You make the call: Packers win... or lose?

The Green Bay Packers travel to New Orleans Sunday night for crucial NFL battle against the Saints.
What do you think? Packers win? Packers lose?
One thing is certain. Green Bay (2-0) already has two important NFC North Division victories in its back pocket. That’s huge. However, I’m not really sure how good the winless Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions are in this “way-too-early-to-say” NFL season.
Despite their loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night, the Drew Brees-led Saints (1-1) and ranked No. 7 offensively in the NFL, should give the Packers defense, ranked 21st in the NFL, all they can handle. On the other hand, we should find out just how good Green Bay’s NFL No. 1 offense stacks up against the Saints defense, ranked No. 23.
It could be and should be a great game, perhaps a shootout. If the Packers win, then yes, they are for real.
What’s your thoughts? Packers win... or Packers lose?
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The biggest Packers' question is.........????

It was vintage Aaron Rodgers leading his Green Bay Packers to a convincing 43-34 victory over the NFC North Division rival Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Rodgers did it all, from his impossible pin-point passing, to his game management. He was in control from beginning to end.
Face it. The score was closer than the real outcome. And no one can deny it was a HUGE season-opening victory, especially against the Vikings.
It had to be strange playing in the Vikings’ empty, almost silent U.S. Bank Stadium for players. Obviously, the Packers responded much better than the Vi-Queens.
Now, it’s the Packers playing host to division rival Detroit Lions on Sunday in another empty stadium - Lambeau Field.
My only question is if, and when, the Packers score a touchdown, will there be a “Lambeau Leap?”

Young players breathe new life into Women's County Am

ONALASKA, WI - Most people roll their eyes and utter a snide remark such as “Is that all? Wow! Why even have it?"
Yes, there are only 18 players entered in Saturday’s 22nd annual La Crosse County Women's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse at the Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
While 18 total players is slim by any tournament standard, only 10 women entered last year, including only two in Championship Flight. Saturday's Championship Flight boasts eight players along with 10 in the Low Net Flight, two more than in 2019.
As director of the County Amateurs for 30 years, I admit 18 is a far cry from the very first Women's tournament in 1996, when a groundswell of 66 players proved they deserved a County Amateur as much as the full 200-player Men's County Amateur.
That was then and then is now, particularly for the women. Entries dropped steadily from the first year to 2011 when lack of player interest forced the County Am Board of Directors to suspend the event.
Young players begged for a restart, so the Board resumed the 18-hole tournament in 2013 with Alli Plath becoming a two-time champion.
This year's tournament has a nice mix of ages from 17 to 78.
The youngest, Amber Nguyen, from Onalaska, is playing in her first "adult tournament," she told me recently. Nguyen joins defending champion Annie Balduzzi, 19, and Sydney Hubbard, 21, in the final threesome.
Hubbard says Nguyen is a great reminder of the fresh new group of girls entering the field and the impact they will have on women's golf in the Coulee Region and beyond.
Hubbard, a two-time winner, is also pleased to see a 44 percent increase in total entries. It's a start.
"I am so happy to hear the numbers are up this year," she said. "What I love most about this tournament, and why I couldn't wait to play in it, is that it's a way for women of all ages to come together, appreciate golf and advocate for little girls in our community to pick up a club. I live for that."
Well said, Sydney.
Now if we could only get more recruiting help from high school golf coaches - both girls and boys.
 


Mepps rewarding hunters for squirrel tails again

Wisconsin’s small and big game hunting seasons kick into gear on Saturday and there should be plenty of opportunities.
Among seasons opening are: deer archery and crossbow, fall turkey, crow, bear, cottontail rabbit, gray and fox squirrels.
Speaking of squirrels, Mepps, located in Antigo in northern Wisconsin, is once again offering hunters a reward for their tails.
Squirrels are a plentiful natural resource. Plus, squirrel is some of the best wild meat and their skins are used for caps, coats, glove linings and many other items. However, the tail is usually thrown away.
Mepps buys fox, black, gray and red squirrel tails and will pay up to 26 cents each for tails, depending on quality and quantity. Plus, the cash value is doubled if the tails are traded for Mepps lures. All Mepps asks for is the squirrel tail with the bone left in. The rest of the squirrel is for hunters to keep.
Mepps uses squirrel tails to create hand-tied, dressed hooks for their world-famous, fish-catching lures. They’ve been recycling squirrel tails for over half-a-century. In fact, they have recycled nearly 8 million tails since the mid-1960s.
Mepps researchers have tested many different natural and synthetic materials for dressed hooks, but nothing compares to the action of a squirrel tail underwater. The fact is squirrel tails are all hair - no fur. Practically all other animals have fur tails with just a few guard hairs. Fur doesn’t have the same rippling, pulsating movement of squirrel hair in the water.
For details on the Squirrel Tail Program, either visit their web site www.mepps.com or call 800-637-7700. Mepps, 626 Center St., Antigo, WI 54409-2496.
“We are focused on sustainability, we do not advocate hunting of squirrels solely for the purpose of sending in squirrel tails” said Nik Kolbeck, Mepps Communications Director.
I have used Mepps spinners for more than 60 years and wouldn’t be without a few different colors and sizes in my tackle box.

We must listen to understand today's youth

We can learn a lot from today's youth if we only take time to listen.
A bright, young man proved that to me recently.
Jackson Bonsall (pictured) is from from West Salem. Jackson, 13, is quite a fisherman. In fact, he caught the first "keeper" sunfish of the day off Ol' Tom's boathouse the day we met.
Jackson is a friend of "Junior," Ol' Tom's son, who took over the boathouse after his dad passed away a little more than five years ago.
Junior and I fish off the boathouse at least once a week. We usually catch enough fish for the fry pan, but have had relatively poor success this summer. However, Jackson had the magic touch during his first time on the boathouse.
While Junior and I don't really care how many fish we catch, it's refreshing to welcome a new face and voice into our morning bull sessions reminiscing about our good old days hunting and fishing together.
Junior and I did more listening than talking for a change. Needless to say, we learned quite a bit about our new fishing friend.
We learned Jackson, an eight grader at West Salem this fall, is also quite an athlete, enjoying a very successful summer baseball season on the West Salem youth team. He is an all-around athlete, but enjoys baseball the best. Jackson is also well-versed in all sorts of sports whether it's high school, college or pro levels.
We also learned Jackson enjoys fishing on Lake Neshonoc in West Salem where his grandparents have a lakeside cabin and dock. Jackson told us he often catches enough panfish and catfish right off the dock.
After visiting with Jackson for a couple of hours, I realized why some older people don't understand or appreciate our general youth population of today. They simply won't take time to listen. Those same adults can make all the negative remarks they want about today's youth, but Jackson definitely left me walking away with a positive feeling.
Thanks, Jackson. Hurry back. You're welcome anytime. You brightened our day.