Picture I snapped at Lambeau yesterday while my buddy Pat and I grabbed food at halftime. I think this pretty much sums it up no? I mean this guy literally did not move an inch for 10 minutes. Just passed out on a stoop after David Akers dropped a 63 yard bomb in our eyes before the halftime gun. Like he may actually still be on that slab as I type this. Hell I when I right clicked this picture I saved it as 'dead guy.' They should just pour some carbonite on him like Han Solo and make that the next statue at Lambeau. Just a vivid reminder that opening NFL weekend can get the best of all of us.
Which brings us to yesterday. Look I'm not going to go bananas about an opening week loss against a more than solid team. There is a STRONG chance these two teams will see each other down the road. And without question this stretch is the most brutal of the Packer's schedule. Thursday right away with the Bears, the Saints this month and at Houston in October. But aside from that they may not lose a game from Oct 21st on. So everyone can pump the brakes on pushing the panic button. Bottom line is the 49ers have a better defense than us and their offense seems to be on the rise with Alex Smith (somewhere 2006 Jon just puked that 2012 Jon typed a positive sentence about Alex Smith. Either that or 2006 Jon drunk. Puke is the constant in this equation.)
Now another discussion today on sports radio and a topic on Packer blogs will be the officiating. I know we've gone over this before but these guy's are just in way over their heads. Like I have a sore throat this morning from particiapting in an Ed Hoculi chant yesterday. An Ed Hoculi CHANT. So yeah, it wasn't good, but it wasn't good for either side. Again though, these guys are way above their pay grade so it's hard to get mad at them. This would be like a Storm Trooper becoming a Sith Lord overnight and being expected to rule the Empire (that's two, TWO Star Wars references ah ah ah). Problem is what is Goodell's incentive to pay the regular guys? People can grandstand about how it's making the product look bad, and while that may be true, are you not still watching it? Millions are beind made on merchandise, TV ads, radio ads, ticket sales, etc. and that's not going to stop anytime soon. So what's the incentive to pay more for officials when your bottom line isn't affected? Did I just come up with the first rational thought on this blog? It's a numbers game folks! But seriously it wouldn't shock me if we have replacements all year. Ed Hoculi just sitting at his house 'accidently' leaving his t-shirts in hot water while these jabroni's are missing calls left and right.
So yeah was it fun to lose at home on opening weekend? No. Did the 49ers create a straw that went allllllllll the way from San Fran to Green Bay to drink up our milkshake? Yes. Did my buddy Pat and I sit stonefaced at Lambeau for a good 20 minutes by ourselves like Stephen Glansburg trying to wrap our brains around a loss? For sure. But there's not reason to panic.
PS: 10% chance that guy is Cedric Benson.