aimlessme:

I’m loving today’s Wisconsin State Journal sports section

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ziver:

From NFL AM, Top 5 Packers moments from the 2013 season. (sorry for cell phone quality)

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HOW THE PACKERS GOT THEIR NAME, LOGOS & UNIFORMS:

Curly Lambeau, the team’s founder, solicited funds for uniforms from his employer, the Indian Packing Company. He was given $500 for uniforms and equipment, on condition that the team be named for its sponsor (a similar event would occur the following year with the Decatur Staleys, who later became the Chicago Bears). An early newspaper article referred to the new Green Bay team as “the Indians” but by the time they played their first game they had adopted the name “Packers.”

In 1920, the Indian Packing Company was purchased by the Acme Packing Company. Acme continued its support of Lambeau’s team, and in its first season in the NFL the team wore jerseys with the words “ACME PACKERS” emblazoned on the chest.

Lambeau, who had attended the University of Notre Dame, borrowed the team’s colors of navy blue and gold from the Irish, much as George Halas borrowed team colors from his alma mater Illinois for the Chicago Bears. And like the Irish in the 1930s and 1940s, the Packers sometimes used green and gold before returning to the traditional blue and gold.

In the early days, the Packers were often referred to as the “Bays” or the “Blues” (and even occasionally as “the Big Bay Blues”). These never were official nicknames, although Lambeau did consider replacing “Packers” with “Blues” in the 1920s.

By 1950, the Packers changed their colors to hunter green and gold. Navy blue was kept as a secondary color, seen primarily on sideline capes, but it was quietly dropped from the team colors list on all official materials shortly thereafter. The color scheme yields the common Packer nickname, “The Green and Gold”. In 1994, the NFL’s 75th anniversary season, the team participated in the league-wide use of “throwback” jerseys. The Packers would wear them again for two Thanksgiving Day games against the Detroit Lions: in 2001, throwback uniforms as worn in the 1930s; in 2003, uniforms from the 1960s (which were only slightly different from the current uniforms). In 1951, the team finally stopped wearing leather helmets, adopting the metallic gold helmet it has used ever since.

The Green Bay Packers in their throwback navy blue uniforms in 2010.

The team’s current uniform—forest green or white jerseys and metallic gold pants—was adopted soon after Vince Lombardi arrived in 1959. The oval “G” logo which stands for the “G” in Green Bay was added to the helmets in 1961. Lombardi asked Packers equipment manager Gerald “Dad” Braisher to design a logo for the team’s helmets. Braisher then had his assistant, St. Norbert College art student John Gordon, come up with potential designs. After Braisher and Gordon were satisfied with the design, a football-shaped letter “G”, they presented it to Lombardi who then approved it Tiki Barber falsely reported it to stand for “greatness” without a reliable source to back up his claims. Other reputable media outlets then published similar stories using Barber’s false claim as a source. The Packers’ Assistant Director of PR and Corporate Communications had the following to say: “There’s nothing in our history that suggests there’s any truth to this. The Packers Hall of Fame archivist said the same thing.”. The team used a number of different logos prior to 1961, but the “G” is the only logo that has ever appeared on the helmet. The Packers hold the trademark on the “G” logo, and have granted limited permission to other organizations to utilize a similar logo, such as the University of Georgia and Grambling State University. Adopted in 1964, the Georgia “G”, though different in design and color, was similar to the Packers’ “G”. Then-Georgia head coach Vince Dooley thought it best to clear the use of Georgia’s new emblem with the Packers.

While several NFL teams choose to wear white jerseys at home early in the season due to white’s ability to reflect the late summer sunrays, the Packers have done so only twice, during the opening two games of the 1989 season. Although alternate gold jerseys with green numbers are sold on a retail basis, the team currently has no plans to introduce such a jersey to be used in actual games.

During the 2010 season, the Packers paid tribute to their historical brethren with a third jersey modeled after that worn by the club in 1929, during its first world championship season. The jersey was navy blue, again making the Packers “the Blues.”

Upon the NFL’s switch of uniform suppliers in 2012 to Nike from Reebok, the Packers refused any changes to their uniform in any way outside of the required supplier’s logo and new league uniform logos, declining all of Nike’s “Elite 51” enhancements, including retaining the traditional striped collar of the jersey rather than Nike’s new collar design. 

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1967

PACKERS WIN BACK TO BACK SUPER BOWLS AFTER CRUSHING THE RAIDERS IN SUPER BOWL II 33-14, LOMBARDI STEPS DOWN AS HEAD COACH AFTER THE VICTORY:

1967 marked Vince Lombardi’s final triumph. The Packers team was visibly aging, and they finished 9-4-1. However, they still proved all-but-invincible at home as they beat the 11-1-2 Los Angeles Rams 28-7 in Milwaukee to again contest theleague championship with Dallas. This game at Lambeau Field became known as the "Ice Bowl" due to the frigid weather conditions. But once again, Green Bay prevailed with a score of 21-17. They now had to face the AFL champions (this time the Oakland Raiders) in Miami’s Orange Bowl. By this point, Lombardi and the team were much more confident of victory as they easily beat Oakland 33-14. Again, Starr was named the Super Bowl MVP.

After the game was over, Vince Lombardi announced that he was stepping down as head coach, although he would retain the title of general manager. Phil Bengtson took his place.

The Second AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professionalfootball, known as Super Bowl II, was played on January 14, 1968 at the Orange Bowl in MiamiFlorida. The National Football League (NFL) champion Green Bay Packers defeated the American Football League(AFL) champion Oakland Raiders by the score of 33–14.

Coming into this game, like during the first Super Bowl, many sports writers and fans believed that any team in the NFL was vastly superior to any club in the AFL. The Packers, the defending Super Bowl I champions, posted a 9–4–1 record during the 1967 NFL season before defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 21–17, in the 1967 NFL Championship Game (also popularly known as the Ice Bowl). The Raiders finished the1967 AFL season at 13–1, and defeated the Houston Oilers, 40–7, in the 1967 AFL Championship Game.

As expected, Green Bay dominated Oakland throughout most of Super Bowl II. The Raiders could only score two touchdown passes from quarterback Daryle Lamonica. Meanwhile, Packers kicker Don Chandler made four field goals, including three in the first half, while defensive back Herb Adderley had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown. Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr was named the Super Bowl MVP for the second time for his 13 of 24 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown.

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1966

PACKERS GO 12-2 & CRUISE TO THE SUPER BOWL, CRUSH THE CHIEFS 35-10 TO WIN THE FIRST SUPER BOWL IN NFL HISTORY:

1966 would prove one of the most important years ever for both the Packers and the NFL as a whole. In 1959, Lamar Hunt and several others, frustrated at the league’s lack of interest in expansion, began a rival organization, the American Football League. The AFL was initially laughed at by the NFL, but by 1965 were a serious competitor and began engaging in bidding wars for top college players. This culminated in the New York Jets offering Alabama QB Joe Namath a then unheard of $400,000 contract. During the spring of 1966, NFL and AFL heads met and agreed to an eventual merger into one big league, but only when the latter was deemed up to parity. Until then, the champions of both leagues would meet on a neutral site in January to determine the ultimate champion.

The Packers meanwhile had one of the finest seasons in franchise history, finishing 12-2 and with Bart Starr being named league MVP. They met the Eastern Conference winner Dallas Cowboys in the Cotton Bowl for the NFL championship. This celebrated game saw the Packers win 34-27. The Packers went on to defeat the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in Super Bowl I at the LA Coliseum. Bart Starr was named the game’s MVP.

The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professiona lfootball, later known as Super Bowl I and referred to in some contemporary reports as the Supergame, was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles,California. The National Football League (NFL) champion Green Bay Packers defeated the American Football League (AFL) championKansas City Chiefs by the score of 35–10.

Coming into this game, considerable animosity remained between the AFL and NFL, thus the teams representing the two rival leagues (Kansas City and Green Bay, respectively) felt pressure to win. The Chiefs posted an 11–2–1 record during the 1966 AFL season, and defeated the Buffalo Bills, 31–7, in 1966 AFL Championship Game. The Packers finished the 1966 NFL season at 12–2, and defeated theDallas Cowboys, 34–27, in the 1966 NFL Championship Game. Still, many sports writers and fans believed any team in the older NFL was vastly superior to any club in the upstart AFL, so expected Green Bay would blow out Kansas City.

The first half of Super Bowl I was competitive, as the Chiefs out-gained the Packers in total yards, 181–164, to come within 14–10 at halftime. But Green Bay safety Willie Wood's 50-yard interception return early in the third quarter sparked the Packers to score 21 unanswered points in the second half. Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr, who completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, with 1 interception, was named Super Bowl MVP.

It is the only Super Bowl to have been simulcast in the United States by two networks: NBC had the rights to nationally televise AFL games, while CBS held the rights to broadcast NFL games; both networks were allowed to televise the game. The first Super Bowl’s entertainment largely consisted of college bands, instead of featuring popular singers and musicians as in more recent Super Bowls.

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1941-1944

PACKERS BEAT GIANTS IN THE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TO TAKE HOME THEIR SIXTH TITLE:

1941
  • Packers tie Bears for Western Division title, fall to Bears in Chicago playoff, 33-14 (Dec. 14).

1944

  • Ted Fritsch scores both touchdowns, Packers beat Giants 14-7 at New York’s Polo Grounds for sixth NFL title (Dec. 17).
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1930-1931

PACKERS WIN BACK TO BACK CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 1930 & 1931:

1930
  • Packers win second straight NFL title (10-3-1).
1931
  • Packers capture third consecutive NFL championship, extending unbeaten streak to 22 games, finish 12-2-0.
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1936-1939

PACKERS BEAT REDSKINS IN 1936 & GIANTS IN 1939 IN THE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME & ADD 2 MORE CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THE FRANCHISE:

About this time (1935), a rather slight, lanky end by the name of Don Hutson came to the club. He actually signed two contracts, with Green Bay and the Brooklyn Dodgers. But commissioner Joe Carr awarded Hutson to the Packers, because Green Bay’s postmark was earlier.

From his first game on, Hutson became the terror of the league and the secret of Green Bay’s next three championships. His arrival and corresponding attendance increases allowed the team to buy itself out of receivership in 1935. With Herber and Cecil Isbell passing and Hutson catching anything they threw at him, despite any kind of a stop-Hutson defense, Green Bay won championships in 1936, 1939, and 1944.

1936
  • Packers make Russ Letlow, University of San Francisco guard, their No. 1 choice in first NFL Draft (Feb. 8).
  • Packers win fourth NFL championship, first under playoff system. Post 11-1-1 record, defeating Boston Redskins for title in New York’s Polo Grounds, 21-6, after George Preston Marshall moves game (Dec. 13).
1938
  • Packers win Western Division championship, lose to Giants in NFL title game at New York, 23-17 (Dec. 11).
1939
  • Packers repeat for Western Division title, rout Giants in title game at Milwaukee, 27-0 (Dec. 10).

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The Green Bay Packers today announced the schedule for 2014 Packers Training Camp, Presented by Bellin Health. As in the past, practices are scheduled to take place at Ray Nitschke Field and Packers Family Night will be at Lambeau Field.
With a theme of “Back to Football,” training camp kicks off with an 8:20 a.m. practice on Saturday, July 26. After the opening session, morning practices beginning at 8:20 a.m. are also scheduled for July 27, 28, 30, 31 and Aug. 1.
The Packers will hold Family Night at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Aug. 2. The following week the team will have three open practices (5:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, 12 p.m. on Aug. 5, 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 6) on Nitschke Field prior to the preseason opener at Tennessee on Aug. 9.
Following the preseason contest against the Titans, Green Bay will hold two open practices, 12 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 13, before heading into the preseason contest at St. Louis on Aug. 16.
The Packers will have three practices (12 p.m. on Aug. 18, 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 19, 10:15 a.m. on August 21) leading into the preseason home opener vs. Oakland on Aug. 22. The team will wrap up training camp with an 11:45 a.m. practice on Aug. 25 and a 10:15 a.m. practice on Aug. 27 before the preseason finale vs. Kansas City on Aug. 28.
Should inclement weather or any other factor force the team indoors, practices will be closed to the public due to space limitations inside the Don Hutson Center. Please also note that all practice dates and times are subject to change.
The annual Packers Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, is scheduled for Saturday evening, Aug. 2, at Lambeau Field. The event will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. The format for this year’s event has been changed from a scrimmage to a full practice to accomplish the team’s preparation goals for the regular season. The event will include 11-on-11 sessions that will feature full contact. The evening activities get underway in the stadium at 5:30 p.m., followed by on-field warm-ups at 6:25 p.m., introductions at 7:30 p.m. and the practice at 7:45 p.m.
The team’s two home preseason games, also presented by Bellin Health, are slated for Aug. 22, vs. Oakland, and Aug. 28, vs. Kansas City. The Packers’ two road preseason contests are at Tennessee, Aug. 9, and at St. Louis, Aug. 16.
Important dates on the preseason calendar include:

Friday, July 25 – Players report


Friday, July 25 – Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s season-opening press conference, 10 a.m.


Friday, July 25 – Packers 1K Kids Run, 6 p.m.; Movie Night at Lambeau Field featuring “Despicable Me 2,” 7 p.m.


Saturday, July 26 – First practice, 8:20 a.m., Ray Nitschke Field


Saturday, July 26 – Packers 5K Run at Lambeau Field, 6:30 p.m.


Saturday, Aug. 2 – Family Night, Lambeau Field


Wednesday, Aug. 27 – Last practice open to public, 10:15 a.m., Ray Nitschke Field

According to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and a 2010 study by AECOM, training camp, along with Packers Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, will attract approximately 90,000 visitors from across the nation and as many as 20 foreign countries. With an economic total impact estimated at approximately $9 million, training camp is a financial boost to many area businesses.
This marks Green Bay’s 69th training camp, a tradition that began in 1946 under Curly Lambeau. One of the most intimate preseason settings in the NFL, Packers training camp is unique in several respects. Players have been riding kids’ bicycles to practice since the Vince Lombardi era, and the team has lived in the dorm rooms at nearby St. Norbert College since 1958, the league’s longest training-camp relationship between a team and school.

The Green Bay Packers today announced the schedule for 2014 Packers Training Camp, Presented by Bellin Health. As in the past, practices are scheduled to take place at Ray Nitschke Field and Packers Family Night will be at Lambeau Field.

With a theme of “Back to Football,” training camp kicks off with an 8:20 a.m. practice on Saturday, July 26. After the opening session, morning practices beginning at 8:20 a.m. are also scheduled for July 27, 28, 30, 31 and Aug. 1.

The Packers will hold Family Night at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Aug. 2. The following week the team will have three open practices (5:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, 12 p.m. on Aug. 5, 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 6) on Nitschke Field prior to the preseason opener at Tennessee on Aug. 9.

Following the preseason contest against the Titans, Green Bay will hold two open practices, 12 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 13, before heading into the preseason contest at St. Louis on Aug. 16.

The Packers will have three practices (12 p.m. on Aug. 18, 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 19, 10:15 a.m. on August 21) leading into the preseason home opener vs. Oakland on Aug. 22. The team will wrap up training camp with an 11:45 a.m. practice on Aug. 25 and a 10:15 a.m. practice on Aug. 27 before the preseason finale vs. Kansas City on Aug. 28.

Should inclement weather or any other factor force the team indoors, practices will be closed to the public due to space limitations inside the Don Hutson Center. Please also note that all practice dates and times are subject to change.

The annual Packers Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, is scheduled for Saturday evening, Aug. 2, at Lambeau Field. The event will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. The format for this year’s event has been changed from a scrimmage to a full practice to accomplish the team’s preparation goals for the regular season. The event will include 11-on-11 sessions that will feature full contact. The evening activities get underway in the stadium at 5:30 p.m., followed by on-field warm-ups at 6:25 p.m., introductions at 7:30 p.m. and the practice at 7:45 p.m.

The team’s two home preseason games, also presented by Bellin Health, are slated for Aug. 22, vs. Oakland, and Aug. 28, vs. Kansas City. The Packers’ two road preseason contests are at Tennessee, Aug. 9, and at St. Louis, Aug. 16.

Important dates on the preseason calendar include:

According to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and a 2010 study by AECOM, training camp, along with Packers Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, will attract approximately 90,000 visitors from across the nation and as many as 20 foreign countries. With an economic total impact estimated at approximately $9 million, training camp is a financial boost to many area businesses.

This marks Green Bay’s 69th training camp, a tradition that began in 1946 under Curly Lambeau. One of the most intimate preseason settings in the NFL, Packers training camp is unique in several respects. Players have been riding kids’ bicycles to practice since the Vince Lombardi era, and the team has lived in the dorm rooms at nearby St. Norbert College since 1958, the league’s longest training-camp relationship between a team and school.

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Jun 19, 2014 with 10 notes — via jbhirschhorn
#Johnathan Franklin #so sad #but health as always comes first #good luck in your future endeavors Johnathan!