Super Bowl Frenzy

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  • Super Bowl Frenzy: Lawsuit Filed Over Super Bowl Ticket Flap <b>Super Bowl Frenzy:</b> Lawsuit Filed Over Super Bowl Ticket Flap

    DALLAS (AP) -- Football fans have filed a lawsuit accusing the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones of deceiving hundreds of people who bought Super Bowl tickets and had no seats, or got seats they felt were inadequate.

    The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Dallas alleges breach of contract, fraud and deceptive sales practices.

    It was filed two days after fans were prevented from having seats at Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium because of a problem with temporary seats.

    One of the plaintiffs is a Cowboys season ticket-holder who said some of Jones' biggest-spending fans were promised access to Super Bowl tickets and ended up with obstructed views on metal folding chairs.

    "Unfortunately, not all of the ticket-holders to Super Bowl XLV got what they bargained for or what was promised to them," the lawsuit states.

    Spokesmen for the Cowboys and the NFL had no comment.

    The NFL had announced hours before the game that about 1,250 temporary seats were deemed unsafe, and the league scrambled to find new seats for about 850 people. The remaining 400 were forced to watch the game on TV monitors or from standing-room-only areas.

    The lawsuit alleges that Cowboys fans who paid $100,000 per seat just for the right to buy season tickets were never told that their Super Bowl seats would be temporary with obstructed views. The lawsuit says the team has offered no compensation for "illegitimate seats."

    The NFL has said that the roughly 400 fans have two options. The first is a ticket to next year's Super Bowl and a cash payment of $2,400, three times the face value of the ticket. The second is a ticket to any future Super Bowl, along with round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations.

    The Packers beat the Steelers 31-25 in the Super Bowl.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Return To Titletown: Packers Commit To Another Title <b>Return To Titletown:</b> Packers Commit To Another Title

    More: Super Bowl Frenzy coverage.

    Return To Titletown Review by Jay Sorgi

    5:01 p.m.
    Fireworks exploded over Lambeau Field after a dimming of the lights.  Instead of looking up above, I'd rather look at fireworks reflect off the Lombardi Trophy.

    4:49 p.m.
    Next, the Super Bowl MVP, Aaron Rodgers:

    "What's up, Titletown???!!!"

    "I just want you to know, for the next year, you can steal my belt celebration, because we're the champions of the world.  Put that on whenever you want."

    More from "Return To Titletown"
    Packers Return To Titletown, Commit To Another Title
    Rodgers Shares 'Belt'
    Offense Calls Title 'Unbelievable'
    Woodson's 'High' Overcomes Adversity
    Special Teams Mark Special Day
    McCarthy Plans 2nd Title
    Dignitaries Congratulate Packers

    "Until two days ago, the greatest day of my sporting career was April 23, 2005, when this organization picked me in the draft."

    "It's been a great journey the last six years with you guys.  I've been able to meet some great men and women, not just you here in the organization, but we've got the greatest fans in the world."

    "Nothing like Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas and hearing Go Pack Go."

    "We brought that title back home!  We love you!"

    Rodgers on the Super Bowl:

    "We get a great week of practice in.  The game study, the film...there's nobody who can stop us."

    "You've got to give credit to James Starks, the way he ran the football this postseason."

    "It hurt to lose Donald, but Jordy stepped up, played incredible."

    "We've been through a lot together, a lot of adversity, but we stuck together.  We love each other, we pick up each other when we're down."

    "The defense came up big all year.  Six point lead, needing a stop to win the championship, and they came up big."

    Rodgers on coming back next year:

    "The core is coming back.  I tell you what Green Bay, we're going to be right back here next year doing this exact same thing."

    4:41 p.m.
    It's the offense's turn to address the crowd after Jason Spitz took his shirt off and did a bellyflop.

    "It's unbelievable.  We'll be remembered forever.  It was great.  Had a lot of opportunities, tried to make the most of them."
    - Jordy Nelson

    "It was unbelievable.  You play this game to get to that stage.  To have an opportunity to bring the Lombardi Trophy back here, it's unreal right now."
    - Greg Jennings

    "We got a great bunch of guys.  They never gave up.  They believed in themselves.  They just kept working.  A great group of assistant coaches.  The position guys on offense did a phenomenal job."
    - O'Coordinator Joe Philbin

    "We decided that we had to do it.  It started here, and look where we're at now.  We're Super Bowl Champs, baby."

    "Guys believed.  When you get guys believe that you can accomplish anything, you can do it...we've got the Vince Lombardi Trophy back at home."

    "We love you (fans) so much.  Without you, we woudln't be able to accomplish what we accomplish.  We love you guys.  Thank you for your support.  Guess what?  We're Super Bowl champs, baby!"
    - Donald Driver

    "He's from California, so he's trying to stay by the heat."
    - Driver on James Jones

    "It's a great group of receivers.  I love playing with them.  We're very unselfish.  If we weren't unselfish, we couldn't bring the trophy home."
    - James Jones

    "I got two hours of sleep in 48 hours.  It was exciting."

    "Aaron did an excellent job out there. If we give him time, he can pick any defense apart.  Our offense did an awesome job."
    - Scott Wells

    "It really means a lot to come out here and see all the fans bare the elements on a work day...thank you very much!"

    "Our whole team is (blue collar.)  We play on Lambeau Field, the Frozen Tundra.  We're going to come out here and bear it...we're proud here to bring the trophy to you."

    "It was an incredible feeling. It didn't matter who we were playing on Sunday.  We were going to bring the trophy back to Green Bay."
    - John Kuhn

    4:33 p.m.
    The special teams join up with Wayne and Larry: Jarrett Bush, Tim Masthay, Mason Crosby and coordinator Shawn Slocum.

    "It was awesome.  I have to tip my hat to the rest of my teammates....we did it, man."

    "These guys lay it on the line.  It's the Super Bowl.  Just go play fast and try to make plays and don't hold anything back.  We did just that."
    - Bush

    "Our guys did a great job taking the plan and the work and moving it forward throughout the season, overcoming a bunch of obstacles."

    "It takes an energy like we have in this stadium full of Packers fans.  It takes guys that disregard their body and lay it on the line and being all in."
    - Slocum

    "I never thought that playing in the freezing cold would be so much fun."

    "You just deal with it.  It's just a blast to be part of this organization.  Hope to be around here and be with this organization for a while."
    - Masthay

    "It's fitting that we're out here and freezing, and windy.  We should have played the Super Bowl here.  We took this cold weather down to Dallas and made it our hometown."

    "We did a great job covering all day and we were able to stick them back there on that last drive...and the defense just shut them down."
    - Crosby

    4:24 p.m.
    The defense takes the mike: Nick Collins, Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, and coordinator Dom Capers.

    "I'm never going to come down from this.  This is what you play for.  This is something that nobody can ever take from us.  I'm never coming down from this high."

    "I thought we had a special team all season, just the way we continued to battle all the injuries we battled through.  Going into the Giants game, knowing if we lost that game we were out...we did it.  We did it."
    - Woodson

    "I couldn't have done it without my teammates, the coaches, the fans.  I attribute all the team's success to everybody that's been around the organization, and most importantly you, the fans."

    "It was just an emotional heartfelt speech from Charles.  He really told us that he was proud of us.  He told us to finish the way we know how to."
    - Matthews

    "We just play as one unit. There's no individuals on our team.  We believe in each other to go out there and just play football for 60 minutes.  We're champions right now."

    "Something I'm going to cherish for the rest of my life."
    - Collins

    "I don't think there's any question.  We've been blessed to have the best defensive players in the national football league."

    "A lot of people don't' realize that I've been involved in the last two Packers Super Bowls.  I figured if you can't beat them, you need to join them."
    - Capers

    4:18 p.m.
    Mike McCarthy gave a guarantee among his comments.

    "They have great confidence, great resolve, unbelievable support from Packer Nation, and we're going to do it again next year."

    And Ted Thompson said the obvious in his first words.

    "It's a great day to be a Packer, isn't it?  This is a great group of guys.  It took everybody on the team to win this thing.  The Lombardi Trophy is back in Green Bay."

    4:15 p.m.
    Out of the southeast end zone tunnel....Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson and...the return of the Lombardi Trophy!!!

    Coach McCarthy lets fans touch the most coveted trophy in American team sports.

    4:12 p.m.
    The players started filing in, with respective position coaches..  They had their own video many of the thousands in the crowd themselves.

    They began with the grunts that the fans love, the linemen, then the linebackers and tight ends.

    They were followed by the running backs and wide receivers, the secondary and, yes, the quarterbacks - and they got the biggest cheer.

    4:10 p.m.
    Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren introduced the coaching staff, with a big roar for defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

    4:08 p.m.
    Before introducing the players, Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren brought on special dignitaries.  Among their comments:

    "I want to thank you, the fans.  We have the best fans in the NFL."  - Packers President Mark Murphy

    "I've authorized the permanent renaming of a street that will be called McCarthy's Way." - Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt

    "For the entire month of February, it's the Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packer month." - Governor Scott Walker

    "We believe in the Packers now and forever." - Senator Herb Kohl.

    Preview by Tom Murray, Jay Sorgi and the WTMJ News Team

    GREEN BAY - Tens of thousands of fans are at Lambeau Field on a cold afternoon in Green Bay to cheer their favorite football team.

    And not one down of football will be played.

    Instead, the Packers and their fans are holding a celebration of their Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers to earn their record 13th world championship.

    The celebration kicked off at 4:00 p.m., and fans braced for a frigid party.

    "It's not as cold as the Ice Bowl, but it's darn close," said Pat Chitko.

    Fans will hear from Packers President Mark Murphy, General Manager Ted Thompson, Head Coach Mike McCarthy and the entire team.

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and other dignitaries will also take part.

    Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Voice of the Packers Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren will host the event.

    You can catch it exclusively on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4 starting at 4:00 p.m., with a TV rebroadcast at 7:00 p.m. on TODAY'S TMJ4.

    Preparations for Packers Party with 70,000-Plus

    Many Packers fans have arrived at Lambeau Field early Tuesday morning for the celebration, and many of them pitched in to help get the stadium ready.

    Lambeau Field literally turned into an "Ice Bowl" since the Packers last played there, in their playoff-clinching win over the Chicago Bears on January 2nd.

    A crew salted and chipped ice away to get the stadium ready for the world champions' return to Lambeau.

    "Anything for my Packers," said Scott Vercauteren.  He drove from Milwaukee to shovel and celebrate.

    "I've been waiting since '96 for the title to come back to Green Bay."

    Kevin Biesterveld wanted to go to Tuesday's event, but it sold out, so helping get the stadium ready was the next best thing.

    "I waited too long," admitted Kevin, from Little Chute.  "I waited until this morning."

    In contrast, the Chitko family from Muskego showed up early, taking some time at the Packers Pro Shop.

    "(It) gives (my kids) a chance to live this," said Donna Chitko.

    Her son Michael and his friend Michael Lafferty, who are both high school freshmen, skipped class.

    "It's the first Super Bowl that I actually remember," said Michael Chitko.

    "One of the best feelings I've ever had, watching my favorite team with the Super Bowl," described Lafferty.

    Diane Hansen, from Manitowoc, had her hands full buying championship gear, as she's shipping it all over North America.

    "I have a son in Montana, one in Calgary, and one in Iowa," admitted Hansen.

  • Super Bowl Frenzy: 2010, Lombardi Champs Draw Comparisons <b>Super Bowl Frenzy:</b> 2010, Lombardi Champs Draw Comparisons

    Catch "Return to Titletown," the official Packers Super Bowl celebration
    Live coverage at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4 with Super Bowl Frenzy coverage online here.

    GREEN BAY - The 2010 Green Bay Packers will go into team lore as another one of those amazing stories that will be told, retold, and retold again.

    This team gets that stature, not just for winning a world champioship - which is revered enough among Packers Planet - but for the incredible journey they took en route to the ultimate title in their sport.

    We football fans love to do comparisons to help us understand better what we've just seen and experienced.

    Perhaps the best one out there with this team is another Packers squad that will forever be celebrated in team lore, the Super Bowl II champions from the 1967 season.

    They are both loved, not for their dominance, but their persistence through adversity.

    Let's compare them, shall we?

    1967 2010
    Vince Lombardi
    Mike McCarthy. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Mike McCarthy
    Record 9-4-1 (.679, 2nd-worst for Super Bowl champion) 10-6 (.625, worst for Super Bowl champion)
    Injury Issues Bart+Starr.+%7C+Photo%3A+Milwaukee+Journal+Sentinel
    Bart Starr suffered injury to throwing hand, limiting his effectiveness during 1st half of season; team forced to use 3rd string running backs during Super Bowl run
    Charles Woodson. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Forced to put 16 players on injured reserve for the season, including Nick Barnett, Jermichael Finley, Ryan Grant and Mark Tauscher, lost Donald Driver and Charles Woodson during Super Bowl XLV
    Running Back Who Came Out Of Nowhere To Spark Playoff Run Chuck+Mercein.+%7C+Photo%3A+Milwaukee+Journal+Sentinel
    Chuck Mercein,
    rejected by N.Y. Giants, picked up from semi-pro team, scored touchdown in conference playoff win over Rams, produced 35 of 68 yards in climactic drive in NFL Title Game win over Cowboys
    James Starks,
    drafted despite missing senior year of college and called up from physically unable to perform list, ran for 123 yards in wildcard win over Eagles, scored key touchdown in NFC Title Game win over Bears
    Blowout Upset Win Over Team With Conference's Best Record Travis+Williams.+%7C+Photo%3A+Milwaukee+Journal+Sentinel
    Conference Playoff vs. L.A. Rams
    (11-1-2): 28-7 win
    Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Divisional Playoff at Atlanta
    (13-3): 48-21 win
    Quarterback With Legendary Playoff Run
    Bart Starr
    : 102.7 quarterback rating, 5 TD's (4 passing, 1 running), Super Bowl MVP
    Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Aaron Rodgers
    : 109.9 quarterback rating, 10 TD's (9 passing, 1 running), Super Bowl MVP
    Signature Touchdown Bart+Starr%27s+%2815%29+quarterback+sneak%2C+with+the+help+of+a+block+from+Jerry+Kramer+%2864%29+leading+to+a+win+over+Dallas+in+the+Ice+Bowl%2C+the+1967+NFL+Championship+Game.+%7C+Photo%3A+Milwaukee+Journal+Sentinel
    NFL Title Game (vs. Dallas): Bart Starr's game-winning touchdown sneak on "frozen tundra" with :13 left in 4th quarter of Ice Bowl
    Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    NFC Title Game (at Chicago):
    B.J. Raji , "The Freezer," sneaking into zone coverage and picking off Caleb Hanie for critical 4th quarter touchdown
    Signature Character Win Boyd+Dowler.+%7C+Photo%3A+Milwaukee+Journal+Sentinel
    NFL Title Game (vs. Dallas):
    Battling minus-12 temperatures, gaining minus-9 yards during major stretch of game, Packers drive 68 yards in final minutes to win record 3rd-straight championship, 21-17.

    Super Bowl XLV (vs. Pittsburgh):
    Overcoming injuries to Donald Driver and Charles Woodson which knocked them out of game, gaining just 12 yards during 3rd quarter, Packers drive 55 and 70 yards to score 10 critical fourth-quarter points in winning record 13th championship, 31-25.


  • Super Bowl Frenzy: Student With Cerebral Palsy Experienced Packers Win <b>Super Bowl Frenzy:</b> Student With Cerebral Palsy Experienced Packers Win

    Catch "Return to Titletown," the official Packers Super Bowl celebration
    Live coverage at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4 with Super Bowl Frenzy coverage online here.

    MEQUON - A student at Homestead High School got the chance to go to Super Bowl XLV, courtesy of the National Football League. 

    Zachary Strazewski, 19, has cerebral palsy and he spends most of his time in a wheelchair.  He's also a die-hard Packers fan. 

    His family created a Facebook page called "Send Zack to the Super Bowl."

    They also used Twitter and ended up with quite the following from people around the world. 

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell got wind of Zack's story and decided to send him and his family on an all expenses paid trip to Dallas. 

    Zack's aunt Judy told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Bill Michaels that Zack "has had the time of his life."

    Judy says Zack's Facebook page has generated support from Wisconsin and from around the world.  She says even Bears fans have sent him words of encouragement.

    The NFL. took care of all the details of the trip and they even made sure Zack and his family could attend pre-game parties. 

    "For him to experience that from his chair and to know that everything is was a huge miracle," says Judy.

  • Super Bowl Frenzy: Class Learns Math with Super Bowl

    Catch "Return to Titletown," the official Packers Super Bowl celebration
    Live coverage at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4 with Super Bowl Frenzy coverage online here.

    MILWAUKEE - Packers pride has been found in fans of all ages in this super season.

    At Walt Whitman Elementary School on Milwaukee's south side, first graders got to follow their favorite team while learning about numbers.

    The kids tried to predict the winning score.

    "We all got to draw a picture with cheerleaders and football players, and we put pictures on the cover," said Amber, a 1st grader.

    The kids were so enthusiastic about the project that the teacher plans to do a similar experiment next year.

  • Super Bowl Frenzy: Lombardi Show Has Super Night <b>Super Bowl Frenzy:</b> Lombardi Show Has Super Night

    Catch "Return to Titletown," the official Packers Super Bowl celebration
    Live coverage at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4 with Super Bowl Frenzy coverage online here.

    NEW YORK (AP) -- It wasn't too hard to guess which team producers of Broadway's "Lombardi" were rooting for at the Super Bowl.

    Tony Ponturo, who co-produced the play about legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, said Monday that they're "certainly not complaining about" the dramatic victory by the Packers over the Steelers.

    The show, starring Dan Lauria as Lombardi and Judith Light as his wife, enjoyed the coincidence of being on Broadway when the Packers won the Super Bowl as well as getting a few promotional segments in front of a record 111 million TV viewers. Daily ticket sales for the show doubled Monday.

    Says Ponturo: "All the stars were aligned."


    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Super Bowl Frenzy: Titletown Tickets at $150 <b>Super Bowl Frenzy:</b> Titletown Tickets at $150

    Catch "Return to Titletown," the official Packers Super Bowl celebration
    Live coverage at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4 with Super Bowl Frenzy coverage online here.

    GREEN BAY - People may be profiting heavily from re-selling tickets to Tuesday's "Return to Titletown" in Green Bay.

    A search on Stubhub at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday revealed people trying to get as much as $150 for the event.

    Face value for tickets was $5 through Ticketmaster.  No tickets were available through Ticketmaster by early Tuesday morning.





  • Now Begins the Title Defense Now Begins the Title Defense

    Aaron Rodgers said it from his first press conference the day after the Super Bowl. At his Super Bowl MVP presser, A Rod said "Now what? Let's go get another one." So how do they do that? Well, in less than a month...things might be put on hold with a lockout, although with both sides meeting this week, I'm encouraged that even if there's a lockout, they should come to an agreement to have games. And even with many injured players coming back, it's a new year...with new chemistry. Bad feelings will have to be mended between the team and TE Jermichael Finley. Linebacker Nick Barnett could be a salary cap casualty. And that's why it's so huge that the Packers won it all this year, because tomorrow is not promised to anybody. I do agree with Steve Young...when I interviewed the Hall Of Fame Quarterback, he mentioned that this team reminds him of the '92 Cowboys that knocked San Fran off...and then Aikman, Irvin and Smith reeled off 3 Super Bowls in 4 years. I also feel for Cullen Jenkins...the defensive lineman the second best at pressuring the QB next to Clay Matthews, well he's almost a free agent. And on our live postgame show, his eyes started welling up talking about the possibility that this could be his last game in Green Bay, with his kids wondering if they'll have to move. With Justin Harrell all but gone, and Johnny Jolly's future still murky...I think the Pack should bring him back. Email your offseason thoughts to

  • Super Bowl Frenzy: Fans Line Green Bay Bus Route <b>Super Bowl Frenzy:</b> Fans Line Green Bay Bus Route

    Catch "Return to Titletown," the official Packers Super Bowl celebration
    Live coverage at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4 with live video and Super Bowl Frenzy coverage online here.

    GREEN BAY - Nothing was going to stop fans in Green Bay from celebrating a Super Bowl victory.

    They lined Packerland Drive, Hazelwood Lane, and Lombardi Avenue as the Packers’ buses wound their way through Titletown.
    The end of the parade route meant the end of a very special birthday for Rachel Musuracha of Oak Creek.
    “It’s probably my best birthday present ever and I just turned 12 and Aaron Rodgers is my favorite player so it was amazing,” she said.
    Rachel, her mom and her brothers waited along this parade route, watching the Packers buses make their way through green bay.
    “There were a couple thousand probably. People were out in the street and they were keeping us back and it was so much fun!,” Rachel’s mom said.
    Thousands of fans lined the streets in a sea of green and gold. They craned their necks for a chance to see their favorite players. Several streets were shut down as the city of Green Bay went into full Packers mode.
    The Musuracha’s followed the buses all the way to Lambeau to cheer the players on even more.   It’s not just a great birthday party for Rachel, it’s seeing part of history.
    “We have to do this. This is tradition. This is what it’s all about.”
  • A Super Victory!

         We are The Champions!  Giants.  Bears.  Eagles.  Falcons.  Bears (again).  Steelers.     All down, all out.  Not us.  We are the last ones standing.  Bomb Ditty!


         I'm back from Dallas.  What a week.  The crowning moment was yesterday's Super Bowl win. It's no Lambeau Field, but Cowboys Stadium is pretty magnificent.  Huge is one word to describe it.  Overwhelming is another.  Home of the latest Packer conquest is my favorite way to describe it.   I caught the red eye back form Big D last night.  It was fun.  I shared the plane with about 400 Packers fans.  I'm exhausted, but wanted to post a few pictures from the game.