

Packers Running Back Debate: Modern-Day Cedric Benson vs. Ryan Grant In His Prime

Cedric Benson Vs. Ryan Grant

Cedric Benson Vs. Ryan Grant

Welcome to tonight’s Packers running back debate featuring Cedric Benson and Ryan Grant.

Television stations throughout Wisconsin were very upset that the last presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney drew a 0.0 rating. That’s right, not a single person tuned in to watch the presidential debate in Wisconsin. 

Research by Nielsen suggested that most television sets were tuned to highlights of the Packers 28-27 win over the Saints, or simply turned off because the weather was nice and people would rather stare at trees and grass than either presidential candidate.

Whatever the reason, Wisconsin television stations need to recoup the ratings that were lost during the debate and the there’s only one tried and true method to make that happen: Packers talk. 

Specifically, a Packers debate.

Tonight’s debate features present-day Cedric Benson vs. Ryan Grant in his prime. They will be debating who is the better running back. Remember, this is present-day Benson and Grant in his prime (late 2007-2009). We’re not focusing on overall career arcs or anything like that. We’re only focusing present-day Benson and Grant from late 2007 through 2009. 

Without further delay, let’s turn it over to our moderator, ALLGBP.com staff writer and the only undefeated team owner in the ALLGBP.com fantasy football league, Mr. Adam Czech.

Moderator: Welcome Mr. present-day Benson and Mr. in-his-prime Grant. Here are the rules for tonight’s debate:  

  • Don’t swear. The youth of America is watching.
  • Don’t hit each other. We’re on the same team here.
  • Take your time. We bought like three kegs of beer for the audience and they’ll be mad if the debate is over before they had a chance to drink it all.

The first question: A Wisconsin newspaper recently suggested that Benson might be the best Packers running back since Ahamn Green. So, Is Benson the best running back the Packers have had since Ahman Green? Mr. Grant, you may answer first. 

Grant: Hell no!

Moderator: Language, Mr. Grant. Think of the children. 

Grant: Sorry. No bleepin’ way! Did you see me run in the snow globe playoff game? Did you watch me gain 1,200 yards in consecutive seasons? Did you see how I pass blocked for Favre and Rodgers? Our quarterbacks and receivers might have gotten all the glory, but I fit in just fine with the Packers system and did some really impressive things. Benson is just the current flavor-of-the-month.

26

September

Packers vs. Seattle: Moving on from Monday Night: It. Is. Time.

Green Bay Packers huddle

Green Bay Packers will unite at Lambeau Field this Sunday

By now, you’ve all probably read everyone’s take on last night’s embarrassing showing by the NFL.  I’m a bit late to the party but I have the benefit of some extra time to digest what took place and having read it all too.  I don’t have it figured out, probably never will.  But I do know that I feel very disappointed.

I’m not going to break down the numbers, re-hash the stats or talk about the “shoulda, woulda, coulda”.  So what am I going to do?  I’m just going to shoot straight from the hip.  I’m going add this one to the list of disappointments in recent Packer history:

- The Terrell Owens TD catch in the end zone to beat the Pack during the 1998 season playoffs.  A loss that ironically was affected by another bad call by a referee as an obvious Jerry Rice fumble was ruled down by contact.  Back then there was no instant replay and the call stood.  9ers drove down and. . . .

- 1st playoff loss at Lambeau Field against the Atlanta Falcons (a dome team) during 2002 season playoffs

- 4th and 26 a year later

- The embarrassing playoff loss to the Vikings during the 2004 season playoffs

- The entire 2005 season

- The gut-wrenching NFCCG loss to the Giants during the 2007 playoffs that would be Brett Favre’s last game in a Packer uniform

-The 2008 offseason and eventual trade of Favre to the Jets and the drama that it brought with it

-Last year’s playoff loss, again to the Giants, after a 15-1 regular season

You’re probably all saying “well most of those are playoff games.  Of course they’re disappointing!”.  No, last night’s Packers vs. Seahawks matchup wasn’t a playoff game, but it sure felt like it, didn’t it?  As I’m sitting here watching the replay of the game’s final play for about the 50th time and over 24 hours later, it feels as though the Packers lost much more than a single football game.  Over the past day, not a single side bar on ESPN’s network is without at least one topic related to yesterday’s contest.  When was the last time a regular season game, especially this early in the season, got this much play?