Brett Favre: I’m not worried about Packers fans booing

Packers-waiting-to-retire-Brett-Favre-jerseyBrett Favre knows there could be a mixed reaction from Green Bay Packers fans when he eventually returns to Lambeau Field, but he claims he is not concerned about it.

Earlier this month, Packers president Mark Murphy said the team is not planning to retire Favre’s No. 4 jersey just yet because Favre “wouldn’t want to come back and get booed.” Favre said on Monday that Murphy does not speak for him.

“I’ve heard that was a concern of mine, and I’m here to tell you I’m not,” Favre told ESPN 1000 in Chicago. “I’m not worried about that. I’m well aware that you can’t please everyone. Not everyone’s going to like you regardless, and you know what, so be it. But I think the 16 years that I had in Green Bay speaks for itself.

“Yeah, you’re right, I have played with other teams, but I will be remembered as a Packer. I feel that. I think the true Packer backers, which there are tons out there, feel the same way. I’m not the first player to play for other teams or rivals.”

That almost sounded like Favre challenging the “true” Packers fans to cheer for him, and they probably will. It has been six years since Favre left Green Bay. That should be more than enough time to forgive and forget, especially for a player who was the epitome of toughness and won a Super Bowl championship.

“In spite of what people may think — and I really don’t pay attention to what people are saying — I just know the facts, and the facts are that I feel like the relationship is a good relationship,” Favre said. “I’ve had contact with Mark Murphy on a regular basis in regards to how we’re going to do this, the ceremony.”

Former NFL tight end Mark Chmura, who was teammates with Favre, also said recently that Favre was scheduled to appear at Lambeau Field last season but backed out because he was afraid of being booed. Apparently Chmura’s sources are misinformed, because the Ole Gunslinger sounds like he is well on his way to a return.

Bears fan tasers his wife, a Packers fan, following wager

John-Grant-mug-shotChicago Bears fans and Green Bay Packers fans generally don’t like one another. We’re guessing that isn’t the case with Packers fan John Grant and his wife, who happens to be a cheesehead. They just like to make friendly wagers that result in someone getting electrocuted.

According to The Daily Citizen, Grant was arrested early Tuesday morning after the Bears beat the Packers 27-20. His wife reportedly called police to report that Grant had used a stun gun on her three times. She showed the officers burn marks on her buttocks from where she had been shocked, which led to Grant’s arrest for the illegal use of an electric weapon.

Here’s the twisted part. Grant insisted he and his wife had made a wager on the game, and he Tasered her as a result of Chicago winning. After reviewing a series of text messages, police determined that Grant’s wife did indeed agree to the bet and consent to being Tasered if the Packers lost. She said, however, that she never expected him to actually do it.

Deadspin noted that Grant’s blood alcohol content was a whopping .137 while his wife’s was .155. It’s safe to say these NFL fans weren’t exactly thinking clearly. We’ve heard plenty of stories that involve people being Tasered, but this one is pretty shocking (see what I did there?). I don’t know what’s more baffling — that they agreed to the bet or that Grant actually followed through with it.

Fan pays $4,674 for high school photo he thought was 1921 Packers game


A famous Green Bay Packers picture that sold on Mears Online Auctions in 2011 for $4,674 may not be what the buyer thought it was. The ambitious collector who purchased the item thought he was getting a rare original photo from 1921 that featured Curly Lambeau about to take a pitch in the stadium that would later be named after him. It appears he was wrong.

The photo was billed as “the earliest known action photo of the Green Bay Packers franchise” in a description on Mears’ website. Cliff Christl of PackersNews.com disagrees, claiming that the photo is of a high school football game and has nothing to do with Lambeau Field. Christl listed three red flags that the photo should have raised.

For starters, the Allouez Water and Beverages sign in the background matches a sign that stood in an old minor league baseball stadium in Hagemeister Park which happened to double as a football field. Secondly, there is snow on the ground. The Packers played 18 games at Hagemeister Park in 1920 and 1921 and only six were after Nov. 1. They also played a local benefit game on Dec. 5, 1920, but of those 19 games only one was played with snow on the ground. It was played on Nov. 13, 1921.

Finally, Christl called attention to the jerseys. The Packers were sponsored by Acme Packing Co. in 1921. The Packers 1921 team picture shows that at least five players wore jerseys with Acme Packers written across the front of them. While only two jerseys worn by the team in the photo that has the ball are visible, neither have any lettering across the front.

And for further evidence, Christl pointed out that the Packers’ jerseys in the team photo are darker than their pants. The opposite is true in the picture that sold at auction.

If that evidence isn’t enough to prove that the photo isn’t what the buyer thought it was, good for them. They’re more than welcome to go through life believing they didn’t get hosed. Buyer beware.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Packers fan stumbles upon Mike McCarthy when he’s about to pop the question, has McCarthy take engagement photo

Packers-fan-proposalA man from Milwaukee named named Tim Schlosser recently planned a very romantic and memorable proposal for his now-fiancee Abigail Kobriger. However, Schlosser’s plan was not executed exactly the way he had envisioned it. Thank goodness for that, because he could have never imagined it going as well as it did.

The couple was strolling down the beach while on their Caribbean vacation when Tim was just about ready to make his move. The only thing he needed was a person that he could ask to take a picture of the couple, as he planned to get down on one knee and ask Abigail to marry him as soon as he could find a kind stranger to play the role of photographer. The next thing he knew, Schlosser spotted Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy from about 100 yards away.

“I know that guy!” Schlosser told TMJ 4 he was thinking when he spotted McCarthy. “I could just tell from the build, from about a 100 yards away and it’s Mike McCarthy.”

Schlosser says he and his girlfriend were both star struck and asked McCarthy to take a couple photos with them. He then asked the coach if he would mind taking a picture of the couple, which Kobriger found to be very bold considering he’s an NFL coach and a celebrity in their home state. That’s when Schlosser made his move.

“Coach hang on, I’ve got one thing to do,” Schlosser recalled asking McCarthy. “I pull out the ring and get down on one knee.”

Schlosser said McCarthy thought the moment was “very cool” and he ended up snapping 30 more photos of the couple to help them capture their special moment. We’ve seen NFL quarterbacks and punters help guys propose to their girlfriends before, but a coincidence like the one Schlosser and Kobriger came across seems too good to be true. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

Video via FOX Sports Wisconsin

Packers fan has tremendous Jay Cutler jersey (Picture)


One Green Bay Packers fan made the drive from Milwaukee to Chicago to watch his team play on Sunday, and he brought possibly the best taunting jersey we’ve ever seen.

Packers fan Sean Pliss replaced “Cutler” with “pick” on the back of his Bears jersey, creatively weaving in Cutler’s No. 6, while poking fun at the Chicago quarterback’s penchant for throwing interceptions returned for touchdowns.

The awesome jersey turned out to be omniscient; Cutler was intercepted in Bears territory late in the second quarter, leading to a touchdown that put the Packers ahead 14-7 before halftime.

The interception was the 100th of Cutler’s career, which is pretty ridiculous considering he’s only played 91 games. Cutler led the league in picks with 26 in 2009. Pliss is in the lead for best jersey of the year.

Photo via Sean Pliss/Twitter
H/T Darren Rovell

Greg Jennings says fans, particularly men, get grabby during the Lambeau Leap

The Lambeau Leap is a tradition unlike any other in sports. Packers players have a seemingly closer connection with their fans than any other team in the NFL, and that is do in large part to the Lambeau Leap. However, Greg Jennings reminded us on Thursday that there are some — gasp — negatives to the most famous touchdown celebration in football.

“I try to go away from the men because the men get a little grabby,” Jennings told Erik Kuselias of NBC Sports Radio, according to Pro Football Talk.  “The women get grabby too but them men it’s like come on, really, seriously? I’m another guy.”

There’s no telling what happens under those pile-ups when the beer is flowing and the testosterone is spiking. A little grabbage comes with the territory.

Jennings also talked about a fellow receiver who is expected to do the Lambeau Leap a lot this season, Jordy Nelson. Many view Nelson as one of the most underrated players in football, and Jennings thinks he knows why.

“I think for whatever reason a guy looks across at Jordy, number one, they’re going to think ,‘He’s a white guy he’s not that fast,’ but he has game,” he said. “Bottom line he can play. He can catch the ball, he can make things happen when he gets the ball in his hands. You’ve got to take him serious, I’ll tell you that, when you line up across from him.”

Nelson said nearly the exact same thing last season and we have heard it from a white running back in the past as well. If last year’s 1,263-yard, 15-touchdown season didn’t open the eyes of opponents, they’re going to get burned again by Nelson in 2012.

Landlord in Green Bay wonders if he can legally evict Bears fans for lying about being Bears fans

Believe me, I love sports just as much as the next guy. Sports are my livelihood, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find it completely hilarious when a person can’t distinguish the line between fandom and reality. That’s not to say that sports aren’t reality, as we have all been through plenty of ups and downs with our favorite teams to know that they are. What I’m trying to say is…actually, just read this post that a landlord in Green Bay recently wrote on The Landlord Protection Agency website and you’ll probably know what I mean.

I know you guys will laugh and call me a “troll”, but here’s my very real situation.

I own a home in Green Bay, Wisconsin. My job took me down Lake Michigan a ways towards Milwaukee, but I do plan on living back in Green Bay when I retire in a few years, so I am renting the place out as I do not want to sell it. As you can imagine, people are VERY fanatic about the Green Bay Packers there. My new tenants lied to me on my application and are actually Chicago Bears fans! They have made this known by putting out Bears crap all over the front lawn (flags, lawn gnomes, placemats, etc.). This has pissed off my neighbors something fierce as they do not want to live next to such blowhards.

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