The Green Bay Packers. Even folks that don’t know a field goal is worth 3 points know what the Packers are all about. When the nickname of your host city is “Titletown,” it’s not difficult to understand that there’s a rich history of championships.
The smallest town to host an NFL team, Green Bay, has been blessed with some magnificent teams and unforgettable players and coaches.
Green Bay Packer Fan’s Guide
Do Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Brett Favre, and Aaron Rodgers ring a bell?
Heck, even the Super Bowl trophy is named after Packers’ coaching legend Vince Lombardi. With 13 titles, the Packers have the most league championships of all teams.
To talk about the Packers, though, is to describe a love affair between a team and the city of Green Bay. The Packers are the only NFL team, and the only franchise in American professional sports, to owned by the fans.
GB Packers Top Traditions
- Players’ bike rides courtesy of kids – Packers ride children’s bicycles to training camp practices from Lambeau Field’s parking lot with their owners typically holding their helmets. In 1961, early in Vince Lombardi’s tenure as coach of the Packers, the team started this tradition.
- Tailgating – From enjoying a grilled brat to hoisting a Wisconsin brewed beer, tailgating is a big deal in Green Bay.
- The Lambeau Leap – This dates back to 1993 when LeRoy Butler made the first leap into the stands after a pick-six.
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“Go Pack Go” cheer. This Packer mainstay is usually chanted when Packers are on defense or at the start of an offensive Packer drive.
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- Cheese curds – Hello, you’re in Wisconsin.
- Bratwurst. Like cheese, there are few foods that say “Wisconsin” as much as brats. No less an authority than the NY Times billed Sheboygan, Wisconsin, as “the capital of the kingdom of bratwurst.”
- A burger and chili at Krolls West – There’s a Kroll’s right next to the stadium, outside of the ticketed area.
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Five things to do in Green Bay on Saturday
- Packer Hall of Fame.
- The Lambeau Tour.
- Packer Pro Shop – It’s big and it keeps getting bigger.
- Seroogy’s Chocolate Store – Try the angel food; you won’t be disappointed.
- Bay Beach Amusement Park (during warm weather) – Bumper cars, a Ferris wheel and Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster, the Zipping Pippin.
How to talk Wisconsin?
- It’s called a bubbler, not a water fountain or drinking fountain. Duh.
- “Fair to middling’” as an answer for “How are you?”
- “Believe you me,” as a preface to a statement.
- Mwaukee, not Milwaukee.
- Wis-can-sin not Wis-con-sin.
- Sconnies – the abbreviated nickname for folks from Wisconsin. Although “Cheeseheads” works too.
- Stop n go light – not traffic light or signal light like the rest of the country calls ‘em.
- Bag vs. bay-g or baygel for the word bagel.
- “Real quick” when you’re expressing something will happen soon.
- It’s melk, not milk, and we have the dairy cows in the state to prove it.
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The Manitowoc Minute Video
Although not Packer specific – more everything Wisconsin – you’ll want to check out the Manitowoc Minute for a taste of Wisconsin in all its humorous glory. You’ll get a feel for Wisconsin talk and what Wisconsinites hold near and dear. So, “keep ‘er movin’.”
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The iconic, Original Cheesehead – When opposing fans used the term “Cheeseheads” in a derisive fashion, little did they know that Wisconsinites would embrace the term. The original can be worn on your head or flipped over and used as a serving piece for your tailgate party.
- Da Bears vs. The Pack – Perhaps the best rivalry in the NFL. There have been 194 games between the Packers and the Bears, the most of any NFL rivalry. Each team has won 94 games, and there have been 6 ties. Aaron Rodgers is the only player on either team to throw for six touchdowns in a Bears vs. Packers game. And, he did it in the first half of a 2014 victory.
- Cowboys vs. Packers – Perhaps the 1967 NFL Championship played in Green Bay, also known as the “Ice Bowl” cemented this rivalry as one of the best in the league. With game-time temperature at -13 degrees, the Packers bested the Boys on the last play of the game: a quarterback sneak by Bart Starr. Another game that Cowboy fans are not too fond of was a 2014 Divisional Round Playoff where it sure looked like Dez Bryant caught a pass that would put the Cowboys inches away from a potential winning score. However, on the challenge by the Packers, the play was ruled incomplete as he “didn’t survive the ground.”
- Minnesota vs. Green Bay – With both teams in the NFC North, both being geographically adjacent, and a history of playing close games, this is another Packer rivalry that merits watching closely. The Packers have the upper hand with 60 wins, 53 losses, and 2 ties.
Best jerseys all-time
- Ray Nitschke – Middle Linebacker, Packers. ‘Nuff said.
- Aaron Rodgers – #12 does some remarkable things at the QB position.
- Max McGee – The hero of Super Bowl I. For nostalgic reasons.
- Clay Mathews – If you’re kid hasn’t had a haircut in some time, this may be the jersey of choice.
- LeRoy Butler – The inventor of the Lambeau Leap.
Favre or Rodgers?
Although from a pure statistic standpoint, Aaron Rodgers appears to be Favre’s superior, many Packer loyalists maintain that Favre was the best to suit up for the Packers at QB. It’s a difficult argument to make when a case can be made that Rodgers is the best to play the position ever. Still, some long-time Packer fans will hark back to Bart Starr as being the best QB.
The clock is ticking.
The window is closing on fielding a stronger team to support Aaron Rodgers. Many fans think that the Packers victory total would be far fewer if Air Rodgers wasn’t suiting up. Under the theory of striking while the iron is hot, many think that the Packers should be investing more in the support elements that will bring another championship to Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers is 34 years old. How many years of playing does he have left in him?
About that Packer Logo
The “G” logo was added in 1961 when Lombardi asked the Packers equipment manager Gerald “Dad” Braisher to come up with one. He enlisted the support of his assistant, John Gordon, who happened to be attending St. Norbert College (in DePere). Gordon designed the logo, and Lombardi approved it.1️⃣2️⃣ Sundays from today.