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Packer books

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Fozastuta, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. Fozastuta

    Fozastuta Cheesehead

    Apr 12, 2014
    Could any recommend me any good Packer reads or decent American Football books in general? Not much about here in the UK, but thanks to the wonderful Internet i can buy stuff from all over.
  2. PFanCan

    PFanCan That's MISTER Cheesehead, to you.

    Dec 18, 2009
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  3. Vladimirr

    Vladimirr Cheesehead

    Nov 4, 2011
    I'm a fan of Arch Ward's "Green Bay Packers". I have an old copy and really enjoy reading through it from time to time. It chronicles the early years of the team from the start through the 1940s. Some good stories in there from when gridiron football was a tough man's sport.

    Here's an excerpt that I keep around in a text file. As you read it, filter it through the experience of 1946 - World War II had just ended, radio had not-long-ago surpassed the grid-o-graph for real-time scoring updates, and the Packers had won their sixth league championship. 1919 was not even thirty years ago.

    Packers-Ishpeming, 1919

    The upper peninsula of Michigan has long been known as
    a territory where men are men and football players are big
    and tough. Ishpeming was an example in the Packers' first
    season as an organized team. For five years no team had
    been able to beat the Michiganders on their home grounds,
    and they were acknowledge champions of the Wolverine

    Captain Lambeau and his mates dared to invade Ishpem-
    ing on October 20, 1919, even though older heads had
    counseled them about the punishment they would take from
    Ishpeming. It required only three running plays for the
    young Packers to realize that their elders had not been josh-
    ing them. Jimmy Coffeen, the quarterback who now officiates
    at the public-address mike at all Packer home games, was
    the first casualty, a brace of broken ribs sending him out.
    Another scrimmage play followed, and tackle Al Petka
    emerged from that with a cracked collarbone. One more
    rushing maneuver, and tackle Andy Muldoon made his exit
    with a broken ankle.

    Lambeau & Company took quick stock of the situation.
    This was hardly a day to buck the rugged Ishpeming line.
    The Green Bay personnel totaled only twenty players, and
    just seventeen were left for duty. Curly suggested a drastic
    switch in tactics--no line plays, just passes and punts. The
    reversal not only resulted in a 33-to-0 triumph for Green
    Bay, with Lambeau doing the pitching, but also infuriated
    the Ishpeming team to a point where it used a seven-man
    line that included its fullback. The Michiganders taunted
    their lighter rivals to come through, but the Packers hewed
    to the pass-and-punt line for the rest of the day. Lambeau,
    Tubby Bero, Walter Ladrow, and their associates continued
    to fling and kick footballs through the air until the game
    was over, and the riled Ishpeming gents had been given a
    sound trouncing.

    This game is chosen as outstanding because it proved
    conclusively that brawn could be conquered by strategy, the
    same aerial brand which young Lambeau and his friends had
    learned in their knicker days on Cherry Street, Green Bay,
    when they used a stuffed salt sack for play. It was to become
    a concrete factor in Green Bay offensive play, one that is
    still employed today.
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  4. Fozastuta

    Fozastuta Cheesehead

    Apr 12, 2014
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  5. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater Cheesehead

    Jan 9, 2015
    I got "Take your eye off the ball" by Pat Kirwan for Christmas. It's a pretty interesting book about how teams/ the league works and goes into quite a bit of detail about each position's role. Highly recommend, especially if you haven't grown up with the game
  6. Powarun

    Powarun Big Bay Blues fan

    Feb 1, 2010
    Packers by the Number gives a good read on the "best" player to wear the number before the Rodger's era began.
  7. Dan115

    Dan115 Guest

    Run to Daylight --for Lombardi era
  8. Sky King

    Sky King Cheesehead

    Sep 27, 2012
    Jerry Kramer wrote several books. The first and arguably the best was Instant Replay which he co-authored with the late Dick Schaap. It is an insider's view of the Lombardi years.

    Another winner is The Ultimate Super Bowl Book by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. It was written before the past two SBs took place but it has some terrific back stories to tell about all the other games. Unbiased and interesting as all get-out. Email him directly to order a copy.

    Mudbaths and Bloodbaths by Gary D'Amato and Cliff Christl chronicles the intense long-standing rivalry between the Packers and Bears. Very balanced storytelling.
  9. PWT

    PWT Cheesehead

    Jan 23, 2009
    Green and Golden Moments] Bob Harlan and the Green Bay Packers Buy Bob Harlan and Dale Hofmann Copyright 2007 KCI Sports Publishing-- Available Amazon books . com. New and used copies

    The Packer Way Nine stepping stones to building a Winning organization by Ron Wolf Executive Vice president of the Green Bay Packers and Paul Attner published by St Martin's Press Copyright 1998 Available? ? Amazon Bookx.com
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  10. weeds

    weeds Cheesehead

    Dec 9, 2004
    This was a superior read. I bought this thing right out of the blocks ... loaned it someone AFTER I read it a couple of times...and never got it back.

    If you really want to know what is in Ted Thompson's mind as he makes personnel decisions ... this is a must read... I am an unabashed fan of Ron Wolf, and Thompson, AND Schneider come from the Wolf 'tree' so to speak. Having read that book, I learned a long time ago to not get too involved in free agency speculation and stuff like that. Just ain't gonna happen with these guys at the helm -- and rightly so, in my opinion.

    While the Lombardi book was a good read as well, the Wolf book is largely a first hand account of how he set about to rebuild a moribund franchise. Reading it with the benefit of 20+ years of hindsight, a lot of things will become a lot more clear to you younger fans. Not kidding...
  11. yooperpackfan

    yooperpackfan Cheesehead

    Jul 16, 2005
    Being as I'm from Ishpeming and we have had a long and storied relationship with the Packers that most people nowadays don't know about, I crown you a winner for posting that piece.
  12. Fozastuta

    Fozastuta Cheesehead

    Apr 12, 2014
    Sounds interesting that Doc. I've certainly took more notice of plays and positions watching one of my friends play for the Chester Romans the last few years, not anywhere near the level of you guys know the game but they are dedicated bunch and love the game. If i was a few years younger i would of love to of took it up, but i played "our" football instead.
    The Wembley series of games has done wonders for the game here, great day out.

  13. gopkrs

    gopkrs Cheesehead

    May 12, 2014
    I second the Harlan book. Shows how the team got turned in the right direction.

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