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Here are a few letters received by Packer Report managing editor Todd Korth ( in the wake of Green Bay's 16-13 victory over the Detroit Lions Sunday at Lambeau Field:<p>

Packer Report, What a game! Freezing cold temperatures gave a frosty chill to the beer. The simple act of eating a $5.50 jumbo brat became a balance between burning your mouth and eating frozen fat. Snowflakes hitting wind-burned cheeks added to the pain and suffering. Somehow, watching the last second, game winning field goal tumble through the swaying goalposts made it all seem worthwhile. As fans poured out of the stadium for their long trips home, the warmth of the heater and red glow of taillights made one glad season tickets are so hard to come by. Knowing the Vikings had lost again brought collective hope that we'd be back in Lambeau for the playoffs.

Jeff Ebert, Onalaska, Wis.

Packer Report,

Like millions, I will never have the monetary means, or long life expectancy, to secure a good seat at Lambeau Field. My way of dealing with this was the knowledge that those present at home games were as grateful, supportive, and loud as I would be. I used to think the long wait for season tickets was as great a tribute a team could get. No more, however.

With all the solemn crowds, booing of our team, and selling seats to the opposing fans, this long waiting list has become a liability. Vince, looking down from above, is not smiling ... and neither am I.

Dennis Schumacher, Monmouth, Ill.

Packer Report,

Been a PACKER fan for over 50 years. Seen good and bad. Still a devoted fan. Will all you fair weather fans get with it. You're either a PACKER or not. It's our team, good or bad, our team. If you can't get on the field and do better, just shut up. If you can do better, why haven't you been drafted. Everything is easy with the mouth or when you don't have to do it. If you like complaining, go root for the Bears or the Vikings. If you don't win every game by 24 points, it's boo-hoo, fire the coach, trade for this guy, "why did they?", or "why didn't they?". Just enjoy what we have! Complain when we're 5-11.

Bob Slezewski, Westchester, Ill.

Packer Report,

I was stunned by watching the Packers playing this game today against the Lions. Did anyone happen to look at most of our players on the sidelines? All sitting on these nice warm benches, not even into the game. And then look at the sidelines of the Lions and they where standing watching their team. Does any one think that something like this would of happen with Vince running the sidelines in the frozen tundra of Lambeau. The players need to understand that this is what gives us the advantage. The players need to understand that what makes them great is good physical conditioning during the week, but come game time it's the mentality. The second stringers need to take a cheerleading approach. I see that the coach was on the sidelines showing his true grit. But I think he really needs to pass this on to his players.

Boy how I wish Sherman could read this and sit his players down one day and watch some of the old Packer films and just look at the sidelines at the breath of cold air of the players of those days.

The frozen tundra is our friend and Mike needs to toughen this team up. And have them show some emotion and heart. That is all this team needs, because this will care them further then anything else!

Vince Lombardi: "Coaches who can outline plays on a blackboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their players and motivate."

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi

Scott Mans, Marinette, Wis.

Dear Packer Report,

Sunday's game against the Lions was indeed an ugly one, yet as ugly as it was, the Packers eeked out a win.

Last week I went after the fair weather fans for their lack of loyalty. This week it is the booers who should be ashamed of themselves. I can not understand booing your own team. Personally, I don't care for booing in any shape or form. However, there are two valid reasons I can give for it: a bad call made by the refs and unsportsmanlike conduct.

Other than that I do NOT condone booing whether it be the opposing team or your own team. I think of a player's family watching either in the stands or on TV. How must they feel when their loved one is being heckled? I think of OUR team. When they are at their lowest it is then they need to be cheered on and supported the most. When the team is doing poorly, the stands become quiet. It is precisely at that time when we should be as loud as can be. We need to show our support whether we are happy with the play-calling or not. We need to rock the stadium and lift our players up. That is what being a fan is all about. It is loving your team through good and bad and supporting your team all the way.

Tracy Mangold

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