Friday, April 3, 2015

Packerland selects, part 2

Here are more stories I wrote for Packerland Pride magazine. It's a long list, so let's get to it.

- Over 6,000 words on the life, death, and return of the Hotel Northland to downtown Green Bay.

- On an original member of the 1919 and 1920 Packers, Gus Rosenow, a receiver with one hand.

- Remembering the late Packers great, Fuzzy Thurston.

- A breakfast with Martha's Coffee Club, the group of fans who've met since 1947.

- On the wide receivers of Green Bay's past, present, and future.

- Looking at Matt Flynn's weird little spot in Packers history.

- A three-part series on a possible Super Bowl being played in Lambeau Field and hosted by Green Bay and Wisconsin. The chances, pitfulls, opportunities, and whether or not the area should even want one at all:  Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3

- The journey from Wautoma, Madison, Green Bay, and beyond for Jared Abbrederis.

- The inevitable greatness of Jordy Nelson.

- And lastly my series, Northern Hostilities, on the history and current standing of each of the Packers' divisional rivalries:  The Vikings. || The Bears. || The Lions.


There you have it. Feel free to email (griffingotta [at] gmail [dot] com) with any questions or comments. Thanks for reading, as always.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Packerland selects, part 1

Now that I'm a few months removed from being buried underneath a season of Packers football, editing and writing Packerland Pride magazine, I wanted to share a few select pieces from the past couple of months.

- I wrote about the Piccadilly, a former Green Bay club that was eventually banned by Vince Lombardi, and its owner, Bob Harrill.

- A profile of Green Bay Packers team historian and longtime Wisconsin sportswriter Cliff Christl, who never stops working through history.

- Looking back at Super Bowl II, the sometimes-forgotten title with an interesting place in Packers history.

- Before his induction, the case for former Packers general manager Ron Wolf to be a Pro Football Hall of Famer.

- And a recent essay, on the Packers' increasingly long lineage of insane and heartbreaking losses in the playoffs.

More updates soon-ish. Thanks for reading.