Posts Tagged ‘Clay Matthews’


Right now, the Green Bay Packers, (aka the team that everybody loves to hate because of them being 13 time Champs) made the playoffs.

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I was going to write a football blog, but due to the “hit in the stick”, I’ll dab my commentary on this and this only.

Dear San Francisco 49ers:

It’s me Stephen. You know that black blogging Guy from Wisconsin?

Oh yeah. The infamous hit on Colin Kaepernick. We know. The infamous hit on a Milwaukee born QB, now representing your team. I know.


For the last two days, most in the NFL, and those in our local markets are still talking about the hit by the CLAYMAKER!!!!! Or those know him in his native state of California, Clay Matthews. And the ongoing babble of Jim Harbaugh. Ok so the coach backs his players. Guess what? so does Mike McCarthy, who at one time was working in the as most of you call it  on Twitter: #ninerempire. Oh yeah, I see those instagram hashtags. And unlike Coach Harbaugh, Coach McCarthy took the high road with the Pack after the game of what was said.

I got names for the #Packers: #packmentalityinc  or #packersinc  or #thatlambeaushow or check this: #packerscrew

But Jim couldn’t let it go, now could he? On and on about the hit, and after the hit, I’m going to say it here: the more he talks about Clay Matthews,  he just wants to make Clay Matthews “famous”. He’s already famous. HELLO! I’ll admit, the game was a good one. I’ll admit it. That game was money all over it.  And that hit on the Milwaukee born/now 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick maybe confrontational, but that was clean hit. Too bad it had to be out of bounds. Just a fair question, don’t the 49ers have better things to worry about?!! Like week 2 with Seattle? And the Packers have to contend with RGIII at Lambeau.

One thing about this “NFC North/NFC West rival thing”, many are speculating that this is a start. Well its already been there, but not quite in a while. And yeah the championships, don’t forget the Packers won more championships that any other team in the NFL. Try 13. Going back during the Curly Lambeau days and Lombardi.

You guys: 5 SuperBowls. Duh! I get it.

And yes, last season in the divisional, the Niners topped the Pack, went on to the NFC Championship, but what about that SuperBowl? Hmmm…..oh wait that’s right! The Baltimore Ravens hit it first.

So yeah, Niner Empire, 49ers. Or whatever your name is. Yeah you got the Pack 3 times. Maybe the next time if the teams clash up again,  you know where Lambeau Field is.  And if Colin is still playing, it might be a “Wisconsin homecoming” for him to challenge. No pistol plays necessary.

But like any rivalry its going to get renewed. Want more proof? Reference the Chicago Bears. The Packers and Bears will face each other for the 186th time, this season. Which is in reality; Old School Rivals like this never gets old.



I think I can say this: Mad respect to the Packers for winning the NFC Championship. They fought hard and good in order to go into all places, Solider Field in Chicago and getting the George Halas Trophy against their Old School Rivals, the Chicago Bears. In my last blog, these two teams are the reasons why the NFL exists. Without these teams, No NFL. Period. But for a Bears fan (or a Bears Observer) they still have the 92nd victory. The Packers fan-base (or Packers Observers) have a 84th victory, and the ties are at 6. 182 Games. 21 Championships.

Now to question, what is an observer? What do they have to do with this? Well an observer sees everything. They see the positives and negatives. And they see updated results. You know like at the polls? Well if you been to the election polls, they have observers from both democratic and republican to just see what going on. That what my position as a “packer observer” is. Just seeing the positives and negatives. In the game, the positives of the game I saw the most was between the first touchdown run by Aaron Rodgers, the two interceptions by Sam Shields, and also B.J. Raji’s touchdown dance! Maybe not. But it was funny!

As for negatives, I think Aaron Rodgers should have not (and I mean SHOULD HAVE NOT) thrown a pic towards the end-zone when Brian Urlacher was making the play. But, Aaron did tackled Brian in the open field for a save. Another was after 81 seconds when Bears QB Backup Caleb Haine threw a pass to Earl Bennett, and also well I think the Packer Cornerbacks of Charles Woodson and Nick Collins were caught of guard. I know it happens. But after a hard fought battle with the old school rivals, the Packers did indeed became the NFC Championship in the home of the NFC North Division Champs, the Chicago Bears. As predicted in my last blog, it was close by a touchdown and the score spoke for itself. And speaking of which, when a player goes out with a slight injury, where’s the courage? I bet the Bears fans should answer that. Hey, this is not a poking fun thing here. There were times that Brett Favre was slightly hurt – he played. And I’m sure that when Aaron Rodgers had those concussions, he was out for 2 games, but he came back and competed. Plus supported Matt Flynn, even though he wasn’t in his right form.

Now, it’s on to Superbowl 45. And the Pittsburgh Steelers are the next opponents for the Packers. There is no telling, I’m thinking this Superbowl will be tested, for both Offenses, Defenses, and Special Teams. Mostly Defense. The Packers have been using the 3-4 Defense for a couple of seasons after their 4-3 defense haven’t lived up to it’s expectations. And as for the Steelers, they’ve been using it since the beginning. If I were the Packers on offense, the players I would be on the lookout for during the big game would be these players:

1) We know Ben Rothlesberger. Big Ben. He can run, pass, and has determination to plays happen. I’m assuming the Packers Defense will be primarily focused on him just to watch his moves. I think also that the Packers LB’s would be involved a “Psycho Package” just to make Ben miss his throws, and having him to throw an interception.

2) Hines Ward: he’s a sprinter and a playmaker. I think either Tramon Williams or Charles Woodson should be on him to defend the ball. As well as defending against the pass of Big Ben.

3) Rashard Mendenhall: Knowing him he’ll run the ball. In the game against the Jets, he ran for a total of 121 yards. For the Packers, I would consider him as a lookout for the linebackers like Clay Matthews or if necessary a supporting cast of the Packers’ D like Desmond Bishop to slow him down.

On defense:

4) James Harrison. He’s a power hitter, no question. If I were the Packers running crew, the Offensive line, and Aaron, avoid the hits and protect the football. He did get fined for the “helmet to helmet” penalty earlier in the season. Also as a tipping point, the Packers need to look out for James Farrior just to get noticed.

5) Troy Polamalu. Another play-maker indeed. He has that interception maneuver that Nick Collins makes half of the time. If I were one of the Packers wide receivers, put some moves on him while trying to catch a pass from Aaron Rodgers. For those who don’t know, he’s got the long hair.

Now there has been this debate about the number of Super Bowl Victories between the teams. Yes, for the record that the Steelers do have 6 Lombardis. And the Packers have 3 from the 60’s and 1996. WE KNOW! Everybody knows this. And for those who think that the Packers don’t have enough “SuperBowl Experience”. Three players come to mind:

Charles Woodson was on the Oakland Raiders Superbowl Team which lost to Warren Sapp’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers around the 2002 NFL Season – Which was that battle of the Pirates: Raiders and Bucs.

For Ryan Pickett – he almost had a Superbowl Ring. Didn’t get one. When he played with the St. Louis Rams  in SuperBowl 41.

And also John Kuhn. (KUHHHHHN!) Whom by the way, was a on the practice squad in the Pittsburgh Steelers camp a couple of seasons ago, before he came a folk hero in TitleTown. – A Superbowl ring indeed.

Just as a reminder: We know that Mike McCarthy is Pittsburgh Born. Plus, Kevin Greene, Anthony Smith, Ben McAdoo, Darren Perry – (remember them Steelers folks?)

And that last game they played, it was close. 37-36 Steelers. This was in the 2009 Season that the Packers ALMOST had a victory. Both QB’s were on deck for this game indeed and unfortunately, it went to Big Ben. But that was about 2 seasons ago. The teams are different now with the Offense, Defense and Special Teams. To make a bold prediction, this Superbowl 45 I think, would be a close game about a little more than 7 points. They say that the Packers would have a 2 1/2 or 3 point win, I’m giving them 7. Yep, that’s my prediction. In the game against Atlanta it was in a dome, which might revive Aaron Rodgers for the New Cowboys Stadium. But just for cautionary stuff, the Defense of the Steelers is good. They know it. But knowing Aaron Rodgers, he’ll probably do what it takes to dissect the Defense or “Steel Curtain II” to get points on the board.

And for the record, the Packers-Steelers Series is 18-14, with the Packers leading.

So we shall see on February 6th.

Wisconsin Football is awesome. Not to mention the fact it is one of the most interesting sports to watch. Two teams this past weekend had a “Night and Day” effect on winning and losing. For losing, It’s the Wisconsin Badgers Football Team. If you wondering why the night thing, they lost to TCU in this year’s Rose Bowl. I have been stuck to the Bucky Bandwagon since 1993 and I know that it was the first time to see Wisconsin win something on the gridiron. Just for the record, they won 3 Rose Bowls when Barry Alvarez was commanding the Bucky back in the 90’s.  We had players like Darrell Bevell, Brent Moss (before he was removed when he did drugs), Terrell Fletcher, Brooks Bollinger, Ron Dayne, Jamar Fletcher, and others. We remember them. They played to win Rose Bowls! But these guys, the 2010 Wisconsin Badgers will be remembered as scoring over 80 points over Indiana, 70 points over Austin Peay, Defeating Michigan, having a big game over Ohio State, losing to Michigan State, JJ Watt having a good season along with Scott Tolzien, John Clay, James White, Monte Ball and company. But the biggest flaw, is losing the Rose Bowl. I said this on my Facebook Page,  you don’t just get to the Rose Bowl, you have to WIN IT!

On New Year’s Day, the Wisconsin Badgers did made it to the Rose Bowl, but they didn’t WIN the Rose Bowl. For TCU, they are a small Christian University out of Texas with 9,000+ Students. You know, my Alma-Mater the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin has over 9,000+ students on campus also. BIG DEAL!  So what’s the point? Not to start a fire here, but look. OK TCU played a heck of a game against Wisconsin. I’ll give them one little credit of giving the Badgers a good competition.  They said that schools like them shouldn’t be in the BCS games like the Rose Bowl. I say that any team (ANY TEAM) has a right to play in any bowl game, World Series, NBA Championship, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Finals, or any other Cup, Trophy Championship Game  as they see or believe. There was a time that Wisconsin was labeled “the worst team to play in the Rose Bowl”.  Wisconsin played UCLA the second time and won the Rose Bowl. I see that comparison with TCU.  For the Badgers: they had a good season. Period. This loss should also teach them that they shouldn’t under estimate the power of opponents.  And I don’t see Wisconsin fading a way so quickly. They will learn from this, and will work a way back to the Rose Bowl, and win it. That’s my prediction. So I’m still down the Red, still down with Bucky!

Day Break: The Green Bay Packers got even with the Chicago Bears the day after with a win to get into the playoffs. Now, if every sports fan knows, the Packers and Bears have a long storied history. Or as I like to call it: Old School Rivals. Lombardi vs Halas. Dick Butkus vs Willie Davis. Jim McMahon/Walter Payton/The Fridge vs Don Majkowski/Sterling Sharpe/LeRoy Butler. We know this! But this game between them in this rematch was the Packers saying to the Bears, “not so fast!” So the Bears had their starters and having the thought that they’ll walk into Lambeau Field the day after New Year’s Day and spank the Pack. The last time the Bears went into Lambeau and beat Green Bay, was on Christmas in 2005. – And Brett Favre was the quarterback, the Bears won the game, and went on to the Superbowl to get defeated by the Colts. Now those in Solider Field land on Monday probably are asking themselves “yeah, Lovie Smith had the starters and the Bears should have won the game. But we let Green Bay in the Building.” Let in the building?!!! Lambeau Field is their building, hello! Or they mean…………… Atlanta’s Building the Georgia Dome? Note to the “Bear Down” folks, never under-estimate the power of your opponent. If you want questions, ask your rivals! Now the Packers have to travel to Philadelphia in which they beaten the Eagles since week one, and erased 48 years of couldn’t get the win in the city, and to get rid of the 4th and 26th mindset. We know!  I think Aaron Rodgers will be revived for the game. Just as he did with the win along with Donald Lee’s TD, and the interceptions of Charlie Pepprah, and Nick Collins.  And I know I shouldn’t forget the ClayMaker (aka Clay Matthews), Charles Woodson, Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and a dude that just came on the scene of tackling Jay Cutler: Erik Walden.

The Packers I think “half-spared” the state of Wisconsin Football Atmosphere this New Year’s Weekend the day after the Badgers didn’t check in the building with a win at the Rose Bowl.

So, congrats to the Badgers on a good season. And Mad Respect to the Packers in the playoffs!