Packer Cat is not amused.

NOT MUCH MORE TO REALLY SAY.

 

Oh, Green Bay
What a day
Didn’t seem like you showed up to play
I guess you’ll play another day
But not at the Super Bowl anyway
Such is the Packer way
Today.

 

– Walt Lindala

 

Packer Fan Mark Evans with the original note from February.

MARQUETTE, MI  – (Great Lakes Radio Sports) –  The ability to prognosticate the way the National Football League post-season playoff picture will assemble itself is not only a daunting task, but a distinctly challenging one.

Sometimes, however, there are situations that appear to be  so glaringly obvious that the average schlub can make the call.  Such was the case with the rapidly advancing Detroit Lions and our very own Mark Evans.  As a Green Bay Packer fan, even he saw that change was brewing in Detroit.  That the tide was turning.

Future Visionary Mark Evans with the original note with the Playoff Headline today.

Following a win in the last Super Bowl by America’s team, the Green Bay Packers, Mark made the bold statement that the Detroit Lions would make the playoffs at the end of this season.  He wrote it down and signed and dated the note.  It then was tacked to the wall in his office and did not come down until today.  Many Lions fans did not share the vision of Mr. Evans.

But retribution and validation came quickly and sweetly.

As many of you know, the Detroit Lions clinched a spot in the playoffs this past weekend with a win over San Diego.  So the note came down off of the wall and the glory was enjoyed by the Prestidigitatious Packer fan, Mark Evans.

Of course congratulations are in order to Mark for his vision, and to the Lions and their faithful (their aren’t that many out there).  Way to go Detroit!

Now get out of the way of the victory march of the Green Bay Packers!

GO PACK GO!

 

-Walt

 

 

 

Yours Truly with World Famous St. VINCE in Green Bay, WI.

Hey Folks!  I know I’ve made it no secret, nor has Mark, that this morning show is a Green Bay Packer friendly place.  We both love the Pack and cheer them on every season.

We are also true Packer fans who understand that although the team can have a great game going on the field, they can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on the turn of a dime.  We have watched Green Bay Football for years and we know the power the Packers have to screw up a game.

So it is with some guarded optimism we watch the team get off to a 3-and-0 start this year as the defending Super Bowl Champions.

As for that moniker, “defending Super Bowl Champions”, ask any true Packer fan what they felt like when the Pack won the whole block of cheese last year.   If they tell you any answer other than “shock and disbelief”, they’re not real Packer faithful.   Real Packer fans don’t carry an air of domination or swagger.  They know how lucky we are and don’t take any of it for granted.

So anyway, with a hearty “GO PACK GO!”, we cheer on the Green Bay Packers and hope for the best.  Ya gotta admit, things are going well so far!

 

GO PACK GO!

 

-Walt

Tim Bennett, Executive Director of Bay Cliff Health Camp.

Tim Bennett, Executive Director of Bay Cliff Health Camp, stopped by the Sunny Studios to give us a re-cap of the Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour stop at the Superior Dome in Marquette, MI.

He gave us the full rundown of the successes of the event and thanksed all of the volunteers and supporters who made the event a full-on success.

To listen to Tim’s interview, please click “HERE“.   To visit the website of the Bay Cliff Health Camp, please click “HERE“.

The Superior Dome in Marquette, MI was the first stop on the Green Bay Packers’ Tailgate Tour.  Approximately 5,000 Packer faithful came out from across Upper Michigan to welcome three generations of Packers players and the four World Championship Lombardi Trophies to the U.P.  Current Packers Desmond Bishop, Matt Flynn and Josh Sitton joined Packer alums Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman, Dorsey Levens, Forrest Gregg and Jim Taylor as well as President and CEO Mark Murphy for a night of football fun.

The event was organized as a benefit for Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, MI, with all proceeds raised going to supplement their program and operational expenses.  Early estimates placed last night’s event as raising over $50,000 for Bay Cliff!

A fantastic turnout for a great cause!  Here’s a gallery of photos from last night’s Green Bay Packer Tailgate Tour stop at the Superior Dome:

The Green Bay Packer Bus rolls in to the Superior Dome.

The Packers and the Lombardi trophy touch down in Marquette, MI!

Taking the Lombardi to the people!

Forrest Gregg shares the Lombardi with a young fan.

The crowd welcomes the players to Marquette, MI.

The players make their way to the stage.

The legends greet the crowd.

The players check out the crowd.

The guests of the evening on stage.

The Packer faithful cheer on the Pack!

Gilbert Brown puts dinner on the table!

Bill Tibor and yours truly by the Packer Bus.

Bill Tibor loves the bus!

Mike Coyne - President, Bay Cliff Health Camp Board Of Directors

Mike Coyne, President of the Board of Directors for Bay Cliff Health Camp, joined Walt Lindala to update listeners on the Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour that is coming to Marquette next week.

He explained how the entire effort is a fundraiser for the Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay and how this particular stop on this tour is the largest stop on their tour.  Thousands of tickets have been sold so far, but he assured everyone that there are plenty left and the best option to to get them now would be to get them at the door.

The event is this Tuesday at the Superior Dome in Marquette and runs from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  For more information about the event and how it benefits Bay Cliff, please click “HERE” for the full interview.

Tim Bennett, Bay Cliff Camp Director

Tim Bennett, Camp Director at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay joined Mark and Walt to preview the Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour stop in Marquette next week that will benefit Bay Cliff.  The event runs from 4-pm to 8:30-pm at the Superior Dome and will feature current and past Packers as well as team management.

Tim explained how this event came to be and what other activities will be available at the Dome for folks to enjoy.  He did stress that since the Packers have never done an event like this in Upper Michigan, he wants all of the Yooper Packer fans to come out and “PACK” the place and give them a rousing welcome.

General admission tickets are only $5.00 and are available at several locations around the Upper Peninsula and also online through the website for Bay Cliff.  All proceeds raised at this unique event will go to benefit programs and projects at Bay Cliff Health Camp.

To listen to the interview with Tim, please click “HERE“.  To visit Bay Cliff’s website, please click “HERE“.

THE CRACK OF THE BAT!  THE CHEER OF THE CROWD!!  PLAY BALL!

YOURS TRULY, PAWS AND THE MISSUS.

Well here it is!  Opening Day 2011.  Although it’s still a bit cool outside, the sun is shining and the Boys of Summer are taking to the field.  It makes me believe that we’ve made it through another winter.  I know it may still snow.  I also know that when it’s the Home Opener for the Detroit Tigers next Friday it will probably be a bit chilly out.

As you can see from this picture of my wife and me hanging out with PAWS, the Tigers mascot at Comerica Park, we’re fairly bundled up.  The picture was taken the day after the 2009 home opener.  I think the temperature at game time was about 45 degrees.  Not exactly tropical, but who cared?  The Tigers were on the field!

If you are a baseball fan, welcome to the 2011 season!  If you’re not, just remember…it won’t be too long before the Green Bay Packers take to Lambeau Field to defend their Super Bowl title and keep the Lombardi Trophy at home where it belongs!!!

And with that…

“PLAY BALL!!”

GETTING ALL OF THE POSTS UP-TO-DATE!

YOUR INTREPID BLOGGER, MORNING CO-HOST AND NEWS GUY.

Today’s blog entry is one of those fun ones that also gives one pause.  It’s a posting of a series of interviews from the last week or so.  It’s been kind of crazy around here with last week’s shooting threat at Northern Michigan University to the Green Bay Packers winning the Super Bowl to the preparations for the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama to Marquette.  As a result, it’s been more than a little busy for this news guy and I apologize for not getting all of the recent interviews posted in a timely manner.  Anyway, that is what today’s blog is for, so kick back and enjoy the next series of interviews.  They cover everything from a local connection to the dispute in Egypt to the latest production at the Forest Roberts Theater.  There’s also a chat about the latest brand of brew from the Keweenaw Brewing Company that YOU helped to name and a new CD locally produced by a musher about the sport of running sled dogs.  There’s even more, so without further ado, let’s get to it!

-Walt, Your Blogger and Morning Co-Host!

A MARQUETTE COUNTY CONNECTION TO THE TURMOIL IN EGYPT

MOHEY MOWAFY

Mohey Mowafy, a professor at Northern Michigan University and a resident of Marquette, joined Mark and Walt recently to discuss the situation in Egypt with the masses in revolution calling for the removal of President Hosni Mubarek.  He shared his personal experiences with dealing with the loss of contact with his family and friends in Egypt when the government shut down the internet access and telephone systems as the dispute heated up.  He was unable to speak to his loved ones for over a week.

He also discussed some of his perspectives on why the situation has gotten to where it currently is.  To listen to the complete interview with Mohey, please click “HERE.”

LOCALLY PRODUCED MUSIC TO “MUSH” BY.

MUSHER AND MUSICIAN DAVID GILL

David Gill, a local musher and musician stopped in to discuss his new CD “Moonlight On The Snow”.  The CD features original music written and performed by Gill that was inspired by his experiences as a musher in a series of sled dog evens around the country.  The music has a very organic and acoustic feel and is a perfect representation of the aura of mushing across the quiet wooded plains of Upper Michigan.  David tells us that the CD was created after he had a great response when her performed the title track last year at the UP 200 and Midnight Run bib draw and banquet.  The positive feedback inspired the writing of the rest of the songs.

The CD is available in several shops around the area and would be a perfect item to pick up prior to the UP200 and Midnight Run Sled Dog Races that are coming up here in Marquette and Alger Counties during the weekend of February 18th through the 20th.  To listen to the interview with David and to hear how all of this music came together, please click “HERE“.

AFTER GOOD POLITICAL DISCOURSE AND A GOOD MUSH, TIME FOR A GOOD BEER

SMILIN' DICK AND A SIXER OF THE OLDE ORE DOCK SCOTTISH ALE.

Dick Gray, co-owner and operator of the Keweenaw Brewing Company, based in Houghton, joined Mark and Walt recently to talk about one of their favorite things, good beer.  Specifically, Dick brought in a case of the fresh-off-the line Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale.  It’s their first beer that they are producing with a name connected to the Marquette area.

The name for the new brew was selected from a list of names that were submitted by YOU when we did the “Name the Brew” promotion last year.  (You can still click on the header up above and see all of the fun!!)  The new brew has now been brewed and has been canned and is heading out to select store shelves and beer coolers at your favorite establishments RIGHT NOW, so go on…get some!

You can find out more about the Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale and the rest of the Keweenaw Brewing Company’s tasty brews by logging onto their website by clicking “HERE“.

To listen to the interview with Dick, please click “HERE“.

THE LATEST PRODUCTION AT THE FRT AT NMU.

AARON SARKA AND ANSLEY VALENTINE

Ansley Valentine, the Director of Theater at Northern Michigan University, and the director of the latest production at the Forest Roberts Theater on campus, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and cast member and NMU student Aaron Sarka joined Mark and Walt to chat about the show.  This play is actually a musical that it based on the hit film that starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin.  They discussed the challenges of doing a show that is connected to a very popular film and keeping it true to the expectations of the audience who are familiar with the previous work and endeavoring to make it fresh at the same time.

The show starts it’s run at the FRT on the evening of Wednesday, February 16th and runs through the following Saturday night with a Saturday afternoon matinee as well.  To find out more about this and other productions at the FRT, please click “HERE“.  To listen to the complete interview with Ansley and Aaron, please click “HERE“.

THE LATEST HAPPENINGS AT THE “Y”.

SAM CROWLEY FROM THE "Y"

Sam Crowley, Massage Therapist and Kayak Instructor at the YMCA of Marquette County visited the studios to give an update on events and activities that are coming up at the “Y”.  There a series of things in the works for a wide-range of folks in our community, from the youths to the seniors.  Sam also filled us in on some of the kayaking-based activities and classes he is currently teaching through the “Y”.

All of the activities and events at the “Y” are open to all members of the public and you can get involved by stopping by either the Marquette or Negaunee facility.  You can also call them at 227-YMCA or log onto their website.

You can do that by clicking “HERE“.  To listen to the full interview with Sam, please click “HERE“.

STAYING CONNECTED WHEN THE WEATHER THREATENS.

MATT ZIKA FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Matt Zika, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township joined Mark and Walt to talk about NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Week, which is in effect this week.  Matt let us know about the services provided by NOAA through their radio network and how you can get a good quality radio at any area electronics shop or dealer that sells consumer electronics.  Matt also talked a bit about the current cold weather snap we are in and how this winter has been in comparison with others.  The answers my surprise you.  You can listen to the complete interview by clicking “HERE“.

ALL DONE…FOR NOW!!

So there it is!  All up to date and in order!  At least for now.  Check in again to see and hear more.

CHEERS!

-Walt

THE GREEN BAY PACKERS ARE THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPS!

THE SUPER BOWL XLV CHAMPIONS, THE GREEN BAY PACKERS!

WHOO-EEEE! What a game!  What a night!  What a season!  What a team!  Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers football team, the champions of Super Bowl XLV.  They played an exciting game AND came out on top!  As lifelong Green Bay fans here on Mark & Walt in the Morning, it was an absolute blast to for us to watch them come out and methodically march down the field at Cowboys’ Stadium and show the world why they earned the right to play in the Super Bowl.

The game also followed the formula that we’ve watched all season…get an early solid lead and then almost squander it away.  As nerve-wracking and ulcer-inducing as the game was, it made for a highly entertaining ride that felt just like the season.  Congratulations to the team.  They made this one fun season to watch and be a Green Bay fan.  And, by the way, the television broadcast of the game is now being considered the most watched television program in U.S. television history.  The game was seen by over 106 million people and had a 71 share.  That means that of all TVs being watched at that time, more than two-thirds were watching the Packers beat the Steelers!  GO PACK GO!


THE TIME WILL COME FOR THE JUGGERNAUT OF TWISTED BLUE STEEL.

MARK HOLDS UP HIS FEARLESS PREDICTION.

One note to post here, Mark made a prediction on the show this morning.  He said next year,  the Detroit Lions will make the playoffs.  He didn’t predict that they’ll go all the way, but he is confident that Detroit will have a good season next year.  I have to say that I do agree with him.  For all of you Lion’s fans, you are due.  Just remember to enjoy it when it happens.

The other thing that must be said is that your team, The Detroit Lions, defeated the eventual Super Bowl Champs this season.  Not to bad.  As you can see to the left, the prognostication made by my compatriot was written down and will be preserved for the playoffs next season and we wish the Lions luck.

BUT FOR NOW, GO PACK GO!

Dang!  Doesn’t it feel good to be a Packer fan?  The Packer Nation is strong and powerful and ready to go all the way again.  We’ll have to see what happens next season, but for now, we will bask in the glory that is The Green Bay Packers, your Super Bowl XLV Champions!!!!


LOVE IT!

-Mark & Walt