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Nick from Chicago, IL

I just want to watch football.

Soon, Nick. Soon. Good morning!

Steve from Granger, IN

I absolutely love our 2018 draft class. I think several will move into starting roles in 2018. What I am most excited about are Jimmy Graham and even more so Muhammad Wilkerson. I truly believe he will be the best FA signing across the league. Everyone is clamoring to find the next edge rusher. I think he will dominate and will answer that call. What has your feel been so far with Muhammad?

The signing of Wilkerson would be noteworthy in itself, but his history with Pettine makes it unique. There aren’t many instances when a star player (still in his prime) reunites with his original defensive coordinator in a new city. Wilkerson is still only 28 with a lot of football ahead of him. Pettine knows Wilkerson’s strengths. They talked about it when he visited with the Packers in March. That should hasten this transition. It’s a new home, but a familiar feel.

Ryan from Santee, CA

I don’t know if people realize that Mike Pettine and his defense took Mark Sanchez to the championship game. And Joe Philbin was our coordinator when AR12 broke records in 2011. I can’t wait. So the question is – is it football yet?

History won’t tell you what will happen, but it provides an illuminating look at what has worked in the past. All we have to go off of are track records. Pettine and Philbin both have a lot to hang their hats on as coordinators.

Lori from Brookfield, WI

Aaron Rodgers has said he would like to quarterback in Green Bay into his 40s. What are the benefits of playing his entire career for one team?

Legacy. Rodgers has talked about this in the past. There’s something special about playing your entire career for only one team. Bart Starr, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Robin Yount, Ray Lewis, Derek Jeter, Joe Thomas and the list goes on and on.

Mo from Bartlett, IL

I feel as if Justin McCray is not getting the respect he deserves and a lot of people just don’t give him enough credit. He should be our starting right guard, in my opinion. Anyone who thinks otherwise should look at Aaron Jones‘s touchdown run against the Saints this past season, am I right?

McCray put himself in contention for the job with how he played last year. I’m sure he’ll be the first to tell you one year doesn’t make a career, though. McCray has to come back with the same hunger and intensity he had last summer. He’s gritty, sneaky athletic and provides versatility. If an offensive lineman can harness those three traits, he’ll play in this league for a long time.

Bryce from Ames, IA

I’m excited to see Josh Jones in his second year. Could you see the Packers signing one of the many talented safeties available in free agency for depth and competition at the strong safety position?

Not right now. Let Josh Jones, Kentrell Brice and the other returning safeties battle it out for that starting job.

Máté from Budapest, Hungary

As a fan from Europe, I always found it interesting how much Americans hate games ending in a tie. In your response to Marcus from Chicago – who raised an interesting point in my opinion – you implied that a ticket would be worth less if there was a tie. As a non-American, I can’t even imagine how anyone can think like that. A game is a game, and eliminating overtime would further increase parity, as all tickets in the country would be worth Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey  60 minutes of football. Could you please explain your thought process on this for us, foreign fans?

American fans want resolution. Look at the 2002 MLB All-Star game. It was a catastrophe. Even the Packers’ 2013 game against Minnesota, the atmosphere after the 26-26 tie was bizarre. Nobody – fans, players and media – knew how to react to it. Fans want to experience emotion at a sporting event. They don’t know how to react to indecision.

Nate from Austin, TX

How effective can two elite defensive tackles be in a 3-4 scheme versus a 4-3 scheme in your experience?

What’s your definition of effective? Against the run? Jet-rushing the QB? Both? I honestly don’t think it matters – 3-4, 4-3, 2-4, whatever. Playmakers make plays. Statistically, a 4-3 defensive tackle probably is going to put up the gaudier numbers, but nose tackles in a base 3-4 can be just as effective executing the scheme.

Matt Morrissey from Waunakee, WI

When comparing the Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey  careers of A.J. Hawk and Chad Greenway, Mike forgot one important stat: Super Bowl victories.

Hawk’s durability was never more important than during that 2010 season, either, with Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar ending up on injured reserve.

Gina from Waukesha, WI

Just wondering. Has an undrafted free agent QB ever started in the NFL and been successful?

There’s actually quite a few. Warren Moon and Kurt Warner are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tony Romo, Jeff Garcia, Dave Krieg and Jake Delhomme all had distinguished careers after going undrafted.

Dean from Leavenworth, IN

Packers.com and the Inbox seem to have a sizable number of readers down under and I’m curious to their take on Jordan Mailata being drafted by the Eagles. I watched his rugby highlight tape and he’s a very impressive athlete. If he makes the roster, will it have an impact on NFL viewership in Australia? I also wonder if the NFL will ever consider a preseason game there.

He’s an impressive athlete with unbelievable size, but they said the same about Babatunde Aiyegbusi. Mailata is starting from scratch. The Eagles will have to be patient with him. It’ll take more than making the roster for Mailata to create a larger pipeline to Australia. Jarryd Hayne made the 49ers in 2015 and I don’t know how much it grew the game’s popularity in Australia. You need impact players.

Tom from New York, NY

Did the Packers let Jeff Janis go because they know the rough-and-tumble gunner position is about to go extinct? On a related note, since the league is all abo Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ut safety, should the name “Hard Knocks” be changed to “Light Shoves”?

The gunner position isn’t going anywhere. The Packers are looking for another player to emerge. Drafting JK Scott also is a game-changer. If he comes as advertised, it should increase the margin for error on punt coverage.

Joe from Pittsburgh, PA

As their Canton careers wind down, who do you suspect retires first: Brady, Brees, Manning or Roethlisberger? I lean towards Eli.

I could see Eli retiring first depending on how things play out this season in New York. He’s been a starting quarterback for 14 years. I’m not sure how interested he’d be in competing to be a starter elsewhere or serving as a backup. I’ll believe Roethlisberger retiring when I see it and Brady probably will play until he’s eligible for Social Security.

Richard from Sullivan, WI

With the gambling OK now, what would have happened with Paul Hornung, and Alex Karras? Would they be exonerated for their betting?

No. The NFL still doesn’t permit players to bet on league games. The same thing with the Pete Rose question two days ago.

Steven from Kansas City, MO

Although I’m usually old-school on issues, I don’t see how a player betting on his own team to win compromises the integrity of the game so long as he isn’t betting on a point spread. He’s being paid to win for crying out loud! Any extra incentive to do so seems to be a good thing.

The act of gambling was only part of the equation with Hornung and Karras getting suspended. It also had to do with transmitting information on games to gamblers. NFL players make a good living. There are enough bonuses in contracts to provide more than enough motivation to win.

Lori from Winona, MN

The story of the 1919 World Series will tell you everything you need to know about why sports gambling is such a big deal.

Bingo.

Lou from West Pittsburg, CA

Gentlemen, I’ve been a Packers fan since 1969 and over the years the Packers have had a good amount of Cal Bears on their rosters. Besides Aaron Rodgers, do you have a favorite former Cal player that’s played for the Packers? Mine would be Desmond Bishop.

How about Hardy Nickerson?

Scott from Hamlin, NY

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have compromised the integrity of the game on many occasions, are they in the Hall?

Nothing. I got nothing.

Derek from Eau Claire, WI

Which is more likely for the Packers’ offense: A 1,000-yard rusher or two 100-catch receivers?

I’d say a 1,000-yard rusher because it’s happened before. Two players eclipsing 100 catches would be unprecedented.

David from Oshkosh, WI

Is it possible that some fans are more attached to their fantasy picks and teams regarding how the Packers might play than to how they actually play? Asking for a friend.

That was my favorite part of the 2016 NFL season – fans clamoring each week for Ty Montgomery to be deemed a running back because of fantasy football. Coincidentally, that virtual space is the only place where Montgomery’s listed position actually mattered.

Dan from Kenosha, WI

“Nobody in the NFL benefits from having Rodgers on IR”? I think the Vikings, Bears, and Detroit with all their respective fans might disagree with that statement.

I guess I could see that argument if one of those three teams were hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, but the last time I checked they don’t hand out rings for Final Four appearances in the NFL.

Luke from Sandwich, MA

Why don’t more punters placekick? And vice versa?

But who would hold? The long snapper?

Jeff from Green Bay, WI

Playoff seeding in the NFL is proper and follows decorum. The people who complain about teams not making it in are forgetting one thing, probably the most important thing…you have to beat your own division teams first. If you can’t beat the others in your own division, then you shouldn’t get in. Next you would be ranked given your conference record, and lastly ranked on inter-conference record. It’s all about making division games count greater than the outside games and building rivalry, even if the end result doesn’t readily show it.

Everybody one clap.

Dan from Saint Louis, MO

Hey Wes, I am becoming a new father to a baby boy in October. We are leaning towards naming the baby Reggie or LeRoy in honor of our favorite childhood Packers. Who were your favorite childhood Packer players?

Congrats! I’d say Butler. I respected how he played the game and he’s now become this generation’s Jerry Kramer, a tremendous ambassador of Packers football. 

Keith from Dearborn, MI

My buddy (Dan from St. Louis) and his wife are having a baby boy in October. There’s no better way to welcome the baby than a 1996 custom Packers jersey. I’m really struggling on whom to pick. I’m leaning towards Chris Jacke. What would you recommend?

Jeff Thomason. Or Ron Cox.

Andrew from Tomah, WI

I have to give a best man speech on Saturday. Do you have any suggestions or one-liners to add where I can throw in the Packers to my speech? The bride and groom are big fans. I’ll be sure to check out the Inbox before I speak for some inspiration.

My best advice is to not write out an entire speech. Jot down a list of topics you want to touch on, but don’t read word-for-word off the paper. I don’t have any one-liners for you, but I’d find a natural spot midway through your speech to work in a Packers reference.

Ben from Indianapolis, IN

So I thought I had a fairly decent understanding of the cap. However, I was looking at overthecap.com and became a little confused. The Pack has five players counting against the cap with dead money. I understand three of them, but how do DeAngelo Yancey and Damarious Randall count has dead money?

The remaining signing bonus of players who are traded or released counts against the salary cap for the following year.

James from Chicago, IL

Wes, does it bother you that the 1919 Kitchen & Tap changed the grilled cheese sandwich to a grilled pimento cheese sandwich?

I saw that last week when I stopped in. Hey, live and let live. Just keep it away from my table. I’ll take the snow pea and cashew salad (with grilled chicken).

Bob from Grand Rapids, MI

Kudos, Wes, on all your great articles! But I want to give positive feedback on another item: In the past, your headline was usually covered in the first two questions. Yesterday, I had to wait until question No. 5. I remember Vic sometimes burying it two-thirds of the way down. I love the anticipation!

Trying to mix-up my combinations. Thanks for following the coverage.

Austin from Atlanta, GA

“If the royal wedding were taking place in my backyard, I’d close the curtains.” LOL, that’s the best royal wedding statement I’ve read yet! Just 114 days left.

Amen.

Luke from Dorchester, England

I look forward to the “Outsider’s Inbox,” however I must point out that it isn’t uncharted territory as I believe Vic did it a couple of times.

Correct. We regret the error.

Will from Mount Laurel, NJ

Rodgers’ injuries remind me of Tony Romo’s late years. I’m scared.

Don’t be ridiculous. It’s Yanny, people! YANNNNNY!


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GREEN BAY – Everything started at home for James Looney. His name comes from his father. He credits his fun-loving nature to his mom. The athleticism? Well, that sprouts from almost every branch of the family tree.

Although Looney is only weeks into his NFL career, it’s easy to see why virtually every major draftnik listed the University of California-Berkeley standout’s personality as a major strength in the lead-up to this year’s NFL Draft.

“My mom was always a big playful jokester,” said Looney at rookie orientation two weeks ago. “I Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey ’m just a playful dude and my brother is a jokester, too. I guess it just wore off on me.”

Now, the 6-foot-2, 287-pound defensive tackle wants to show he has the game to back up his larger-than-life personality.

Football always has been the family’s sport of choice. James Sr. played football at Louisville, while James’ older brother, Joe, is a former fourth-round pick who’s a seventh-year offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys.

He’s named after Joe Don Looney, a first-round pick by  Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey the New York Giants in 1964 who played five NFL seasons. Their little brother, Keni-H Lovely, is a freshman cornerback at Western Michigan.

Looney styles himself as a hybrid defensive tackle after playing everywhere from the three- to five-technique on the defensive front for Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  Cal. He also has experience playing in both 4-3 and 3-4 base formations.

“Whatever the coaches want to put me at, I just feel like I want to benefit the team however I can,” Looney said. “I know I have a lot of learning to do. Working with my hands, my hips – I have a long time to go. But hopefully I can get there with hard work and coaching.”

After transferring from Wake Forest in 2014, Looney racked up 130 tackles (20½ for a loss) with eight sacks and two forced fumbles in 36 games over three seasons at Cal.

Looney was the Golden Bears’ lone invitee to the NFL Scouting Combine and he made the opportunity count, becoming the only defensive lineman to rank inside the top 10 in all six measured categories in Indianapolis.

His 4.37-second time in the short shuttle was good for second among defensive linemen, while his 35½-inch vertical jump was third behind Tulane defensive end Ade Aruna (6-5, 262) and N.C. State’s Bradley Chubb (6-4, 269), who was the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft.

Looney has had a great mentor in his older brother, who texted him during the first day of rookie orientation to wish him good luck. Two former Cal alums with Packers ties, Trevor Davis and Richard Rodgers, also reached out to the rookie defensive lineman shortly after he was drafted by Green Bay.

“They told me I would love it here, man,” Looney said. “They told me it’s a great staff, great coaches, great process – they teach you how to be a professional. I’m just so excited to be here. I’m blessed. I just thank God.

“Being a Cal Bear, we all take a lot of pride in that. We’ve got one of the greatest Cal Bears ever in Aaron Rodgers, so I’ve just got to learn from him and continue to work.”

Looney says he tries to limit his playful personality during business hours. He understands he has a job to do and saves all the carefree antics for his downtime with his family, friends and girlfriend.

This summer, Looney is competing for a job at one of the Packers’ deepest positions. However, he need look no further than Pro Bowler Mike Daniels for an example of an undersized defensive tackle who plays larger than his listed measureables.

“You dream about this as a kid, man,” Looney said. “Growing up, you dream about wearing a logo like the Green Bay Packers. Just to be here and have this shirt on and have these clothes on, I just can’t do nothing but smile. I’m just happy to be here.”

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Packers players, coaches and alumni will participate in the event, with proceeds benefitting the College Comeback Program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), a scholarship program that provides a second chance to returning adult students, many of whom are supporting a family and working multiple jobs while finishing their education.

Area businesses and individuals are encouraged to support the effort by purchasing a lane to join the fun-filled evening and bowl with a member of the Green Bay Packers family.

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Lanes are available for $1,000 and will include a team of four bowlers per lane, with each team to be joined by one Packers celebrity. All participants will receive a gift and team photo, a shirt, their company sign displayed above their lane, plus access to the Nestlé Family Fun Night Buffet.

Registration for the evening begins at 6 p.m., with the bowling event and silent auction to start at 6:30. The silent auction will feature autographed Packers memorabilia, in addition to other items.

The College Comeback Program at NWTC provides scholarships for returning adult students, offering not only financial assistance, but a renewed sense of hope for a better future.

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Danielle from Garden Grove, CA

I am one of two granddaughters of Herman Martell. I never got to meet him; he died young. My father didn’t give Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey  me much information, either, but I saw where he grew up when I visited Green Bay. I would like to know if you have any other information on him. Also, a second cousin reached out and said the Packers organization was trying to get a hold of the descendants of the 1919 players. Is that accurate?

To commemorate our 100th season, we recently opened a new display in the Packers Hall of Fame dedicated to our original team, the Indian Packing squad of 1919. If you have the opportunity over the next 16 months, I’d encourage you to visit. We have bios and photos of each player, short stories about how the team was organized, summaries of the games that season and other information.

Here’s the bio of your grandfather.

Herm Martell – Age 18. Stood 5-8, weighed 155. Played in nine games at end. Started one at left end. Born in Crystal Falls, Mich., and moved to Green Bay at age 12. Played at Green Bay West High School in 1917.

Your grandfather also played in five games in 1920 and three non-league games in 1921, as well as one game in the American Professional Football Association (now the NFL). Because your grandfather played in that one league game – it was against Evansville – he is listed on our all-time roster and on most, if not all, all-time NFL rosters.

However, 14 of the 25 original Packers never played in an NFL game and have been largely overlooked by history. In other words, more than half the players on the first Packers team don’t even get the one line that your grandfather gets in the record books.

That’s why I pitched focusing on those players in our 100th season display. It’s a long overdue tribute.

We have no specific plans for descendants, but in researching their bios I reached out to some families in search of information. It wasn’t easy finding where some of them were born, how tall they were and how much they weighed in 1919, and also where and what years they played high school football. But with the help of Mary Jane Herber and Dennis Jacobs in the Local History Department at the Brown County Library, I found pre Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey tty much everything but the birthplace of William Jennings Gallagher.

Gallagher was born in the Upper Peninsula and likely in Ishpeming – he was listed as living there in the 1900 census, two years after he was born – but the state of Michigan has no birth certificate for him in its Vital Records Office and three county clerks in the U.P. were unable to find one.

What’s more, a nephew told me Jennings Gallagher, who played four years at Green Bay West and might have been the only original Packer to be a more decorated high school player than Curly Lambeau, never married and was buried in a potter’s field in Chicago.

But back to the Hall of Fame display. Packers curator Brent Hensel gathered pictures of the players and put our findings together to create the exhibit.

Already, several of the players’ descendants have contacted me, so you aren’t the only one. But that comes as no surprise.

Of the 25 original Packers, six were natives of Green Bay and six more were natives of nearby cities or towns. Nine more mo Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey ved to Green Bay as youngsters or teenagers. That makes 21 of 25 who had deep ties to the city.

We also will be devoting more than half a page about the 1919 team in our 2018 media guide. Sarah Quick, our assistant director of communications, showed me the layout last week and that, too, will be long overdue recognition of the Packers’ original 25 players.

Drew from Holmen, WI

As a graduate of Green Bay East High School, I’m proud of its endless connections to the Packers from Curly Lambeau to Jim Crowley to Tom Hearden. Have you researched this? The early teams were stocked with local players, but did this trend continue?

Let’s start at the beginning because the Packers are an outgrowth of the Green Bay East and West high school teams much more so than any early city teams.

Eight of the 25 original Packers played football at Green Bay East, including Lambeau. Al Martin was a ninth player who attended East, but I couldn’t determine if he played football there. Across the Fox River, nine players from Green Bay West were part of the 1919 Packers.

One other player, Tubby Bero, was born in Green Bay and attended one year of high school, according to the 1940 U.S. Census, but I couldn’t confirm that with a second source or find any record of him playing on a school football team.

As a fellow East High grad, yes, I’ve researched the subject.

Other East High products who played for the Packers once they joined what is now the NFL beside original Packers Lambeau, Wally Ladrow and Nate Abrams included: Jim Cook (1921), Les Hearden (1924), Jim Crowley (1925), Wes Carlson (1926), Tom Hearden (1927-28), Dave Zuidmulder (1929-31) and Wayland Becker (1936-38).

From what I remember, the last East product to even get a tryout with the Packers was Randy Rose in 1977. He was an all-state back at East and three-time letterman at Wisconsin.

William from Thornton, CO

Was there an explanation or box score from the game between Green Bay and Beloit in 1919? How could the Packers dominate and lose?

The game was well-covered by newspapers of the day, and our new Hall of Fame exhibit explains the loss in some detail. In fact, as I wrote in the text, that loss triggered an outcry in Green Bay that might not have been exceeded until the “Fail Mary” pass in Seattle in 2012, if then.

The headlines alone atop the Green Bay Press-Gazette sports section on Nov. 24, 1919, told much of the story, at least from the Packers’ vantage point.

“Champions Are Robbed of Victory by Referee Zabel…”

“Crowd All Over Playing Field”

“Capt. Lambeau Crosses Goal Line Twice, Gallagher Once, But Scores Are Not Allowed by Official”

Mark from Fort Walton Beach, FL

2018 will be the 100th season for the Packers, which is different than the 100th anniversary. Are the Packers going to celebrate in 2018? Let the party begin.

While you submitted your question before the recent press conference, you weren’t the only fan who expressed concern over the last year or two as to whether the Packers were going to properly celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime happening.

Now you know, the Packers will be celebrating their 100th season this year and continue to celebrate until they turn 100 on Aug. 11, 2019.

Other than in the daily pages of the Press-Gazette, early Packers history was never thoroughly and meticulously chronicled. And until just recently, as far as I know, there was really no way to exhaustively research the Press-Gazette’s early coverage other than by visiting the Brown County Library in Green Bay, the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison or the Press-Gazette’s office building.

Nevertheless, starting in the mid 1980s and continuing until about five years ago, writers with no credentials and lacking the diligence to properly research the subject made a muddled mess of Packers history.

Hopefully, those days have come to an end. My expectation is that we’re going to get it right for our 100th anniversary, aside from an occasional honest mistake. That said, there are parts of the story where the truth might never be uncovered, but we’ll explain why rather than concocting fables like several other writers have done.

From my perch, I give Packers president Mark Murphy much of the credit for this.

Around the time I was named team historian, he asked me about the Packers’ founding and wanted to make sure that 1919 was their first season. While he had no ties to the organization when he became president and has more important things on his agenda than to learn all the details about Packers history, he has been nothing but a true steward of it in my dealings with him.

I also give him credit for making sure the 100th anniversary won’t just be one big party, but also an accurate and comprehensive celebration of our history.

Joe from Rapid City, SD

I watched the 100th anniversary press conference and I’m looking forward to the history video and book. I’m curious: How long will it take to write a book that covers the history of the Packers?

The Packers have a 100th anniversary committee working with Khrome, a local advertising agency that has produced previous documentaries, to do a 10-episode, decade-by-decade documentary of Packers history. It will be released in 2019. Meanwhile, a short prelude to the series will be released this summer at the Packers Experience and Lambeau Field Live events.

Work on the 10-part documentary has been going on for more than a year and my antenna tells me it will be accurate, inspiring and professionally done.

My deadline for the book will be about a year from now and my instructions are to write a definitive history. To be honest, I’m getting a little nervous about it and may have to cut back on my weekly website posts once camp starts, but at least most of the research has been done.

Over the last two decades, I’ve interviewed more than 200 players, coaches, staff and board members, fans, etc.; and I’ve also read or scanned just about every story about the Packers in the Press-Gazette or one of the Milwaukee papers from Jan. 1, 1919, into the 1980s, and have copies of them.

Pat from Scottsdale, AZ

Would you post the names of the 38 potential players as reported in the Aug. 13, 1919, Press-Gazette? Family legend has it that my grandfather, Norman Gary, was invited to join Curly’s team, but that Grandma Gary didn’t want her new dentist husband to hurt his fingers. Curly and my grandpa were friends and former East-West competitors.

The paper urged those 38 players to attend a second organizational meeting on Aug. 14, but listed only last names. So I’m going to take a stab here at their first names – noted in parentheses – and also correct what I believe were misspellings of last names based on my research of East and West high school lineups and other genealogical sources.

Sixteen of the 38 players listed in the article wound up playing with the Packers in 1919: (Curly) Lambeau, (Herb) Nichols, R. (Rigney) Dwyer, (Clement) “Dutch” Dwyer, (Orlo “Toody”) McLean, (William Jennings) Gallagher, N. (Nate) Abrams, C. (Carl) Zoll, M. (Martin) Zoll, (Herm) Martell, (Wally) Ladrow, (Charlie) Sauber, (Sam) Powers, (Andy) Muldoon, (Milt) Wilson, (Lyle “Cowboy”) Wheeler.

The next 11 names didn’t play for the Packers, but had played for East or West high school: (Roland) Praeger, (Sam) Cohen, (Francis) Flatley, (Felix “Phil”) Lurquin, (Gerald) Riley, (Raymond “Rummy) Lambeau, (Clarence “Turk”) Warwick, (Archie) Duncan, (Thomas) Hawley, (Ed) DuFresne, (Louis) Morgan.

Of the other 11 players, five played for the 1918 Green Bay city team. In this category, I’m not as certain of the first names except for Glick, who played for the Packers from 1921-22: (Al) Ostermann, (Leo or Clayton) Ruel, (George or John) Getzloff, (Eddie) Glick, (John) Collard, Kaiser, Jirgeau, (Fred) Kohr (not Koher), (Walter or Rufus) House, (Desmond) Muldoon, (Richard) Mckenna.

Again, to set the record straight, some of my hunches could be off. For example, Archie Duncan played at East with Lambeau, but Willard and Robert Duncan played at West at roughly the same time. Because Archie registered for the draft in Green Bay in 1917 and was listed as a city resident in the 1920 census, he seemed a more likely candidate than Willard or Robert, who were listed as college students in the 1920 census.

As for your grandfather, Norman Gary was one of the first three-year starters in the East-West game, but his last season at West was 1912, a year before Lambeau played as a freshman at East. Your grandfather also played three years at Marquette University so he certainly had the qualifications to play for the 1919 Packers.

Jennifer from Cave Creek, WI

My father-in-law has told all of us in the family that his father, William Kenneth Posorske, played on the first Packers team. I don’t see his name listed. Could you clear this up?

I don’t recall ever coming across that name as a player or even a candidate for the Packers.

Taylor from Temecula, CA

Our family’s oral history has it that my grandfather’s uncle John Last played for the Packers and it could have been in 1919. Can you help uncover the truth?

There was a John Last, who was a prominent 19th century public servant in Green Bay, and he had a son, John, but the father died before the Packers were founded and his son was in his 70s in 1919. I’m not aware of any Last that played for the Packers or had any early ties.

Dan from Hillsdale, NY

Phil Peterson, my grandfather, played ball for a semipro team in Green Bay and I was told that team became the Packers. I was unable to find his name on the website. My grandfather worked for a paper mill in Green Bay at the time.

The Packers started as a semipro team in 1919 and ’20. No Peterson played then or thereafter. He worked at Northern Paper Mill in Green Bay before entering the service sometime after June 5, 1917. And I believe he worked there with Herb Nichols, one of the original Packers. Could the story have gotten embellished from there?

Deb from Oconomowoc

My grandmother said her father played for the Acme Packers. She said they called him Curly Burke. Do you have any information about him?

Acme Packing was involved with the Packers for a brief time in 1921. No Burke played that year or thereafter. There was no Burke on the 1919 or ’20 Packers, either. Wilner Burke was head of the Packers’ band for 42 years. Could it be him? I recently found a 1966 obituary stating that an Arthur Bernhart played for the original Packers. As far as I can tell, he handled the sticks – part of what today is called a “chain gang” – in 1919 or the early 1920s.

Leah from Charlotte, NC

I’m looking for ties between Patrick Cudahy and the Bonner Packing Co. of Green Bay that sponsored the Packers in the early years. Did the Packers players work at the Cudahy plant when Bonner went bankrupt?

Indian Packing sponsored the Packers in 1919 and 1920. Acme Packing of Chicago purc Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey hased some jerseys and equipment for the team at the start of the 1921 season, but the company was nearly $50 million in debt in today’s money and the Packers cut ties to it a week into the league season. There was never a Bonner Packing in Green Bay and the Packers had no ties to Cudahy Packing.


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Gary from Minneapolis, MN

Someone asked what the difference is between rebuilding and retooling. The best I’ve heard that explained is you’re rebuilding if you don’t have a quarterback, and you’re retooling if you do.

Well said.

Paul from Gorham, ME

Good morning, do you have, or do you plan to write, any stories about Wilkerson? Here’s hoping he plays as well as he’s able, which I think will have many of us wanting to know more about him.

With once-per-week media access to OTAs starting next Tuesday, our coverage will start to turn away from the rookies and more toward the veteran players again, as they’ll be available for locker-room interviews.

Joe from Asbury, IA

Since Kizer and Hundley each started many games last season, they aren’t eligible for the practice squad, correct? Do you think the Packers would carry both behind Rodgers? I’m intrigued as to how training camp and preseason sorts that backup position out.

I’m curious, too. You’re right, neither is practice-squad eligible. I don’t think any decision has been made as to whether two or three quarterbacks will be on the active roster when camp concludes.

Gary from Belle Mead, NJ

Or is it Inside-Out Box?

I think I like that even better.

Fritz from Stevens Point, WI

It seems everyone is assuming Pettine’s defense is a lock for top 10 or better. Please help me shake this “We’ve been here before” feeling.

Assume anything in the NFL at your peril. I believe Green Bay’s defense will be improved with the coaching and personnel changes, but I’m not going to predict where the unit will be ranked.

James from Durango, CO

With regards to playoff seeding, I think there is a way to preserve divisions and be fair to 10-6 and 11-5 teams that don’t qualify when there is a sub-.500 division winner within the same conference. If a 10-6 or 11-5 team played against the entire division and is 4-0, while the best team from that divisio Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey n only managed a record of 7-9, then the 10-6 or 11-5 team gets their fourth seed. So for example, if the Packers went 4-0 against the NFC East and the NFC East division winners were the 7-9 Cowboy Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey s, then the Packers would get their playoff spot.

Interesting thought, but I doubt the NFL wants to complicate the process to that degree.

Lee from Cork, Ireland

How many “Prospect Primers” have you covered that the Packers drafted?

10 – Datone Jones, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, Brett Hundley, Blake Martinez, Kyle Murphy, Josh Jones, Jaire Alexander and Equanemious St. Brown. It would be 11 if I hadn’t run out of time last year right before I was going to put one together on Vince Biegel. Really regret that.

Joseph from East Moline, IL

Sometimes I like to look back at previous years’ drafts and look at who the Packers picked and compare to players of the same positions who were drafted after them. I know he wasn’t a perennial Pro Bowler, by I like the Hawk pick in 2006. He started about 95 percent of the regular-season games during his nine years in GB, played pretty consistently, and also has an awesome podcast (The Hawkcast with A.J. Hawk). How would you say his career compared with another Big Ten linebacker taken that year, Chad Greenway?

Tough question. Statistically, their careers look rather similar. Both proved to be durable (after Greenway missed his rookie year), they racked up tackles, and their high-impact plays like sacks and interceptions were close. I would say Greenway stayed at a high level a little longer than Hawk, and he went to two Pro Bowls vs. Hawk’s one, so I’d have to give the nod to Greenway, but those are two long-term mainstays at their positions who earned plenty of respect.

Neil from Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK

Have you guys any interest in the royal wedding?

Zilch. This is like Vic and World Cup soccer for me. If the royal wedding were taking place in my backyard, I’d close the curtains.

Marcus from Chicago, IL

Do you think the NFL should consider no overtime for the regular season? It would be the best option from the players’ perspective, and as a fan, I would appreciate regular-season games being limited to four quarters. Not only that, but the playoff picture would get more interesting with a lot of digits in the “ties” column.

That would be a tough sell to the ticket-buying public, paying what they do to attend games, and not at least trying to decide a winner and loser with an OT.

Steven from Silver Spring, MD

Regarding the gambling question from Ben from De Pere, WI, now the NFL has the solution to fans’ frustrations at replay and commercial breaks. Time to whip out the phone and place in-game bets during the pause in action.

Oh my. FOX would have to give Mike Pereira secret-service protection if he ever got one wrong.

Sam from Melbourne, Australia

G’day, naturally there’s been a lot of discussion regarding the cornerback depth chart. With Tramon Williams and Davon House returning, would you say for Josh Jackson’s development on the outside it’s better for him to see as much playing time as possible ahead of (most likely) Davon, or would sitting back do him better in the long run as we’ve seen in many unpolished prospects entering the league?

The best thing for Josh Jackson’s development will be to play. If players are ready, they need to play, and if they have to beat out a veteran to earn that time, all the better. If there’s one thing I know about Joe Whitt, it’s that, health permitting, the best players at cornerback are the ones who will play. He’s always been that way.

Bob from Colby, KS

Call me what you will, but your story on Bradley moved to a few tears. Thanks for making them human.

Kudos to Wes on another nice piece. If you haven’t read it, be sure to check it out.

Keith from Dearborn, MI

Hypothetical here: What would be the mood of the Insider Inbox if Marcus Davenport had 15 sacks, but the Saints had an injury-plagued season and finished 4-12?

The final answer would come from throwing Alexander’s rookie season into the equation, wouldn’t it?

Amy from Bayport, MN

Given the hardship the Browns have faced in recent memory, I find it extremely fitting that they are going to be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” I love rooting for the underdog, and with all the Green Bay connections I’m very interested in following their season. Do you think the extra attention from filming the series can be beneficial for the team, or do you think the distraction will be a detriment to their success?

I don’t see any benefits in that sense, but I think it’s only a detriment if there’s a major story that breaks during camp, and the HBO presence makes it an even bigger deal than it already is. Otherwise, in the big picture it’s probably neither here nor there. I was at an event recently with Joe Philbin, and he was asked about the experience when he was head coach in Miami. He said after the first couple of days, the cameras went unnoticed and it was business as usual. I don’t think he’d have said that, however, if the Incognito ordeal from later in his Dolphins tenure had occurred with HBO present.

Kory from Juneau, AK

Hey, Insiders. With the recent Supreme Court ruling on sports betting, is Pete Rose any closer to the Hall?

I don’t see the connection. Rose compromised the integrity of the game. You and I placing bets doesn’t do that.

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I appreciated Mike’s diplomatic answer about the impact the expansion of gamb Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey ling could have on the NFL. I’m concerned though that growth of gambling presents at least as much danger to the future of the NFL as does the player-safety issue. Combined, the two make me very uneasy. Is it possible that we shouldn’t approve of a thing just because it will generate more revenue? Will you please help balance and inform my perspective?

Well, let’s be clear. The NFL hasn’t approved anything, the Supreme Court has, and the NFL can’t control what fans do legally on their own time. With all the things I’m reading about how the pro sports leagues might try to angle for a piece of the gambling pie, I hope they stay as far away from it as possible. The leagues will benefit from the increased interest, TV ratings, and all of that. One scandal could change everything.

Benjamin from Chicago, IL

Mike/Wes, in regards to “external and internal perceptions of players can differ,” how do you think the Packers’ staff estimates external perceptions about players during cuts? Would differing internal perceptions be only due to closed-door practices and evaluation, or would something else factor in?

The entire league has access to the preseason film. The individual teams know everything that has gone on in practice, how a player fits in the locker room, etc.

Matheus from Blumenau, Brazil

Chris from Marshfield stated that the Seahawks made into the playoffs with a 7-9 record. That got me thinking, which was the lowest-record regular-season team to win it all in the postseason?

The 2011 New York Giants, 9-7.

Tim from Charlotte, NC

Assuming Aaron Rodgers has five healthy and productive years remaining, he’d need to average 2,300 yards/season (very likely), 37.5 TD/season (pretty likely) and 466 rushing yards/season (not so likely for an aging QB) in order to hit 50K/500/5K. Yet, I would never bet against him.

I wouldn’t either. The rushing milestone will definitely be the toughest to reach.

Lee from Columbia, MD

One reason there will not be playoff competition between the AFC and NFC teams prior to the Super Bowl is that the Super Bowl was designed as a competition between the NFL and the AFL. To have AFC and NFC teams compete in the playoffs prior to the Super Bowl would negate the original NFL/AFL competition rationale for the Super Bowl.

Sure, but 50-plus years later, the bulk of the fan base doesn’t care about the original rationale. I’m not saying the league should change anything, but being overly resistant to change is a sure way to damage your product these days. As much as I like the current system, I know things won’t stay this way forever. That’s why I like to ponder, occasionally, reasonable and fair possibilities for the future.

Adam from Overseal, UK

Can you talk us through how the scout team works? Is it a case of trying to create how the upcoming opponent will play, and if so how do they manage to replicate plays that represent the team in question?

Film study provides a menu of concepts teams will use in different situations – normal down-and-distance, third down, red zone, short yardage, etc. The plays are drawn up on paper, and then the scout team looks at the diagrams in the huddle during practice and tries to execute them to give their teammates the best possible look at what they might see on game day.

Antonio from Kimberly, WI

With Matt Patricia going over to Detroit, he immediately faces a conundrum at defensive end. Ezekiel Ansah emerged from 2015 with 14.5 sacks, and then followed it with a two-sack season in 2016, and a 12-sack season in 2017. On the one hand, he’s played hurt these past two seasons and still managed to increase his production. On the other hand, nine of his 12 sacks came against the Giants, Bengals, and Packers – teams that struggled this year. What’s your take? Has he regressed and put up deceiving numbers, or is he the future star of Patricia’s defense?

The Lions are spending the franchise tag to find out. I think it was their best option.

Ricky from Albany, NY

Congrats, Spoff. I officially grant you the status Penske material for making us all read a column about nothing. Bravo, sir.

I admit I went a little overboard, but the set-ups were too easy. My youngest also turned 14 on Wednesday, and things like that put me in a nostalgic mood. Y’all came back rather strong on the exclamation points (Ethan from La Crosse) and the human fund (Grady from Calgary), among others. Nicely done.

Justin from Atlanta, GA

After reading all these questions about Dez, I really miss Vic banning people.

Speaking of nostalgia…Ah, it’s Friday. Make it a good one, everybody.


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The Green Bay Packers on May 17 and 18 will work with local nonprofit organizations Ben’s Wish, Paul’s Pantry and the New Community Shelter for the semi-annual Packers Give Back Day to help address food security for those in need over the summer months.

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Doug from Sussex, Canada

With regard to Wes’s response to Anthony from Baraboo, “When was last time the Pack controlled another team’s first-round pick for a full calendar year?” In 1991, the Pack traded back in the first round with Philly for their first in 1991 and 1992. The 1992 pick was part of the deal for Favre.

So I guess Gutekunst has history on his side then. Good morning!

Greg from Ann Arbor, MI

Yanny or Laurel? The correct answer is Laurel, obviously.

Yanny. This is not up for debate.

Charlie from Catawba, WI

Why have our running backs not been talked about, other than graduating college? Is it a given they will produce? Who will be the workhorse this year?

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Ethan from El Dorado Springs, MO

I was looking back on some older Ask Vic questions. From May 23, 2015. Somebody asked why there has been no talk about moving Ty Montgomery to running back due to the stacked receiver position. Vic said he blames it on sanity, or thinking in a normal manner. Why do you guys never entertain the idea of position changes when in actuality it can happen?

Because for every Ty Montgomery suggestion, there are three dozen different Jeff Janis and Michael Clark theories.

Ethan from El Dorado Springs, MO

I have always wondered how players fall into their positions. I really want to know about said positioning for receivers and corners, since they have similar physical profiles. Is it just how well they catch?

The simple answer is yes. It’s been my experience most NFL receivers/defensive backs played both ways in high school and their colleges slot them at their current position. Occasionally, players find their position (or even sport) later than others (i.e. Jimmy Graham, Ty Montgomery and Sam Shields). Every player has his own journey.

Noah from Lacrosse, WI

How can Mike Pettine help the Packers, defense-wise?

Likable and learnable have been used to describe Pettine’s scheme, but I offer two more important components – simplicity and communication. This defense has the potential to be a championship-caliber unit when healthy. I Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey t’s Pettine’s task to get 11 defenders to play as one. He’s done it in the past and the Packers are looking for him to do it again in Green Bay.

John from Crivitz, WI

Insiders, what are you most excited to see, what a retooled Packers offense looks like, or what a Mike Pettine defense looks like?

Pettine’s defense. I’d say that against anything this offseason because I’m so intrigued about what it will look like on the field. I’ve covered only one defensive coordinator. Now, we see what’s behind Door No. 2.

Paul from Ellensburg, WA

With all the excitement about the rookies, it seems last year’s draft class is being overlooked. Given that most players take time to settle into the game and the emphasis on the “second-year leap,” who in your mind from the 2017 draft makes the biggest impact this season – King, J. Jones, A. Jones, Williams or other?

I see King making the biggest impact in relation to his rookie season. As I’ve stated before in this space, the sky is the limit for him if the shoulder is healthy. He has the size and speed to excel as a boundary cornerback and he doesn’t shy away from the spotlight. Really, that entire 2017 draft class looks primed for a second-year jump.

Daniel from Milwaukee, WI

I had dinner at the table next to Kenny Clark and others last week in Milwaukee. We were all amazed at what great shape Clark was in. We were very surprised and not only how thin he was but how strong and powerful he looked. Did he lose weight and gain muscle? Seems like an amazing transformation over the winter.

Clark is a big dude, but he doesn’t carry much fat on his 6-foot-3, 315-pound body. He’s only 22 years old and still maturing physically, too. I bet he plays around that weight this season. It worked for him in 2017. If it’s not broken…

Ric from Longmont, CO

I did some digging, and if Rodgers makes it to 40,000 yards passing, 400 TDs and 4,000 yards rushing he will stand alone. John Elway (51,475/300/3407) and Fran Tarkenton (47,003/342/3674) are already in the “three” trifecta.

Now a decade into Rodgers’ tenure as a starting quarterback, we’re getting to the point where he’s going to start rewriting the NFL career record books. The one you mention would put him in a league of his own.

Jacklyn from Minocqua, WI

My friend and I are having a friendly disagreement. He thinks A-Rod should continue try to escape the pocket and turn into a RB, but I think, after his injury last year, he should cool it a bit and not make himself as vulnerable to re-injury.

Rodgers takes chances outside the pocket, but I wouldn’t say either of his collarbone injuries were a product of him being a running back. He was looking to pass both times, so I wouldn’t change Aaron Rodgers. He’s not 27 anymore, but he’s not 47, either.

Joseph from East Moline, IL

Last year, the common agreement amongst the Insiders community was that a simple shove down would have sufficed, and that Barr is dirty or at least committed a dirty play. To your credit, Wes, I think I remember you alluding more to a rule change than attacking Barr. My question is, with Rodgers being pretty outspoken and publicly critical towards a player over a legal hit, do you think that will only encourage Barr to do it again if in the same position?

I suppose there’s nothing to deter him from it other than making sure his helmet is in the right place. Whether the hit was dirty is up to interpretation and perspective. I believe it was unnecessary and counterproductive to what’s best for the league. Like I said in the fall – no one benefits from Rodgers being on injured reserve.

Euan from Aberdeen, UK

Is it likely DeShone Kizer and Brett Hundley see the same amount of snaps in preseason, or will one get more than the other? If so, who do you think would get the most?

It’ll start even, especially during the offseason program. As training camp moves along, the coaching staff will fluctuate reps as they see fit to create opportunities for both quarterbacks. At least, that’s how they’ve done it in the past when it comes to the No. 2 quarterback competition.

Tanner from Seattle, WA

I’d like to see the NFL stay with the current playoff seeding and 16-game season. The only thing I’d change is have the teams start with all four cross-conference games. This would allow teams to find their identity before the more impactful conference games begin. I’d like to hear your thoughts on the suggestion. Thanks for all the great work you guys produce.

It’s an interesting thought, but I don’t think the NFL would ever go for it. Look at the Patriots and Packers game this year. That’s a marquee matchup that happens only once every four years. The league and network want that game in primetime in November, not Week 3. I also like having conference and division matchups that mean something in Week 1. Starting in Jacksonville in 2016 felt off to me.

Chris from Marshfield, WI

The 2010 Seahawks went 7-9 and won the division. Always Seattle catching the breaks.

And I still have no issue whatsoever with the Seahawks making the playoffs. If division titles aren’t worth anything, then why do we care about rivalries? Nostalgia? This isn’t standing in line and wondering when the store is going to close. Everyone knows the criteria for making the playoffs.

Tom from Birmingham, MI

What’s the difference between retooling and rebuilding? Asking for a friend.

Did you play with Legos as a kid? To me, rebuilding is disassembling everything and starting over. Retooling, on the other hand, is changing out a few pieces to improve the pre-established structure.

Geert from Old Windsor, UK

To answer Trevor from Seattle’s point, JK Scott (probably) keeps his foot on the ground as it helps deliver the highest ratio of mass to acceleration (accelerated by the long levers that are his legs). Thai kickboxers kick harder when their plant leg is on the ground than when they are in the air, hence you do not see them jump and kick.

As Spoff also pointed out on “Unscripted,” Scott can eliminate a possible variable by keeping his foot on the ground through the punt, too. In turn, it generates a stronger, more consistent strike of the ball.

Ross from Hudson, WI

For anyone lamenting the fact a punter was drafted in the fifth round, remind them Ron Wolf said the free agent he most regretted letting go was Craig Hentrich.

Punters are people, too.

Gerry from New Berlin, WI

One facet concerning eliminating the kickoff is what happens to the kickoff specialists. Do you think they will maintain the roster size, or expand the practice squad? Also, is this now or will this affect drafting, even though rule changes are not yet in place?

Roster sizes would stay the same. Any changes must be collectively bargained. It definitely would take away snaps from special-teamers and coverage players, though. From that perspective, I wonder what the impact would be on how general managers build their 90- and 53-man rosters.

Paul from Beaver Dam, WI

Wes, out of all the “fringe” players on the defensive side of the ball, who do you think will have the best camp? My vote is for Herb Waters. I really like this guy and from what was said last year it sounds like the coaches do too. Any word on his recovery?

Waters has potential, but he needs to get healthy. We’ll see where he’s at in a week or so. I’d keep an eye on Ahmad Thomas. He’s the safety-turned-linebacker out of Oklahoma who spent the end of last season on the practice squad.

Stephen from Chicago, IL

New rule for those who insist on perseveration on Thompson not re-signing some past Packers free agents. Feel free to complain, but then provide what corresponding cap move should have been made to keep them. And no, asking other players to take a pay cut is not an option.

Or point out the times Thompson passed on re-signing a veteran fans were clamoring for and then forgot about after they didn’t work out on another NFL roster? That’s how it works, folks. Nobody bats 1.000 in this league.

Jared from Reno, NV

Why is gambling looked upon in such a dark light around this country? I bet everyone who reads this has gambled at some point in their life, most probably with a friend along the line of “I bet you $5 Team A will beat Team B.” How is that any different than going up to a person in a sports book and doing the same? I am from Nevada, please help me understand the hesitation other states have with legal gambling. Love the column, read it every morning before work.

Because you and your friend (probably) don’t have the checkered past sports books and sports betting do in this country. I’m not against the Supreme Court overturning the ruling. I’m watching this situation carefully and forming my opinion on the matter. I’m skeptical.

Tony from Green Bay, WI

Can we now say Pete Rose was ahead of his time? Is forgiveness possible?

Yeah, I’m not there yet.

Derrick from Rockaway, NJ

What number will Montgomery switch to when the Packers sign Dez? I’d like to thank Witten for allowing us to extend the number questions another offseason.

Yes. I’m sooooooooooooooooo grateful to Jason Witten.

Craig from Laramie, WY

I’ll just say this: Wes Hodkiewicz is to present-day background stories what Cliff Christl is to historical background stories. GB attracts/produces/develops some pretty fine writers.

That’s some high praise, Craig. I can’t say it’s warranted, but I appreciate you following along with our coverage. Cliff truly is in his own stratosphere. He’s the best to ever do it in my humble opinion. He set the standard.

Fred from La Crosse, WI

All this talk about OC and DC. I think I saw them in Milwaukee at Summerfest. They played some music from “Back in Black.” Great event. The season will unfold, players play, coaches coach and fans, well, they fan. Do you have a favorite Summerfest memory like mine?

I attended a Dispatch concert in 2013 with a double ear infection. It was greeeeeeeeeeat.

Dale from Sylacauga, AL

I loved the piece on Hunter Bradley. Any game of football holds my attention, but the human stories of the players inspire me to excel in my own little life. What is the most compelling player story for you?

I love telling untold stories that help fans better understand who these players are behind the facemask. Bradley has quite a story and silenced a lot of naysayers to make it to this level. My favorite story I’ve written probably is the piece I did on Mason Crosby and his sister-in-law Brittany last fall because it reminded me of how fragile life is and to make sure I count my blessings every day.

Aric from Warsaw, NY

If you’re asking the questions, and we’re answering them, would that make it the “Insider Outbox” or the “Outsider Inbox”?

Definitely “Outsider Inbox.” Or “Outsider Outhouse”?

Paul from Middleton, WI

I second the Carnac idea!

Sure, but do I have to wear the outfit?

Dean from Leavenworth, IN

Interesting idea with you submitting questions and readers answering. May I suggest at the end of the Inbox on July 2, you submit five questions and then on July 3 print the best/most interesting answers to each question? I promise we won’t tell Spoff.

I’m going to ask the questions on July 3 – I like your suggestion of five – and give it an extra day for answers to come in since we’re in kind of uncharted territory here. Plus, it will make my July 4/5 turnaround easier. 

Adam from Wausau, WI

Wes, did the card that accompanied the gas card to your wife read, “To a wonderful girl, a great pal, and more”?

Complete with box and wrapping paper. To be fair, I also got her a pair of heels she wanted. I made a mental note of it. Oh yes, I’m very sensitive about that. I mean Mother’s Day comes up, I keep my ears open.


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