The good, the bad and the bloody all came out to battle for the NFC Championship title this Sunday. Green Bay vs Chicago.
Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler meet up before the big game
photo credit AP- D.Phillip
What most Midwestern and old franchise team followers would call the Real Bowl game of the season, started out with an Aaron Rodgers run in for the Green Bay Packers first touchdown of the game. Rodgers and the Packers would own the field in the first half, keeping the Chicago Bears scoreless.
Jay Cutler had to leave the game early from a knee and elbow injury and Chicago called in their backup QB, Todd Collins after half time, who could not perform to the Bears season winning caliber. It would take the third-string QB, Caleb Hanie to get the Bears on the score board.
Hanie's arm brought out the blood after their first touchdown of the game and tempers were flaring between the NFL's oldest rivals. It brought back the many memories of Green Bay vs Chicago games through nearly a century of playing that earned them the nickname black and blue division.
Touchdowns and interceptions seemed at a dizzying pace throughout the second half. Hanie's first touchdown pass seemed for anxious minutes to fans of the Bears a promise of glory. But his next possession ended up in a straight line throw to B.J. Raji who clamped onto the pigskin and ran as graciously as a 370+ pound defensive lineman can. Raji's first NFL touchdown! Which he quickly celebrated in his self named "The Freezer" style dance.
B.J. Raji unwieldy yet handily touchdown run
It was a old school rockem' sockem' game. One that will be talked about for ages. The Bears gave a great and valiant fight, but the Packers were the victors with a new title to take back to Titletown, U.S.A.
Rodger and Cutler after the game
AP Photo credit
I have to offer Jay Cutler a curtsy for such a great season. After all he did throw for over 3000 yards the last two seasons. His fellow team mates where quick to come to defense after cat calls and speculation about how bad his knee was injured. Veterans and other team mates alike said Cutler was not the type to ever complain about pain or injury. One said he saw Cutler's knee shaking when he was trying to get it into action for a possible return to the game. He is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow. It has to be heart breaking to play so well and fight to get this close to a Super Bowl game and then have to sit it out on the bench while you watch your team out there still fighting. I wish him fast and complete healing, he is, as well as the whole Bears franchise worthy opponents.
Rodgers in celebration mode
photo credit the Green Bay Press-Gazette
I also think Aaron Rodgers has earned his day in the sun out of the shadow of QBs past. The Pack is Back! Yeehaw!
So now my faithful readers I hope you join me and the rest of crazy football fanatics as we watch the coming battle of Titletown vs Steeltown in the journey to the 45th Super Bowl. 02-06-2011
Did you watch any of footballs final four today?
Who do you think will ultimately become the newest
Super Bowl Champions?
until next time,
your not so sports reporter
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That is what you may hear from lots of Green Bay Packers or Chicago Bears fans heading up to this weekends final season ending battle for the NFC Championship.
The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have had the NFL's longest standing rivalry dating back to 1921. No two franchises in NFL annals have met more than Green Bay and Chicago. The Bears hold a 92-83-6 edge in the lifelong conflict. No two teams have met on the gridiron more than the Packers and Bears. This coming Sunday they face off for the 182nd time, but for just the second time in the postseason.
Only once before have they played with this much at stake.
You have to look way back in history, just 7 days after Pearl Harbor and the U.S. going to war! Chicago's hosting Green Bay in the NFC championship game Sunday is the teams' first playoff meeting since Dec. 14, 1941! The Bears' 33-14 victory over the Packers at that time, put them in the NFL title game. While there's sure to be mention of the antagonism between franchises with a combined 48 Hall of Fame players, the history between Chicago and Green Bay may take a back seat to a Super Bowl invite on the line.
Not that the Super Bowl doesn't matter, but to many Packers fans, some saying beating the Bears at Soldier Field would be a delectable 'title-cake', with a Super Bowl victory serving as the exquisite frosting. For real Packers or Bears fans this is ourSuper Bowl! The NFC Championship.
Halas Trophy photo credit Chicago Tribune
The winner of this game will get to take home the Halas Trophy. Named after George Halas , the famed Bears head coach. Add that to the Super Bowl trophy, named for Vince Lombardi, the famous head coach of the Green Bay packers and you can understand why the meet up of these two long time rivals mean so much to both teams and fans alike.
Don't expect much street traffic on Sunday in Wisconsin, like most Packers play days, fans will either be at the game or someplace watching it. It just will not be at Curly's Pub. Lambeau Field including the Packers Pro Shop, the Packers Hall of Fame, Stadium Tours and Curly’s Pub, will be closed Sunday in order for all the respective employees to enjoy the NFC Championship Game with their family and friends, as announced by the Green Bay Packers. Yeahaa!
And in many homes of both Packers and Bears fans it may be a house divided! With sharing a state border many families have moved or crisscrossed with parents, siblings or husband and wife on opposite sides of the bench!
a house divided
Family rivals normally are on the friendly side with a wager or more riding on the winning team. Including a house full of volume and maybe some pillow tossing. (keep the scratching and biting to a minimum please!)
another house divided photo credit Janesville Gazette
Even State Governors get in on the game action! On Wednesday, newly elected and sworn in, WI Governor Scott Walker released the details of his wager with Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois on the outcome of the Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears football game. A long time friendly wager.
The loser of the bet will volunteer in a food pantry in the winner's state wearing a T-shirt of the opposing team. In other words, when the Packers win, Governor Quinn will volunteer at a Wisconsin food pantry wearing a Packers T-shirt. In addition, the loser must also fly the opposing team's flag in his governor's office for a day before the Super Bowl.
A normal food or beverage has in the past been included in the states wagers, again this year many Wisconsin companies have texted the Governor with their tasty wares. As part of the wager, Wisconsin organizations have agreed to donate food to a pantry no matter who wins. The pantry will receive cranberry products; 10 Door County cherry pies; 50 pounds of Trig's bratwurst; a 10-pack of Kopp's Frozen Custard; and a box of Wisconsin Natural Acres honey. Yum! A real win-win for the needy.
Packers VS Bears
We also have not heard the last from Brett Favre ( sorry, still my favorite QB, his football ratings show him to be the top QB, any personal matters, known or not are to be settled between Brett his wife and family, not the public, JMHO).
"I'd be remissed if I didn't thank the Green Bay Packers, the fans. It's kind of tough to say that and the Vikings at the same time, but it was special, a wonderful experience that I wouldn't change for anything. It was special. I don't know that else to say. To play 20 years in the National Football League, as a kid we always dreamed of just playing in the NFL. I was not a whole lot different than most kids. To accomplish
the things that I was able to accomplish individually and from a team standpoint was way more than I ever dreamed of."
-Brett Favre (photo credit AP-2010espy)
more from his website:
In an e-mail response to ESPN's Ed Werder, Favre said Monday that the Packers are "by far" the best team left in the NFL playoffs and added that "I think they will win it all." "[Packers QB] Aaron [Rodgers]
is the best QB and the receiving corps is the best ever, maybe," Favre said in the e-mail. "But [defensive coordinator] Dom [Capers] and the defense gets the MVP award at this stage."
Favre insisted he holds no grudges against the organization he was with for 16 seasons.
"There is no bitterness. I'm happy for them and very happy and content with my legacy," Favre told Werder.
Still, Favre thinks this is the year for Green Bay to win its first Super Bowl since Favre and the Packers beat the New England Patriots in 1998 in Super Bowl XXXI.
"I think they will win it all! I hope they do, if you are wondering," Favre said in the e-mail.
And so do I, Brett, so do I! Halas and then the Super Bowl!
Peace, Favre, peace J. Biever
Okay readers, who do you think will win and go to the Super Bowl?
until next time, from your not so sports reporter
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Sliced and diced. Who would of thought that Aaron Rodgers was going to have one the games of his life, leading the Green Bay Packers to their second straight postseason road victory with a 48-21 blown away win over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night?
photo credit Packers Forum
In a game that started out to look like an expected trouncing by the Falcons, especially after scoring the first touchdown of the game with a turnover. A game that went sideways and the Green and Gold showed up to play using winning teamwork.
Slicing up the NFC's top-seeded Falcons, Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, and ran in for another! Ending the game with 366 passing yards.
Aaron Rodgers is creating his own legacy in Titletown USA. Green Bay went on to score 35 consecutive points, including Tramon Williams' 70-yard interception return on the final play of the first half that left the Falcons (13-4)and the home crowd slack jawed.
photo credit C.Wilson Press Gazette
My Green Bay Packers (12-6) will have to win one more on the road to finish their questionable run from sixth seed to the Super Bowl. So next it’s on to Chicago or Seattle for the NFC Championship next Sunday, January 23 and a chance for the Packers to return to the Super Bowl for the first time since January 1998. It is so close I can almost taste the title.
It would be trilling to see the Pack playing again for the Lombardi trophy. Since the Vikings and Brett Favre (still my favorite QB) are no where in sight, the Green and Gold is all that I need to savor a Super Bowl Title this year!
Come on, can you taste it?
Until next time ....
Faythe Your "not so" sports reporter...
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Hard is the frozen ground.
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter.
(my apologies to Simon and Garfunkle)
Blizzards, wind and numerous storms rage across the states... My head is full of visions of white. I know it has a long time to run. I am long tired of this achromatic scene, I wish it gone. Never, never do I get used to this season. This season of alabaster, cold, ice, winter, white!
wind blown snow of glaciate restrictions
Tints of winter white surround my castle, trying to inhibit my movements. I will my eyes to find the beauty hidden here...
sticky frozen blanched fingers and limbs
Youngsters, I am sure, are enjoying this weather. They do not have the worries of removal, heating and driving.They can enjoy the fun things that comes with snow. I wish to go back to those times of just running out to play, plowing down sled runs, digging out snow forts and getting all rosy cheeked with my children. A bit of age and health issues that likens to corrupt our bodies keep me from that joy. I can still watch, but not long outside in the frigid temps. My vigil is through panes of glass.
speeding through winters blast
It just chills the skin, deep into the bones. Not invited. Not wanted. And not just here, and in many areas so much worse. I should not be so whiny, as winter is covering areas that normally do not see shades of white! I feel sorry for them as I am sure there are communities that are not equipped to rid themselves of ice, snow and nasty hues of winter. So I cast my mind eye to visions of warmer times, and offer them to share.
lacy peaking petals
dappled bridal white
submerged in a sea of white
Warmer memories to trick the senses.
But still alert !
great white can strike anywhere!
Stay warm and safe my readers. I shall await to hear your stories told with or without words. Please grab a link and join or hop along. Comments welcomed and returned.
The tax man is an easy target to be cursed upon, but in Romania there are a whole new coven of people up in wands! Romanian witches are angry about having to pay taxes for the first time and are planning to cast spells on the president and government.
Romania has has changed it labor laws January 1, 2011 to officially recognize witchcraft legal as a profession, prompting many a self-described witch to threaten retaliation. Things have come a long way for the practice since the days that witches were burned at the stake for practicing the profession.
The government is actually trying to crack down on tax evasion, and witches are being joined by astrologists, fortune tellers (don't you think they could of warned everybody?) embalmers, valet parking and driving instructors as some of new groups that must now pay taxes.
It is not surprising that governments are looking for ways the increase revenue during the poor economy, and declaring certain jobs as legal professions can seem to be a good way to collect more money from those who have avoided taxes before, in a country that is in recession.
For months this tax measure had been debated, protested by witches and mocked by the media.
Superstitions are no laughing matter in Romania the land of the medieval ruler who inspired the "Dracula" tale and have been part of its culture for centuries.
A dozen Romanian witches plan to will hurl the poisonous mandrake plant (humm, a hint of Harry Potter?) into the Danube river to put a hex on government officials "so evil will befall them," said a witch named Alisia. She identified herself with one name, customary among Romania's witches.
"This law is foolish. What is there to tax, when we hardly earn anything?" she said by telephone interview to one reporter on Wednesday. "The lawmakers don't look at themselves, at how much they make, their tricks; they steal and they come to us asking us to put spells on their enemies."
Others plan to retaliate using black pepper and yeast to cast a spell that will create discord in the government. Hopefully not cooking up trouble!
Mircea Geoana, who lost the presidential race to Basescu in 2009, performed poorly during a crucial debate, and his camp blamed attacks of negative energy (spells/curses ?) by their opponent's aides.
Geoana aide Viorel Hrebenciuc alleged there was a "violet flame"! President Traian Basescu and his aides continue to be seen wearing purple clothing on important days, because the color ostensibly makes the wearer superior and wards off evil. Special charms tied around the neck or waist with a red cloth or red rope is able, supposedly to ward off evil. Conspiracy during the campaign, saying Basescu and other aides dressed in purple on Thursdays to increase his chance of victory.
Such spiritualism has long been tolerated by the Orthodox Church in Romania, and the late Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, had their own personal witch.
Bratara, who is supposedly a queen witch, age 63, who was imprisoned in 1977 for witchcraft under Ceausescu's repressive regime, is furious about the new law. Bratara said she planned to cast a spell using a particularly effective concoction of cat poo and a dead dog (smelly for sure!), along with a chorus of witches.
"We do harm to those who harm us," she said. "They want to take the country out of this crisis using us? They should get us out of the crisis because they brought us into it."
"My curses always work!" she cackled in a smoky voice. As she sat next to her wood-burning stove, surrounded by potions, charms, holy water and ceramic pots.
Under the new law, like any self-employed person, they will pay 16 percent income tax and make contributions to health and pension programs.
Some argue the law will be hard to enforce, as the payments to witches and astrologers usually are made in cash and relatively small at 20 to 30 lei ($7-$10) per consultation.
Not every witch is threatening fire and brimstone.
"This law is very good," said Mihaela Minca. "It means that our magic gifts are recognized and I can open my own practice." Oh Joy!!
If witches are successful, will Romania change the new law? It would be hard to predict. Hopefully the lawmakers will not fall victim to the people who practice witchcraft. If other people who work have to pay taxes, then so should they (I wonder if prostitution is a legal profession in Romania?). Unless someone is working solely on a bartering system, that would be difficult to collect on. What do you think? Are you surprised that Romania made witchcraft legal as a profession? Should the U.S. follow suit in order to collect more taxes? If that is passed what is next? I could easily see churches and non-profits following behind. And why not add pan-handlers if you are going to try taxing someone who mostly works in cash with no paper work. I can just picture IRS agents running around trying to enforce and collect in these areas!
Now as crazy as this new tax law seems, I am contributing it sarcastically, but who knows what goes on in our own government officials heads sometimes? Leave me your thoughts and ideas, I will include a Linky so we can all share a favorite post and allow others to visit.