Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Super Bowl XXXII — As Seen By the Media

 
Not many Packers fans ever want to revisit the team’s lone Super Bowl loss, but sometimes you have to face your fears and failures, deal with them, and move on. Today we take a look back at Super Bowl XXXII. Above, Workers level the goalpost at Jack Murphy Field at Qualcomm Stadium on January 21, 1998 the site of Superbowl XXXII in San Diego, Calif. The defending champion Green Bay Packers will take on the Denver Broncos. (Tom Kurtz/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' head coach Mike Holmgren arrives for practice in San Diego, Calif. on Jan 20, 1998 in preparation for Super Bowl XXXII. The defending champion Packers will take on the Denver Broncos. (Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' offensive lineman Aaron Taylor rests before practice in San Diego, Calif. on Jan. 22, 1998 The defending champion Packers will take on the Denver Broncos in Superbowl XXXII. (Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre (4) leads the offensive lineman (L-R) Earl Dotson, Adam Timmerman, Frank Winters, and Aaron Taylor during practice on Jan 21, 1998 in San Diego, Calif. The defending champion Packers will face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII. (Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' Tyrone Davis (L), tries to block Terry Mickens (R) in practice on January 23, 1998 in San Diego, Calif. in preparation for Super Bowl XXXII. The defending champion Packers will take on the Denver Broncos. (Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' wide receivers Antonio Freeman (86) and Derrick Brooks (80) during practice on Jan. 22, 1998 in San Diego, Calif. The defending champion Packers will take on the Denver Broncos in Superbowl XXXII. (Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' safety LeRoy Butler looks over to the sidelines during practice on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, in San Diego. The Packers face the Denver Broncos in Sunday's Super Bowl XXXII. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Shannon Sharpe (L) and John Elway, of the Denver Broncos stretch before their team's workout at the San Diego Chargers practice facility on January, 21, 1998 in San Diego, Calif. The Broncos will face defending champion Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII. (Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)

Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Denver Broncos watches his team work out at the San Diego Chargers practice facility on January 21, 1998, in San Diego, Caif. The Broncos will face defending champion Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII . (Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)

Lia Ramsey from Los Angeles, pretends to be surfing during rehearsal for the Super Bowl XXXII pregame show on January 23, 1998 in San Diego, Calif. The Broncos will face defending champion Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Performers pretend to be surfing during rehearsal for the Super Bowl XXXII pregame show on January 23, 1998 in San Diego, Calif. The Broncos will face defending champion Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' quarterback,Brett Favre is the center of attention during Super Bowl XXXII Media Day on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998 in San Diego, Calif. Hundreds of reporters and photographers surround the key players on raised platforms scattered around the stadium. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Quarterback John Elway of the Denver Broncos answers questions during Super Bowl XXXII Media Day in San Diego, Calif. on on January 20, 1998. Denver will face the defending champion Green Bay Packers. (Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

Media from around the world assemble for Super Bowl XXXII Media Day in San Diego, Calif. on Jan. 20, 1998. The Denver Broncos will face defending champion Green Bay Packers. (Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)

Jewel sings the Star Spangled Banner before Super Bowl XXXII on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Blue Angels fly over San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday. Jan. 25, 1998 prior to the start of Super Bowl XXXII. (AP Photo/Brian Diggs)

Denver Broncos' Terrell Davis gains yards after eluding Green Bay Packers' linebacker Brian Williams, to set up the Broncos first touchdown during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXII on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998 in San Diego, Calif. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Denver Broncos' quarterback John Elway crosses into the end zone to score during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

Denver Broncos' quarterback John Elway (7) is congratulated by Broncos' coach Mike Shanahan after scoring a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXII against the Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Cailf. on January, 25, 1998. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre is pressured by Denver Broncos' defensive tackle Keith Traylor during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998 in San Diego, Calif. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Green Bay Packers' running back Dorsey Levens runs in the first half of Super Bowl XXXII against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on January 25, 1998. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre (4) avoids the rush by Denver Broncos' John Mobley (50) in the first half of Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on January 25, 1998. In the background is Earl Dotson of the Green Bay Packers. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos' running back, Terrell Davis (30), scores the first touchdown for the Broncos during Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)

Denver Broncos' running back Terrell Davis (30) runs for a short gain in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXII at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. (AP Photo/Elise Amandola)

Denver Broncos' running back, Terrell Davis (30) runs between Green Bay Packers' defenders Gabe Wilkins (98) and Eugene Robinson (41), in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on January, 25, 1998. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' William Henderson (30) is stopped by Denver Broncos' Bill Romanowski (53), during the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. (AP Photo. Hans Deryk)

Green Bay Packers' tight end Mark Chmura (89) makes a touchdown catch as Denver Broncos' defender Tyrone Braxton (34) tries to knock it down in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on January, 25, 1998. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' head coach Mike Holmgren yells from the sidelines during the second half of Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre fumbles under pressure from Denver Broncos' Steve Atwater in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXII on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998 ai Qualcomm Stadium on Jan. 25, 1998. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

Boyz 2 Men perform during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Queen Latifah performs during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXII Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Jan. 25, 1998. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Smokey Robinson performs during halftime at Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego, Calif. on January, 25, 1998 The show celebrated the 40th anniversary of Motown Records. (Doug Collier/AFP/Getty Images)

The half-time show during Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Jan. 25, 1998. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos' quarterback John Elway is upended during the third quarter of Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. Green Bay Packers' Brian Williams (51), Mike Prior (31) and Seth Joyner are in on the play. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Denver Broncos' safety Steve Atwater (27) jumps into the air in an attempt to block Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre's pass during the third quarter of Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. At left is Packers' Dorsey Levens (25) and guard Adam Timmerman (63). (AP Photo/John Gaps III)

Dorsey Levens (25) of the Green Bay Packers carries against the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Jan. 25, 1998. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Defensive back Darren Sharper (42) of the Green Bay Packers intercepts a pass to Willie Green, of the Denver Broncos, during Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Jan. 25, 1998. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Running back Terrell Davis (30) of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Bernardo Harris (55) of the Green Bay Packers, during Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Jan. 25, 1998. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Bernardo Harris (55) of the Green Bay Packers tries to block a Denver Broncos' kick during Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Jan 25, 1998. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Center Frank Winters (52) of the Green Bay Packers lines up against the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Jan 25, 1998. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' Tyrone Williams (37) breaks up a pass intended for Denver Broncos' Rod Smith, during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)

Denver Broncos' running back Terrell Davis holds the Lombardi trophy in the air after Denver beat the Green Bay Packers 31-24 in Super Bowl XXXII on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)

Denver Broncos' John Elway (7) gives a high five to a teammate after their victory over the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. The Broncos defeated the Packers 31-24. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Mark Collins (26) of the Green Bay Packers sits on the side line watching the game during Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. The Denver Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-24. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos' safety Tyrone Braxton (34) reaches out to touch the Vince Lombardi trophy held high by his teammates after Denver's 31-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Monday, February 08, 2016

Football Season Is Over


Well, football season is over. Now we enter the months of sporadic activity, endless speculation — and extreme over-analyzation. The NFL will now decide how to prevent a defensive, lower-scoring Super Bowl from ever happening again.They’ll continue to take steps to turn the game into full “entertainment mode” instead of “sport mode” (i.e. mandatory “color rush” uniforms, etc.). The video above shows the ideal game of football that the NFL is striving for (stated with tongue firmly in cheek). I guess your editor could be called a “crotchety old man,” but the game is not the game we grew up loving in many ways, for better or worse. The violence that made it so popular is now the thing that is threatening it the most.

We’ll continue to post in the off-season, so check back regularly to see what we’re up to. Our ninth birthday on the internet (January 28th) came and went without any fanfare, but maybe we’ll do something special next year. Stay tuned.

We appreciate all of our readers, and love to hear your comments. Thanks to everyone for your input, suggestions, and kind words!

Go Pack Go!
Film clip is from the 1954 film “I Love Melvin” (thanks to Uni Watch for the heads up).

Saturday, February 06, 2016

NFL Play of the Year

The NFL Play of the Year has been awarded to the Aaron Rodgers to Richard Rodgers “Hail Mary” in the Packers-Lions game in Detroit on December 3, 2015. Congratulations, Mr. Rodgers (both of you)!

FAVRE ELECTED TO HALL OF FAME!


Super Bowl XXXI — As Seen By the Media

 
Wide receiver Derrick Mayes of the Green Bay Packers, gets interviewed during Super Bowl XXXI Media Day on Jan 21, 1997 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Defensive back Corwin Brown of the New England Patriots, gets interviewed during Super Bowl XXXI Media Day, The Patriots play the Green Bay Packers in the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 21, 1997. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' coach Mike Holmgren accepts the Coach of the Year award from an unidentified representative of Visa, who sponsored the award, during Super Bowl XXXI Media Day at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1997. Holmgren's Packers meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXl. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Quarterback Drew Bledsoe of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XXXI Media Day at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan 21, 1997. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers gets interviewed during Super Bowl XXXI Media Day at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 21, 1997. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' defensive end Reggie White is surrounded by the media during Super Bowl XXXl Media Day at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1997. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins)

Green Bay Packers' backup quarterback Jim McMahon (L), bumps into starting quarterback Brett Favre (R), during their second practice on January 21, 1997 in New Orleans, La. in preparation for Super Bowl XXXI. The Packers will play the New England Patriots in the Superdome. (Jeff Haynes//AFP/Getty Images)

Lamont Hollinquest (R) and Darius Holland (L), of the Green Bay Packers hit each other with blocking pads during their second practice on January 21, 1997 in New Orleans, La. in preparation for Super Bowl XXXI. The Packers will play the New England Patriots in the Louisiana Superdome. (Jeff Hayes/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' head coach Mike Holmgren (L) talks to starting quarterback Brett Favre on January 21, 1997 before their second practice for the Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans, La. The Packers will face the New England Patriots. (Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

The Super Bowl XXXI pre-game show at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 26, 1997. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Super Bowl XXXI pre-game show at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 26, 1997. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

The Super Bowl XXXI pre-game show at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 26, 1997. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Smoke rises from the field during pre-game festivities for Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Green Bay Packers' Reggie White, center, back to camera, is surrounded by teammates in the Superdome prior to the start of Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans, La. on Sunday Jan. 26, 1997. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Packers fans yell before the start of Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)

Running back David Meggett of the New England Patriots runs during Super Bowl XXXI against the Green Bay Packers at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan, 26, 1997. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

New England Patriots' Keith Byars (41) celebrates his first quarter touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XXXI on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997 in New Orleans, La. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

New England Patriots' coach Bill Parcells, left, congratulates quarterback Drew Bledsoe after the Patriots first quarter touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XXXI on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, in New Orleans, La. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Green Bay Packers' Brian Williams (51) tackles New England Patriots' Curtis Martin (28) during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXI on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, in New Orleans, La. Also shown are Patriots' Keith Byars (41) and Packers' Gilbert Brown (93). (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Green Bay Packers' Doug Evans, right, intercepts a pass intended for New England Patriots' Terry Glenn during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXI on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, in New Orleans, La. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Green Bay Packers' Frank Winters (52), right, hugs Adam Timmerman (63) after the Packers scored their first touchdown in Super Bowl XXXI on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997 at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner)

Green Bay Packers' defenseman Reggie White (92) checks the scoreboard in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997 at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

New England Patriots' David Meggett (22) runs as Green Bay Packers' Jeff Thomason tries to bring him down in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXI on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997 at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter with teammate Aaron Taylor during Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans, La. on Sunday Jan. 26, 1997. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre is sacked by New England Patriots' Todd Collins during the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXI on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997 in New Orleans, La. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Running back Dorsey Levens of the Green Bay Packers (center) gets tackled during Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 26, 1997. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

(L-R) Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, and James Belushi perform during the Super Bowl XXXI half-time show between the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 26, 1997. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

James Brown performs during the Super Bowl XXXI half-time show between the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 26, 1997. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

ZZ Top performs during the Super Bowl XXXI half-time show at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 26, 1997. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

ZZ Top performs during the Super Bowl XXXI half-time show at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 26, 1997. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

The Super Bowl XXXI half-time show at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 26, 1997. (Stephen Dunnn/Getty Images)

New England Patriots' Keith Byars, left, congratulates Curtis Martin after Martin scored in the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans, La. on Sunday Jan. 26, 1997. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Green Bay Packers' kick returner Desmond Howard (81) leaves New England Patriots defenders behind as he runs a kickoff back 99 yards for a touchdown on January 26, 1997 during the third quarter of Super Bowl XXXI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La. on Jan. 26, 1997. Howard's 99-yard return is a Super Bowl record. (Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

New England Patriots' coach Bill Parcels walks on the sideline after Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdomein New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Patriots 35-21. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)

Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre celebrates a two-point conversion during Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997. The Packers defeated the New England Patriots 35-21. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

Tight end Ben Coates of the New England Patriots attempts to break the tackle of Green Bay Packers' defensive back LeRoy Butler during Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 26, 1997. The Packers won the game, 35-21. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' LeRoy Butler, left, pulls down New England Patriots' quarterback Drew Bledsoe during Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans, La. on Sunday Jan. 26, 1997. Patriots David Meggett (22) tries to block Butler. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Defensive back Tyrone Williams of the Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriots' wide receiver Shawn Jefferson fight for the ball during Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan 26, 1997. The Packers won the game, 35-21. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

New England Patriots' quarterback Drew Bledsoe congratulates Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre after the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI 35-21 in New Orleans, La. on Sunday Jan. 26, 1997. (AP Photo/John Gaps III)

New England Patriots' Keith Byars sits on the bench after the Patriots lost to the Green Bay Packers 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997 in New Orleans, La. The Packers won 35-21. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Green Bay Packers' Reggie White (92) leads a prayer service after the Packers defeated the New England Patriots 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997 at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Green Bay Packers' Desmond Howard, center foreground, celebrates with Packers fans after his team defeated the New England Patriots 35-21 to win Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans, La. on Sunday Jan. 26, 1997. Howard was named MVP. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New England Patriots' head coach Bill Parcells, right, congratulates Green Bay Packers' coach Mike Holmgren after the Packers defeated the Patriots 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans, La. on Sunday Jan. 26, 1997. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre (L) celebrates with fans on January, 26, 1997 after Super Bowl XXXI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La. The Packers beat the New England Patriots 35-21. (Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers' head coach Mike Holmgren celebrates after Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan 26, 1997. The Packers won the game, 35-21. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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