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‘Hawks Beat Pack On Blown Call

In a bizarre ending that capped a brutal weekend for replacement officials, the Seattle Seahawks somehow beat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on Monday night at CenturyLink Field in a game that’s certain to re-ignite frustrations over the locked-out refs. Russell Wilson threw a disputed 24-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on the final play of the game, a game that finally ended 10 minutes later when the teams were brought back on the field for the extra point. Wilson scrambled from the pocket and threw to the corner of the end zone as the clock expired. Tate shoved Green Bay’s Sam Shields out of the way, then wrestled with M.D. Jennings for possession. It was ruled on the field as a touchdown, and after a lengthy review, referee Wayne Elliott came out from under the hood and announced “the ruling on the field stands” and the fans erupted in celebration/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, far right, battles for position to catch the game-winning TD)

Question: Should the NFL step in and overturn the replacement refs' blown call, giving the victory to the Green Bay Packers instead of the Seattle Seahawks?

Idaho Joins Kramer HOF Effort

Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio are among the most elite, recognizable and honored athletes of their time. They have been rewarded for their skill and dedication to the game, but the roster of Hall of Fame legends remains incomplete — one great player from the glory days of the Green Bay Packers is missing. That oversight has football fans and an entire state rallying around the cause of Packer legend and Sandpoint and University of Idaho alumnus, number 64, Jerry Kramer. Kramer is the only member of the NFL’s 50th Anniversary All-Time team not in the Hall of Fame, but even more impressively those who played with and against him agree that Kramer belongs in Canton. The University of Idaho in conjunction with Gallatin Public Affairs, is asking all football fans to put the old rivalries aside and join together in support of Kramer’s nomination to the Pro-Football Hall of Fame/Associated Press. More here. (Charlie Litchfield Idaho Press Tribune photo)

Question: Do you think this crusade will succeed in getting former Sandpoint/UI Vandal star Jerry Kramer into the NFL Hall of Fame?

Super Bowl Sunday

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel and “The Beard.”

Can't really get excited about the Battle of the Yellow Pants. And despite years of mocking the Packers and their Cheesehead fans, today I will be wearing dairy products on my head  and cheering for the Packers. Savvy sports writers and fans have told me that the Steelers will most likely win.

All the more reason to cheer for Green Bay.

Feel free to share your Super Bowl predictions here.

$277,800 For A Super Bowl Ticket?!

Super Bowl tickets are still widely available on resale websites, but the prices pack as much punch as Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. Tickets for Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers in Arlington, Tex., start at $2,000 and go as high as $277,800 on The average price of a Super Bowl ticket on is $4,683. Officials for the website say that's nearly double the average price of a Super Bowl ticket at this time last year/New York Daily News. More here.

Question: What is the most you'd pay for a Super Bowl ticket?

Steeler Fans From Birth

Newborn infants are lined up in the ward for newborns at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh, Friday. Seven babies, all one or two-days old, are wrapped in the Pittsburgh Steelers fan favorite “Terrible Towel” in the ward. The Steelers will be facing the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, Feb. 6, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Question: Do your kid(s) root for the same professional teams that you do?

Hucks: Docs Saved NFL Star’s Career

If it weren’t for the work of three doctors way back when, Jerry Kramer might not have become a star for the Idaho Vandals and Green Bay Packers. Nor would he have received his first game ball without playing a down during his junior year at Sandpoint High. I discovered how Kramer almost missed his sterling career as a pro footballer by picking up a garage sale special in Hayden recently – Kramer’s 1969 book, “Farewell to Football.” For $1, hardbound. Among other things (including his start in football at Farmin Elementary), Kramer describes how he was laid up when he was awarded the game ball following Sandpoint’s 45-0 victory over Bonners Ferry. Seems he’d nearly blown his arm off with his grandpa’s double-barrel, 10-gauge shotgun while duck hunting with Bulldog running back George Kom four days before. Kramer’d used the wrong end of the gun to poke a ball of moss into the water from his perch on a two-story-high rock/DFO, Huckleberries, SR Handle Extra. More here.

How Jerry Kramer Got 1st Game Ball

You sports fans out there know that game balls are routinely given to players who performed exceptionally well during a football game. I bet you can’t guess how Sandpoint High/UI/Green Bay Packer great Jerry Kramer received his first game ball without playing a down in Sandpoint’s 45-0 victory over Bonners Ferry in his junior year. He was laid up after nearly blowing his arm off with his grandfather’s old double-barrel, 10-gauge shotgun, while duck hunting with another Bulldog star George Kom. Seems Kramer used the wrong end of the gun to poke a ball of moss into the water from his perch of a two-story high rock. And it went off. In Kramer’s “Farewell to Football” (my $1 garage sale find), the future NFL star said his arm looked like hamburger afterward. “I’d caught 15 or 20 pellets of No. 2 shot, pretty good-sized shot, in my side, and it burned like hell.” He credits local physicians Bill Hayden, Neil Wendle, & J.P. Munson with saving his arm. More: Jerry Kramer’s Wikipedia page. (AP file photo: Jerry Kramer (No. 64) helps carry Vince Lombardi off field after Green Bay’s 33-14 win over Oakland in Super Bowl II in January 1968)

Question: Did you know who Jerry Kramer is before I brought him up in two posts today?

Update: Seattle at Green Bay Final Score: 48-10

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers leads the sixth-ranked offense in the NFL.

It has been a chorus of this Seahawks’ season, but even by Seattle’s standards Sunday’s loss was enormous and that’s saying something given the number of double-digit whuppings Seattle has been subjected to this season.

Seattle lost 48-10 at Green Bay, which was not only the largest loss this season but tied for second-largest margin of defeat in franchise history.

And as bad as that was, it was almost worse. Tight end John Carlson’s 16-yard touchdown catch with 4:15 left saved a little bit of face in a game when it was tough to find anything to salvage.

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