23

August

Packers vs. Seahawks: A Preseason Game In Name Only

A picture that needs no caption.

The calendar still reads August.  If I’m the Green Bay Packers, I don’t care.

Tonight is just not another preseason game.  For Green Bay, it shouldn’t be a preseason game at all.  Coach Mike McCarthy of course will eventually get his backup players into the game, but since the third preseason game is the closest to a dress rehearsal as you can get in the NFL, McCarthy very well could roll with his starters into the third quarter.

As well he should.

The game tonight at Lambeau Field against the Seattle Seahawks doesn’t count at all in the standings.  The results will have absolutely no bearing on either team making the playoffs.  As long as they both emerge without any major injuries, the game could be considered a win for both sides.

Not for the Packers.  Preseason game be damned, this is war.

There’s no need to sit here and recap the “Fail Mary” game in Seattle last year that ended up costing the Packers a first round bye in the playoffs.  Had the correct call been made, Green Bay (more than likely) would have still faced the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round but at Lambeau Field rather than San Francisco.

No matter how much McCarthy or the players said otherwise, that “loss” to Seattle had to sting all season long.  The coach and his players did an admirable job in public, but that kind of situation just has to sting a locker room.  Imagine being passed over on a promotion at work because someone read your resume wrong. You’d be upset for a long time, wouldn’t you?

The Packers went on to win six of their next seven games and still won the division and made the playoffs.  Still, you can’t help but wonder what might have been.

Never before did I think it possible that a preseason game could set the tone for the regular season, but the game tonight against the Seahawks very well could.  This summer everyone has been going gaga over Seattle and second year quarterback Russell Wilson and the Packers have largely been ignored except when former players open their mouths about the leadership of the best quarterback in the league.

26

September

September 24, 2012: The Day The NFL Died

RIP NFL: 1921-2012

My friends, we gather today to mourn the passing of a close friend.

It was a friend that many almost considered a big brother.  It was a close friend of millions of people in multiple countries around the world.   While it was a product of the United States, it transcended nationality.  It truly was a universal language.

Of course, it had its flaws.  Nothing and no one on this earth is perfect.  We accepted those flaws and figured that those in charge of its caretaking would always keep its best interests at heart when trying to fix those flaws as well as any other urgent need that would arise.

Sadly, around four weeks ago, many of us saw trouble ahead for our dear National Football League.  The regular officials were locked out by the league under the leadership of Commissioner Roger Goodell.  We were told a deal would be coming and that the replacement officials would not be used more than a couple of weeks.

So the games went on and we as fans continued to watch.   As the young season progressed, warning signs began to emerge. Players were taking blows to the head and defenders were not being flagged for it, despite the NFL allegedly cracking down on such hits.  Holding and blatant pass interference ignored, giving quarterbacks a kicking ball, forgetting which teams are playing (“Holding, number 93 red”), awarding extra yardage and timeouts….the list goes on.

Finally, this past Monday night the fatal blow came and personally it hurt more than any of the other botched calls because it cost my beloved Green Bay Packers a game.  M.D. Jennings clearly had the ball on the final Hail Mary and Golden Tate only had one arm on it after throwing Sam Shields to the ground in yet another blatant pass interference non-call.

Chaos ensued as one official signaled for a touchdown and the other signaled a touchback.  The subsequent review somehow confirmed the ruling.  The official in the booth was a full time NFL employee and he got it wrong, probably to save his league more embarrassment.  It’s a shame.

Commissioner Goodell has always said he puts the integrity of the NFL above all else.  He said it last year when the players were locked out and he repeated the same thing this year with the referee lockout.  You know what defines someone as insane? Repeating a lie or fantasy so much that the person becomes convinced that it is real.

25

September

Video: NFL Replacement Refs Music Parody: Flo Rida Whistle

Not specifically Packers vs. Seahawks related, but  certainly timely give the events of last night.  Maybe we could all use  a little something to lighten the mood…  Enjoy!  (or at least try)

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25

September

Newspaper Covers and Headlines around the Country: Packers vs. Seahawks

Here’s a collection of Newspaper covers and headlines commenting on the events of last night’s Packers vs. Seahawks Monday Night Fiasco:

 

Seattle Times cover Packers vs. Seahawks

Seattle Times cover

 

NY Daily News Cover - Packers vs. Seahawks

NY Daily News Cover

 

Washington News Tribune - Packers vs. Seahawks

Washington News Tribune Cover

 

New York Post Cover - Packers vs. Seahawks

New York Post Cover -

 

Oshkosh Northwestern Cover - Packers vs. Seahawks

Oshkosh Northwestern Cover

 

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25

September

Screwed in Seattle Turns into Spineless in Seattle: Packers vs. Seahawks

Packers Seahawks Brandon Tate MD Jennings TD INT

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Packers vs. Seahawks: As the shock of seeing two referees standing in front of each other signaling opposite calls wore off… As the shock of seeing the wrong call get accepted wore off… As the shock of a replay review confirming the wrong call wore off… We got to witness insult being added to injury.

Pete Carroll prancing around the field like a silly schoolgirl (apologies to schoolgirls everywhere). Russell Wilson spouting off about what a great win they had just “earned.”  Golden Tate playing dumb. They’re all weasels.

I was kind of surprised that watching these guys show no class (or spine) bothered me more than even how the game ended.

Every NFL team has gotten screwed by the officials at some point. It happens. Of course, that’s why we have replay, right? To avoid those situations. But there are still humans watching the replay.

This is why I really try hard not to complain about referees. I never want to come off like a crybaby, I want to show more class than that. Conversely, if my team is given a gift from the referees, I try to be humble about it and have no problem admitting it or being apologetic to the other team’s fans. that doesn’t make me a great person, just a mature one, I guess. In the old days we would have called that “being a man,” but I’m enlightened enough now to know that’s sexist and unfair to women to categorize such behavior by sex. But I digress…

My real point here is I want to present to you the opposite of that phrase, namely “being a weasel.” Pete Carroll, Brandon Tate and Russel Wilson are weasels. Or at the very least, they acted like weasels last night:

Pete Carroll:

 ”It’s a great moment for everybody. Thrilled for our kids, for our fans, what a great night for Monday Night football.

“For Him (Wilson) to make that play, for Golden to make that play, it’s kind of beyond words.” It’s a great moment for us.

“From what I understood from the officials it was a simultaneous catch. Tie goes to the runner. Good call,”

24

September

Packers vs. Seahawks – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: SEA 14 GB 12

Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks:

My unfitered game day recap and blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.

Inactive for Packers today:

11 WR Jarrett Boykin
28 S Sean Richardson
31 CB Davon House
44 RB James Starks
56 LB Terrell Manning
57 LB Jamari Lattimore
83 TE Tom Crabtree

Notes:

What was supposed to be a meeting of mentor (Aaron Rodgers) and student (Matt Flynn) got sidetracked by rookie Russell Wilson.

Seattle will try to pound Marshawn Lynch and give Wilson favorable down and distance situations.  How many yards does Marshawn Lynch get tonight? The Packers would be happy keeping him to 100 yards.

Crabtree out – there goes the special teams secret weapon…

 

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Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

Packers – Bears: It’s going

Long week: We had a very  good week of preparation, from the practices to the meetings today – we’re ready to go.

Self scouting: We made a big improvement from week 1 to week 2.  Special teams has been the best unit over the two games, offense stayed about the same. defensively we made the biggest improvement. 2 games is a small  sample size, so we can’t overreact.  We had an extra padded practice this week – that’s always beneficial.

Crowd noise: Ilook at it as a focus of our football team – it just tightens our focus. Whether it’s silent count, hand signals, whatever we’re doing, we practice it continually. We have a quarterback that won’t get rattled. We’ll handle it.

Concerns about offense:  It’s important for us to improve. Point production is our focus, whether we do it through the run or the pass.

Greg Jennings: Jennings is up – I’m confidant he’ll take a full dose of snaps tonight.

Seattle QB situation: Product of 2 young players competing for the position. Yesterday’s games, watching the NFL, you just don’t know what to expect. That’s the NFL.

Wilson: He’s a very talented young man. Definitely played better in week two, running the ball helped. he did a nice job playing from the pocket. I was impressed with him in week 2.

Marshawn Lynch: We have a lot of respect for Marshawn. being with him at the Pro Bowl, that’s just heightened. He’s the focal point for our defense tionight.

24

September

Packers vs. Seahawks: 3 Not-So-Obvious Things to watch

Packers vs. Seahawks on Monday Night Football

Packers vs. Seahawks on Monday Night Football

We’re going to delve into the not-so-obvious aspects of the Packers – Seahawks matchup and give you some very specific things to look for.

Here are three not-so-obvious things to watch in this game:

 

Breno Giacomini vs. ?

The Packers are quite familiar with Breno Giacomini and his positives and negatives. While his size is a big help in the running game, moving that big body quickly enough is a real problem for Giacomini against speed rushers. I expect Erik Walden to get a lot of snaps over Nick Perry, taking advantage of his speed rushing capabilities. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see the Packers give Clay Matthews a decent number of snaps on Giacomini’s side.  Nick perry will probably get teh snaps in obvious running situations.

Conversely, the Seahawks will certainly be ready for this possibility and have some pass/run options put in for Russel Wilson to call. Given Walden’s issues against the run last year (although he has improved), the Seahawks may see that matchup as a plus for them and try to run right at Walden with the big-bodied Giacomini swallowing him up. That will put the ball in AJ Hawk’s court as the inside linebacker on that side.

It’s destined to become a mini chess match within the bigger Packers defense – Seahawks offense chess match. Keep an eye on how this plays out.

Packers Defensive Backs’ Arms

I can hear you saying, “huh?” What I’m talking about here is the the bane of their existence last season; arm tackling. Although it has been a point of emphasis for the coaches this past camp, and there has been some evidence of improvement in this area, this week is the true test. While Frank Gore and Matt Forte/Michael Bush are hard runners that don’t go down easily, they don’t have the “bounce off” ability that Marshawn Lynch does.  Lynch will give you that dead leg and your block tackle attempt will get nowhere without grabbing that leg with your arms.

And forget about hitting him high without wrapping up. You’ll bounce off  him like you just hit a trampoline. So let’s see if the Packers DBs really get it now. I’m looking at you, Burnett and Shields…