Saturday, July 29, 2006

Speak Out Spew Off... 

All Green Bay Packer rookies are signed and in camp as 1st round pick A.J. Hawk signs a 6 year 37 million dollar contract the other day.  It appears that all veterans have reported, as Al Harris and Charles Woodson finally show up in Green Bay.  Woodson in apparent deferrence to Harris, and Harris because he isn't going to put in any kind of off-season effort until his contract get upgraded.  The Packers defense looks great on paper!  We have some untested holes in the middle of the O-Line, a new scheme for the running game, which leads to a new philosophy for the offensive game plan.  Run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, if even for only 2 yards.  It was the game plan of the 1996 superbowl season.  Ball control offense.  It remains to be seen if the Packers can pull that off this year, but it's what new coach Mike McCarthy wants and expects.

But back to the defense: Chris Havel - Bates 'starting to miss it'

The first thought that jumps out at me is if that former defensive coach Jim Bates is starting to miss it, the Packers should be bringing him back in as a consultant for current defensive coordinator Bob Sanders.  Let's put Bates and his energy back on the practice field during training camp this year.  Sounds like a win-win situation to me. 

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!

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BeerKid, With the start of camp today, I have nothing but unbridled enthusiasm. The smell of the green and gold is swarming over every inch of this state. I was going to bed last night, I was thinking of how they are going to make it over .500. And before I could get it out of my mouth, the announcement of Mark Roman being released was uttered. I thought, that must be the beacon of light from the Lord Vince. It was a sure sign if VL looking out for us in the mighty land of cheese. Then I really started putting things together, and realized that this team could be 10-6 or 11-5 not just 9-7. With two rookie guards and a second year center things could look mighty bleak. Before you start thinking of Brett impersonating Lynn Dickey, think about that new line scheme. It is very basic, block the guy in the play side gap, then release to the LB on the RB cut. You can teach a 12 year old to do that. Pass blocking will be fine these two rooks are Ross Verba type guys, yet they have some talent. Mean and feisty with quick hands and feet. By using your weakness as a strength, you allow the bigger lineman to make a move and guide him out of harms way. If the bull rush comes, fall down chew some toes and make a mess. They will be fine, I just hope that our skill players can have big and healthy years. Speaking of healthy, if Davenport can change his tampon more he could be an unbelievable back in this offense. Scary seeing a 250 lb back running down hill at a 185 corner…..

Defensively, I have goose bumps. With Hawk, you have Nicky and this Ben guy. I will say this, the LB’s will be different once the season starts and this is how it will go:

Hawk- WLB
Hodge- MLB
Barnett- SLB

Barnett may hate it, but he will see that he can run and make plays with out being confined. Hodge is the steal of the draft, he is an absolute animal. With Pickett and the rest of the fat guys, KGB and whoever else is on the other side on passing downs this front seven will represent one of the best since 97. And, KGB is the oldest at 27. That says the future is coming, and it won’t be with number 4. Woodsen and Harris sticking the corners, and Collins and Marques handling the Safeties, shutting down passing games will be an easier task. Expect a lot of 17-3 and 10-6 games because the offense will struggle, but that defense is going to get better with every snap. Right now, with out a coin flip they are a Top 10 Defense. With a shitty division and a little luck, this is going to be a better year than anyone of those piece of shit “experts” thought. GREEN AND GOLD 4 EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Oly 74
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well its camp time, I can't wait for pre-season let alone the season. I missing it, if I could say this about Al Harris mate you sign the deal work hard like Driver and you get your pay raise. two weeks tonight knock the Bears back and watching the Pack

what more could a man ask for?
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A man can be as great as he wants to be.  If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Speak Out Spew Off... 

Seeing that the Green Bay Packers don't have a mascot we can vote for so I guess that leaves us doing the next best Wisconsin thing, so go "Vote For Bucky!" over at the Mascot Hall Of Fame, currently our favorite Badger Mascot is leading the college rankings by a 100 thousand votes, but he's well over a 2 million votes behind the professional mascot leaders.  Thanks to Gwyn for supplying the link.

More power to Windy City Packer Fan for struttin' around Chi-town in his Green n Gold.  The Bears do suck.  He's right about Bears QB Rex Grossman not having completed a single year without missing a significant amount of games.  Their locker room chemistry is starting to take a beating with Drew Rosenhaus now in the center of things.  The dude's touch is poison, but he gets his players out and on to new teams, while scorching everything within reach.  So expect LB Lance Briggs and RB Thomas Jones to move on eventually.

The NFC North is a weak division this year.  Anyone of the 4 teams certainly could step up and play their way to the division crown.  But will that be a 12-4 team (the Packers for instance) or an 8-8 team (still the Packers). 

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!

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I was born and raised in Wisconsin. In fact, my parents honeymoon was interrupted by the now famous Ice Bowl. (Mother says all Dad wanted to do is 'watch the damn game.') In the late 80's I went to school in Minnesota. For the last five years I have lived in the greater Chicago area. When I want to laugh, I listen to Chicago sports talk radio when the Bears talk is ongoing. Let me give the Packer nation a little insight into the viewpoints of Bears fans and the 2006 season. First of all... 'it's Rex Grossman's team!' I like to remind them that Rex has started a grand total of about seven (I think) games in the last THREE YEARS! Let's let him finish 1/2 of ONE season before annointing him the next coming of Favre.

We should all be excited to learn that Drew Rosenhaus has resurfaced in the Windy City! One Lance Briggs and one Thomas Jones have expressed their displeasure over their current contracts. Coincidentally, they share the same agent.... one DREW ROSENHAUS! I think Drew should spend more time recruiting more of the Bears players. Which college was their first (2nd round) 2006 draft pick from again? I rest my case. They recently gave Hunter Hillenmeyer a contract extension. (Didn't we CUT him?) There are many, many Packer fans in this part of the country. Much to the dismay of family and friends, I proudly wear my Packer clothing in public year round. I run into a great number of fans. In fact, there are many NATIVE Chicagoans that cheer for the Pack. They have seen the light. Updates to follow....

'After further review, the Bears still suck'- Windy City Packer Fan
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Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.


You're from Wisconsin if...

 
The town you grew up in had a bar called Ma's Place.

You know how to polka, but never tried it sober.

FFA was the most popular club in high school.

You know what knee-high by the Fourth of July means.

You know it's traditional for the bride and groom to go bar hopping between the ceremony and the reception.

You were delighted to get a miniature snow shovel for your 3rd birthday.

You buy Christmas presents at Fleet Farm.

You are a connoisseur of cheese curds and find anyone unfamiliar With them to be frighteningly foreign.

You spent more on beer than you did on food at your wedding.

You hear someone use the word "oof-dah" and you don't immediately break into uncontrollable laughter.

You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65 mph.

You or someone you know was a "Dairy Princess" at a county fair or A Miss Action in Jackson.

You know that "Combine" is a noun.

You know what a FIB is.

You know that a pastie is not an article of clothing.

You know that creek rhymes with pick.

Your class took a field trip to a brewery... in second grade, Borden's In third grade and the cheese factory in fourth grade.

Football schedules are checked before wedding dates are set.

You can visit Luxemburg, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Berlin, and Poland all in one afternoon.

A Friday night date is taking your girlfriend shining for deer.

Saturday you all go to the local bowing alley.

There was at least one kid in your class who had to help milk cows in the morining.

You have driven your car on a lake.

You can make sense out of the word "upnort" and "batree."

The Packers will always be better than the Vikings, no matter what the standings are.

You know that De Pere is not a wooden structure extending into "DaLake."

You can leave your ice cream in the car while you go into Fleet Farm, and it won't melt.

You always believed that vacation meant "going up North."

You have more fishing poles than teeth.

At every wedding you have been to you have had to dance the hokey poky & the chicken dance.

You know what a bubbler is.

Your definition of a small town is one that only has one bar.

The local gas station sells live bait

At least twice a year, the kitchen doubles as a meat processing plant.

You laugh out loud every time you see a news report about a blizzard shutting down the entire east coast.

Your mom asks, "Were you born in a barn?" and you know exactly what she means.

You include beer as one of the major food groups. Isn't it??

You know which leaves make good toilet paper.

Your sexy lingerie is tube socks and a flannel nightgown.

You are a member of the Polar Bear Club and proud of it.

You think that the start of deer season is a national holiday.

You learned to drive a tractor before the training wheels were off your bike.

Your bank has the name of your town included in its name.

Pop is not only what you call your dad, but it is the ONLY name for soda.

Thanks to Gwyn for forwarding in todays light humor, I'm not sure who to credit for all these, seeming that some look made up and some look stolen from Jeff Foxworthy.  But none-the-less, thanks Gwyn, or I should say mahalo, shouldn't I.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Speak Out Spew Off... 

With regards to ProFootballTalk, you know PFT goes on with the Lord Favre and anti-Packer crap because it's driving his traffic at the website.  I think Mike Florio/PFT has a comment buried deep in his archives someplace where he admits that he would take Brett over about 20 other QB's in the league for this upcoming year, which when forced, pretty much everyone has to admit to.  The NFC North is a weak division, ALL the coaches are untested, (well maybe not Lovie Smith in Chicago, but still sort of, he couldn't win a home playoff game last year) so if the Packers play hard, go relatively injury-free, their head coach actually takes advantage of situations that can lead to wins, (unlike the last coach) and voila!, we can easily win the division with 9 or 10 wins.

I having trouble figuring Al Harris out... actually he's barely underpaid, I think maybe it's more about being dissed for last year's pro bowl, and playing for an un-tested rookie head coach this year, and promoted Defensive Coordinator Bob Sanders, over former coach Jim Bates.  Well, and newly signed CB Charle$ Wood$on getting all that guaranteed money.  Maybe I understand Al better than I thought.

In regarding player contracts: It's hard to keep all sides happy, but the Packers need to come up with a way to reward players effectively that out perform their contracts, while still maintaining the ability to release a player who under performs. It looks like million dollar roster bonuses each year is the only way to do that. It gives one the flexibility to pay it, spread it out over years, or not pay it while keeping the base salary low.  Does anyone have any better ideas?

I'll give a shout-out to Boz, Owner, and Yogi and their upcoming Reggie White Hall Of Fame extravaganza, they were fortunate to be placed at Table #92, I feel a cosmological alignment beginning to happen here.  Boz said he'd be on the lookout for more "92" things happening, like 92 cars in the parking lot, Packer Merchandise coming out to $92.92 (after Packer Partners discount, of course) and the like.  Enjoy Reggie's HOF Induction Ceremony.

Yeah, it was just starting to dawn on me that I had Nick Barnett's Green Bay club name mixed up with the other clubs in the area... and almost enough days to go past where it wouldn't be necessary to fix it... but Pat pointed it out, and I'm a perfectionist at correcting the many, many typo's I make when first posting... so it has been corrected for the record.

And I really love Das Wolf's Jack Pack wallpaper image.  Currently in use on one of the 2 main Packer Palace production computers right now as we speak.  Crazy For The Pack!

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!
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You are way out to lunch on the Al Harris situation. There is such a thing as the SALARY CAP! You cannot redo a contract everytime a player has a good year.

Do you remember CLETIUS HUNT?? One good year, we payed him big $$$ and are still paying for it!! Al has been here 3 years, has already got a new contract and isn't getting any younger! As far as Barnett goes, his club is "Five Six" not Hip Cats(that is another bar which was up for renewal, had more complaints than 5-6,and still was renewed).

Enjoy your site and comments!!

Pat
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Hey BeerKid, Love your assessment on signing players and contracts. I think when renegotiating Grady's contract a while back... if it was me, after I got an agreement with his agent... I would have tore the damn thing up and given him a new contract at $2 mil a year vs. $1 mil. Let's face it, in the earlier days of Grady's arrival, if he wasn't playing, the Packer's defense couldn't stop a 5th grader from a 200 yard game. He deserved more than the contract he received and if you treat people right, they'll treat you right.

Sometimes players do need to be saved from their agents. If your negotiator were to do something like I mentioned above, I think you'd have that credibility and contracts would be done easier. Sure would make agents think when dealing with a guy that has a reputation for paying more than what your asking if he believes the player is worth it. I don't think it pays to be cheap with a player because you can and you may save yourself some money and cap space, but I think you gain a whole lot more the other way!!!

Long Live the Pack!!!
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Got the tickets for Reggie’s HOF Induction Ceremony in the mail yesterday!

What number table are we sitting at?  92 of course!!!  Thanks Reggie!

Owner, Yogi, and Boz are super pumped to get all Packered-up!

GO PACK, GO!

Boz
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I agree in giving PFT the finger. That guy is so anti-Packer you think he's some sort of Bear fan or something. He has yet to produce any unbiased view of them and loves to poke fun at them. The funniest part is that people, well Viking fans at least who don't really count as people, actually cite his articles as the gospel and use them to claim how the "national media" proves the Packers stink. I've gotten to the point where I don't even bother acknowledging his crap.

Cheesehead Craig
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Damn Beerkid, Fuck all those dudes at Pro Football Talk and Real Football 365 all those dudes are the same guys, like that jackass Brian Cox, that picked the QUEENS to go all the way to the Super Bowl last year.

Let's not forget that the jackass coaching the Queens this year had a sick D in Philly keeping them in games and their offensive couldn't even get in the end zone, like the million NFC Championship games they couldn't win. If Childress is so fucking good why don't those dudes have 3 or 4 LOMBARDI TROPHIES sitting in Philly my man? Don't hold your breath waiting for Sad Brad Johnson and Uncle Chester Taylor to take you to the promised land.

God damn it feels good to be a gansta! I'm telling you it feels good to have all these assholes trying to put a brother down. It's getting me pumped up to slap dat ass down. And WTF is up with Bears fan screaming their nuts off for every first down, successful handoff, and two yard gain? Damn man has it been that long? Well 85 was awhile ago, get over it, and see how that quaterback carousel keeps treating you Lovie. RIP #94 Charles Martin.

DIRTY DAS WOLF - NOR CAL

PS Here's a Packer wallpaper in light of all crazy ass Jackidy Jackasses out there picking us to be dead last.
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If you can accept losing you can't win.  If you can walk you can run.  No one is ever hurt.  Hurt is in your mind.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Where In The World... Are You? 


Just playing around with a new website - Frappr.Com - It allows friends and casual acquaintances to join a group that places them on a map of the world. 

For those of you interested to knowing where all of us Packer fans are scattered around the globe, simply click on the map at the left and join Packer Palace's Frappr Family.

It's a beta version, so it gets pretty squirrelly when your town isn't in it's limited database, easiest way is to just plug in your zipcode only and hope it comes close to your actual residence.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!



F.Y.Finger Award Goes To...


Well here we go again with an assessment from one of our favorites, Mike Florio's ProFootballTalk.Com, placing the Packers squarely in the league's basement.  Here's some of it...

PFT PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS:  NUMBER 31

But who's the team in most danger to assume the basement? We give you Number 31... The Green Bay Packers.

Before a few thousand cheeseheads descend on PFT's world headquarters with pitchforks, torches, and those toothpicks with the plastic tail feathers that hold together the cubes of baby Swiss, hear us out...

The combination of new coach and new offensive system with an aging quarterback more stubborn than an overweight mule on a humid day in Duluth is a recipe for deeeee-zaster.

Again, there's a chance that the Packers could put it together. They lost plenty of close games in 2005; with a little luck, things could have been very different. Still, things just have a more tenuous feel for the Packers this time around -- and team won't begin to improve significantly until Lord Favre finally retires and the team begins life without him.



You'll need to scroll way down to July 2nd's posts, and at least he goes into great detail with a complete rundown of the Packers off-season and those things that will need to be overcome for the Packers to have successful run to the Division Crown.  The NFC North is a weak division, The Packers do have an outside chance at a winning record this year, but at least a realistic worse case chance to have 6 wins.  6 wins is not the 31st best team in a 32 team league.  It's around 23rd.  Shit, last year we had only 4 wins and were the 5th worse team in the NFL, this year is going to be worse?  So with little fanfare we'll give this week's Fuck You Finger Award to Profootball Talk.Com and their unrealistic placing of the Packers 8 spots below their current worth and standing.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen.  The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Happy 4th Of July! 






Sunday, July 02, 2006

Speak Out Spew Off... 

The Packers need to address the situation with Al Harris, our above-average CB on defense.  Al's agent, Jack Bechta, says that Al will report to Training Camp when that time arrives.  Fine.  But that's not helping out now when these mini-camps and OTA's are happening and team chemistry is jelling.  In defense of Al, seriously, Al's beef centers around the fact that he's getting very little bonus money over these last 4 years of his extended contract.  He's set to earn base salaries of $1.5, $2.2, $2.85, $3 million with only a $500 grand roster bonus coming in 2007.  Decent money, but not in these recent days of major salary-cap growth in the NFL.

Compare that to Charles Woodson's new contract, 7 years, $39 million.  Some $10 million of it guaranteed.  Al Harris is probably a better defender than Charles Woodson, but it might have been that Al's alleged All-Pro year last year was only because the Packers other weak defenders, like Ahmad Carroll, rookie Nick Collins, and Mark Roman, opposing QB's went after those guys with great success.  So appearances of all-pro years can be deceiving when you look at anyone on the Packers roster.  Some players look real good, all-pro good, because other players suck so bad at their play. 

Now what the Packers Front Office needs to do for Al Harris, and just about every other player on the team, is that if you are always considering releasing players years before their contracts are up, then you have to start always considering that you're going to need to re-work contracts years before they expire.  You want a happy team, you want good chemistry, you want an organization that's worth coming to Wisconsin to play for.  Throw away bad contracts when a player is out-performing his contract.  It cost us Javon Walker, and the immediate response was to upgrade Donald Driver's contract.  We sign a decent CB in Charles Woodson for big money, it's time to upgrade Al Harris' contract as well. 

Every Player's contract is going to have to include yearly bonuses, those can be used against a player by being the reason to cut him from the roster, but more importantly, it gives the front office the ability to pay the bonus if there is salary-cap space, or spread it out across what's left on the players contract to lessen a cap-hit on any given year.  It's called flexibility, and if the Packers want to get some players up to Green Bay, then they better start overpaying the guys who can play, like Al Harris, so others can be lured up to Green Bay and we can all be one big happy family on our way to the Super Bowl.

We're going to see the same thing with Nick Barnett contract real soon too, if the Green Bay Police and City Council don't run him out of town first. First off, the City Council suspends his Liquor License for his Club -the FiveSix, without additional warnings that were given 2 other Bar's in the area, even when steps had been taken to address the after hours noise outside his club.  Then you get some bozo Police Officer mailing Nick a jay-walking Warning ticket, but not to the 2 CBS News guys that were with him at the time.  After Nick's claim that it was starting to look like harassment was taking place against him, the City Council rescinded the liquor license suspension and the Police Officer was waved away from participating in further developments in that area of town.  There are other cultures besides the Belgian / Dutch / French / German / Polish Lumberjacks and Farmers of Northern Wisconsin.  Let 'em all have some of fun, just live life til you die.  Don't Worry Be Happy kind-of-thing!

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!  A Bears fan drops in to tell us our prediction for last year's NFC North standings were way off 'cuz "the Bears were dominant" and the "Packers were horrible".  Thanks Dude, didn't notice that the Packers did suck, mostly to all the injuries we had to the WR and RB positions, and a coach who's long gone.  Hard to predict accurately against those odds, but you're welcome to come back in about a month and put in your "signed" prediction for the upcoming season.  We go on record before the first pre-season game, but just come on in and make yours before the first regular season game.  Tell us if the Bears are going to have 11 or more wins, or actually win a home playoff game this year.  Inquiring Packer fans want to know... It's early, but we think it's the Bears turn for the 5-11 season. 

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!
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way off packe(r)s were horrible this year th(e) bears were dominant this year
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Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

BFRO Is In Wisconsin... 

Chances are if you have never seen a Bigfoot skulking around Wisconsin before, now might be the time to observe one.  The Bigfoot Field Researcher's Organization is invading Price County for a 2nd time this holiday weekend hoping to capture one on film or find some tracks, whatever evidence they can on the elusive primate. 

"The area (Price County, WI) has particular characteristics about it that make it advantageous for evasion: swampy terrain, boggy terrain and big cedar swamps." Matt Moneymaker, BFRO

With 60 people involved with the search, expect all Sasquatches to be fleeing in all directions away from this swampy locale in northern Wisconsin.  So keep your eyes open this weekend, Bigfoot may be out and about and trampling through a neighborhood near you. 

Check out the full story by Brian Bull - Bigfoot expedition wraps up near Phillips from the Pierce County Herald at Rivertowns.Net.

Check out more on the Wisconsin Expedition over at BFRO.Net.

Check out everything they have for Wisconsin Sightings broken out by county also over at BFRO.Net.


BeerKid - Still Squatchin' For Life!



Yammerin' Yamarone In The House!


Internationally acclaimed Bigfoot Folk Song Singer Tom Yamarone was in the house a few Saturday's ago.  After downing a few large bottles of Chimay Triple (and 1 of Blue) it was time to "Pose with Patty".

Tom's new CD should be available soon, but your still welcome to check out his website Songs For A Bigfoot World for preview sound clips and other Bigfoot related info.

And if you're not drinking Chimay - Peres Trappistes, trust me, maybe it's time you start.


BeerKid - Still Squatchin' For Life!
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