That wasn’t at all a surprise (neither was the result of the game).
What is a surprise? That an alien robot will assume the likeness of the noted theoretical physicist. I’m going to take this as an early sign that the movie won’t be taking itself too seriously, even though the fate of the entire universe will likely hang in the balance.
I learned this because it’s no longer football season.
NFL Network/NFL RedZone researcher and pro football savant Elliot Harrison compiled his list of the five greatest Green Bay Packers teams of all-time for NFL.com.
Here are his all-time Packers teams power rankings:
1. 1962 (13-1, won NFL Championship Game over New York Giants 16-7)
2. 1996 (13-3, won Super Bowl XXXI over New England Patriots 35-21)
3. 1936 (10-1-1, won NFL Championship Game over Boston Redskins 21-6
4. 1966 (12-2, won Super Bowl I over Kansas City Chiefs 35-10)
5. 2010 (10-6, won Super Bowl XLV over Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25)
Harrison nailed the top five on the head, properly representing each prominent era in Packers history: The Vince Lombardi Packers of the 1960s, the Mike Holmgren Packers of the 1990s, the old-school leather-helmet Packers under Curly Lambeau and the recent champions under coach Mike McCarthy.
I might consider moving up the 1936 Packers team a slot — ahead of 1996 team, despite the many fond memories I might have of that team — on virtue of the sheer number of Hall-of-Fame players that ’36 team featured. That number is five (that number goes up to six if you consider the coach, Lambeau, which I do): Arnie Herber, Clarke Hinkle, Don Hutson, Walt Kiesling and Johnny “Blood” McNally. The 1996 Packers feature one current Hall of Famer (Reggie White) and one future Hall of Famer (Brett Favre).
The toughest cut from this list, of course, are the 1929 “Acme” Packers, who were NFL champions with an unbeaten mark of 12-0-1. The lone blemish came at the hands of that 1920s pro football powerhouse Frankford Yellow Jackets. You might remember that Rhino’s Sports Pub briefly expounded on the virtues of the 1929 champions.
(It should also be noted that the author of this here blog post also owns a 1929 No. 20 Curly Lambeau throwback jersey, which is — quite frankly — really cool.)
- Film of 1962 NFL Championship, the first feature by NFL Films
- Herber to Hutson among NFL’s best all-time pass combos
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