September in Wisconsin: Football Displaces Baseball Once Again

Tim SeemanAnalyst ISeptember 20, 2008

Earlier this summer, when Brett Favre really started pushing for a return to the NFL, I wrote this article. At that time, the Brewers were riding high and tied for the division lead in the NL Central, and every day it seemed the Packers' 2008 campaign was getting closer and closer to the toilet.

Two short months later, the landscape of Wisconsin sports is much more recognizable.

The Packers are off to a great start behind great quarterback play. Of course, it's not the usual suspect. The number four has been replaced by a 12, but the Packer offense truly hasn't missed a beat.

These days, it's getting harder and harder to tell the difference between JJ Hardy and Royce Clayton. It might as well be Alex Sanchez, Jeffrey Hammonds, and Brady Clark in the outfield. They've been that bad.

What makes this September worse for the Brewers is how August went for the club. They went 20-7, one of the best months in franchise history. This month, they've only won four games and looked like the worst team in all of baseball.

Sunday will go a long way in determining who will hold the attention of Wisconsinites until November.

The Brewers play in a must-win game against Cincinnati, and the Packers play in the Tussle at the Tundra against an elite Dallas team under the watchful eyes of Al Michaels and John Madden. If Milwaukee loses and Green Bay wins, Wisconsin will remember how it was in the mid to late 1990's.

Those were the days when the Packers ruled the state and the Brewers stood by, waiting for baseball's regular season to mercifully end so that they could join their fans in watching the Packers every weekend.