Sunday, February 26, 2006

Quoth Lombardi... 

I think it's also a time for us to stand up and cheer for the doer, the achiever, one who recognizes a problem and does something about it, one who looks for something extra to do for his country--the winner, the leader.

Why Beer Is Better Than Women...

  • Your Beer will always wait patiently in the car while you play ball.
  • You don't have to wine and dine a Beer.
  • A Beer won't get upset if you come home and have another Beer.
  • You can enjoy a Beer all month long.
  • Beer stains wash out.
  • A Beer doesn't get jealous when you grab another Beer.
  • A Beer never has a headache.
  • When you go to a bar, you know you can always pick up a Beer.
  • A Beer will never nag you.
  • If you pour a Beer right, you'll always get good head.
  • A Beer will always goes down easy.
  • You always know if you're the first one to pop a Beer.
  • You can share a Beer with your friends.
  • A Beer never cares what time you come home.
  • A frigid Beer is a good Beer!

  • The Beer Prayer...

    Our Lager, Which Art In Barrels,
    Hallowed Be Thy Drink,
    Thy Will Be Drunk, I Will Be Drunk,
    At Home As I Am In The Tavern.
    Give Us This Day, Our Foamy Head,
    And Forgive Us Our Spillages,
    As We Forgive Those, Who Spill Against Us,
    And Lead Us Not To Incarceration,
    But Deliver Us From Hangovers,
    For Thine Is The Beer,
    The Bitter And The Lager,
    Forever And Ever,

    Two Married Guys...

    Two married buddies are out drinking one night when one turns to the other and says, "You know, I don't know what else to do. Whenever I go home after we've been out drinking, I turn the headlights off before I get to the driveway. I shut off the engine and coast into the garage. I take my shoes off before I go into the house, I sneak up the stairs, I get undressed in the bathroom. I ease into bed and my wife STILL wakes up and yells at me for staying out so late!"

    His buddy looks at him and says, "Well, you're obviously taking the wrong approach. I screech into the driveway, slam the door, storm up the steps, throw my shoes into the closet, jump into bed, rub my hands on my wife's butt and say, 'Lets do it!'

    ...and she's always sound asleep.

    Friday, February 24, 2006

    Pack Wins One, Two... 

    Ironwood Daily Globe
    Monday, Dec 9, 1929

    Albert Lea Evening Tribune
    Monday, Dec 9, 1929

    Ironwood Daily Globe
    Monday, Dec 15, 1930

    ...And Three!

    The Danville Bee
    Monday, Dec 7, 1931

    Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune
    Saturday, Nov 14, 1931

    Port Arthur News
    Monday, Dec 15, 1931

    Van Wert Daily Bulletin
    Monday, Dec 7, 1931

    Thursday, February 23, 2006

    Deer Hunting With Dick... 

    A group of friends went deer hunting and paired off in twos for the day.  That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.

    "Where's Dick?"

    "Dick had a stroke of some kind.  He's a couple of miles back up the trail."

    "You left Dick laying out there and carried the deer back!?"

    "A tough call," nodded the hunter "but I figured that no one is going to steal Dick."

    Cheney's Got A Gun
    Bang Cartoon.

    Monday, February 20, 2006

    Pack Wins Four, Five, Six... 

    Lincoln State Journal
    Monday, Dec 14, 1936

    Stevens Point Daily Journal
    Monday, Dec 11, 1939

    Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune
    Monday, Dec 18, 1944

    Billy the Packer Fan...

    In a school just outside Minneapolis, a first grade teacher explained to her class that she is a Vikings Fan.  She asked her students to raise their hands if they are Vikings fans too.  Not really knowing what a Vikings fan is, but wanting to be liked by their teacher, their hands all fly into the air.  However, there is one exception.  A little boy named Billy has not gone along with the crowd.

    The teacher asks him why he has decided to be different.  "Because I am not a Vikings fan." says Billy.  "Then," asks the teacher, "what are you?"  Billy says "I am a proud Green Bay Packers fan!"

    The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red.  She asks Billy why he is a Packers fan.  "Well, my Mom and Dad are Packers fans so I'm a Packers fan, too," Billy responds.

    The teacher is now angry.  "That's no reason," she says loudly.  "What if your Mom was a moron, and your dad was an idiot?

    Billy smiled and said, "Then I'd be a Vikings Fan."

    Claven's Buffalo Theory on Beer

    The "Claven Theory" offers the best proof that beer actually does make you smarter...  "One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm, and here's how it went:  Well ya see, Norm, it's like this...  A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo.  And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first.  This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

    In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells.  Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells.  But naturally it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first.  In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."

    Sunday, February 19, 2006

    Vince Foils Thief... 

    Daily Northwestern
    Tuesday, Jan 2, 1968

    Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune
    Thursday, Oct 27, 1932

    Manitowoc Herald-Times
    Thursday, Aug 10, 1967

    51 Days... 

    A bartender in Wisconsin is sitting behind the bar on a typical day, when the door bursts open and in come four exuberant Viking fans. They come up to the bar, order five bottles of champagne and ten glasses, take their order over and sit down at a large table. The corks are popped, the glasses are filled and they begin toasting and chanting, "51 days, 51 days, 51 days!" Soon, three more Viking fans arrive, take up their drinks and the chanting grows."51 days, 51 days, 51 days!" Two more Viking fans show up and soon their voices are joined in raising the roof. "51 days, 51 days, 51 days!" Finally, the tenth Viking fan comes in with a picture under his arm. He walks over to the table, sets the picture in the middle and the table erupts.
    Up jumps the others, they begin dancing around the table, exchanging high-fives, all the while chanting "51 days, 51 days, 51 days!" The bartender can't contain his curiosity any longer, so he walks over to the table. There in the center is a beautifully framed children's puzzle of Ragnar, the Vikings Mascot. When the frenzy dies down a little bit, the bartender asks one of the Viking fans, "What's all the chanting and celebration about?" The fan who brought in the picture pipes in, "'Cuz we've never won a SuperBowl, everyone thinks that Viking fans are dumb-asses and they make fun of us. So, we decided to set the record straight. Ten of us got together, bought that puzzle and put it together.


    A man is out shopping and discovers a new brand: "Olympic Condoms." Impressed, he buys a pack.

    Upon arriving home he announces to his wife the purchase he just made. "Olympic condoms?" she blurts. "What makes them so special?"

    "They're in three colors," he replies, "gold, silver, and bronze."

    "What color are you planning on wearing tonight?" she asks cheekily.

    "Why, gold, of course," says the man proudly.

    "Really?" she responds. "Why don't you wear the silver tonight? It'd be nice if you came second for a change."

    Respect For The...

    A man and his friend were enjoying Deer Hunting Season in rural Wisconsin near a blacktop highway.

    A huge buck walked by and the hunter carefully drew his bow and took careful aim.

    Before he could release his arrow, his friend pointed at a funeral procession passing on the road below their stand. The hunter slowly let off the pressure on his bow, took off his hat, bowed his head and closed his eyes in prayer.

    His friend was amazed. "Wow, that is the most thoughtful and touching thing I have ever seen. You are the kindest man I have ever known."

    The hunter shrugged. "Yeah, well, we were married for 35 years."

    You Don't Tug...

    Tom Brady and Brett Favre were standing on the roof of a building drinking a few beers on their break and Brett said, "Hey Tom, did you know that if you jump off this building, after you get down so far, a draft will pull you back inside the building on the third floor?"

    "Get outta here," said Tom.

    "No I'm serious, watch me."

    Brett hopped off the building and sure enough, he was taken in by the draft at the third floor window. He took the elevator back to the top and Tom and a security guard that arrived were standing there, Tom in awe.

    "I can't believe it." Said Tom.

    "I know you should try it Tom."

    So Tom hopped off and plunged into the ground.

    "Superman you're an asshole when you're drunk." said the security guard.

    Saturday, February 18, 2006

    Speak Out Spew Off... 

    Yah Hey Der!!!  I'd had forgotten that the "What'zup" Budweiser Commercial's had spoofed themselves by using our very own beautiful northern midwestern accents, and the funny poem from Paul Gilmartin, Tim the Diehard Packer Fan, our thanks to Das. Wolf for revealing once again these treasures for all of us to enjoy. 

    In regards to "is it me or does espn hate the packers", ESPN isn't any different than all of the rest of the national NFL audience, they're tired of all the Cheesehead Schtick that's beening going on for over 10 years and they all enjoy kicking us over and over when we're already down.  No big deal...

    BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


    My bro from Oshkosh hooked me up with this and I love listening to it. Maybe you will too. Have a good one down there at the Packer Palace.

    Here's the link to the poem and a pretty good vid:

    Das. Wolf

    "Ya Hey Der"
    Budweiser Commericial

    Paul Gilmartin's Epic Poem.
    Tim, The Diehard Packer Fan

    Holy. Moly. Der. That "Ya Hey Der" commericial is C-L-A-S-S-I-C. I haven't laughed out loud like that in a long, long time. Just what I needed in these will-he-won't-he doldrums. Das. Wolf you rock, hey.


    P.S. Lemondrop, good to hear from you. Where you been, den, hey?

    Holy Moly BeerKid, your quoting me made me laugh. (Gees, thanks, I guess.) Its been that kind of year so far, hasn't it? Like waiting for the other shoe to fall wondering what Mr. Brett will do.
    --------------Will He ?--------------
    --------------Won't He ?-------------
    I can hardly read any more media rubbish on the speculations and mind-reading. I just wish the MAN would say something already to us Packer Fans. (I believe WE deserve an answer, if anyone does.)

    ...and The Superbowl was ANYTHING but Super. Can't say as Mick Jagger shoulda tried to look 20-something again. Yikes!

    O' Say Can You Sing the National Anthem? That sounded painful and I hate when they do it any way but the real way. Dr. John? He looks like "Animal" from the Muppet Show. Sorry, but I just feel blah blah blah from the past season. (and think we all do)

    Going to be a long wait till Football, huh BeerKid? Keep up the fun stuff tho, I am always ready for a laugh coming in here. CHEERS to ya sweetie, have a Draft waitin for the Draft on Me.


    is it me or does espn hate the packers


    I want to introduce my as "John Brockington", long time Packer fan. Living in Santa Rosa CA and enjoying the sunshine. I do bleed green & gold.

    This is what we need in the upcoming draft - 1RD Hawk, 2) Calhoune 3) any offense lineman 4) Carpenter if he's around.

    The rest I don't know as of yet. I'm an associate of Ryan Z and Steve Mcqueen. Just wanted to get into this format.


    When do the 2006 shedules come out?


    with 2 jokes from ChilWil:

    The Empty Seat

    A man had 50 yard line tickets for the Super Bowl. As he sits down, a man comes down and asks if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him. "No," he says. "The seat is empty."

    "This is incredible," said the man. "Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Super Bowl, the biggest sporting event in the world, and not use it?"

    The first man says, 'Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first Super Bowl we haven't been to together since we got married ."

    "Oh ... I'm sorry to hear that. That's terrible. But couldn't you find someone else, like a friend or relative, or even a neighbor to take the seat?"

    The man shakes his head. "No. They're all at the funeral."


    Special Valentine

    Little Melissa comes home from first grade and tells her father that they learned about the history of Valentine's Day. "Since Valentine's Day is for a Christian saint, and we're Jewish," she asks, "will God get mad at me for giving someone a valentine?"

    Melissa's father thinks a bit, then says "No, I don't think God would get mad who do you want to give a Valentine to?"

    "Osama Bin Laden," she says.

    "Why Osama Bin Laden," her father asks in shock.

    "Well," she says, "I thought that if a little American Jewish girl could have enough love to give Osama a Valentine, he might start to think that maybe we're not all bad, and maybe start loving people a little bit. And if other kids saw what I did and sent Valentines to Osama, he'd love everyone a lot. And then he'd start going all over the place to tell everyone how much he loved them and how he didn't hate anyone anymore."

    Her father's heart swells and he looks at his daughter with new found pride. "Melissa, that's the most wonderful thing I've ever heard."

    "I know,"Melissa says, "and once that gets him out in the open, then the Marines can shoot the bastard."
    It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.

    Friday, February 10, 2006

    Speak Out Spew Off... 

    Well it's that deadzone time of the year where the last football fix of the season is the Pro Bowl and the next is a long way away when the NFL Draft happens in late April.  Not much happening, so to quote the immortal words of Lemondrop, "whats going on? Its like that movie Groundhogs Day in here. Peek in ..same day Next day - peek in - still same day Spooky Twilight Zone-y kinda thing." we're left trying to determine what we know and what we don't know and if we don't know what we don't know, do we then know what we do know?  Well,

    Things we know:

  • Mike McCarthy has fully assembled his coaching staff for the coming year.

  • Record of Packer Opponets for home games next year is 53-75, for away games it's 62-66.  Of course, the Packers were 4-12 themselves.

  • Samkon Gado has already run in the new zone-blocking scheme the Packers are implementing this year.  It's what Liberty University used.

  • Jim Bates should have demanded a large raise for himself and his staff and stayed in Green Bay.

    Things we don't know:

  • What Brett Favre's decision will be.

  • What GM Ted Thompson's draft day plans are.

  • What GM Ted Thompson's free-agent plans are.

  • Can McCarthy get some immediate wins with the weak schedule, or are we on the 5-year plan.

    BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


    Hey, Regarding next season, has anyone else noticed the exceptionally weak schedule we'll draw? Non-division opponents come from the AFC East and NFC West, probably two of the weakest divisions in football. Nine games against teams 6-10 or worse this season. Even one of our toughest draws, New England, we have at home (not sure if that's an advantage for us any more, but hey). We play Seattle on the road, but, perversely, I feel that's to our advantage, because then we don't waste a home date on probably our most unwinnable game.

    It would be a minor miracle for us ~not~ to win eight games next year, right? And who's to say 10 wins is out of the realm of possibility? Now, if that stands us better than third in our division, I cannot say...

    Jeff in Rochester, Minn. (transplanted Sussex native)


    Think about this if Brett Returns he has a chance to brake all of Marino's records and Elways record for most wins making him the most prolific passer of all times. He also gets 10 million dollars. Those two things weigh heavy on a man even of Favre's moral caliber. Favre will return, the recievers are good, the line is solid, the D- line will improve with mario williams in the draft, the linebacking core needs a playmaker, and the secondary will continue to improve.

    The only real question mark for the Packers is who is going to run the ball? Samkon, Ahman, Najeh, or if Ted Thompson really screws up LendAle White. I say keep Samkon and Najeh. Try to sign Adrian Peterson in the off season. The packers can easily fo 10-6 and atleast send Favre off as a playoff qb.

    Hey BeerKid, I'm impressed with you and your readers' knowledge and info. My concession to J.W.'s answer would be for the Favre farewell tour... and the networks would like that too, I'm sure. Two bad years in a row could affect the mentality of the team for a few years. And you could schedule in some playing time for Rodgers next year. I think the Favre era is done and it's time to build a new core, though. I think they should have came a way with more from it too. The first part of it they suffered from left tackle problems w/Brown, Wahle, Michels and the second half of the Favre era was doomed from drafting Reynolds, failed F/A replacement (name?) the bust from the Saints, and cap/personnel problems resulting from the Reynolds pick. If the Packers could have gotten the Cowboys at Lambeau a few more times, it might have been the Pack dynasty of the 90's instead. Had Reynold's panned out, they might have had enough defense in the last few years to have gotten them to the SB once or twice.

    Draftwise, the SB teams this year seemed to boast linebackers and safeties. A few years ago it seemed to be DEs and corners all the rage. I think Thompson has to pick Mario. It gets much harder to find DE's in later rounds than LB's. I don't think you could loose w/Hawk either and that would give them a nice line of defense if you can pluck another very good LB in round 2... probably dominating. DO NOT PICK THE RB!!! Might be a smoke screen...though at #5, you shouldn't need much of one. Pick one...DE, pick two...LB, pick three...OL(guard), the rest...? NOTE: I thought Hasselback looked just like Favre when he was with Holmgren, except Hasselback wasn't throwing the ball 10 feet over the receivers heads for the first couple series of the game.

    Long live the Pack!!!

    Glad to see the Steelers won. I hope Holmgren goes to three more Superbowls - and loses them all.


    And a joke from ChilWil:

    A woman was arrested for shoplifting. When she went before the judge, he asked her, "What did you steal?"

    She replied, "A can of peaches."

    The judge asked her why she had stolen them and she replied that she was hungry.

    The judge then asked her how many peaches were in the can. She replied, "6."

    The judge then said, "I will give you 6 days in jail."

    Before the judge could actually pronounce the punishment, the woman's husband spoke up, and asked the judge if he could say something.

    He asked, " What is it? "

    The husband said "She also stole a can of peas."
  • A game that requires the constant conjuring of animosity.

    Midwest Explodes Over Lombardi Cartoon...  

    Some pretty funny satire from Iowahawk
      Like a pot of bratwurst left unattended at a Lambeau Field pregame party, simmering tensions in the strife-torn Midwest boiled over once again today as rioting mobs of green-and-gold clad youth and plump farm wives rampaged through Wisconsin Denny’s and IHOPs, burning Texas toast and demanding apologies and extra half-and-half.

    The spark igniting the latest tailgate hibachi of unrest: a Texas newsletter's publication of caricatures of legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi.

    Protestors demonstrated against the images throughout the Badger State yesterday, with violent egging and cow-tipping incidents reported in Oconomowac, Pewaukee, Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Antigo, Oshkosh, Waubeno, Wauwautosa, Waunewoc, Wyocena, Waubeka, and Washawonamowackapeepee.

    But by far the fiercest demonstration took place in Green Bay's Lambeau Shrine parking lot where throngs of Packer faithful burned Texas flags and effigies of Roger Staubach as Lutheran pastors led them in chants of "Those who defame the Vince suck" and "Favre is Great." Many of the frenzied demonstrators were seen ritualistically beating themselves with mozzarella sticks.

    The crowd eventually dispersed, lured away by local supper clubs and the nickel slots of nearby Oneida Bingo Casino, but Pastor Doug Schmidtke of Fond Du Lac's Grand Lutheran Temple threatened continued community unrest "until the infidels of Texas deliver an apology. And the head of Tom Landry in a paper bag."

    Go check out Iowahawk's whole article... Seething Midwest Explodes Over Lombardi Cartoons.

    Just In case you've missed the whole world-wide brouhaha over the Mohammed cartoons that a Danish Newspaper published - See Michelle Malkin for the original 12 cartoons and you'll see how benign they really were and then for a comparison, go check-out The Amazing Retecool's Foto F**k Vrijdag for many new spoof's.  Warning!  The pages take forever to load (even on DSL) and some images may not be worksafe, but most are really good.

    Support The Danes!

    ...and you'll be supporting Free Speech for all of us.

    Monday, February 06, 2006

    Thirsty For A Draft? 

    You can see the consensus is narrowing down to the Packers taking either Mario Williams, the junior defensive end out of North Carolina State or A.J. Hawk the outside linebacker from the Ohio State University.  Either choice would be satisfactory.  One thing interesting is a speculated trade down to #12 to take the DE Mathias Kiwanuka, out of Boston College.  You know General Manager Ted Thompson likes to trade down for more draft picks, last year he added 4 picks on 3 trades, but I'd be careful about dropping down in the 1st round with that #5 pick to maybe go for RB LenDale White.  You take whichever stud is on the board at #5, with the current Packers roster, except for offensive tackles, it will be an automatic upgrade for those positions.  Play it right, Ted...

    You know I just realized that Nick Collins, our current starting Safety, was the 2nd round draft pick from the Mike McKenzie trade to New Orleans back in 2004.  Collins may have been nice return for the Packers on that whole manufactured fiasco, which if you remember included promoting Bob Slowik to D-Coordinator.  It just irks us still to this day that QB J.T. O'Sullivan was part of that trade.  You might have well as just taken a 6th round draft pick instead.

    BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!

    12.  Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College  (projected trade with Cleveland Browns-Packers get picks #12 and #44 and S Sean Jones)

    Akhhorus - Hail Redskins

    5.  Mario Williams DE, NC State  AJ Hawk could get some consideration here, but the Packers could surely use someone to generate some pass rush opposite KGB. Keep in mind that LBs rarely go this high in the draft. Williams' stock might rise high enough to get him in the top 5, as the top DE, especially after D'Brick dominated Boston College's Kiwi during Senior Bowl practices. Williams appears to be the most complete DE in the draft.  Needs: RB, OL, DL, LB, S

    Paul Baitinger - Ask The Commish

    5.  A.J. Hawk, Outside Linebacker, Ohio St.  They would rather have Reggie Bush, and may get him, but the 49'ers have many needs on the defensive side of the ball. A.J. Hawk may be the best defensive player in this draft and is a definite playmaker who is always near the football.

    The Sports Outlaw

    5.  LenDale White, RB USC  Hearing Mike McCarthy talk about what he has planned for this offense, he's got his head set on drafting LenDale White with this pick. He wants to run a smashmouth offense that's quarterback friendly and relies on the run to setup the pass. With Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport hitting the free agent market, and both having durability concerns, expect the Pack to fill the hole at RB with this pick.

    M.L. Brandow - Sports Outlaw

    5.  Mario Williams, DE, North Carolina State  We've flipped flopped on this pick again. A.J. Hawk would be a nice pick for the Packers, but we don't think you can pass up a stud DE like Williams. The Pack has gotten good play out of Aaron Kapman, but he's about as good as he is gonna be. Williams and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila will give the Packers a very intimidating set of defensive ends.

    Huddle Geeks

    5.  A.J. Hawk, OLB, Ohio St  The Packers defense needs upgrades all over. Hawk will pair with Barnett to give them two good linebackers.

    900 Football Links

    5.  Mario Williams, DE, North Carolina State  The Green Bay defense was putrid last year, and the complete lack of pass rush shouldered a large share of the blame. In Williams they are drafting a physical freak with the ability to dominate coming off the edge against any blocker. Super Mario will soon become a fan favorite for the Cheeseheads in Wisconsin.

    DraftX.Com Mock Draft IV

    5.  A.J. Hawk, OLB, Ohio State  The Packers need another playmaker on their defense and someone who can get sideline to sideline to make plays. AJ Hawk fills that role with his great speed and instincts and should work well in the GB system. They need a Force on the defense and with Hawk u get that and more.

    DraftX.Com Mock Draft III

    5.  Mario Williams, DE, North Carolina St  This is the best situation the Packers have in all season. It's a win/win situation. Williams or Hawk. I think there's a bigger need at DE and a pass rushing DE like Williams is harder to find than a great OLB like Hawk.

    37.  Bobby Carpenter, OLB, Ohio St.  The Packers pass on Hawk and end up with his college teammate. Carpenter is big and takes on blocks very well. He's a run stuffing LB and has some pass coverage skills. This will do much to improving GB's run defense which is their most pressing need.

    Jonathan Hull - Fantasy Football Jungle

    5.  “Super” Mario Williams, DE, N. Carolina St.  The Pack sucked just as I predicted and earned themselves the 5th selection and use it wisely on Super Mario.

    37.  D’Qwell Jackson, LB, Maryland 

    Masked Lupagus - Draft Season

    5.  A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State  Almost a flawless prospect. Completely shut down the opposing team’s running game consistently in college. Has amazing athleticism and instincts you wouldn’t believe. A sure-fire impact player for any defense.

    Brian Diez - Lionbacker.Com⊂=2006-mockdraft

    5.  Mario Williams, DE, North Carolina St.  After workouts he should solidfy himself as the top defensive player in the draft.

    Robert Davis - Footballs Future

    5.  AJ Hawk, LB, Ohio State  Best defensive player on the board. Hawk is a beast! Only other possibility is Mario Williams.

    Michael Abromowitz - The Football Expert

    5.  Mario Williams, DE, 6-7,285, N.C. State  The Packers need to generate more pass rush, and this kid has the whole package that you look for in a difference-making defensive end.

    Don Banks - CNNSI

    5.  Mario Williams, DE, NC State  Green Bay is in a rebuilding phase. With Rodgers, Driver and even Gado, who had a nice rookie year, the Pack is ok for offense right now. They need help on defense, and Williams is a monster. Williams and KGB will give opposing quarterbacks nightmare with their pass rush.

    Brett Martinez - NFL Draft Blitz

    5.  Mario Williams, DE, NC State  Green Bay's defense remains a big problem, and whoever takes over for the recently departed Mike Sherman will want to address the D immediately. Williams is a tenacious D lineman with phenomenal athleticism for his 6-5, 280-lbs size. He’s coming off a Junior campaign in which he led the ACC in sacks.

    NFL Report.Com

    5.  Mario Williams, DE, North Carolina State  It was a very disappointing season for the Cheeseheads due in large part to injuries and free agent defections but things could be looking up, especially if they are able to add an impact player like Mario Williams to their roster. The Green Bay defense actually overachieved in 2005 and did much better than they probably should have with the talent they had to work with but you don't win the Kentucky Derby riding a donkey and this team simply doesn't have the horses on defense that they need to compete. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila is solid on one side but Aaron Kampman is a free agent and he is only average at best so to bring in a potential star like Mario Williams would make a lot of sense. Physically Williams has everything you look for in a premier defensive end and he might very well be the best prospect to come along at the position since Julius Peppers. He is still a little inconsistent but when his motor is running he can be unblockable and a true difference maker on the defensive side of the ball. Their other major concern is linebacker, where they could be looking for two new starters outside so it could prove awfully tempting to bring in a guy like A.J. Hawk to take over one spot and become the leader of that young defense. In the end Williams is the top talent left on the board and they simply can't pass on an elite prospect who one day could rank amongst the best pro players at his position.

    36.  Thomas Howard, LB, UTEP  This team might be looking for two new outside linebackers so this is a great fit for them.

    Scott Wright - NFL Draft Countdown

    5.  Mario Williams, DE, NC State  The 2005 season couldn't of ended quick enough for Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. It seems that Brett has retired as a Packer, which means we will get to see how good Aaron Rodgers is next season. The packers need help on their defensive line and Williams can provide the ferocity that they have been lacking since Reggie White was there.

    Mike Neubauer

    5.  LenDale White, RB, USC  It's already leaked that the Packers have a "man crush" on White, and probably for good reason. He along with a healthy Ahman Green, would be a great tandem.

    Curtis Popejoy - DraftBoardInsider.Com

    5.  Mario Williams, DE, NC State  With both DE Aaron Kampman and DT Grady Jackson UFA's the Pack need to bolster an otherwise lackluster d-line. Williams (6-6, 280) is a fearsome pass rusher with outstanding size and speed. He'll need some fine-tuning at the pro level, but has all the skills to be a dominating player.

    Eagles Draft.Com

    5.  A.J. Hawk, OLB, Ohio State  A.J. Hawk shows a great display of being a physical specimen on the field, he is 6'1" 240lbs and his closing speed is so outrageously fast it's scary. He is the solid number one linebacker in this draft, and will take a lot to unseat him. The Packers have struggled on defense this past year, especially at with the linebacking corps, Na'll Diggs had a terrible year, but aside from that fact the Packers could really use a defensive end also, it's neck and neck with Hawk and Mario Williams for this pick.

    37.  Darnell Bing, SS, Southern Cal

    69.  Mark Anderson, DE, Alabama

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    Sunday, February 05, 2006

    Hey BeerKid... 

    I just wanted to reply to that guy that said that new coaches with new coordinators means that Favre needs to come back at least 2 years, and that the Packers don't have a chance to make the playoffs or challenge for the Super Bowl.  Favre could come back one more year, and the Packers could challenge for the title.

    The changing of head coaches and coordinators has actually led teams to the Super Bowl.  Super Bowl 5, 12, 20, 24, and 37 are examples of this (oh yeah both teams in Super Bowl 37 changed head coaches).  Some of those coaches names were Jon Gruden, Bill Callahan, George Seifert, and Dan McCafferty (replaced Don Shula in Baltimore).  Since the Super Bowl Era began there has been 47 first year coaches out of 243 changes to win 10 plus games or lead their new team to the playoffs.  And remember the NFL only had a 14 game schedule until the 1978 season, and there was 2 strikes (1982 and 1987).

    Yes I know that 243 changes are a lot, but remember their is 32 teams, and some have idiot owners, like Daniel Snyder in Washington that changes his head coaches as often as his underwear.  Don't count the Packers out for next season quite yet.

    J.W. - Oak Creek, WI

    Hey J.W.,

    Here's a list of the Packers 1st year head coaches records in the NFL for you:
      Mike Sherman
    Ray Rhodes
    Mike Holmgren
    Lindy Infante
    Forrest Gregg
    Bart Starr
    Dan Devine
    Phil Bengston
    Vince Lombardi
    Ray Mclean
    Lisle Blackbourn
    Gene Ronzani
    Curly Lambeau

    Notice there's no playoff appearances on that list.  Vince Lombardi's 1st year still stands out as the best.  It's going to take 10 wins for the Packers to make the playoffs next year and that would be a new team high for wins by a rookie coach.  If Mike McCarthy can pull that off it will turn out to be an even better 1st year than Lombardi's.  A small mountain for McCarthy and the Packers to climb but hey, I'm expecting it from the new Coach, that's why Brett has to come back, our chances improve tremendously with him playing QB for the team. 

    BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!

    * Curly Lambeau was 10-1 in 1919 the Packers 1st official season as a club team before joining the NFL in 1921

    Saturday, February 04, 2006

    Speak Out Spew Off... 

    Like the kid at the end of one of those famous old westerns watching his hero ride off into the sunset, we're left uttering the words "Brett Come Back" as we look forward to upcoming Packers Football Season.  He's currently the best talent at QB the Packers have, you have to convince him to come back.  Put some players around him who can stay healthy, get some defensive studs that can actual stop an opposing team on 3rd and long, and the Packers can have legitimate chance at taking the NFC North or catching one of those 2 wildcard positions.  Look at what the Bears did this year with a great defense and non-existant offense, they won the division rather handily.  So why not the Packers next year? 

    On to the Super Bowl XL that dominates tomorrow's activities.  Steelers, Steelers, Steelers.  That's all we heard for a week and a half, now late in the pre-game coverage everyone's going with the Seahawks, Seahawks, Seahawks, Squawk!  We'll stick with what we heard last week in an interview on the radio with former Seattle Seahawk, current Cleveland Brown QB Trent Dilfer had to say about the game.  The Seahawks offensive line is built and designed to deal with defenses like the Steelers.  The outside tackles don't need much help blocking any teams DE's, and that even with the Steeler's scheming and stunting, the Seahawks line will be OK.  He also mentioned how Matt Hassleback is one of the smartest QB's in the league and he'll figure out ways to beat the Steelers defense.  So with the ulimate knowledge of Trent Dilfer, we're going with the Seahawks to somehow get past the Steelers in a Super Bowl game that should go down as one of the largest games in recent SB history.  Seahawks 33, Steelers 29.  Of course we've been wrong before... many times in fact.

    BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


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    Soused in EC

    B.J. Sander is definitely gone.  News item from JS Online. Canadian punter Jon Ryan signed.

    "The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Ryan joins Sander, recently signed free agent Ryan Dutton and Ryan Flinn as the punters the Packers will evaluate before training camp. "

    We see a little bit more of the closely guarded secret that is Ted Thompson: If you ain't named Ryan, you can't punt in Green Bay!

    All the best,

    Les E. - Janesville, Wi

    Good morning Beer Kid, I thought this picture was a riot! Enjoy the Super Bowl.

    Green and Gold Forever,


    Here's my take on the Favre thing whether anyone wants to read it or even likes it. You have a new head coach w/new coordinators on O and D. Even though they will be running similar systems as before, you can't expect the Packers to put in a new staff and go win the SB next year. So obviously, Favre would need to commit for two years minimum(as I'm getting really tired of the retirement question every fucking year). Then look at the teams playing in the SB this week, the Packers would need a couple "very good" drafts/FA's to play with them!!! Then you can't afford any major injuries the second year, to make your run. If it fails(draft, injuries, or coaching), then you'll have to start over w/a rookie QB in 3 years and spend a couple getting him broke in. That's looking at 4 which point they'd probably turn over the coaching staff and GM. It's been 10 years since the last could drag out much farther. I think you get the growing pains with the new coaching staff done at the same time as the QB. Favre is a mediocre QB now and probably has half the legacy w/o the Cal Ripken thing....sure, Favre will give you a couple more good years...better than a rook, but I'm afraid everyone is starting to settle for (9-7,8-8) seasons as successful. It's SUPER BOWLS people......that's what is remembered.....that's what they look at..........that's what Green Bay began!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Long live the Pack!!!

    Some of you people are fat.  You're fat in the head and fat in the body.  That $25,000 you all made for winning the Super Bowl made you all fatheaded.
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