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April

Reaction to Loss: Players vs. Fans

Packers fans

Packers fans often times appear to take a loss harder than the players themselves

Can you tell it’s the NFL offseason?  As is often the case, this is that time of year where you’ll find a lot of speculation about the upcoming Green Bay Packers season and team as well as some occasional news stories that emerge.

Mixed in there are some occasional potpourri topics such as this one:  How different are fans and player reactions to a loss?

ESPN Milwaukee discussed this on last weekend’s Miller Lite Football show as well as earlier this week on the Green and Gold Today show with Jason Wilde and Bill Johnson.

One of the co-hosts of the Miller Lite show is former Packers tight end Mark Chmura and he had a few interesting things to say.  Wilde himself made a guest appearance on the show to discuss some of the player reactions that he has seen after tough losses during his time covering the Packers.  Wilde began that role in 1996, the magical season in which the Packers finally brought the Lombardi trophy back to Green Bay after nearly 30 years of mediocrity.

Before getting into the meat of this topic, I remind you all that I am not a credentialed media member nor have I ever been in a NFL locker room.  My perspective on this is just as valid as anyone else’s who has an opinion on the matter.  And that is my goal, to elicit the opinions of our great readers and followers, as is usually the case.

Rarely do I like to take the first person perspective on topics, but for this one, I think back to my days as a rabid Packers fan when the team was on the come-up in the early 1990′s.  Wins were the highest of highs and losses were cause to cancel the entire following week.  As a teenager, I thought surely that if I were as upset about a loss as I was from the comforts of my living room, that the players in the locker room had to be twice as down, right?

Over time, we have seen evidence to the contrary that reminds us that football means different things to different people, both players and fans alike.  We see players from opposing teams chatting and laughing just moments after they were trying to push and shove their way to a victory.

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April

Brett Favre’s Return To Packers: Are Fans Ready?

Brett Favre

This is how most Packers fans prefer to remember Brett Favre

It only took me 18 months before I broke down and wrote about Brett Favre.  I joined Jersey Al’s team in August of 2012 and until recently, it was pretty easy to avoid the topic altogether.

Over the past year, however, Favre’s name has been tied more closely with the Green Bay Packers and a return to Titletown is not far off for old #4.  During that span, our team has penned a few pieces about Favre, most recently of which was done by Kris Burke last year in June.

Favre retired after the 2010 season and three seasons removed from being the Packers starting quarterback.  For many fans, those three years seemed like a decade.  The year in New York with the Jets was kind of like being at a preseason game.  The game is going on and it looks like football, but who really cares?  The last two years of Favre’s career were a much different story.

For those with some time to spare, about an hour and twenty minutes, to be exact, here is a link to the film “Last Day at Lambeau“.  It chronicles the time between Favre’s first retirement from the NFL and the Packers to his last game at Lambeau Field as a member of the Minnesota Vikings in 2010.

I remember Favre’s signing with the Vikings in August of 2009.  Whether he orchestrated his departure from New York in order to land in Minnesota or if the stars just aligned that way, I hated the football Gods.  It wasn’t that I was worried about Favre beating up on the Packers, because I honestly didn’t think he could.  I just didn’t want to deal with all of the attention and build up.

2009 came and went and the Vikings got the best of the Packers in both games that season.  Favre and the gang were within his merely falling forward to give themselves a chance to go to a Super Bowl that year.  But in true Favre fashion and almost as if it were scripted, a vintage interception ended the Vikings’ run and 2010 would turn out to be a disaster (literally, as Mall of America Field was rendered inoperable by massive snow build up).

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June

Special Event this Weekend: The Ultimate Packer Fan Connection

Ultimate Packer Fan Connection

Ultimate Packer Fan Connection

“The Ultimate Packer Fan Connection” began as just a thought three years ago by Super Fan Wayne “The Ultimate Fan” Sargent and Steve “The Owner” Tate. Fans from all over the world brought them to realize there was a need to host an event reuniting unity amongst Packer Fans. With the cooperation of The Stadium View Bar and Grill “The Ultimate Packer Fan Connection” was founded. This annual Event will feature a Packer Player as host to raise money for his cause or charity.

On Saturday, June 15th Packer Fan’s from all over the country will be heading to “The Stadium View Bar and Grill” in Green Bay to participate in the 2nd annual “Ultimate Packer Fan Connection”. This year’s event is hosted by Pro Bowler and Packer Hall of Famer William Henderson on behalf of the Kiwanis Organization and Children’s Autism. Together they have set a goal to raise 1.5 Million Dollars to purchase and donate iPads with special apps that assist and enable Autistic Children to learn and communicate with these newly found tools. 100% of the proceeds will go to Children’s Autism.

This star struck event has players of both past and present are scheduled to appear. Packer HOF William Henderson, 2013 Packer Hall of Fame Inductee Chris Jacke, 6 Time World Champion Fuzzy Thurston, Pro Football HOF and Packer HOF Willie Davis, Randall Cobb, Dujuan Harris, Mason Crosby, Santana Dotson, Packer HOF Frank Winters are just some of the players scheduled to appear. Come join in on a daylong event featuring Meet and greets, live Music, Raffles, Unique memorabilia, Food, Beverage and much, much more. This is a FREE EVENT and the public is invited.

Please go to www.theultimatepackerfan.com for more information.

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December

Win a Sconsinwear.com T-Shirt: Packers Prediction Contest

Why Vikings wear purplePackers Vs. Vikings Prediction Contest

Win a “Why are the Vikings Purple?’ T-Shirt, courtesy of the fine folks at www.Sconsinwear.com  (a $20.99 value). They also have a wide variety of other cool T-Shirts and other items available at their online store. (General Wisconsin themes, Badgers, Brewers, hunting, fishing, drinking, etc… Quite a collection!)

THE CONTEST:

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 4:15PM Eastern Time on 12/30/12 will be considered. ALLGBP writers are not eligible for a prize. 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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December

Win a GEEBZ Ted Thompson TRUST T-Shirt: Packers Prediction Contest

GEEBZ Ted Thompson Trust T-Shirt

GEEBZ Ted Thompson Trust T-Shirt

Packers Vs Titans Prediction Contest

Win a “GEEBZ” Ted Thompson TRUST T-Shirt courtesy of the fine folks at GEEBZ Shirts  (an $19.95 value). They also have other GEEBZ items available at their online store.

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 12/23/12 will be considered. ALLGBP writers are not eligible for a prize. 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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December

TV Casting Call for the Ultimate Cheeseheads – Thurs. Dec 5th 2012

Fancy yourself the Ultimate Cheesehead from Wisconsin? Always wanted to be on TV? Well here’s your chance.

There are plans in the works for a new TV series based on you – the Cheesehead. They’re looking for big personalities who live and breath the Cheesehead lifestyle (whatever that is).

Casting Call is at the Stadium View Bar (1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay WI 54304)  on Thursday, Dec 6th from 4-9PM.

You need to RSVP here and then show up in your cheesiest best. Maybe I’ll be watching you on TV one day soon.

Here are the full details:

Cheesehead Casting Call

Cheesehead Casting Call

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6

September

Packers Video: Clay Matthews Predator Pose Challenge

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Clay Matthews wants to see what you’ve got, Packers fans. Teaming up with Gillette and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Claymaker wants you to photograph yourself doing your best “Predator Pose” impression.

For every such picture posted to Gillette’s Facebook page, they will contribute $1 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Here’s  Clay telling you about it:

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