Archive for the ‘Pabst’ Category

First a Pabst casket, now a 12 year old’s Favre jersey

May 6, 2008

Are you dedicated?

Yesterday, we posted on a Chicago guy who demonstrated his strong affinity for Pabst beer by purchasing his casket (he’s only 57 years old!) – a giant, beautifully decorated Pabst can.

Today, we learned that 12 year old David Witthoft has accomplished the nearly impossible task of out-dedicating, if you will, many Packer fans by donning a Brett Favre jersey daily for the last 4+ years of his life (1581 days).

Packergeeks just Pabst amateurs?

May 5, 2008

We at Packergeeks talk a lot, perhaps too much, about our dedication to Pabst products. Well, I’d like to thank Schaef, our long-time friend who said he spends most of his day reading new packergeeks’ posts or just reading his favorite archived posts – for sending along this article revealing perhaps the ultimate dedication to Pabst. Not a bad idea.

Does Chicago aspire to be like Milwaukee?

April 7, 2008

Check this link out from frequent reader and long-time Packergeeks friend Schaef.

Not only has Chicago claimed Pabst, but now they are going about re-introducting the original formula Schlitz with the hope of reviving it. Crazy – does Chicago secretly aspire to be like Milwaukee? Will the re-introduced Schlitz have the slogan: The Beer That Made Chicago Famous For It’s Rather Obvious Attempts To Be More Like Milwaukee?

UPDATE: More, from a much better publication (i.e. one that’s located in Wisconsin) right here.

Some Perspective on Favre, Please

January 21, 2008

The calls for Brett Favre’s retirement continue, coming mainly from people he’s given 17 years of enjoyment. Lots of these comments are emotional, coming as they do immediately after his interception helped bring an early end to the NFC Championship overtime. Let’s take a more sober-minded look.

Brett Favre was 4th in the NFL in overall passing yards. He was 4th in completion percentage. He was 4th in yards/game. He was tied for 6th in the NFL in touchdowns. He was tied for 6th in the NFL in passer rating. He was 6th in the NFL for pass completions over 20 yards. He was 1st in the NFL for pass completions over 40 yards.

Only one player who ranked in front of Favre in any of those categories played this weekend, Tom Brady. For all of the love Eli Manning is getting today – and he certainly played well last night – he was the 25th rated passer in the NFL this year, some 22 points behind Favre.

Favre led the Packers to a 13-3 record this year. And yes, he led the team — the youngest team in the NFL — to that record. That ties a franchise best.

Given his consistency, I would argue that Brett Favre was the second-best quarterback in the NFL this year. Others can dispute that. A good case could be made for Peyton Manning or Tony Romo behind Tom Brady. Either way, the numbers suggest he was no worse than the sixth best quarterback in the NFL.

And people really want him to retire?

Non-Packer Fans in Wisconsin: Waaaaah

January 17, 2008

This is actually a very interesting thread, JS Online readers reacting to this question: “How much time do you think you will have wasted this week talking or reading about the Packers? Go ahead and waste some time by tell us about it here.”

A surprising number of respondents are of the whiny, I’m-sick-of-the-Packers variety. And they’re serious. Take this one, for example.

I, too am not a Packers fan and am really sick of the 24/7 coverage they are getting. They are a bunch of overpaid athletes, who certainly wouldn’t make this big of a deal about our lives. It is really frusterating that I can’t turn on my TV or radio without hearing about what the Packers are doing. I don’t care. I have a family and friends that are much more important than some sports team. Give me real news. I want to know what’s going on in the world. Not if one of the Packers hurt their little toe. Maybe we should all be thinking about what we could do to make our city, state, country, and world better and safer. I am really glad to see though that I am not the only one that feels this way.

- Clare, Milwaukee, WI

Well. Someone needs to get Clare a Pabst or twelve, and maybe a few extra for her houseful of cats. Clare finds it frustrating that she can’t turn on her television without seeing something about the Packers. I dream of having that problem. It’s one of the reasons I constantly think about moving back to Wisconsin. Clare also tells us that she “wants to know what’s going on in the world” — a complaint she registers online. Hmmm. If anyone knows this “Clare,” tell her that there are these things called “websites” on this new thing called the “Internet.” In an instant, she can get lots of news about what’s going on in the world. In fact, if she just types in CNN.com or BBC.com or even FoxNews.com, she can probably find an entire website dedicated to the news of the world without so much of a mention of the Green Bay Packers. One final note. In her complaint about too much Packers, “Clare” begs the local stations to return to their original programming. “Give me real news,” she writes. When was the last time “Clare” watched the local evening news? There is no real news on it. All of this coverage of the Packers has replaced only the ridiculous scare segments that gobble up all of the non-weather minutes of the local news. “How your bed can maim you! Tune in at 10.” “Herpes from your dentist? The citywide epidemic at six.” “Playgrounds or Killing Fields? What parents need to know about their kids and the monkey bars.”

If the local television news covered only the Packers we would all be smarter for it.

Back to your cats, Clare. Back to your cats.

UPDATE: As it happens, I caught some of my local (Baltimore) news tonight.  The greater Baltimore/Washington, DC, area got an inch of snow today and the first report was about the severe dangers associated with snowfall.  The story featured a demonstration of an old lady shoveling snow, in order to show people how to do it without injuring their backs.  “Push, and just shovel it off.  See, I don’t have to lift any of it up.”  Yeah, too bad, they’re not getting this kind of “real news” back in Wisconsin.

How Much Time Do You “Waste” on the Packers? Sheesh.

January 17, 2008

This is a funny article about worker productivity in Wisconsin during the week leading up to the NFC Championship.

Here is what Ben Grigg, president of Arrowhead Foundry, said about giving his workers a long break on Sunday night. “We’ve got about 300 people and they’re all focused on one thing – and that’s the Packers kicking the Giants’ butts. And that’s exciting. And there is a lot of noise, but we see that as a positive energy and something that we sort of go with.”

There’s lots more like that and the article is well worth reading.

I have one major complaint: Who wrote that stupid-ass headline? “How Much Time Do You Waste at Work on the Packers?” Even if you spend four hours a day reading about the Packers at work, the answer to that dumb question is zero. I think we should demand a correction.

“Two Beers Later, It Was a Great Idea”

December 18, 2007

Brett Favre is going to Iraq. Sort of.

Like most Packers fans, Matthew Bannach, Jayson Wissmueller and Joe Stewart wanted Brett Favre’s autograph.

Not content to wait outside Lambeau Field with pen and paper, the three Marine lance corporals simply Googled the Green Bay quarterback’s signature, printed it and took the John Hancock to a tattoo artist in San Diego while they were on leave. Actually, Wissmueller organized it and talked Bannach and Stewart into getting the $50 tattoos in October.

“Two beers later, it was a great idea,” said Bannach, 21, of Franklin.

I’m completely sober and it’s still a great idea. (Be sure to check out the photo.) There is little question these guys drink Pabst.

I’ve only been tempted to get a tattoo once (Harley Davidson), but these Marines have got me thinking. I wonder what my wife would say. Actually, no I don’t.

It’s only fitting that the country — and Packer fans everywhere — raise a 12 oz. can of PBR to these guys at some point this week.

Javon Walker — Good Riddance

December 12, 2007

Further evidence that the Packers made a good move in trading Javon Walker to the Denver Broncos. There is speculation in Denver that Walker may be gone after this year. His continuing knee problems, his high salary and the emergence of Brandon Marshall make him expendable.The Packers traded Walker for the Broncos’ second-round pick in 2006, the 37th overall. They quickly dealt that pick (and a fifth rounder) to Atlanta for the Falcons’ second, third and fifth round picks — in effect, picking up two picks for Walker, who had declared that he would retire before playing again for the Packers.  The Packers then turned those three picks into several more.  The results: Daryn Colledge, Ingle Martin, Will Blackmon, Tyron Culver and Johnny Jolly.The Packers also traded away the 36 overall pick to the New England Patriots.  The Packers got two picks (52 and 75 overall), which they used to pick Greg Jennings — would would become Javon Walker’s replacement — and Jason Spitz.It’s still early, but the 2006 Packer draft looks awfully good right now.  And getting rid of Javon Walker is a big reason that’s true. 

Pabst sponsorship on the horizon??? – we’ll await response…

December 11, 2007

Dear Pabst:

For years, Pabst has been to my brother Steve and I like Elsinore Brewery was to the McKenzie Brothers – eh? Pabst and Pabst Light continue to be quality products that we consume regularly.

We are writing with the intention of getting sponsorship from Pabst for our new website, www.packergeeks.com. So far, we’ve had over 3500 hits since we started just over a month ago. Can you imagine the marketing power and the potential business Pabst could generate by aligning with www.packergeeks.com? I can. I was thinking about it the other night in fact. For example, by now, some 3500 visitors could have seen a Pabst Logo in the corner of our website, or perhaps won a Pabst T-shirt in one of our contests (and then gone on to tell his friends about this cool beer on his new T-shirt), or better still, a reader could have linked to the Pabst website directly and special ordered 30,000-40,000 cases of Pabst for an elaborate Christmas party. YOU NEVER KNOW!!!

We’re not sure who exactly is reading the content of this website, but there are two things we do know: 1) they are mostly Packer fans (though we’re getting more general NFL traffic now) and 2) 98% of them likely drink beer (many of them may already be Pabst drinkers, but probably some also drink Miller Lite only because lots of people do, but maybe they are really not satisfied with it and would be quite vulnerable to a subtle, well-placed Pabst logo on a Packers website).

We have not asked anyone to be a sponsor yet because we wanted to make Pabst our first (and possibly only) sponsor. We are hoping to be able to put a Pabst logo on our website, we are hoping for some T-shirts we can give away as part of several contests we’re planning and finally, and not least, we are hoping for a couple of cases of beer a month to help fuel the creative juices that keep this website alive, unique and insightful.

We thank you sincerely for your consideration.

Respectfully,

Steve and Andy Hayes

Quarterback Controversy

November 29, 2007

Aaron Rodgers should start for the rest of the year.

Okay, just kidding. But it’s pretty clear that he drinks Pabst.


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