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TFD: Finally, a dating site exclusively for Green Bay Packers fans

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: April 17, 2014 - 4:29 PM

Apparently this is real: a web site devoted to matching up single Green Bay Packers fans.

The full URL is GreenBayPackersLovers.com, and that is a screen shot.

A sample profile from a 26-year-old female from Waukesha with the handle "AirJordy":

Heyyy all I've done this website before and sadly I'm back, but it's almost impossible meeting people when you work 3rd and are avoiding the bar scene (plus, can't really find a decent guy at a bar).

So here I am! My name is Nikki, I'm 26 and I'm a pretty cool gal if I can say so myself!

I love love love football. I'm weirdly obsessed with the Packers and I've come to conclusion that I couldn't ever date someone who wasn't a packers fan (yeah... I'm THAT die hard) so this website is hilarioussssssly perfect!

We sincerely hope AirJordy and everyone else on the site finds the love they are looking for, assuming this is, in fact, a real thing with real profiles.

H/T: Amanda, who would like us to reach out to any male Packers fans.

TFD: You can win $100,000 if you somehow guess the Rams' entire NFL schedule

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: April 15, 2014 - 5:19 PM

If you can guess the entire Rams' 16-game schedule, including what day they play, home and away for each opponent and when their bye week is, you can win $100,000.

We have no idea what the odds are, but they are certainly better than the odds of winning a billion dollars by picking all the NCAA tournament winners.

A math class we took about 25 years ago tells us that we *think* the chances of at least lining up all 16 games properly would be one in 16! (Sorry, that's not 16 exclamation point. That's 16 factorial. Which means 16*15*14*13 and so on. So that's like 1 in 20 trillion). But the Rams play three teams twice, so that's probably not right. Also, it's quite possible we have forgotten something about the maths in all those years.

But then you also have to guess what day the game is on, whether it is home or away, plus the bye week.

In any event, it's probably a lot harder than it sounds. But if you want to try, here is the link! The Rams are happy for your patronage! 

Giants didn't see enough during MNF debacle, reportedly will work out QB Freeman

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: April 14, 2014 - 3:00 PM

The Giants' search for backup QB help is leading them to two familiar faces, according to a report:

You'll recall Freeman's lone start for the Vikings last season came in an utterly forgettable Monday Night Football game against the Giants that might have been the worst sporting contest we have ever watched. Freeman had roughly 1.7 billion overthrows and never saw the field for Minnesota again. Apparently New York didn't get a close enough look at all the balls sailing into the sidelines.

You'll remember "Money" Matt Flynn from his heroic efforts to rescue Green Bay last season, even as the Packers appear set to part ways with him yet again.

NFL goalpost dunking rule gets Taiwanese Animators treatment

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: March 27, 2014 - 12:39 PM

These are always fun. And in this case, the Taiwanese Animators actually reached out to us after what we wrote the other day about the ban on goalpost dunks, so we are even more emboldened to share their video:

Commenter Stu presents: The Packers' increasingly lost offseason

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: March 24, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Born out of a series of Tweets by commenter @RandBallsStu, an idea by your humble proprietor and a sick thirst to rile up Packers fans for no good reason, we present a special offseason edition of "The Increasingly Lost Season." Stu will continue, tongue-in-cheek, to explain the Packers' misfortunes as they tumble from 15-1 Super Bowl repeat team of destiny to Randy Wright-esque putridity. (AP Photo of Clarence Swamptown in the year 2035 after a series of unfortunate events).

Stu?

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“We finished with the 25th-ranked defense in the NFL.  What we have to do … is bring everybody back!  And sign an old guy!”

I have no proof that Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson said those words, but in this increasingly lost offseason, it’s easy enough to imagine that he did.

You would think that, if your season ended in the exact same way to the exact same opponent two years in a row, you’d do something to address that issue.  Instead, all indications are that Green Bay is staying the course, with defensive coordinator/adult education enthusiast Dom Capers permanently ensconced in his Lambeau Field booth, and free agents B.J. Raji, Sam Shields and Mike Neal all returning.  Because when you have a defense in the bottom quarter of the NFL, CONTINUITY IS IMPORTANT.  I assume free agents Johnny Jolly can go ahead and get a 30-year fixed rate, because he's not going anywhere, either.

Some blindly partisan Packers fans might argue that it’s naïve to think you can fire everybody (unless you’re an aging diva who doesn’t want a back-up QB threatening your heroball time), and besides, they may also add parts in free agency and the draft.  To address those two in order:

  • Free agency: the Packers have signed Julius Peppers, because when you can add a 34-year-old pass rusher from a division rival but you’re worried that Jared Allen might have too much left in the tank, it’s the obvious move. Pro Football Focus gave him a negative grade last year. That arrow is moving in the wrong direction, unless you are Green Bay!
  • The draft: I’m sure the team that’s used high draft picks on Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy, and Datone Jones the last two years has got this on lock.  They may just have the office computer auto draft for them.  (Actually, this makes the above picks plausible.  Mike, can you ask your former co-worker Zulgad to check his old sources over there?)

As for the offense, the bizarre if unsurprising pattern of Aaron Rodgers not letting anyone block his shine continues, as Money Matt Flynn remains a free agent.  You may remember Money Matt from his time putting the Packers on his back and into playoff contention in 2013, while Rodgers rehabilitated/read for a part in The Newsroom.  While Flynn faces an uncertain future, Rodgers has lost the reliable James Jones to Oakland, meaning that his current receiving options are the half of next season that Jordy Nelson will be healthy and the half of next season that Randall Cobb will be healthy.  If those halves overlap, though, look out!

The Pack also lost Evan Dietrich-Smith to the Buccaneers, meaning that this will be the fourth consecutive season that Rodgers will have to go waaaaaaaaaaay up on his tippy toes to peer over a different starting center’s rump.  Marshall Newhouse, meanwhile, is going to the Bengals. Again, though, when you get the chance to shake up the offensive line for your team’s oft-injured quarterback, you have to do that.

As of this writing, both Jermichael Finley and John Kuhn also remain available.  One hopes that Finley can recover from injury and get back to being one of the game’s preeminent pass-droppers, while the latter will almost definitely re-up with Green and Gold so he can continue being profoundly overvalued by eastern Wisconsin uncles.

Are there other moves to be made and players to unearth to keep this lumbering football Hindenburg from crashing to the ground?  In another increasingly lost offseason, we have our doubts.  We’ll reassess their dire predicament after the May draft.  Take care, and thank you for reading.

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