None of you probably know this, but this blog has never pissed me off more than it did on March 5th, 2009. On November 9th, 2009 I can finally put it to rest.
On a day when the Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy bashing is at an all time high, I would like to take a brief moment to dig up something from the past. I rarely do the “I’ve been saying all along thing”, like some of those other places, but this time I can’t resist.
Before this year’s draft, in another moment of frustration, I wrote the following:
“I am done supporting Ted Thompson for the foreseeable future. He refuses to take any chances and in return will have very little chance of ever being successful. You can call Ted’s steadfast strategy on the building through the draft even more of a bold move if you want, but I just call it plain stupid.
I am fully prepared for at this point for another season of passionless football (from the players and fans), excuses, free-agents scoffing at visits, and hardly a prime-time game to be found.
Say it’s still too early all you want, but as far as I am concerned we are already in a hole that you can’t dig out of. We don’t go after free-agents, and more importantly they don’t want to come here.
We have no veteran leadership on one side of the ball, and Packer football is becoming about as exciting as watching “What Not to Wear” on TLC.
The whole world is waiting for Ted Thompson to do something, anything. As usual, he is going to do nothing… and take down the 2009 Green Bay Packers accordingly.”
I got hammered by quite a few people but not harder than by the infamous one hit wonder Woody G. I don’t know who Woody is, I think he used to hang out at Cheesehead, but at the time, he had some pretty strong words.
“Your analysis is all based on hind-sight. The easiest analysis possible is to look back & point out all that has been unsuccessful. It’s also an easy cop-out on your part. Go ahead, be done with TT for “now” as you put it. You’ll be back when you fully understand TT’s madness & see that success can be had a number of different ways. Capers, a few affordable FAs and a solid draft is all GB needs to make you eat crow.”
Hind sight huh? What Woody fails to mention is that sometimes using hind-sight is the smartest way to predict the future. I know you guys all like to give Jersey Al the verbal hand job every time he breaks it down with some awesome photo analysis, but I live and breathe this shit every single day, and all I need to do is watch the game and recount the past to make a pretty accurate prediction of the future. It might be easy as you say, but its effectiveness is without question.
Dom Capers hasn’t gotten it done so far, TT’s madness is just that, madness, and Anthony Smith has really made an impact this season.
But, according to Woody football genius extraordinaire, I’ll never get it right.
“You are ill-informed & obviously lack the ability & knowledge to draw solid conclusions about the state of affairs in GB. This is my 1st visit to your blog. I’ve read enough to know that it is also my last visit. Good luck with your low traffic numbers.”
Well Woody, I know you will probably never see this, and quite frankly that makes me happy. But, rest assured, I can draw conclusions with the best of them. I don’t need video, I don’t need still frames, and I don’t need to Twitter with the experts 200 times a day to figure out what is going on.
Right now I’m also willing to say that Mike McCarthy has lost some of the locker room and is killing the team with his playbook, Aaron Rodgers is still a long way off from being elite, and quite possibly we are paying the 30th best receiver in the league, the second highest salary.
Anyway, I digress. The point is I’m not a reporter or an analyst and I don’t pretend to be one. Yet, eight months later I can hardly ignore my original statements…
No Veteran Leadership: CHECK
No Passion or Excitement: CHECK
Ted Has No Clue How to fix it: CHECK
The Offensive Line Needs Work: CHECK
Only Building Though the Draft will not Work: CHECK
No Free Agent Impact: CHECK
Taking Down the 2009 Green Bay Packers: CHECK
But, most importantly…
Woody G Slurping on my Over-sized Packer Predicting Nut Sack: CHECK