Pre-Game – Chiefs vs. Packers

From Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

It’s the first of September and it looks like it will be a beautiful night for football here at the NFL’s most iconic stadium.

Despite the game meaning nothing to their beloved team, there figures to be close a full house tonight as the Packers host the Chiefs. Kickoff is 7 p.m. and the game is being televised on Channel 5 in Kansas City.

Here’s one of many things that makes Green Bay and the Packers special. Sitting here in the press box of Lambeau Field; i’s not Cheese Makers Field, or Fill-in The Blank Stadium. It’s Lambeau, for one of the icons of the franchise, Curly Lambeau. From the top of the stadium, one can see over the edge to the Packers training facility, the Don Huston Center. It’s not the Bay Bank Center, or the Cheese-Wiz Center or the Northern Wisconsin Hospital Center. It’s named after former Packers great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Hutson, one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history.

They live and thrive with the approach of small town/big business mentality. In the Packers Hall of Fame here on the ground floor of the stadium resides the Vince Lombardi Trophy, given to the winner of the Super Bowl. Green Bay has the most recent edition. It’s a story that’s unmatched in professional sports – Green Bay (104,057 population in the city) is just a shade smaller than the St. Joseph, Missouri metro area (126,359). The team is owned by the citizens and those stock certificates are passed down from generation to generation. They are planning a stadium expansion starting next year, and they are not asking for a single dollar of taxpayer money to make it happen.

So much of the NFL changes on a regular basis. Let’s all hope that doesn’t happen in Green Bay. If it does, then we will know the apocalypse is upon us.

On to pre-game items. Here’s the weather report for Thursday night: hot, humid, with hazy sunshine. Wind out of the south/southwest at 7 to 11 mph. Kickoff temperature expected to be 80 degrees with a heat index (temp plus humidity) of 85 degrees.

No word yet (at 5:30 p.m.) on who will play and who won’t, but there figures to be plenty of players on the sidelines. Special teams coach Steve Hoffman is already on the field with his notebook, working among the offensive players out for early throwing and updating them on their status in the kicking game.

Not dressed for the Chiefs this evening are the following players: LB Gabe Miller, LG Ryan Lilja, C/G Darryl Haarris, TE Jake O’Connell and NT Anthony Toribio. No pre-game word on what players who are dressed will not play.

For the Packers, they announced 14 players who will not play against the Chiefs, including five defensive starters: DE Mike Neal, LBs Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk, CB Charles Woodson and FS Nick Collins. On offense, started WR Donald Driver and TE Jermichael Finley will not play, along with backup receivers James Jones, Jordy Nelson and rookie Randall Cobb.

7 Responses to “Pre-Game – Chiefs vs. Packers”

  • September 1, 2011  - Blake says:

    Is Baldwin dressed?

  • September 1, 2011  - Rob says:

    Criminal call against berry. They aren’t allowed to play defense anymore. This league is becoming unbearable.

  • September 1, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Gaither is now running with the first team offense at RT.

    If he’s healthy, it’s an upgrade. We’re a better team with a healthy Gaither. Hope this works out.

  • September 1, 2011  - Rob says:

    After Palko Pick-six, lets see some stanzi already.

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