Monday, February 7, 2011

Green Bay Packers Win Superbowl XLV

The Green Bay Packers won Superbowl XLV via a 31-25 squeeker versus the Pittsburg Steelers.  It's the first win with Aaron Rogers as quarterback---finally getting him out of the shadows of the legend of Brett Favre. 

It was a tightly contested game which started lopsidedly for the Packers but the Steelers, not to be undone, came back in the late in the 2nd quarter and it was close until the final second of the game.  The Stealers last drive was reminiscent of the game winning drive they had when they won the Superbowl XLIII against the Arizona Cardinals but this time they came up short.  Whew! 

The win got me a Venti Caramel Machiatto from an officemate and as we were discussing post-game analysis he asked if I knew what the "G" in the Green Bay Packers logo stood for.  Obvious isn't it---Green Bay.  Wrong!  Below is the answer to that question and other interesting Green Bay Packers trivias.
  • Did you know that the "G" in the Packer's logo does not actually stand for Green Bay?  "G" stands for GREATNESS.  It was created in 1961 by Packers equipment manager George "Dad" Braisher.
  • How many league championships have the Green Bay Packers won?  They have won 12 (1929-30-31-36-39, 1944, 1961-62-65-66-67, 1996)
  • It has been a tradition for a Packer player to do the "Lambeau Leap" everytime a touchdown is scored.  Who was the very first player to do this?  LeRoy Butler, December 23, 1993.
  • Why are the Green Bay Packer fans called Cheeseheads?  The term "Cheesehead" was suppose to have been meant as an insult by a Chicago White Sox fan at a Milwaukee Brewers' game in 1987.  Since the people of Wisconsin is known for its cheese production it the brand was embrased by the fans as the official term of endearment. 
  • What was the Green Bay Packers originally called?  Founded on August 11, 1919, by Earl "Curly" Lambeau, the Green Bay Packers were originally known as the Indian Packers. The team was named after their original sponsor, Lambeau's employer, the Indian Packing Company. In 1921, the year the Packers joined the NFL, Lambeau's employer was bought out by the Acme Packing Company, and he changed the team name to the "Acme Packers." (Some sources consider this the original name because they don't count the first two years when the Packers operated as an independent football team.) Neither name stuck, however, and "Green Bay Packers" soon became the official name.

  • Who was the Green Bay Packer quarterback who holds the team record for most passing yards in a season?   In 1983, Green Bay Packers quarterback Lynn Dickey threw for 4,458 yards, setting a team record for most passing yards in a season.
  • Who is the owner of the Green Bay Packers?  The public. Green bay are the only nfl team to not have an owner. All money earned goes back into the club.

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