Bob was born and raised in Milwaukee. He felt an affinity to Wisconsin for three reasons early in his life. Bob was born in 1957, and that was the year that Lambeau Field was originally built and also the year the city of Milwaukee won their only World Series as the Braves defeated the Yankees in seven games. Plus, Bob was born on May 29th, which is the same day Wisconsin became a state in 1848.
Bob attended UW-Oshkosh for a couple of years where he became good friends with Kevin Cosgrove, who later became the defensive coordinator at the University of Wisconsin, and who now is defensive coordinator at the University of New Mexico under head coach Bob Davie. Kevin helped Barry Alvarez and the Badgers win three Big 10 championships and three Rose Bowls.
Bob finished up college at UW-Milwaukee where he majored in Mass Communication. Bob was also an intern at WTMJ during that time, plus he was kept on as a reporter after that for awhile. Bob was also sports director at Viacom cable in the Milwaukee area.
Bob helped his parents move to their winter home in Florida in 1983, and it was during that time that he met his wife Pam. Bob has lived in Florida since then, but Pam, son Andrew and Bob come up to Wisconsin every summer to Cedar Grove, where his family has a summer home right on Lake Michigan. Cedar Grove is only about an hour or so south of Green Bay.
As Bob looked for media jobs in Florida when he first moved there, he eventually ended up in sales, and was with Xerox for several years. Bob has also become a voice of Wisconsin on sports radio in the Tampa Bay area for over two decades. Bob has been a regular caller at 620 WDAE, where he is known as Green Bay Bob.
Bob closely follows the Packers, Badgers, Brewers, Bucks, Panthers and Golden Eagles, but also enjoys sports in Florida as he is a big supporter of the Rays, Lightning, Bulls and Gators plus enjoys the Bucs, when they aren't playing the Packers.
Bob always had the itch to return to the media, and he became a writer at a Packer website called ThaPack for a couple of years, before he joined Packer Report, where he was for several years, before joining Wisconsin Sports Online (Packer Chatters) writing about the Packers, Badgers and Brewers. Bob also occasionally writes for JoeBucsFan.com which covers the Tampa Bay Bucs, and also used to write for JoeBoltsFan.com which covered the Tampa Bay Lightning when the site was operational.
Bob also has a piece in the 2012 Green Bay Packers Yearbook that profiles the 2012 draft class for the Packers.
Bob has been a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report since 2011, mainly covering the Green Bay Packers, but also occasionally does columns for teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Wisconsin Badgers as well.
No problem, Bob. Glad I can help! Keep up the good work!
Bob, re your article on Eddie Lacy, it's not ironic that Lacy shares #42 with Brockington. It's coincidental. People misuse that word all the time. Just thought I'd point it out. I liked your column otherwise.
You're welcome, Bob. Happy New Year to you as well.
No problem, Bob. I enjoyed the read. Keep up the good work!
No problem, Bob. Glad to help. I've never been to Cape Vincent, but it looks like it is a very nice area. I'm sure she's as used to the snow as I am and as you are, being from Wisconsin!
Bob how does this plan sound for the Packers:
Season: Beat the bears and make the playoffs. They might not go far but try and see if they can get lucky and pull some wins out.
Fire Dom Capers. His time has come to an end with the Pack. Not because he is bad, but because this Def is not changing until the coach is gone. Leave the scheme at a 3-4 and hire a proven coach. (I know Kevin Greene has not proven himself, but he is a candidate)
Off season:Make Tramon Williams take a pay cut.
resign-1. Use Tramon's money to give shields a long term deal.
2. Ryan Pickett will likely retire.
3. Let Raji walk because all he is, is a disappointment.
4. Resign Jolly to a 1-2 year deal.
5. Offer James Jones a "lower than he wants contract" but a reasonable one. He might even accept it considering what Greg Jennings did last year. If he doesn't like the contract let him walk because Jarrett has been great this season and he is still young. Randall is also coming back.
6. Resign Kuhn to a 2 year deal worth around 3-4 mil. Nothing more.
7. EDC has to be resigned. He has did a great job opening holes for Eddy this year.
8. Let Seneca Wallace leave.
9. Resign Quarles to a 2-3 year deal that should not be worth a lot. Who knows, maybe Quarles will do good things with Aaron throwing him the ball.
10. Resign Francois to a 1 year min deal.
11. Resign Mike Neal for some much needed depth and a rotational player.
12. Resin James Starks if he is willing to take a reasonable contract. I do believe Jonathan Franklin will be a good back.
13. Resign CJ Wilson for run stopping.
14. Jermichael Finley, this is such an unfortunate scenario. Sadley, I think Finley’s career is over. If it is not, i would offer him a 1 year, low money deal just to try him out. No money guaranteed.
1.Sign a vet backup QB.
2.Sign some rotational players.
3.Sign Jairus Byrd, this guy will cost big bucks but its worth the risk. If it all works out, he will not only make the Def better but he could also improve Morgan Burnett into a top 10 safety again.
2014 Draft- (Hope you make another mock draft soon please) Rounds 1-5
round 1a- CJ Mosley, the best ILB in the draft and it is not close. Freakishly Athletic and can immediately be the co leader next to Hawk.
round 2- Aaron Donald, he might be a little undersized but he is unblockable. I think this is Raji’s replacement and down the road he will prove to be a whole lot better than Raji. Donald could provide that pass rush up the middle the Packers have been missing.
round 3- Dion Bailey, I do see Bailey falling a little on draft day. Even if the Packers do sign Byrd, a safety should still be on the draft list. He won't come in and make an immediate impact but down the road, he will be a difference maker.
round 4- Daniel McCullers, even though the Packers just drafted aaron donald, they will still need space eaters because both Raji and Pickett will be gone.
round 5- Colt Lyerla, has a load of talent but he will slip in the draft due to off the field issues. I think if the Pack can jump on him, that will be a great value pick and a position need we can come closer to filling.
Starters at end of offseason:
RB-Eddie Lacy/James Starks
TE-Finley(if he comes back)/Quarless or Colt Leyrla, whoever wins in training camp
WR-Jordy Nelson/Randall Cobb/Jarrett Boykin/?James Jones?
DE-Mike Daniels/Aaron Donald
DT-Johnny Jolly/Daniel McCullers
DE-Datone Jones/Aaron Donald
MLB-CJ Mosley/Brad Jones
OLB-Nick Perry/Brad Jones
CB-Casey Hayward/Sam Shields/Tramon Williams
FS-Jairus Byrd/Micah Hyde
SS-Morgan Burnett/Micah Hyde
This would be the starters/rotational players. Also, there would be more depth with the undrafted rookies and the rest of my free agents. I hope you like it becasue it took me a long time. :}
Best writer on bleacher report and it is not close.
Thanks for the message! Love your writing, saved you as one of my favorite writers, hope to work with you again soon.
No problem, Bob! Enjoyed reading the piece, and I hope you feel better!
You got it, Bob. Thanks for writing articles that are fun to work with.