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July

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

Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football

Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football

Do you ever wonder if the marketing machines behind professional sports franchises make fans stupid? Or are professional sports fans already stupid, and the marketing machines give fans exactly what they’re asking for?

I was thinking about this while covering the Yankees beating the Twins (yet again) earlier this week at Target Field. Between almost every pitch, the Twins blasted some type of music over the stadium sound system or tried to entice a chant out of fans by playing some other type of sound effect. During every between-inning break, something silly like kiss-cam or a dance-off party played on the stadium video board.

It’s like the Twins didn’t think their fans had the mental capacity or attention span to pay money to attend a baseball game and actually, you know, watch the baseball game. Part of the beauty of baseball is the downtime between pitches and breaks between innings. You can follow and enjoy baseball while still chatting with friends or explaining the game to your 10-year-old son or daughter.

It’s hard to do any of that with yet another T-shirt toss (shiny objects!) going on or a song (wow, noise!) playing that tries to coax the audience into participating in some sort of generic sing-a-long.

I’m picking on the Twins, but the Packers haven’t been much better in this area the last couple of seasons. I haven’t been going to Packers games for very long, but even from when I first started (2007) to now, I’ve noticed a drastic change.

During the playoff win over the Vikings last season, I don’t think 10 seconds went by without the Lambeau PA announcer screaming at fans to get loud, or some type of gimmicky chant/song was played over the sound system to entice people to do…something, I guess.

It shouldn’t be this way. There are plenty of sports fans who are fans of the actual sport and the game being played on the field…right? Or am I naive and out of touch? Do the fans who attend today’s sporting events — even Packers fans — need all of these silly bells and whistles that have nothing to do with the actual game to keep them entertained?

10

April

NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Desmond Trufant, CB Washington

Desmond Trufant

Washington CB Desmond Trufant

Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: CB Desmond Trufant

Player Information:

Desmond Trufant, CB Washington
6-0, 190 pounds
Hometown: Tacoma, WA

STATS

NFL Combine:

40 time: 4.38
20-yard shuttle: 3.85

News and Notes:

Brother of NFL defensive backs Marcus and Isaiah. … Started 45 straight games before missing a game against Colorado this season. … All-Pac-12 first-team honors in 2012 after getting one interception, breaking up eight passes, forcing a fumble and blocking a kick. … Impressed scouts and turned heads at the Senior Bowl, likely vaulting himself into the first round. … Technique could use some work. … Some questions on his long foot speed. … Can play both man and zone coverage.

 What they’re saying about him:

  • RantSports.com: “Give him a few years to gain some experience and there’s a good chance Trufant may turn out to be one of the biggest steals of the 2013 NFL Draft–especially if he manages to work on his speed. It’s always beneficial when a cornerback can make an impact during his rookie season and it will be interesting to see how well Trufant makes the transition to the NFL after an impressive career at Washington.
  • NFL.com: ”The brother of NFL cornerbacks Marcus and Isaiah flashes playmaking ability and very good foot quickness, but must play stronger, smarter, and avoid technique breakdowns to be considered a sure-fire NFL starter. His skillset will still likely see him as a Day 2 selection.”

Video:

Video Analysis:

  • Good in tight spaces. Has the size to not not get overpowered by bigger WRs.
  • Willing tackler. Has a tendency to dive uncontrollably at the ballcarrier’s feet. Could use some work on technique.
  • Downfield speed looked good to me on the play at the 2:55 point of the video.
  • Gets off a block and helps bring the ballcarrier down nicely at 3:30 of the video.
  • Would have liked to see a few more plays with Trufant in press coverage.
  • Other team’s better watch this kid coming from the edge on field goals and extra point attempts.

If drafted by the Packers:

We’ve been waiting for Tramon Williams to play like he did in 2010 for the last two seasons. Now Williams is 30. How many 30-year-old corners get better instead of worse? Not many.

10

December

A Non-Packers Fan Guide To The Stock Sale

It took just 2 days for the Packers to sell 185,000 shares of stock, over 75% of the initial offering that was supposed to last until February.  That’s 48 hours, $43 million dollars total or over $1,500 dollars donated every minute.

The media (maybe most notably Bill Johnson of Green and Gold Today) and fans (even some Packers fans it appears), have been taken to ridiculing the idiots who have decided to buy a stock that offers little in terms of power within the Packers organization, does not constitute a stock in the traditional sense of the word (as stated on the website), and can only be resold to the Packers for 2.5 cents, which is a 100 fold loss.   Some have called the sale disingenuous (or greedy as Jason Wilde put it) since the Packers aren’t in dire economic troubles.

I think the biggest misconception that people outside of the Packers faithful (and even some Packers faithful) is that this is indeed a stock (which let’s be honest it really isn’t) So I’ve put this list together for all of you to why buying Packers stock isn’t a stupid idea.

  1. Think of it as a souvenir: Buying stock is really no different than buying a cheesehead at the proshop or any other NFL merchandise for that matter.  If you think about it, what are you really doing when you buy a NFL baseball cap?  You are paying (at a gross markup) for a product (that will look completely different next year) that in turn the team will use for to maintain its finances.  Presumably, the team will use the profit from that baseball cap to pay its coaches, players and administrators, promote the team and fund development/redevelopment of stadiums.  Packers stock is no different aside from the fact that all the profit taken from the stock sale will be directed specifically to redevelopment of Lambeau Field.  I know tons of Packers fans just want the stock so they can frame it and stick up on a wall somewhere.