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June

Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived

Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football

Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football

Profootballtalk.com asked fans to vote on their Packers Mt. Rushmore this week and it created some interesting debate on Twitter and talk radio.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, the Packers Mt. Rushmore needs to consist of four people. It can be players, coaches, executives or whomever that you feel is one of the four most important people in Packers history.

This is a tough one. If there was an actual Packers Mt. Rushmore, it would need to go on the side of a very large mountain because four people is much too small.

As much as I love guys like Ron Wolf and Bob Harlan and acknowledge that the Packers might not be around without folks like them, I don’t know if I can put executives on a Mt. Rushmore. Isn’t putting executives on a Packers Mt. Rushmore kind of like putting Abe Lincoln’s chief of staff on the actual Mt. Rushmore instead of Abe Lincoln himself?

I’m also not sure coaches belong on a Mt. Rushmore. But that means leaving off Vince Lombardi and Curly Lambeau, which is just asinine.

If I knew that people wouldn’t burn down my house for leaving Lombardi and Lambeau off, I’d probably put Don Hutson, Bart Starr, Reggie White and Brett Favre on my Packers Mt. Rushmore. When the people arrived with torches and pitchforks to take care of me after leaving off Lombardi and Lambeau, I’d remove Hutson and White for the two legendary coaches.

Football will always be about the players to me. You absolutely have to have a good front office and coaching staff to make everything work, and I’ll say it again that the Packers are not the Packers without the executives and coaches I’ve already mentioned (along with many others).

But in the end, you have to wear a jersey and helmet instead of as suit and tie to make my Packers Mt. Rushmore.

Let us know who makes your Packers Mt. Rushmore in the comments section.

(And don’t yell at me too much for leaving Lombardi and Lambeau off my pre-torches and pitchforks Packers Mt. Rushmore.)

Packers News, Notes and Links

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April

Packers Hall of Fame Announces Donation of Rare Don Hutson Recordings

April 22, 20101 Green Bay, Wis. – Don Hutson, a Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer who played for the Packers from 1935 to 1945, hosted a radio program in the late 1940s. Selected recordings of this program are now part of the Packers Hall of Fame archives of Packers history.

Don Hutson’s nephew, Steve Hutson of Mequon, WI, donated the unusual vinyl-coated aluminum records that are 16 inches in diameter and play from the center to the outside. The Packers Hall of Fame audio engineer needed to purchase a custom-made turntable in order to play them and convert the recordings to digital MP3 files. There are three records, including one of Don Hutson’s audition for the radio show.

Tom Murphy, the Packers Hall of Fame archivist, said “these records are a great addition to our archive of physical items — but to also have these recordings in digital format really makes this donation special. We can make clips available to our members via our new online digital archive (packershalloffame.com/access-pass) and we can offer them to fans as a digital download (packershalloffame.com/online-store).

Steve Hutson said “Lee Remmel previously suggested the Hall of Fame might be able to do something with these records. It’s wonderful that my uncle’s commentary about Packers football in 1949 has been digitized and can now be heard by Packer fans throughout the world.”

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. was established in 1967 as a non-profit corporation, independent of the Green Bay Packers, with the mission to preserve and protect the history of the Packers. The physical location is housed in a spectacular 25,000-square foot facility in the Lambeau Field Atrium and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with variable hours on game days and holidays (call 920-569-7512 for more information). The Packers Hall of Fame digital archive was established in 2011 to provide an online resource of Packers history. Fans can learn more at packershalloffame.com The Hall raises funds to support its mission through events and donations. The annual Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 11, 2011, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. The annual Induction Banquet will be held on July 23, 2011 at the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay, Wis. Both events are currently sold out. Contributions to the Packers Hall of Fame — either financial or in the form of historic Packers memorabilia — may quality as a tax-deductible gift.