A final goodbye to the “Dead Zone” when my expectations of nothing will soon turn into expectations of something!
So we got that goin’ for us, which is nice.
Another note on Randy Duncan: He was highly regarded in both football and basketball for his high school, Des Moines (Iowa) Roosevelt. In the latter sport, he was an all-state guard in 1954 and led his team to the state championship game. However, Duncan and Roosevelt lost that game to the Muscatine Little Muskies. My father was the Muskies’ coach.
Sounds like they weren’t so “little” that day.
As a follow up to Monty from Hazen, ND, and the Packers-Bears all-time wins, although it is true the Bears currently have one more win, they have also played 34 more games. The Packers also have the NFL’s highest winning percentage all-time.
Please answer in order of confidence which of these you believe to be most likely? A) Aaron Rodgers wins third consecutive MVP, B) Derek from Eau Claire wins next II MVP, C) Davante Adams has more TDs than Packers WRs combined, D) II’s meaningful playoff reporting of the team lasts longer than last year.
David from Warman, Saskatchewan
Do you fellas ever follow ex-Packers who are now in the CFL? If not, I wanted to let you know that Jake Dolegala will be making a start for my Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday. Do you think Aaron might watch a few plays? It should be quite interesting as he is making his first pro start due to a Covid outbreak on the team. Let’s get it Jake! GPG and Go Riders!
I admit I don’t follow ex-Packers north of the border, but I will definitely check out the box score Monday morning.
Mike from Cottage Grove, MN
I live about 16 miles from the Vikings training center. Would it be in bad taste if I wore Packers gear to watch one of their practice sessions?
I dare you to take a notebook or tablet along with you, and then be constantly holding up your smartphone like you’re videotaping everything.
Michael from Santa Cruz, CA
Do you expect the field goal/XP unit to rebound to a 90%-ish success rate this season? Of all the unknowns going into this season, this is the one where I just don’t have a feel for what’s coming. Mason Crosby has certainly earned equity/trust – and he has a track record of bouncing back after a subpar season – but if you look at the operation when he missed last season, bad snaps and bad holds do not stand out as the common denominator. Poor blocking was the most common theme IMHO.
Protection was the biggest issue, but the other areas were factors here and there, too. That’s why veterans like Crosby always talk in terms of the entire operation – snap, hold, protection, kick. Everything has to be in sync or nothing is, and the same goes for coverage and return teams. The Packers’ struggles the past couple years invited opponents to probe that much harder for weaknesses to exploit. The beast feeds on itself and the Packers must stop providing the bait.
Chris from New Canaan, CT
Each season has a game near the midway point (sorry about the Chicago airport reference) that defines the tone for the rest of the reason. It feels like the season is on a fulcrum; lose it and there’s trouble, win it and there’s confidence for the rest of the schedule. The fulcrum game last year, in my opinion, was @ ARZ which obviously ended well with Douglas’ walk-off INT in the EZ. What early-season game are you paying attention to as a season-defining game? I like DAL @ GB and NE @ GB.
There’s no way to call it in advance. Did anyone see Arizona being undefeated in late October last year? It’ll emerge when the time comes.