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Tuesday, January 18, 2011


My apologies for not posting since late December, 2010. The failure to post pretty much matches up with the day I cracked my right tibia with another dandy fall on the ice. That makes it two breaks within the same year - and enough!

I want to take a moment to talk about our beloved Green Bay Packers who have played tremendous football despite the loss of such starters as Ryan Grant, Nick Barnett, Jermichael Finley, Brady Poppinga, Brandon Chillar, Mark Tauscher - the list goes on and on.

By midseason nobody gave the Pack a ghost of a chance of making the playoffs. But make the playoffs they did, even with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers sidelined with two concussions.

I think the first game that made me personally start to believe in the team was our three point loss to the New England Patriots with our able back up quarterback Matt Flynn taking it to the Pats.

Closing out the season with a 10-3 defeat of the rival Chicago Bears made the entire league look at the team differently.

Then we dispensed with Philadelphia's Vick and this past weekend really trounced the number one seeded Atlanta Falcons. we are definitely getting hot, gaining confidence, playing with a minimum of mistakes, and have a quarterback who is fast making history with three 4,000 yard seasons. and he almost reached that almost impossible goal again this season.

We are fortunate indeed to have Aaron Rodgers step into the position so long held by Brett Favre with such panache.

Lambeau field has indeed become Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood

So it comes down to the final obstacle, the Chicago Bears. The one intangible this coming weekend is the condition of Soldier Field. Even the bears players will admit that it is the worst playing surface in the NFL.

How very embarrassing for that great historical organization to host the NFC Conference Championship game on such a cow pasture.

Why isn't the league insisting that the field be re-sodded immediately?

Back in the day, the Packer organization re-sodded when we hosted the San Francisco 49'er championship game. The Bears should have to do the same.

Anyway, congratulations to our Green Bay Packers and to the league's very best quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Good luck, guys!

Packers 17, Bears 10.


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