Tuesday, August 21, 2007

You're in luck

It's official. Every member of Cheese and Packers has the direct tv sunday ticket football package. Why do you, our loyal readers care? Because this means that Cheese and Packers is going to be way more informed on the games compared to last year, where we usually just read other Packer blogs and reworded things.

And this means that I, Packman, will be able to start commenting on things that really matter in football, such as uniforms.

This week I'm going to take a look at all of the changes made to the Packers uniforms.

Helmet- Same.
Jersey- Same.
Pants- Same.
Socks- Same.
Logo- Same.

This years Packers have the exact same uniforms as they did last year. If it was my choice, I would bring back the stripped socks like they had in the 1960's, and the G's on the sleeves like they did in the 1980's. Heck, I would even settle for more stripes on the sleeves like they did up until the late 1990's.

But, when you have a uniform as classic as this, it's really not a big deal. Unlike these crappy uniforms.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A reason for optimism

This time of year it seems that every team's fans can pretend that they have a shot. Everyone points to the one year wonders like the Rams in '99, the Ravens in '00 and then tries to rationalize their way towards a title run. It only works out for one team a year but it's a fun excercise.

I'm not saying the Packers are about to make a title run. I just don't see it. But I think the team will be better than last year even if the record is the same. The schedule is so much more difficult than last years (on paper anywho) that it'll be tough to improve on 8-8, but I do think there is room for some optimism.

Ever since everyone's favorite GM Teddy T took over the Packers have been quietly and efficiently improving their wideout core. Here are the past few years of wideouts.

2004 - Last year of Mike Sherman's draft day tyranny
Donald Driver
Javon Walker
Robert Ferguson
Antonio Chatman
Andrae Thurman

Donald Driver
Javon Walker
Robert Ferguson
Antonio Chatman
Terrence Murphy
Taco Wallace (later replaced by Burger Johnson)

Donald Driver
Greg Jennings
Koren Robinson
Ruvell Martin
Carlyle Holiday

Donald Driver
Greg Jennings
James Jones
Koren Robinson
Ruvell Martin

Now, two things stand out. One, this team has had some shitty damn wideouts. Two, the last three drafts (Teddy T's) have all produced at least one guy to get all the national writers like Len Pasquerelli and John Clayton to imply somewhat inappropriately that the scouts are "drooling" over.

Terrence Murphy was the first. If not for a little ditty we like to call "Spinal Stenosis" Terrence might be our #2 guy right now. As it is he's coaching wide receivers for a small college and running his website. Is anyone else fired up to learn that Terrence has a website? Not impressed? Okay, is anyone fired up that Terrence Murphy's website has a poll where you can vote on such topics as "which position should the packers focus on in the 2006 draft?". There's also a (very thin, presumably) newsletter you can sign up for.

After Terrence TT drafted Greg Jennings. If not for another injury, although this one much less significant than Murphy's, Jennings may have topped 1,000 yards last year. I already feel comfortable with him as the #2. He's not explosive but he is solid. After reviewing the list from above I'm cool with solid.

Now we come to James Jones. The comments about him are carbon copies of what was said about Murphy and even moreso about Jennings. "He runs great routes." "He catches everything with his hands." "He is incredibly wise to go by James instead of Jim." Okay, maybe that last one wasn't said about all of them, but it is nice that he chooses to go with James and not Jim the People's Temple Kool Aid Safari nut. That makes me happy at least.

I realize that my optimism is based on one guy who hasn't produced for a full year and another who hasn't played a real down yet. But that's why it's called "optimism" and not "history of productivityism". So there. Also, my least favorite Packer of the past 5 years, Robert "Fergie" Ferguson is relegated to special teams. That just makes me all sorts of happy. Sure I'm going to miss the mis-timed jumps, the drops, the utter lack of separation. I'm seriously considering calling him "Linus" and all cornerbacks who have ever walked the earth are his blankie. There's just no pulling him from 'em.

Tomorrow on C&P: A debate on whether "Vernand" is cooler than "Vernon". And, quite possibly, an intervention by the C&P staff to get me to stop using quotations 97 times per post. They say it's because they "care".

Monday, August 13, 2007


Okay people, it's on like Donkey Kong. I make no bones about being absolutely bored stiff during the offseason. Fortunately I've got a wife, dog, friends, family, books, movies, HBO TV shows, etc to fill the void of actual football during that time. But now, well, we're almost back. I'm fired up for it.

I have a rule, a very simple rule and you should know it if you're going to make this site a daily visit throughout your year. I can't possibly start posting regularly until the prettiest of all the draft picks signs his contract and reports to camp. Thank God Brady Quinn finally signed his. I'm 72% certain that he used a Hello Kitty pen to do the deed.

Is anyone else excited to watch Mr. Manpretty try to play the role of savior in Cleveland? Cleveland people. Where the term "6 pack abs" means that the person in question just finished 6 beers, not that they have washboard muscles.

I'm indifferent to Quinn in general but I can tell you this, if he makes the choice to own that town I might just get on the bandwagon. Of course, "owning" the town means that he has to really work to release his inner Bernie Kosar. I'm talking about letting go of the perfected hair helmet that's messy but not actually messy but he wants girls to think he doesn't care about his hair so it's still a little messy, messy. I'm talking about knocking out a quasi-permed mullett. Growing a killer 'stache and hanging out at the beer halls and mocking his girl whenever he calls to tell her to come home. If he does that, well then hell, I might just be a Browns fan.

Don't worry, he won't do that.

Tomorrow, we discuss Wide Receivers, Ted Thompson and whether or not it's cool to call Jamarcus Russell "Jam" or not.