Packers XLV

Bye, Bye Nick.

Posted January 30th, 2011 @ 03:01pm

Hey Nick, time to make like the little blue Twitter bird and fly away.

I was ready to give you a pass for the early week tweeting. You were upset to not be included in the team photo. I don't blame you. The team has pointed to the empty spot on the wall of champions in the meeting room for years. We want to be up there, you all said. But the team made the misguided decision to keep the IR guys from flying in a few days early for the team photo--for fear you'd be a distraction. With nothing to prepare for, maybe you guys would be more interested in planning your nocturnal activities in downtown Dallas.

You're frustrated and I get it. You've been a Packer for a long time. For a few years there, you were the leader of the defense. Now the Pack has reached the Super Bowl thanks in large part to an elite defense, and you're not a part of it. But using social media to complain is the 100% wrong way to go. Go to Charles Woodson and make your case. Ask him to ask the coaches to reconsider. Don't pull a Maurice Jones-Drew and whine to the world. You can't win that way. You opened up a door for the media to walk on through in an otherwise quiet week well ahead of the Super Bowl. You gave everyone something to talk about.

And eventually, after hearing about it for days, one of your teammates spoke up. Aaron Rodgers, no doubt speaking for virtually everyone in that locker room, made pointed comments, aimed at IR guys like you and Jermichael Finley, that if you want to feel like a part of the team, maybe you should have rehabbed in Green Bay and stayed a part of the team physically. "They're part of this team, first and foremost," Rodgers said. "But some guys choose to rehab in other places." It was a shot taken directly at you guys and that should have ended it.

But no, Nick. You had to tweet back. Couldn't help yourself. Here's what you tweeted: "Well looks like people have something to say about where some people choose to do their rehab...try rehabbing with 15 others then 53 more. doubt you get the full attention needed...it's easy to speak about others when you are not in their position. Talk about 'union' ha." Your friend, Mr. Finley responded via Twitter with "TRUE FACTS RIGHT THERE." Jermichael's young. He'll learn how to act like a pro.

You're a veteran. A frustrated, disappointed veteran who saw his replacement step on the field and instantly make more plays than you did. He played his way into a four year $19 million deal that may be more frustrating to you than your injury. But firing back at your team's QB via social media in the week leading up to the Super Bowl is a fireable offense, in my book.

You were a solid, if unspectacular Packer. With Hawk's uncertain status in 2011, it was nice to know we had you coming back to potentially play alongside Bishop and Chillar on the inside. Now, I say let's devote some of your salary to paying Hawk a new, fair number that both sides can live with and we'll let you find employment somewhere else.

Maybe you can find another team with a bunch of guys on Twitter. You can send each other messages all day long. Fly away, Nick. This team has a Lombardi Trophy to bring home.

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Comments (26):

Judy and Georg .You guys are the best! Nicky (as well as his Mom and Dad) will have this incredible meomry of Halloween 2010! You absolutely captured the perfect moments and facial expressions of our son. We will always be grateful!!!!!!!! Thank you!

on August 1st, 2012 at 02:00pm

Nick Peddle - The pictures are amzanig Nicole and I are more than happy with all of them! And Charro you were a pleasure to work with, you made the day go so smooth and helped us with getting that perfect pose for the pictures! Can't wait to work with you again at our day after shoot !!!

on August 1st, 2012 at 10:04am

Back at the end of October I had the pleasure of snceod-shooting an engagement session for Minneapolis photographer Becca Dilley. a0We had a stunningly beautiful autumn afternoon, with every tree in downtown Minneapolis displaying peak color. a0 See Becca's take on the session here!

on August 3rd, 2012 at 02:40am

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on February 28th, 2012 at 11:42am

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on January 19th, 2012 at 03:12pm

This arcitle is a home run, pure and simple!

on January 21st, 2012 at 05:06am

Davy.....Well said....We will not find this truth in the mainstream media. I'm sure the majority of coaches and players agree with your comments. GO Pack GO !!

on January 30th, 2011 at 06:10pm

Amen! I wish this story would go away very quickly, but I'm afraid it will be a distraction all week long. Thanks Nick - nice work - go join the Viqueens where they encourage this type of teamwork and communication.

on January 30th, 2011 at 09:27pm

Open mouth, insert foot. I really can't believe how this started. A picture? Really?

on January 30th, 2011 at 09:57am

Very well put. I'm glad someone has the brains to see how ridiculous it was for Barnett to use twitter to keep talking back. "I've been in Green Bay 8 going on 9 years", then you should have the brains and maturity to know that it's better to put the team first and talk to someone in house before you cause everyone a huge distraction a week before the biggest game for the franchise in fifteen years.

on January 30th, 2011 at 10:26am

Wow.....You took the words out of every life time Packer fan. It is about winning the game, not the selfish IR players. You are fired Nick!!

on January 30th, 2011 at 11:01am

Wow, impressive Davey!

on January 30th, 2011 at 12:05pm

I've been saying the past 8 weeks he won't be back....looks like I'm right.

on January 31st, 2011 at 07:48am

Well said, well said, very well said... Is it me or did you get the impression MM and TT wern't very happy with Nick and had a little more to say then ok lets take the pics Friday.. I to think Nick is going bye bye

on January 31st, 2011 at 08:09pm

While it's certainly easy to place 100% of the blame on Barnett, Rodgers should have taken the high road and not taken a cheap shot through the media. He's the public face of the franchise, and had to know from the second he said it that this would turn into a bigger issue than it really is. This is what happens to teams playing in the Super Bowl, and speaks to the Packers inexperience on a stage like this. Barnett and Finley should have kept their mouths shut. At the same time, if Rodgers doesn't blast them through the media, this whole thing probably goes away three days ago. Everyone involved mishandled this - Packers top brass, McCarthy, Finley/Barnett, and Rodgers.

on January 31st, 2011 at 08:11pm

Really sad to see this from Barnett because he was very sure at the beginning of the year that we would be in Dallas and he seems like a very good guy...until now. It has to be very hard and frustrating to see YOUR team going where you should have been, but doing this is detrimental to the team just as Favre was when he tried to come back after retirement (1st or second, I don't rmember) as QB. Distractions are not good for a team especially not now. I actually thought his play was mediocre the last couple of years when he never seemed to blow up any plays. I would venture he will be gone and he will not be missed.

on January 31st, 2011 at 12:07pm

Nicole Peddle - LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.Thank you so much Charro for capturing our day! Your work is phmnneeoal and we are so happy with all the pictures, can’t wait to share these with our friends and Families.My favourite is definitely in the car and on the train! It was so much fun; even with Nick laughing every time he had to kiss me Can’t wait for the “Day after shoot”Nicole

on July 31st, 2012 at 11:25pm

Look at the childhood memories! Sometimes it was pretty good!

on May 12th, 2012 at 02:26am

365th veteran Charles Johnson wrote his corhiepensmve History of the Hell Hawks in the early '70s but only a limited number were published and if a copy can be found, it is very expensive. This new look at the group reasserts the history of this important outfit into the public eye. More importantly, the authors captured more personal stories of the 365th members that otherwise would soon be lost forever. For those who don't want to read through a long boring group history, this is the book for you! It is very well written and fast paced. I thank the authors for this wonderful work. Jay Jones, author of The 370th Fighter Group in World War II .

on May 18th, 2012 at 08:18pm

The P-47 fighter-bomber story and all that surnduros it the plane and the men that it served are brought to life in Robert F. Dorr and Thomas D. Jones's new book, Hell Hawks! Mr. Jones, a veteran astronaut, B-52D pilot, on Kindle see his Marine Air: The History of the Flying Leathernecks in Words and Photos, and Mr. Dorr, a former senior diplomat, are veteran authors in the field of aviation history and space exploration. In this book, they give us drama and emotion, a powerful sense of history combined with illuminating action. Dorr and Jones's well-told story belies the cliche about Flying Fortresses and Mustangs winning the war: Their narrative is absorbing and enjoyable to read. Introducing the voices of numerous pilots, ground crewmen, and enemies, Dorr and Jones blend a trove of original interviews to create an air men's history of the 365th Fighter Group and the vast destruction it wrought. Chronicling the Thunderbolt's interdiction war makes for an exciting narrative. It brings new light to the historical importance of ground attacks by fighter-bombers that wielded great devastation on German military forces. The term for fighter-bombers or what authors Dorr and Jones, using the German's own coinage, have called Jabos are tactical ground attack aircraft such as the Soviet Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik, RAF Hawker Typhoon, and the USAAF Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. But, for all its familiarity and indisputable greatness, the P-47 Thunderbolt's beginnings and the development of its mission are not generally understood in comparison to the glamous North American P-51 Mustang. The P-47 s calling as a fighter-bomber spanned thousands of missions against Hitler's armies. But three episodes stand out as decisive in the victorious campaign: The breakout in Normandy, the race to the Rhine, and the Battle of the Bulge. Riddled with anecdote, fortified by detailed accounts of exciting air action stories, Hell Hawks! is an enthralling read, equal parts victory and defeat. Dorr and Jones's writing is sharp, their approach sharper: they write All too often, they saw their planes return with bent propellers, holes in wings and fuselage, and traces of the battlefield, dirt, stones, shrapnel, branches, leaves embedded in the wings and cowling. But it was precisely the P-47 s ability to limp back to base with seemingly fatal damage that made it the ideal aircraft for ground attack. For those who find comfort in believing a fighter pilot's role in western Europe was noble, impersonal, and detached mainly machine against machine or at the least a gentleman's duel, like the First World War's classic dogfights, this book will disappoint, indeed, its look at ground attacks carried out by the Hell Hawks offers no glamor for the readers. The authors counter, The pilots took a fatalistic attitude toward the work, which was gritty, dangerous, and frequently terrifying. It is important to understand, as Dorr and Jones do, that the Allied armies' role in defeating Hitler's panzers would not have been possible without the Ninth Air Force's relentless tactical ground attacks. When Dorr and Jones make the statement, The 365th pilots were justifiably confident in their ability to deal with whatever opposition the Luftwaffe might throw at them, they have the evidence to back it up Their kill ratio was 8 to 1 in air-to-air combat. What makes this book worth reading is the author's compilation of vivid Ninth Air Force experiences. However, also of importance to the reader is the realization that: Few if any of the men in the Hell Hawk's group relished being in the war, but circumstances beyond their control made them participants. In the book's concluding chapter, Final Mission, Dorr and Jones salute the achievement of Hell Hawks: The combination of skilled pilots, a rugged, capable aircraft, close and reliable communications between the air and ground teams, and the courage to fight a brutal, dangerous war at close quarters created an irresistible force that overwhelmed one of the most successful armies in history. Hell Hawks! pays tribute to an iconic beast of a fighter. As crew chief Charles Johnson, states, That P-47 was one tough airplane, and I guess so were we. A former Hell Hawk proudly states, Our pilots never got the credit they deserved. In my opinion, going down to fifty feet, at 350 miles per hour, and putting two five-hundred-pound bombs on a Tiger tank was a greater contribution to the war effort than shooting down an Fw-190. Hell Hawks! contains a gallery of forty-seven interesting photographs, two ETO maps, and a Ninth Air Force Fighter-Bomber Organization Chart.

on May 18th, 2012 at 08:23am

As the owner of many of Bob Dorr's books, I have come to expect that anhiytng he produces will be well-researched, well-presented, and very well-written. Hell Hawks! is right up there not only with Dorr's other works but with the best in Be There combat writing. Here's an example: The German pilot ran flat-out low threading the needle between a church steeple and tall brick smokestack. Narrow streets raced under the wings of Kraman's P-47 as he engaged the throttle button triggering emergency water injection. His Pratt & Whitney surged as Kraman squeezed off short bursts at his quarry, the enemy banking abruptly left and right to throw off the American's aim. Across the Rhine, farther into Germany, the pair raced east Dorr and co-author Thomas D. Jones (USAF Academy grad, ex-B-52 driver, veteran of four NASA space shuttle flights) also rightly recognize the guys who weren't strapping into the 365th Fighter Group's P-47s: The men with stripes on their arms didn't pilot Jugs, but they made warfare in the Jug possible. We tend to forget that the aircraft of WW II, after all, were just 15 years removed from Lindbergh's Ryan NYP of 1927 but were very complex machines. The authors salute the men with the stripes well. The results of close to 200 interviews of 365th FG veteans, other combat vets, family members, and more, plus four years of research, Hell Hawks! is loaded with the day-to-day details of fighting a tenaciously fierce enemy, demonstrating throughout the book that ground attack combat was a deadly way to earn your flight pay. The authors bring the personalities of the young pilots alive as well as provide a big picture of Allied strategy and the pace of war from D-Day to victory. This is an excellent book not only for military historians but for anyone who enjoys aviation writers at the top of their game. Splendid!

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