Hard Times for Frederick “Fuzzy” Thurston

With little for Packers fans to do these days than watch Game of Thrones, drink a few Moscow Mules, and pray there’s actually a football season next year to defend their title as Football Champions of the World, the only real news out the last few weeks is a rather sad story.

Frederick “Fuzzy” Thurston apparently owes the tax man a lot of money (to the tune of $1.7 million) and his Super Bowl II championship ring is scheduled to go on the auction block on August 4 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Illinois in an effort to make up some of the difference.

Apparently this isn’t a voluntary sale, with authorities seizing the ring (and they’re looking for his Super Bowl I ring as well, which hasn’t turned up yet) as well as other memorabilia that will be sold such as rings from multiple NFL Championships in the pre-Super-Bowl era and signed footballs from multiple Packer greats, including Vince Lombardi.

Thurston played for the Packers from 1959-1967.

Vikings vs. Packers: Oh My

Sunday October 24th has been circled on both Packers and Vikings fans calendars for months now, with all the waiting and anticipation coming to a frothy head in just a day. It’s not like Packers fans and players needed any more motivation to get fired up for the game, but we can’t wait to see what sort of signage and reception will await Old Man Farve when he and his little friend return to Lambeau Field on Sunday night.

Aside from the obvious rivalry, it’s a game both teams need to win pretty desperately with the 3-3 Packers and 2-3 Vikings pretty underwhelming so far this season. The Pack will also be trying to avoid their third loss in a row after two narrow defeats to the Redskins and the Dolphins.

Ticket prices on StubbHub for the Vikings-Packers game range from $150-$400 a pop, which isn’t too outrageous. Hopefully that’ll be a small price to pay for many Packers fans to see the Vikings and the grizzled old warrior texty pervert get slapped around.

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The House Cleaning Begins

First Monday of the New Year and the Packers make some big staff moves, mainly moving people out. Six — count ‘em — six assistants were fired this morning, including Bob Sanders and a good chunk of his defensive underlings. Secondary coach Kurt Schottenheimer was let go, which has been a long time coning, but Carl Hairston (defensive ends) and Lionel Washington (cornerbacks) also got caught by Mike McCarthy’s broom. Even strength coach Rock Gullickson is gone. Not fired was special teams coach Mike Stock, but he opted to retire instead.

It will be very interesting who McCarthy hires to remake his staff. It’s not quite as dramatic a renovation as removing old asbestos siding from an ancient house, but it’s still tricky business to start the rebuilding process on the coaching side.