Green Bay Packers: Sit back, relax - and read this book


Today is game day – it’s the start of the 2013 NFL regular season and for the Green Bay Packers and their fans, it’s a day hopefully for redemption.

We’ve all been waiting months to once again watch our football team in action. So much has happened in the offseason: Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews re-signed mega-contracts that will keep them in Green Bay for many years to come; the Packers addressed its running game through the NFL Draft; the cheapshots lobbed by former receiver Greg Jennings seemed to make weekly news.

Unknown-1 But as we attempt to bring it all together for the 3:15 p.m. kickoff today, let’t sit back, relax, have a beverage and talk about something completely different: a book.

That’s right. If you haven’t seen this particular Sports Illustrated publication, “Green Bay Packers: Green, Gold, and Glory,” you might want to run to the local library, bookstore or find it online. Not only is this a great read with stories about the incredible fans who follow the team, but it’s filled with SI’s incredible and iconic photographs and stories about the hundreds of players who have played for the storied franchise.

Edited by Bill Syken, this coffee-table keepsake will be a great addition to your collection of Packers books and memorabilia. It’s a must-read that’s produced for Packers fans because, as Syken said, the fans are the difference.

“In other cities longtime fans talk about wanting to see their team win a championship in their lifetime. In Green Bay, dating back to the team’s inception, it has been the rare fan who hasn’t learned by voting age why the city is called ‘Titletown.'”

Not only is this beautiful book filled with many of the familiar, but many of the unfamiliar photographs focusing on the team and its fans, but it also Unknown-3focuses on the team’s 22 Hall of Fame players and includes in-depth write-ups on each of the 13 championship games the Packers have won.

The $34.95 retail price tag may seem hefty, but it’s not. The book would make a great gift and it’s a gift that keeps on giving. Each time I’ve picked it up (and it’s been many) I have found something new and intriguing. I think you will, too.

So, before you get back to thinking about today’s 2013 kickoff – the ninety-third for the Green and Gold – take some time and add to your to-do list. Getting a copy of this into your hands might even be at the top of the list. It will be one of the best Packers items you go out and buy. You won’t be disappointed and it will be enjoyed by you and you family for years to come.

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