I say that with all the love in the world, but my tenure here has come to an end. As of this week, I have transferred ownership of Total Packers to a new party.
So you won’t have me to kick around anymore!
What is the plan for the site? You should keep an eye on social media to find out because I have no idea.
I’ve spent 10 years doing this and it’s time for me to step away. There are simply other things I want to focus on. Total Packers was a daily commitment. Sometimes it was a burden. Some days, I just want to lay around and do nothing.
Still, I’m proud of what we built. Ten years ago, our group of Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-residing Green Bay Packers fans were sending around email chains with Packers news and our commentary.
I don’t recall which of us said this to the other one, but either I or Steffen said to either Steffen or I, why don’t we just start a blog?
We had no idea what the hell we were doing. We just knew we could write, had a passion for the Packers and wanted to talk about them.
Through some trial and error, dumb luck and acerbic wit, we started to build an audience. We always tried to give something to Packers fans that no one else did. We never wanted to be Packers News or any of the myriad plain Jane Packers blogs out there.
We said what was on our minds in the way it was on our minds. We weren’t always complimentary to the Packers. We called a spade a spade. We made fun of all kinds of shit. We showed open disdain for scum-of-the-earth Vikings fans.
Personally, I really enjoyed the nicknames we would come up with. The Hormel Chili Dome, Fat Mike, Gravy Head, Gravy Fart, Child Warrior Andy Mulumba, Frank Zombo: half zombie, half Rambo, all hero; Big Ted, Uncle Ted, CUTTY!, QB1, Hondo!, Al “Solid” Harris, The Stinkings, Jake Bum, Gods Gifts, Buffoon… there are surely a bunch I am forgetting.
I also enjoyed mercilessly kicking the damn Vikings and their stupid fans.
So before I drift off into the ether, two things.
First and most importantly, I want to thank our longtime contributors — Steffen, Sarah, Shawn, Chitter, David, Joe, Rob, Mark and Jonah. Also, thanks to the readers and commenters (most of you). This is not what it is without you.
And here are some of my favorite Vikings posts. There’s really a treasure trove if you search the site for Vikings though. These are just from the past five years.
If you need me, I’m sure you can find me.
As always, GO PACK GO!
What the hell is this bullshit?!
Thanks for your time and effort, it is appreciated brother!
You sold out to Purple Jesus Diaries didn’t you?
Ok Monty, thanks for putting up the site, and allowing the freedom to speak.
Happy trails fucker.
WAIT A MINUTE!!!!….What about the end of the year Awards Banquet?
This is BS!! I figured i’d be going home with 8 or 9 trophy’s and about 5 plaques, maybe even some cash. WTF……you couldn’t stick around for another 4 weeks? I EARNED THOSE!!
Couldn’t have said it better…
Good luck young man in your future endeavors…. it’s been truly an amazing Packer experience….
Gotta say tho – The comments were the best stuff I’ve read… real expertise!!!
BTW Monty, nice pic….Aaron Rodgers called, he wants his Starsky and Hutch sweater jacket back
it’s Big Lebowski I believe
Disappointing, but totally understood. Love the way you shit on everyone. Not a homer. Always enjoyed the comments.
Aufedersein! Say hi to Rodgers in West Hollywood this off season for us.
Bummer. Hope the site continues in a similar manner
I knew it all along! Monty is really Mike McCarthy!
Hahahha. Like a scooby doo episode…
“Let’s see who you really are!”
*Fred Jones removes Monty’s mask … Reveals Mike McCarthy*
“Like, zoiks!” – Shaggy
Facebook: Tyler Kortum (Steamboat Springs, Colorado)
It’s been a fun 10 years venting infused by Miller Lite & the IR
Thanks for being a good friend, Monty ✌?️✌??
Well the blog wasn’t what it was till a year ago anymore but still the only sports site I visit on a daily basis.
Thank you and your fellow bloggers for that.
Wil see how it goes from here.
Thanks guys hope the site doesn’t change!!!! No more gravy fart = no more Monty!
Thanks for the laughs.
Thanks for everything, all the best . GO PACK GO!!
Imagine how much time we have all spent on this site last ten years. Think how much time Monty spent.
I’ll miss this place. Hopefully the new owner upholds the proud tradition.
Noticed in the article that Mordi got no love and appreciation…hmmm.
Also, E. Wolf also is bitter that he was slighted. We have it on good authority he is putting an anti totalpackers.com petition together.
More to follow as information becomes available.
Thanks Monty for taking the time to write the blog. Good luck in the future.
I don’t know if any of you guys remember a site called the Frozen Tundra. It was kind of like this site where Packers fans posted commentary, although that site . When the owner of that site wanted out he offered the site for something like $6000 to the posters. No one took it. Then the dot com boom hit. He ended up selling the site for $300k.
That site no longer exists. I hope this one stays around.
Time always produces change.
I always liked this site because it allowed you the ability to state what you wanted without being blocked. Didn’t always agree with the posts or comments, but I’ve probably read most of the posts and comments since I discovered this site.
I would like to point out that it appears that most if not all the content for the site has been saved when transferred to the new server. That leads one to believe the site will remain in some form. Hopefully that form will remain consistent with the site Monty developed and turned over.
Good Luck Monty.
What next… TotalBrowns.com like the rest of them?
Best of luck and Go Pack! (In 2019)
Just in case this site goes blank . . . Thanks, Monty, for giving “Real Packer Fans” a forum to speak openly and freely regarding the GB Packers! Great and sometimes irreverent site! Trusting that we will still have this forum to vent on . . . If not, it has been a good ride (albeit too short). Thanks to all of the real Packer fans that “get it”! I read every. fucking. one. of your comments. ICEBOWL, CHEESE, TED HAWTHORNE, HOWARD, EMPACADOR, SKINNY, CAPT. FRITTER, MITCH ANTHONY, TYKO STEAMBOAT, DEEPSKY, CHAD E LUNDBERG, FERRIS, KATO, CZ, (the) DERVETSKI’S, ZWOEGER, JSCHIZL, AY HOMBRE, NACHODAN, PACKATTACK, ANDREW CHITKO. Apologies if I missed any of the “regulars” . . . Oh, and KILLER (fuck the Viking’s though . . .). Last but not least, my political nemesis PF4L (very football savvy, politically? not so much . . . ?
Good luck Monty!
Peace and Love to all of you!
Kicked in the noids again…at a time when i should be preparing for standing ovations and receiving too many awards to be carrying around, and getting my speech ready.
I gotchya my man, i never hold grudges, amirite Kato? Tell ya what MMSUCKS…maybe there will come a day where we agree politically…but then again, i would have to do a 180 and start believing and thinking like The Lonely Boy. That will happen on the same day a meteorite crashes into the side of my head ending my sweet life instantly. But seriously, thanks for the football compliment, we agree enough about this team that it should have no effect at all how we get along. No matter how distorted your political viewpoints become. :)
In other thoughts…….What’s curious to me is that Monty gave us no clue as far as details…will the site continue, same name if so? Who will be the new Sheriff in town? Did Brett Favre buy it? Did Howard buy it?
Oh well….at least he said goodbye.
I didn’t buy.
If this site doesn’t stay in business. It sure has been great discussing Packer football with you and some others.
I think the site will stay unless the Packers bought the name. I think Monty had some battles with the Packers over the name. With that said if someone else bought the name then why drop the name. Monty already won that fight with the big boys. I think? The other thing is why would the new owner(s) keep all the archives and continue to accept comments on other posts, in addition to this farewell post from Monty.
GDI Howard….why didn’t i think of that?
Maybe the Packers are so disgusted with the truth on here, that they wanted to eliminate it. If that did happen, they’d pay a premium as i’m sure Russ Ball would be negotiating the purchase.
I feel like i’ve done more than my fair share to build that value, i’m not saying i built 80% of it, but i’m not saying i didn’t either.
What will i get out of it? I best be checking my e-mails from Monty looking to arrange payment. If it’s not 5 figures, him and i are gonna have problems (again).
It would certainly be a Packers style move to try to stifle truth about their management and team.
If you look at the timing — right after goofy term of McCarthy, Rodgers intentionally tanking to get him fired, that he was fired — poor offensive creativity, throwing outside the numbers too much, not enough run game, that we actually came to learn are due to Rodgers, terrible on field product, embarrassing trades, firing a coach that points out the truth about Aaron, then lying through their teeth and saying that wasn’t the reason, and so many other scandals and debacles going on.
Right now is exactly when the Packers would pony up money to limit the truth damage. Packers at a low point are otherwise not a good purchase and look to get even worse.
Add it up and the Packers or Packer loyalist trying to shape or suffocate the truth theory makes sense.
I think we have this team figured out Lonely Boy. You writing what everyone else has already written is not classified as breaking news.
Write something outside the box, i don’t know, write something you may actually be an expert authority on…like failure….So then you could write about, your life, or the queens….
First mention ! – lookout PF4L…
I always stop to read an MM^**SUCKS post.
Thanks for the Love MMTTDCSUCK! I would like us to all seamlessly migrate to somewhere else.
I accidently stumbled upon this site, went skiing with Monty & had a lot of fun reading your comments here
Thanks, MMSUCKS. You are a class act. A rarity among the Packer base.
I think I wore Monty down with hard to face truths. Not sure if I should feel bad or proud….
F***K it, I’ll go with proud!
Back at you KILLER! You should feel proud. It is good to have some fun teasing “friends” about their teams . . . If people don’t get it, they just are being stubborn. Whatever you’ve said in here has not been as “salty” as most of our stuff. It was meant to get us riled up, and most of the time you succeeded . . . Keep the faith politically and continue to bash the Packers . . . We can take it! We survived the lean decades! We are Teflon!
Yea…that’s what the lonely boy has been doing, teasing his “friends” in here….Your going with that? Really?
I love you man, never change. Unless reality is something you’d like to experience.
Lol! No, being aware of how well “our” side uses schadenfreude, I pause and realize that if so, what is good for one to do (speaking ONLY of debate) should be ok for the opposing POV. What people need to decide is whether they can handle it as well as they can dish it out . . . I believe that Killer brings a bit of fun and tension into the mix. Besides that, his opinions stay close to the same. He has some shitty POV’s about Rodgers, but he makes sense on many other issues. I get a kick out of the banter he creates. MORE fun. Besides, his political views are spot on . . . PF4L! don’t change! we need your wit, football acumen and off-colored misanthropy . . . You can rest assured of that.
Dude MMSUCKS, I honestly wish I could give you my email but you and I know the trolls on here (Piffle, for instance) would stalk me and bomb me with threats and nastiness.
Although I have been salty and mocking it has been reactive in nature. What attracted my attention to the site were the deceptions about the Packers that needed correcting and the nasty attacks on the Vikings. Corrections were needed and I filled that niche.
Although the legacy of the site is brutal honesty it is also brutal obvious deception as well. While not afraid to criticize the Packers like the HC and even talk about Rodgers’ true sexual nature (which is fine… except he actively pretends and lies to fans. Just keep it private dude, desist with the beards) there was also a whole lot of knowing deception pushing false story lines such as games being robbed from them, Rodgers being a great QB, Clay Matthews never on PEDs, Packer stock a good thing and not scam, team owned by fans (Not), Packers are the real America’s Team, etc.
It was equal portions brutal truth and self-deception. A strange brew. Another legacy that is ironic is that while Monty was a beacon of Packer truth/criticism and an enemy of the org, in the end he has bent over and allowed himself to be their bitch, selling out and letting them shut down the site to further their PR. No doubt the org will more than make up what money they spent purchasing the site via extra sales of stock at the next stock sale of meaningless paper in exchange for hard earned money. Money flowing from the poor and middle class up to the rich and privileged. In the end, Monty sold out. Literally.
Still, I’ll miss it. I’ve had a LOT of fun on here and, though the fencing has been much of it (fun in its way), I’ve really enjoyed insights into a Vikings’ opponent and the observations of yourself and Howard in particular. And the actual true discussions as per players performance, potential, and draft picks and such. Others as well, of course.
I think it is interesting to note that all of Monty’s closing opponent remarks are dedicated to the Vikings and all of those numerous articles he attached were about the Vikings. Even though the Bears are purportedly the #1 rival and currently lead the division. I think this is very telling. A compliment to both the Vikings and myself.
I wish you all the best. Remember, we are all still Americans who would (will?) stand shoulder to shoulder defying and defeating the Russians and their satellites such as Trump.
To All = May all your joys be true joys and all your pains be champagne!
(but not Super Bowl victory champagne. Not that.)
I need a tissue.
Lonely Boy, here’s a thought, well 2 thoughts.
First thought….If you want to give him your e-mail, contact the site owner, ask him to send it to MMSUCKS. They have both of your e-mails. That way no one can stalk you and threaten you and steal your lincoln logs.
Second thought….You should have thought of my first thought all by yourself. The ability to do your own thinking is a wonderful thing, if in fact, you are even capable. In the meantime….i’m here to walk you through real solutions to problems such as your e-mail dilemma.
Give it a shot, try to make a friend, you got nothing to lose.
Good luck Monty, I’ve appreciated your anger over the years. My favourite article was the one that compared Seneca Wallace to uncle Rico, funny shit in an otherwise miserable season. Always great to come here for a reality check and straight talk.
Monty for what its worth. The ABC affiliates in WI on Wednesday nights have a show called, “Total Packers.” Is there any doubt they stole the name from this blog?
Well, everything comes to an end. First, thanks to Monty and the rest of the TP crew that posted their articles. While they (mostly) stood on their own merits, what made this page great was the fact that it allowed commenters to express ourselves and have follow-up discussions without any censorship. It made this site special. The sarcasm notes in the articles and comments were well appreciated.
Second, I want to express my thanks to other commenters, whose contributions I also appreciated reading since I found this site in 2012.
If lights go out for this site, I am a regular in the packerswire forum under the same nickname. As I suggested some time ago, some of you would have to speak in slightly less colorful terms there, but in any case I haven’t stumbled upon censorship or heavy moderation there. I would like to keep the discussions alive with you guys there as well.
Thanks Monte for providing comically descriptive and deadly accurate posts.
This has been a sanctorum for us Packer fans who CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH about
our beloved, socialist-owned team. I’m looking at you MMSUCKS, and all the other
trenchant posters. You guys led the way. Hats off.
Damn, I’m not sure how to feel. This site has been a part of my daily routine for at least 8 years. That’s the longest relationship I’ve ever had! Does that mean this is love?
It should be interesting to see if the site continues in the same fashion that it has, if at all. If not, I don’t really feel like finding a new one right away. I should probably be single for a while and have some alone time to reflect. Then when the time is right, I’ll venture out and join one of those online dating, I mean Packer websites where you have to create a login just to post. I’ll probably use the username TPCHEESE to represent my hood, and to keep things simple because I hate thinking of usernames. Hence the generic name CHEESE. At least TPCHEESE is a bit more distinct.
Thanks for the shout out MMSUCKS. Same goes to you and everyone else. You know who you are. Don’t make me make a giant laundry list of names. I already spend enough time griping about the Packers. Who knows, maybe I’ll have a lot more free time and a lot less stress without this site. Probably not though. At least here I’m able to vent that stress in whatever vulgar manner I chose. Which brings me to the whole reason I started returning to this site in the first place, swear words… that’s it. Talk about the Packers with some F-bombs and I’m all in. I’m sure the writing and variety of topics that weren’t on other sites also kept me coming back as well but let’s not get into details. As Mark Murphy would say “details are for losers.”
Good luck in the future Monty. Maybe you can come back here and there for an occasional write up. To everyone else, see you in the next article. Whenever that may be…
I too love this site for the ability to speak freely and honestly without intervention from cookie-cutter, simple-minded Packer Homers. I am going to “hover” on this site until it either continues, or fades away. After that? How do you find a site with as much fun, passion and knowledge of the Green Bay Packers? So far? Just here CHEESE . . .
I’m not crying, you’re crying!
Seriously though, hoping this isn’t the end. You guys and occasional gals made being a Packer fan through the McCarthy era somewhat of a cathartic experience being here and able to vent our frustrations. The world doesn’t need anymore homer Packer fans.
Thanks for all the work over the past 10 years. I’ll never forget the results of this contest back in 2010:
Here is a list of my top 10 commenters.
1) (10 way tie) Cheese, Icebowl, cd4packers, Howard, Mitch, Empacador, Ted, Packattack, MJ, PF4L.
You’ve provided us w truly memorable comments and catch phrases as well as spot-on commentary on the state of those donning the Green&Gold professionally. Your spars w Killer resulted in epic victories for our side…
I’ve often garnered stares from people around me (especially from my Rams-fan wife) as I laughed out loud while reading your masterpieces.
Yea ICE….i think The Lonely Boy is taking this harder than anyone. It’s one less social stream trying to be relevant and accepted.
He was also a handy diversion during our teams dysfunction, slapping him around was a nice outlet. I’m not going to lie to you, it was enjoyable.
Don’t know what will happen here, but just in case….May you and your family live in happiness and good health…….be well my friend.
Thanks, PF. I hope we meet on some other forum to speak as freely as we use to do here.
Anytime my friend. Truth be told i’m not real big on blogs (go figure huh) but i liked this joint. So if it shuts down i’ll most likely be calling it a career (with no awards).
What has me (and i think most of us) confused, is if Monty is going to bother writing a goodbye article, why wouldn’t he mention it’s fate, i just don’t get the secrecy of it. I’m just not buying that he doesn’t know. Momma didn’t raise no fool.
But i’ll say the usual…”Just in case”….Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Thanks PF4L. If the playoffs are good enough for Ginger Gap Tooth, then a ten way tie is ok with me.
You would also make my TP Playoffs. #TenWayTieTown2019!
No new articles for two days now. I fear the worst.
Will save this last? one everyday as long there are new comments,
For nostalgic reasons you know.
Thought I should leave you with this. If you think about it, it is sort of a compliment to Packers and Vikings!
More Drew Mahowald Retweeted Dan #RipCity
GB went 7-9 last season in large part because Rodgers missed 3/4 of the season, right?
He got his $134M contract because he is supposed to lead the packers to the playoffs as long as he’s on the field.
Looks like that’s working out well so far.
Well Drew…temporary failure always beats permanent failure, amirite? Lets try this….
The queens are 0-52 in their quest for a Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers has one more Super Bowl ring, than 52 viking teams…combined.
The queens last won a NFCCG in 1976.
The queens hired a Green Bay Packer to try to reach a Super Bowl. (OOPS).
Then when that failed, the queens pissed away 3 first round picks on “FRANCHISE” qb’s in the last 7 years.
When that didn’t work, they decided to fully guarantee 84 million dollars to a QB who’s only playoff experience was in a loss to the Green Bay Packers
Looks like that’s working out well so far Drew.
Today’s lesson……Perennial losers shouldn’t throw stones.
Thank you for the dedication and all those good stuffs, you will be missed
I think we know who bought the site and thus: it’s fate.
Some have complained that Monty has not revealed anything and has given no clues.
Ahh, but he has….
The site is down so we know it is done for. You don’t shut it down and grievously damage its fan and revenue stream if you intend to keep it going. At least as a location for honesty or criticism of the Packers. Who would want that? Who would PAY for that?
Who would also contractually obligate Monty to keep the buyer secret — because a matter of contract or shame or both are the only possible reasons for Monty’s reticence.
Packer organization protecting PR, false image
Packer backer, rich, owner of the actual money stock for same reasons
Think about it. Rodgers has the money. The endorsements may be more than his player contract. He has a big ego and, of course, does not want his endorsement revenue stream threatened. What is the biggest threat? Honesty, of course. This site talks about his actual sexuality, his utilization of beards, his arrogance, him really running the offense, him tanking it to get McCarthy fired, his rejecting of his family. All of Aaron’s ugliness and there is a fuck a lot of it, is all here for anyone to plainly see.
A few hundred K to protect his reputation and revenue stream? Just common sense!
Monty did give us a hint….
In the photo above…
Look at what he is wearing…!
The Big Lebowski sweater….!
Which Aaron is also known to like wearing….!
It would be just like Monty to have Aaron include that sweater as part of his sell out deal.
Think about it. To me it is a done deal this is what happened. Until/unless proven otherwise.
There you go, boys and girls, your false God is the very one who shut down your favorite web site! So ironic!