I’m sorry

I’m sorry. The Packers are great. They have great depth and a great quarterback. The defense is fantastic. I think they could win the next ten Super Bowls. The coaching staff is great, the front office is great. I can’t see any flaws anywhere in the organization. I don’t know what I was thinking. From now on I will shed not one bad word about the greatest team in the league – the Green Bay Packers.

Go Pack go! Have a great 2008 season.

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  • Jack F.

    Sarcasm now?

    Look, you are entitld to your opinion and to be disappointed. We responded with our opinions.

    Be a man. Either admit you were wrong in a sincere manner, or stand your ground and defend youi views. But sarcasm — that’s really weak cheese.

  • Larry

    The Packers are Great??? Their Defense is fantastic??? Their QB is great??? Great Players and Teams rise in big games. I assume you watched the game last night. That did not look great to me. If you think Ryan Grant is the “long-term” solution at RB I hope to play you every week. Next season, you will end of being this season’s Bears. Your article about Brett, please just go away was much more accurate.

  • Cody Horton

    Larry, this was Al’s way of sarcasticly mocking us..
    Al, through your sarcasim, a little truth slips out. They have a great team, the defense is great along with the quarterback. Coaching is great, so is the front office.
    The next 10 superbowls, no flaws.. that is the sarcasm.
    Al, i was not one of the ones shaming you for voicing your opinion in your other posts, although i dont like that you are for trading Favre, and i really dont think that you want that. I know that you are very disapointed, we all are, you just show it a little different. Thats OK! everyone vents in a diferent way, but you dont need to mock us. Next week, let us know whatyour true feelings are, really think about it, don’t just say what first comes to mind. Think before you speak, thats one of the best sayings ever.

  • Michael Legat

    And I’m sorry, Al, that I thought you were a frontrunning crybaby with ridiculous standards that gives Packer fans a bad name. Accept my deepest apologies. You were right. This team was awful and this year was a disgrace.

  • Jeff Packer

    That was a painful loss for all of us, and we all respond to such things differently – some with sarcasm, some with tears, others with hopeful optimism for the future. Having had a day to sort things through, I will share the following after honest introspection:
    1. We were thorougly ourplayed on both sides of the ball, and were lucky to still have a shot at the win. It does not make us a bad team. It does show that, unlike the Lombardi era sqad, this team is not built as a bad-weather team but a finesse team. We are just the opposite of the Jaguars, a cold-weather team that happens to live in a warm state. In retrospect, we may have been better off playing in Texas after all.
    2. I would really have loved to have seen a Brady vs. Favre matchup. I’m not saying we would have beaten the Pats, but would have been great to see these two teams in the SB. And I have to think that the media, and many fans around the country – not strictly Packer fans – are truly disappointed.
    3. Lets be honest: this has been a great season. This team reached hights that no one in their right mind could have expected at the start of the season. Our record was not a fluke. It shows some very good talent on both sides of the ball, young talent that will only get better. We have one of the best young coaches in the league, a general manager who is building the team the right way and has a knack for finding talent. We have a new President who by all accounts is an excellent selection. We have a ton of cap money which, if TT’s past is a guide, will be spent wisely and not squandered. For these reasons, the future is bright.
    4. We have a great quarterback who can still make great things happen, and a young talent in the wings who continues to improve and shows great promise. I will not get into the debate as to whether Favre should stay or retire. It is not our decision to make anyway, it comes down to Brett and his family as to whether he has had enough, and up to MM and his staff as to which QB gives us the best chance to win. But I say either guy under center still makes us competitive with anyone on any given day . ( Unless the winds are over 30 mph or the temp below zero…).

    The Packers have given me great joy this year, and great hope for continued success in 08. Thank you Packers! Go Pack!

  • Pete H

    What is it that you think gives you the right to stand on your pulpit and spew out whatever comes to mind without expecting backlash. What a Sally! Like Jack F. said ” stand your ground and defend your opinion” We voiced up and, for the most part, made points to our opposition of your point of view. you call for everyone’s head on a platter because they lost a game. I’m pretty sure Lombardi’s Packers lost some big games…not many…but some. I live in Chicago and whenever they won a game all the pundits spewed out how they are Super Bowl bound, and every time they lost they were years away from even being competitive. Its nauseating. Lets be better than that. Think realistically with your opinions. They aren’t going to have an all-pro at every position. They aren’t going to play a perfect game…..ever. Please, before you run every player and coach and personel position out of town, look at some of the slop that is out there in this league..especially at QB and CB. Also please remember those oh so good teams of the mid 80′s with stand outs like Paul Ott Caruth and Donnie Humphrey before you want so badly to turn the page on a championship game team. You fill holes when needed and you upgrade whenever possible, but that doesn’t mean gutting a team based on a single poorly played and coached game. And please, lets stop with this Lambeau mystique and bad weather team crap. They are a spread offense. That doesn’t coincide with -4. I hate to say it, but they might have been better off in Dallas. I was thrilled when they lost, but hindsight is 20/20 I guess. Anyway, keep writing Al, but understand that if these truly are your unemotionally swayed opinions that there is going to be reaction. We have the right to make sure that anyone who accesses this material knows that you don’t speak for most of us.

  • Rick

    LEAVE HIM ALONE!! He is pissed and rightly so. He runs this site and it is his darn opinion. I don’t agree with all of it but lets face facts. Beside the uninspired offensive play calling BRETT FAVRE CHOKED!! I can not believe it after all these years but he just did not have the fire in his belly. We all saw it. He did not want the ball in his hands. He had a man open in the check down and he throws a highly questionable pass instead. My 9yr old playing Madden knows to go to the check down when in that position. We should have let Aaron and B. Jackson stay in the locker room and be warm and come out, and throw a change up of warm guys willing to hustle for a few minutes against the Giants. I say depth at QB is all well and good but lets trade Brett to Atlanta for some great picks and allow him to continue his start streak and end his career were it started, in Atlanta. I love Brett and his career is amazing but Montana out and Steve Young in. Go Rodgers!!!!

  • Steve

    Al,

    Your attitude is showing… quit being a crybaby. The poll: either they will suck for years because of one loss (albeit a big one) or they will be in the nf championship again. You are mad because we chastised you.. get over it… all of us on here feel like we got punched in the gut on Sunday. It had to be worse in the stands… Yeah i didnt go (I was to three other games this year, but since i have a 10 hour drive to go to games I just couldn’t make another one; count yourselves lucky that can make a fairly short drive to see them play).

    Move on Al, the Pack had a FAR better season than they should have. NO ONE expected them to make it to the NFC Championship game. Yeah it blew to loose when we got our hopes up. (I can honestly say at the beginning of the year i was looking forward to an ok year with next year as a chance to make it deep into the playoffs).

    Next year we should have a better team than this year. The Pack’s free agents are pretty managable in my opinion, and with some salary cap room we might be able to pick up some players that give us some help.

    To wrap this up… one of the reasons i love following Packers football is because most of the fans are positive knowledgable people. Don’t be like the Vikings fan’s (sullen, sarcastic, and jealous of what could have been).

    Steve

  • Servius

    Give him a break. He’s going through mourning like the rest of us.

    My take: We’ve won alot of these games (NFC and NFL championships) although not as many during my lifetime as I’d like. We’ve lost a few. When you’re one of the oldest and certainly most venerable organizations in the league every situation will eventually happen to you.

    The Packers have a young team with a veteran quarterback. If there were a player who could do better than Brett then Brett should leave. The fact is that player does not exist. Rodgers has potential but he seems fragile to me. He got hurt right when the team was about to really need him.

    So don’t get down on Al. He loves the team as we all do. When you love something or someone like that, sometimes they hurt you and it takes time to get over it.

  • Curtis

    We are all disappointed. Every team in the NFL including the Patriots has flaws. Did the Patriots win the super bowl last year? Are they going to win the super bowl the next ten years? Anyone in the world who knows anything about football has to see that the Green Bay Packers took a step forward this year. Will we regress like next year like the Saints did this year? Who knows, there are so many what ifs…

    What if Favre retires…
    What if Rodgers takes over at QB and gets on IR after the first game of the season….
    What if our old corners become ineffective…
    What if Grant is a one year wonder…
    What if Jennings and/or Driver has a season ending injury….
    What if Ted Thompson has a horrible draft…..

    I do not know…But this I do know, in life we get to choose whether we want to concentrate on the best or the worst. I try my hardest to stay focused on the best.
    We have a GM who has brought in some good young players at a time when the team need some youth. We have coach who has gotten good results with a flawed team.
    By all accounts I see a bright future ahead for the Packers. Success isn’t guaranteed, but it looks promising.

    I have to believe that in a world where we are constantly bombarded by all of the negative things that are happening in society and our lives, sports serve as an entertaining escape that brings us some measure of enjoyment. So I would rather enjoy the success that the Packers have had and look to have in the future, than be distraught over their disappointing finish.

    P.S. Keep up the great work!

  • simon

    being a packer fans is never boring :)

  • JeffN

    It’s a football game. I was sad for like 3 hours and got over it. Just get over it. The pack got beat fair and square and didn’t play good enough to win that’s what happened.

    Al you had a similar emotional response after last April’s draft. I respect that packernet is your place but this emotional response from you is really unacceptable.

    The Packers are going to build off this season and be better next year. The young players will improve and Thompson is going to keep putting more good players on this team. Hey the Pack is the youngest team in the league and got to the NFC chamionship game.

  • Fritz

    So many are saying give Al a break but I can’t. I know the disappointment of the loss but lets be real, how many expected to be there. I’ve been a Packer Backer for over 50 years and this was as much fun as I’ve had. We’ve had better teams but it was great to watch these young players develop. If yoy really expected anything better than a 9-7 year you are in a small minority. Because our expectations will be higher and higher expectations will just be disappointment under construction.
    Back to you Al. Grow up. Your responce was really immature.
    Pete told you to think realistically but I think you’d be doing yourself a favor if you just didn’t believe everything you think!!

  • Reid

    Al just needs a hug, a couple of beers, a shot or two, and maybe a Prozac. He’ll come to his senses, he always does.

  • Boothie

    Part of being a Fan is that it’s short for Fanatic…

    Al went a bit overboard on the Port Side, now he’s on the Starboard… Hopefully, you’ll reach equilibrium real soon.

    To Al: Something that I haven’t said in a long time: “Thanks.”…

    Thanks for:
    - Helping make the web a better place to find Green Bay Packers articles.
    - Spending time and money… putting your money where your mouth is.
    - Caring so much.

    It IS appreciated by Most of Us. You have an outlet and you give us an outlet to express ourselves.

    Thanks again.

    It might be time to open a couple of topics:
    - Where should the Packers go in terms of the Draft? (Needs?)
    - What should the expectations for next season be?

  • http://www.packerpalace.com BeerKid

    The Day Brett Favre steps into a throw downfield… will be the 1st time in the last 4 years that he’s done so. I honestly think the upcoming training camps may finally reveal that Aaron Rodgers is ready and capable of outplaying Brett and earn the starting job.

    Be Pack 4 Life!

  • packfan4eva

    AL,
    I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOUR ARTICLES. I CONSIDER YOU ONE OF THE BEST PACKER COMMENTARY WRITERS. YOU JUST FREAKED LIKE WE ALL DID WITH THIS LOSS. THIS LOSS HURT ME MORE THAN ANY OTHER PACKER LOSS. I JUST FEEL LIKE IT MAY BE HARD TO GET BACK TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AGAIN.
    I FEEL YOUR PAIN….ITS BEEN A COUPLE OF DAYS AND I AM STILL GRIEVING.
    ALL I CAN SAY IS YOUR ARTICLES AND YOUR WEB SITE ARE THE BEST…..I AGREE WITH ONE OF THE WRITERS….TAKES A FEW DAYS AND THEN RE-WRITE HOW YOU REALLY FEEL….BECAUSE LET ME TELL YOU, TIME HEALS…I WASNT THIS CALM ABOUT IT A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO….
    KEEP WRITING AND KEEP THE GREATEST WEB SITE OF ALL GOING….ALL THESE READERS WOULDNT BE HERE AT YOUR WEB SITE AND RESPONDING TO YOU IF THEY DIDNT LIKE YOU…..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK…..GO PACK!
    P.S. I WAS CALLING FOR FAVRE’S HEAD LAST YEAR…AND IT CAME BACK TO BITE ME…..AND I’M GLAD IT DID….

  • TRIP

    I think Al should turn his loyalty to another team. He hurts my feelings with being more of a flip-flop than John Kerry or one of those NFL commentators that don’t admit when they are wrong. Shut this one down? Seahawknet.com sounds good. Surely, they have a better team.

  • register_allocation

    1) Have you forgotten already what kind of season Favre had? Some of the best numbers of his career. If it hadn’t been for Tom Brady, he probably would’ve been a lock for his 4th MVP award.

    2) If you want to root for a team that doesn’t have Brett Favre at QB, you have 31 teams to choose from. HAND. HTH.

  • packfan4eva

    AL,
    DO YOU THINK THAT MAYBE ITS THE SI HEX…..AFTERALL BRETT WAS ON THE COVER LAST WEEK BEFORE THE GAME…..MMMMMM….SOMETHING TO PONDER….
    MAYBE THATS ALL IT WAS…..THE SI HEX!

  • DBussey

    I had liked to read these posts – up to this last one. There is now one reader less. I will directly delete my link to the site.

  • Mike Suehring

    Al,

    Stand your ground. I have enjoy your comments. Green Bay player for player has more talent than NY. But one thing was missing and it was a big factor. The Gaints had the focus and will to win. They believed that they can win. Green bay did not have the focus and the will to win. Some players did not come ready to play. Lets hope lessons were learned!!!!!! This is how the Lombardi era was built.

  • http://www.answerbag.com/profile/?id=444391 Hefemoste

    Thank you