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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for January 16, 2015

It's an especially random batch of curds today, with everything from Key & Peele to Settlers of Catan.

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Today's cheese curds are our final batch in preparation for the NFC Championship Game, and as such they're a little all over the place. Today we're looking at everything from Packers fans in Seattle to the team's obsession with a board game to the quarterback's ridiculous weekly meetings, and much, much more.

We won't go on and on about today's news or about Sunday's game here. We'll just say this: click, read, and get ready to cheer in a little over 48 hours.

Packers fan club thrives in Northwest | JSOnline
I had the pleasure of meeting Jerry and the rest of the Northwest Packer Backers during a trip to Seattle before the opening game this season. If you're going to be in or around Seattle this weekend, make sure to stop by for their pep rally on Saturday in Bellevue - that's a great group, made up of both Washington and Wisconsin natives who are passionate about their Packers.

Is Packers defense due for an interception? |
Though Russell Wilson doesn't throw many picks, he should have had one or two in the week one matchup between these teams, but the defense dropped them.

The Packers of Catan: Green Bay’s Board-Game Obsession - WSJ
Though the team's obsession with the legendary board game "Settlers of Catan" may seem surprising, it probably should not come as a shock that left tackle David Bakhtiari is the ringleader of the club. I definitely would love to sit down for a game with that group.

Bulaga up to speed after early injury scares |
Going on injured reserve two straight years and then suffering another injury in the opening game of the season? Not my idea of a fun stretch of football, but Bulaga has been a rock at right tackle since his return in week three.

'It's Aaron at his best' | ESPN Wisconsin
Oh no. Jerry Fontenot loves Nickelback. Any QB who's willing to make fun of an assistant coach for liking a bad rock band is okay by me. Rodgers' Saturday presentations to the team are some of the best moments of the week, according to his teammates.

City near Seattle bans cheese ahead of Packers-Seahawks game | NFL | Sporting News
BOYCOTT BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WASHINGTON. Or at least, go to their City Hall today and threaten to eat some cheese there to defy the man. (Note: we do not actually advocate breaking any laws.)

Mike McCarthy was made to be Green Bay Packers coach - ESPN
This is a great read about McCarthy, who never gets too high or too low but genuinely cares about his team, his community, and his family.

Not all scouts see Marcus Mariota as a sure thing. |
A few NFL people, including former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, discuss the qualities looked for in a quarterback and what might be missing from the top players at the position in this year's draft.

Finally, Bertram Skilling believes that the Packers can't lose on Sunday. See his rationale here: