July 27, 2013

Titletown, Meet Ryan.

By: Ryan Jensen

I remember the first time my father took me to training camp. It was prior to the 1996-1997 season, and the Packers had been projected to reach Super Bowl XXXI. I was just a young 8-year-old kid who loved playing football, but it would be this year that I would passionately watch the green and gold dominate opponents week in and week out. For every game, I would sit down with a pen and paper and record passing, rushing, receiving, kicking and scoring statistics for the Green Bay Packers, despite the fact that the newspaper would print them all the next day.

I was enamored with the culture of Green Bay, but there was one player that I looked up to more than the others. As a young wide receiver for my junior tackle football team, I was determined to be the fastest player on the team. I quickly identified with the Packers' speedster, Don Beebe, after seeing him turn quick passes into long touchdowns by outrunning every defender on the field. After just two years with the Packers, Beebe retired and I no longer wanted to be a receiver. I made the switch to quarterback when I was 10 and tried to model my play after Brett Favre. As you would expect, I threw my fair share of interceptions and met my quota of lost fumbles, but also played the game with passion until the speed and size of the game had passed me up at Millikin University, a Division-III program in Decatur, IL. At 5'10'' and 160 lbs, even the kicker had me beat on size.

So I moved past playing football and began focusing on my personal future as well as the Packers. Today, I am 25 years old. I work with children with autism, and I love what I do. I haven't missed a Packer game since 2009 (and that wasn't by choice). I have been to 5 games in my lifetime, and the Packers are 3-2 in those games. I'm on a 2-game winning streak, however, and I plan on watching that streak extend to 3 this year up in Lambeau. I am excited to dissect the strengths and weaknesses of the 2013 Packers as we head into training camp, and I am thankful for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you.

July 19, 2013

Titletown, Meet Andrew.

By: Andrew Megow

Hello out there Titletown readers, long time Packer fan Andrew Megow here to, introduce myself as the newest staff writer for Arman's Titletown Talk.

Ever since I can remember, my family has been talking about the Green Bay Packers. My earliest football game memory is watching the Packers take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI in 1997. Since then, the Packers have always been a part of my life in some form. In school, I always knew when my team played poorly because certain High School teachers would be in terrible moods come Monday.

I consider myself to be the luckiest fan ever because I didn’t become fully invested with the Green Bay Packers until the start of the 2010 Super Bowl winning season. Before that season, I never invested a lot of time in watching football because I was busy being a teenager, playing in a garage band and working. I had all but assumed that once I left home for college, football would become more of a nostalgic memory of Thanksgivings, family get-togethers and one terrible cold night on January 20, 2008.

But as it turned out, college life had only brought me closer to the Packers and I became a consistent Packer-party-attendee with bars becoming my new home on Sunday morning’s. Watching the Packers became an obsession. It still is an obsession for me today especially considering how easy it is to connect with other Packer fans through social and digital media. Through connecting with other fans and the plethora of media outlets that exist today, I keep a close pulse on every move the Packers organization makes and will pass that insight along to you in this blog.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask via the comments or via Twitter. Looking forward to the conversation.

Go Pack Go!