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Five Packers flying under the radar

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay’s upgrades on offense, defense that no one is talking about this offseason GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers’ roster was significantly upgraded this offseason. Naturally, some fans and media would disagree with that assertion. They believe the Packers had a major fail by not selecting one

Five most influential Packers in my career

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Winning was HOF GM Wolf’s business, and Wolf was all business in the 1990s GREEN BAY, Wis. – What with the COVID-19 pandemic, George Floyd’s murder and a rather reflective mood permeating our nation, I thought it might be a good time to look back at my time

Five most influential Packers in my life

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA This week it’s the non-Hall of Fame Packers – next week, it’s Favre, Starr, etc. GREEN BAY, Wis. – What with the COVID-19 pandemic, George Floyd’s murder and a rather reflective mood permeating our nation, I thought it might be a good time to look back at my

Packers working hard both on and off field

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay organization tackles racism while dealing with COVID-19 challenge GREEN BAY, Wis. – The concept of being “together, apart” became the new normal this spring. It began with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in late February. That’s when the pandemic forced most everyone to adjust to

100 reasons I need a Packers’ 2020 season

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay defending its division title, beating 49ers in San Fran to name two … GREEN BAY, Wis. – As the calendar ushers in June, and “Return to Play” plans are being discussed by the NHL and NBA, I find myself praying to the Football Gods that the

Pettine revving up for ‘D’ to dominate

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Packers’ defensive coordinator sees unit building upon improvement in 2019 GREEN BAY, Wis. – For better or worse, the Green Bay Packers’ offense has owned the headlines this offseason. A draft that saw the Packers select a quarterback, running back, H-Back and three offensive linemen – but not

Realistic, reflective Rodgers speaks up

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Quarterback understands retiring in a Packers’ uniform may not happen GREEN BAY, Wis. – Tom Brady will be wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey when the NFL season opens. Michael Jordan wore a Washington Wizards uniform before he ultimately retired in 2003. If it can happen to two

Packers’ schedule difficult but doable

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA At Minnesota a serious test to open, but December looks like 4-0 to close GREEN BAY, Wis. – The NFL schedule-makers did the Packers favors both early and late in the 2020 season. What lies in between is tough sledding. I have the Packers opening at 3-1 before

Packers’ draft notes; NFL schedule release

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Initial criticism of Packers’ draft quelled, NFL to release 2020 schedule this week GREEN BAY, Wis. – The NFL’s 2020 logo should include an asterisk to go with the shield. Everything is subject to change during the COVID-19 pandemic, or so it seems. The league was right to

Packers’ 2020 draft all about the offense

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Gutekunst goes QB, RB, TE and multiple O-linemen to upgrade LaFleur’s attack GREEN BAY, Wis. – Based on fan reaction to the Packers’ 2020 NFL draft you might think head coach Matt LaFleur’s preferred way to play is “3 yards and a cloud of dust.” Or that GM