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Who’s your guy and why for 2018?


7. What is your Packers pregame ritual?

John from Grand Marsh, WI

Favorite game to attend? The foggy playoff game against the Colts in 1965. Chandler kicks field goal winner in fog. Did it really go through? (I know it's a carryover from Wednesday, but I loved the answer and wanted to publish it. Hope everyone had a nice and safe Fourth. Good morning!)

Dan from Saint Louis, MO

My favorite pregame ritual has to be playing the thunderstruck drinking game over FaceTime with Keith from Dearborn, Adam from Waukesha, and Arick from Eau Claire. It puts us in the right mindset before every game.

Paolo from Turin, Italy

Pray to the God of the internet that the kids are off Netflix (Been there, brother).

Bret from Hertel, WI

I arrive and park across from Lambeau on a side street, walk a mile to Fleet Farm Gate, check in and change into an usher. I prep my seat area, sing the National Anthem and hug the fans in my section that I see on regular basis.  Making the Packer Fan Experience the best for regular and first time visitors is my dream job.

Cory from Townsville, Australia

Regular Sunday games mean I'm up at 4 a.m. Monday to watch on the couch. Thursday, Sunday and Monday Night Football are a lot easier, starting mid-morning at 8.

Marc from Astoria, NY

Getting to the Packers bar, making sure the jersey I am wearing is one they haven't lost in while I have worn it, finishing one PBR between the throw from the network to the announce team and the kickoff.

Tom from Andover, England

Put on a Matthews championship jersey, grab a cider and R-E-L-A-X.

Take a look at photos of Packers fans tailgating before home games.

Bill from Staten Island, NY

Living in NY the first thing I do is select my gameday jersey to wear for the day – Rodgers, Favre, or White? I DO NOT watch any pregame shows as for me, it's all just mindless chatter that has no bearing on the game. Come game time I tune up my Sunday ticket for the video, but I turn down the sound and stream Packers Radio Network to listen to the BEST broadcast team in all sports! #GoPackGo!

Dan from Fort Wayne, IN

First get dressed up in some green and gold. Then put out the Packer flag. Yeah, not very exciting right? But if the temperature is right and snow and ice pack the streets, I'll turn my entire cul-de-sac into a giant Packer logo with water, food coloring and a garden sprayer!

Bob from Riverside, CA

Set out the memorabilia including the shadow box of my only trip to Lambeau in 2004. Place my Reggie White photo in front of the TV — defense, defense, defense. Put on my Favre or Rodgers jersey and cheesehead - go offense! I have a crazy tradition of turning my cheesehead flat side forward when our defense is on the field.

Ryan from Somerset, WI

Put on my dirty unwashed Rodgers jersey, set up the big screen and DirecTV dish and box outside by the maintenance building at the golf course, get the bonfire started, then crack a cold one!

Andy from Verona, WI

Our pregame ritual starts with putting out our Packer flag, setting the DVR for the game in case one of our two young boys gives us a reason to pause the game, and getting our appropriate home or away jersey on. Just before game time, we set up our radio delay system so we can listen to Wayne and Larry's broadcast instead of the TV announcers' broadcast and the four of us sit together on the couch for the game.

Dennis from Elk Mound, WI

Making sure all the chores are done. There can be NO distractions during the game.

Dave from Newcastle, Australia

Wake up at 2:55 a.m. Monday without disturbing the wife or 18-month-old son (a feat in itself). Put on my No. 12 jersey and my ugly Christmas Packers beanie. Make a stiff morning coffee and hop under a blanket on the couch. Cheer on (quietly) the Pack to a win! Usually times well so that my son wakes up just after the game finishes. Time for another coffee, some brekky and it's off to work! (Now, that takes some serious dedication).

Cliff from Henrico, VA

As a kid, Sunday afternoon was dedicated to watching the Pack with dad. As an adult I moved far away from Wisconsin and home, but our pre game ritual turned into a phone call 5-7 minutes before kickoff. That conversation culminated in our watching the kickoff simultaneously and talking/cheering during the play. It may not have been the same as being in person, but it was the closest way of going 30 years back in time to enjoy a Green Bay kickoff (Football truly is family).

Dave from Lake Zurich, IL

I listen to the two-hour program show on WTMJ. I love the gladiator music that starts off the show. (Good man).

8. What time do you read Inbox?

Jered from Denham Springs, LA

I'll read the Insiders Inbox anytime day or night. I've also been known to read it more than one time.

Joshua from Appleton, WI

5:30 a.m.

Eric from Madison, WI

Before or after work. 11 a.m. or 9 p.m.

John from Grand Forks, ND

During the season, I am teaching and my prep is usually an hour after posting. I turn the lights off, kick the feet up, and enjoy. Then, quickly get my prep for fourth hour ready to teach!

Jacob from Huron, MI

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Derek from Eau Claire, WI

Let's just say I don't want Spoff or Wes hitting the snooze button.

Paolo from Turin, Italy

16:00 CEST, with my afternoon espresso.

Gavin from Sheboygan, WI

I bring up the website by 8:45 each morning. As I finish off my duties at work, I refresh the page.

Brian from Chiba, Japan

Inbox usually gets me through my train ride to work in the morning. It's 8 a.m. in Japan, so 6 p.m. in Wisconsin. I have to fight the urge to read Friday's Inbox on Saturday so I can have something to read on Monday.

Kevin from Asbury Park, NJ

Greetings from Asbury Park. I live on the East Coast, so the Inbox gets published around 10 a.m. for me. I facilitate groups for people with mental illness and the Inbox conveniently gets published in between my first group and second group of the day. I always make sure I make time to read it and still stay prepared for my second group.

Josh from Oshkosh, WI

Usually as soon as it's posted. With coffee. Black.

Paul from Cumming, GA

I read Inbox every morning around 11, fits right in to break time at work. In the event I spend my morning break interacting with people (frightening, I know), Inbox also fits neatly into my lunch schedule.

Nathan from Milford, IA

Whenever I get bored at work.

Tony from Shanghai, China

Living in Shanghai, I don't read the Inbox until well after it's been posted. I usually wake up, make some breakfast, then sit and enjoy reading about the Pack while I eat and pray that my children stay asleep for 15 more minutes.

Curtis from Brookfield, WI

I read the Inbox every morning before work with a cup of coffee and breakfast. Boring? Yeah, but satisfying. Thank whoever is in charge of the Insider Box for many reasons!

9. Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?

Derrick from Rockaway, NJ

It has to be chunky. I also learned a technique from a friend who liked to put potato chips on his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to add even a little more crunch. I highly recommend. (I'm going to have to take your word for it).

Derek from Eau Claire, WI

When I first started dating my wife, she offered me a creamy peanut butter sandwich. I prefer crunchy, but ate it anyway and reconciled the fact that my wife was a creamy peanut butter gal. The years went by and I continued to buy creamy because she liked it. One day, she happened to be shopping and bought crunchy. I asked her why and she said she liked crunchy better. We had both ate creamy peanut butter for years because we thought the other liked it. I love her for so many reasons.

Charlie from Cameron, NC

I remember eating my first PB&J with crunchy peanut butter at my grandparents' and I commented on how good the crunchy peanut butter was. My grandma told me it was creamy and that she had NEVER bought crunchy. We pulled the jar from the shelf and discovered it was in fact creamy...and full of ants! So it's been (visually verified) creamy for me ever since.

Kenton from Miami, OK

I don't know how crunchy versus creamy peanut butter is even a debate? I want my peanut butter to have some fortitude. It needs to have body and volume. Like a nice head of hair - not like a balding middle aged man trying to sell you energy supplements. It should be like a firm handshake, not like an awkward touch to the arm from a waiter who keeps calling you, "Boss" or "Chief." Crunchy peanut butter is the only way to go!

James from Chicago, IL

Crunchy peanut butter is an insult to humanity.

Highlights from Clark's football camp in Rialto, Calif.

Gavin from Sheboygan, WI

Creamy. But my friend's son is allergic to peanuts, and while looking for a pre-school they asked an administrator if they serve PB&J. The response was "We do, but don't worry, your son will be fine. We only serve creamy." (Sure. That'll solve everything."

Steve from Menomonee Falls, WI

Creamy peanut butter'n crackers, creamy peanut butter'n celery, creamy peanut butter sandwich, creamy peanut butter toast, creamy peanut butter'n apples, creamy peanut butter'n chocolate, creamy peanut butter'n jell-ay, plain creamy peanut butter, salted creamy peanut butter... I guess that's all I'm gonna say about that.

Ed from South Beloit, IL

Crunchy or creamy peanut butter? It all depends on the use. The classic sandwich PB&J - strawberry jam and crunchy peanut butter and a cold glass of milk. On bananas or ants on a log - creamy. On a burger with grape jelly - creamy. On bread before bed - crunchy.

10. Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Lori from Brookfield, WI

Is a hot dog a sandwich? I am sensing a trick question since you didn't define "hot dog." If you are asking about a dog that is hot, that is not a sandwich. If you are asking about the cylindrical meat-type item alone, without the bun, that is not a sandwich. If you are asking about the cylindrical meat substance with a bun, that is a sandwich.

Mark form Naperville, IL

Sandwich. It's meat between two pieces of bread. Just like a bologna sandwich, just not sliced. Growing up, I'd put CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER on my hot dog. And the tradition has been carried on by my son.

Tom from Andover, England

No. It's a roll. Two pieces of bread required for a sandwich.

Josh from Oshkosh, WI

If the hot dog is in a bun, it is a sandwich.

Jon from Salem, MA

No. It's like a sub, which is a cousin of the sandwich.

Cam from Fort Atkinson, WI

Stop what you are doing right now and look up The Sandwich Alignment Chart. I'm a structural purist and ingredient rebel. I wish I could say my stance against hot dogs being a sandwich hasn't cost me friendships, but I guess that's life.

Fred from La Crosse, WI

Webster says yes. National Hotdog Council (NHC) says no. I say with mustard only.

Dan from Cedar Grove, WI

No. The Hot Dog/Wiener (there's a difference), much like its larger cousin the Brat, Italian, or Polish, are not mere sandwiches to be consumed by the masses. These are sublime culinary achievements in their various glorious forms. The bun is not two pieces, it is split, the "hinge" helps to hold the sausage in place. The sausage nestles between the two halves of the bun, buried beneath the array of condiments/toppings (NO KETCHUP, unless you are a kid).

Donna from Darien, WI

A hot dog is just that – a hot dog. It's not a sandwich.

Mike from Novato, CA

A good hot dog is whatever it wants to be.

Tom from Winfield, WV

I don't think a hotdog is a sandwich unless you run out of buns and have to eat it on bread, which is nasty. Then it almost becomes a sandwich.

Tristan from Nebraska City, NE

There are but a few immutable truths in this world and one of them happens to be a hotdog is absolutely a sandwich, but a hot dog is unequivocally not a sausage.

Charlies from Cameron, NC

Its dimensions are similar to that of a sub sandwich so I say, yes. Did you know the tomato is both the state fruit and the state vegetable of Arkansas? (I did not).

11. Who is your favorite Inbox questioner?

Kim from Muskegon, MI

Lori, from Brookfield.

Jacob from Huron, MI


Lori from Brookfield, WI

Dean from Leavenworth, IN, is my favorite Inbox questioner. He could have been a Colts' fan, but he has wisely chosen to invest his time and allegiance with Green Bay and the Insider Inbox. He has given you countless opportunism to comment on many of his thoughtful, insightful, well-written queries.

Greg from Franklin, WI

Greg from Oconomowoc.

Josh from Oshkosh, WI

I am so bad at looking at the names.

Justin from Richland Center, WI

Now it's Wes, but I can't help but wonder how Spoff would fare at providing the questions. Thanks for letting us sit in your seat for a day. This was fun! (Spoff's probably would be the same format, but it would be all Brewers questions).

Dennis from Elk Mound, WI

Derek brings his A-game with every question.

Josh from Eau Claire, WI

International readers/commenters.

Keith form Andover, MN

Brett from GB. Gotta go with the classics.

Nathan from Milford, IA

Tom from La Crosse, WI.

Kyle from Aberdeen, SD

It has to be Wes. I'm 29 and a new father so I can relate. (Congrats!)

Tim from Lino Lakes, MN

Lori from Brookfield, WI. Hands down. Her questions are concise and thought-provoking.

Jon from Salem, MA

That's like picking your favorite kid! The Inbox is a family.

12. Who's your guy and why in 2018?

Derrick from Rockaway, NJ

My guy for 2018 is Geronimo Allison. He has the opportunity to step into a larger role while the rookies develop and might be able to take advantage of that. Aaron Rodgers always seemed to have high praise for G-Mo in his locker-room interviews. Also, I just really like saying G-MO FO' SHO!

Grant from Edinburgh, Scotland

JK Scott. Field position = more turnovers = more wins.

Max from Troy, MO

Josh Jackson is my guy for 2018. Every year when I'm watching the end of the college football season, I look for that one player who stands out, one I want to become a Packer. Since I've begun, each player has ended up on some other team (it was a near-miss with Ryan Shazier), but this year we actually drafted my guy. Josh Jackson has jumped to the top of my jersey wish list, and he's the guy I'm pulling for this season.

Anthony from Covington, KY

E.Q. St. Brown. I think we need to start calling him Eugenics St. Brown with his story.

Patrick from Milton, FL

My guy for 2018? Blake Martinez. I'm so ready to see this man fly across the field and make great tackles and cover the middle. He is an incredible athlete and coming from Stanford, he clearly had a very studious mind.

Stu from Chandler, AZ

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. I think Pettine's defense, and the guys up front will give him many opportunities for big plays.

Dennis from Reedsburg, WI

Clay Mathews is going to have another Pro Bowl year. This defense will play to his strengths and he will be let loose.

Rick from Kenosha, WI

Ty Montgomery. Think about the No. 88 on a calculator. It is all the digits used in every number 1-99. Ty can also do it all - RB, WR, TE, SS, etc. Rumor has it LeBron even tried to get him to sign with the Lakers, at least that's what I heard...

Glenn from Muskego, WI

Montravius Adams. Tremendous potential to be outside-of-this-world dominant.

Marcus from Kenosha, WI

Randall Cobb. He's due for a special season.

Bill from Wilmington, DE

My "guy" for 2018 is the offensive line. I think we have the players to have a strong running game that will help the defense and keep AR safe!

Patrick from Burlington, IL

Davante Adams – 20 TDs.

Keith from Fishers, IN

Kevin King. Before he got hurt, he showed that he could stay with any receiver in the league. He's fearless, obviously smart, and loves a challenge. I know it'll take many years to prove this, but if he stays healthy for a long career, I can see him at the same level as Charles Woodson.

Ralph from Oklahoma City, OK

My "guy" is Mike Pettine. My "why" is he will change the culture of the defense. Cream will rise and whey will make good ricotta.

Joe from East Moline, IL

Aaron Rodgers, because sometimes there's a man...sometimes, there's a man. Well he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's the Dude, in Green Bay.

(I can think of no better way to end our first-annual "Outsiders" Inbox. Thanks everyone for your participation. Back to reality on Friday).