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Giorgio Tavecchio Just Might Be Your New Kicker

Giorgio Tavecchio

So long, Mason Crosby! We’ve been waiting to say that for a while and while the day isn’t quite here yet, it might be coming soon. Giorgio Tavecchio appears to be pulling ahead in the competition to be the Green Bay Packers kicker.

Although neither guy got any action in the Packers pathetic preseason opener, Tavecchio had already taken a lead in the competition during Family Night, when he hit 6-of-7 tries and Crosby managed only 3-of-8.

During Monday’s practice, the Packers made their kickers face off again. This time, Tavecchio was a perfect 8-for-8, while Crosby went 7-for-8.

Now, that’s not quite as bad as his 3-for-8 on Family Night, but the pressure is clearly on Crosby, who hasn’t done much in pressure situations in the past year (other than choke).

Crosby hit a career-worst 63.6 percent of his field goals last season. On Monday his miss was wide left from 46. Tavecchio hit two each from 36, 42, 46 and 53 yards.

We’re not calling this yet because we haven’t seen either guy kick in a real game, but Tavecchio clearly has the edge at this point.

And that’s just fine with us. We’ve seen about enough of Mason Crosby. Besides, Giorgio Tavecchio is an awesome name, just like Jan Stenerud and Chester Marcol and those guys were pretty great kickers for the Packers.

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30 Comments

  1. TyKo Steamboat August 13, 2013

    I don’t know how this guy can kick…
    Just please, for the love of God….REPLACE CROSBY!

    The guy is terrible. I can’t effen stand him

    1. Rodgers August 13, 2013

      Does anybody else see the massive rack Tavecchio is rocking, or is this just an optical illusion?

      If not, those are some massive man titties!

      1. nurseratchett August 15, 2013

        FUNNY!!

  2. Lynn Fuckin' Dickey August 13, 2013

    I don’t care if Tavecchio sucks, I’d be happy just to have a different name to scream and curse at while watching the game.

    1. Phatgzus August 13, 2013

      “God dammit, Giorgio!” does roll off the tongue quite nicely.

    2. CB August 13, 2013

      Now that shit’s just plain LOL funny! Well done!

  3. ay hombre August 13, 2013

    What better not happen is Tavecchio clearly outperforming Crosby and McCarthy sticking with the incumbent.

  4. Abe Frohman August 13, 2013

    Tavecchio’s leg is not strong enough to deal with the cold weather. Even if he’s got the edge, I’m not so sure this is an upgrade when December hits.

    1. TyKo Steamboat August 13, 2013

      every team in the NFL plays in about 2 cold weather games per season…us included…Lambeau or not…

      1. Phatgzus August 13, 2013

        Unless you make it to the playoffs, where FGs are crucial.

        1. Chops August 13, 2013

          And our current kicker can’t kick in warm or cold weather, so there isn’t any real risk with trying someone else.

          1. Abe Frohman August 14, 2013

            Pretty much can’t argue with that. Point conceded.

  5. Ferris August 13, 2013

    Not strong enough leg to deal with cold weather? Crosby can’t kick in a dome. Who keeps their job with a 63% success rate? It continues to dumbfound me how they didn’t cut him during the season last year. This guy is injured between the ears, Ted always cuts injury prone players, dump this guy so Packer fans stop leaving the room when the FG team trots out. I can’t bring myself to watch anymore.

  6. rebelgb August 13, 2013


    Chops:

    And our current kicker can’t kick in warm or cold weather, so there isn’t any real risk with trying someone else.

    Game/Set/Match.

    Well played sir!

  7. Savage57 August 13, 2013


    Phatgzus:

    “God dammit, Giorgio!” does roll off the tongue quite nicely.

    I’m going with “Tavecchio, Rejecctico”.

  8. the real russ letlow August 13, 2013

    I don’t care if Fred Flintstone is our kicker. As long as he can kick it through the uprights, sign him! Casual observation leads me to believe that there are several teams with 2 decent kickers on their roster. If the 2 we have don’t work out, get another one off of the scrap heap. Its not like he has that many plays to learn that a kicker can’t come in and be successful immediately.

    1. TyKo Steamboat August 13, 2013

      Amen.

    2. Phatgzus August 14, 2013

      How about Anton Lubchenko? Word under the bridge is he’s available.

      1. the real russ letlow August 14, 2013

        didn’t he lose the kicking leg wih that last kick? or Did Dr. Hibbert fix him up?

        1. Phatgzus August 14, 2013

          Nah I think Dr. Nick took care of it, so you know he’s good as new.

          1. the real russ letlow August 14, 2013

            heeeeellllo everybody!

          2. Phatgzus August 14, 2013

            Hi Dr. Nick!!

  9. thedubc August 13, 2013

    nick papa Giorgio. Just no friggin Italian snausages at the stadium

  10. FITZCORE1252 August 13, 2013

    Is this Doogie Howsers neighbor?

  11. Mason Crosby August 14, 2013

    I only had a down year. I’m still the best in the NFL.

    1. TyKo Steamboat August 14, 2013

      No. You suck.

      You have cost us enough games. In 2008 against the VIQueens from 52 yds. out in that dome…in Chicago that same year, a 27-yd. chip-shot. Blocked!

      Oct. 17 2010 against the Dolphins rite before half time.

      The Colts & 40-Whiners game(s) last year…I am forgetting many of them. I could go on & on.

  12. Packer Bob August 14, 2013

    Heeeeeeey, I kick the ball good. Molto Bene!

  13. Kristofer from Oshkosh August 14, 2013

    Chester Marcol is a cool dude. He stayed at the hotel a few times that I work at in the past year and I had a chance to talk with him about his experience as a green bay packer. It was interesting and fun. Wish we could get a kicker like him again. Most famous play was against the bears, Hilarious.

    1. Phatgzus August 14, 2013

      Never heard of that play before, just had to YouTube it-classic hilarity. Fantatic that the Packers beat the Bears by running in a blocked FG, made even better by the fact a kicker ran it in, perfected by the fact that he wears Drew Carey horn-rimmed glasses.

  14. Phatgzus August 14, 2013

    In related news the Dolphins just cut Carpenter; perhaps I’m biased because he went to my Alma Mater, but I seem to remember he’s pretty good, even won a couple of games in his day, including vs. the ’10 Packers .