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Greetings from the slightly less Frozen Tundra, friends!
Spring has sprung, as some wise sage once said, and with that, the snowbanks outside are slowly melting, turning my front yard into Lake Moen-Kadlec. While I am very happy that the winter is now officially "over," I fear that if you drove by my house, you may see me out in the front yard with the hound, wearing arm floaties and hip waders, canoeing to my car. Ahh, spring in Wisconsin...
Anywho, it seems that the NFL players, league and owners are still involved in the proverbial peeing match. It seems that there have been letters written from the league to the players, and a response from the players to the league. Neither side is ready to say "uncle" yet, and with an impending court date, the phrase "You may speak to my lawyer" seems to be the gist of the conversation. Great... Because we all know that having lawyers and government mediators involved is such a good sign that things are going to be okay, right?
Sorry for the oozing sarcasm, friends. Here, allow me to get that for you.
So, with that being said, in my search for football in the fall of 2011, I have stumbled across an option for Green Bay Packer fans! It would be a relatively painless transition, and you wouldn't have to buy different clothes! Purchase a few boxes of clothes dye and you will be ready to rock! Who, you may ask, could the Packers faithful follow?
The University of Georgia-Athens Bulldogs!
Let us compare, shall we?
I had the privilege of living in Monroe and Norcross, Georgia for short period of time. One of the best memories that I have of this time period is driving from Atlanta to Monroe, and seeing the Bulldog faithful on their way to a game, wearing the red and black and honking their horns and screaming out their car windows. I remember watching MILES of UGA faithful passing our car on game day. "Go DAWGS!" indeed!
This appeals to me, as a fan of the Green Bay Packers. If you live in Wisconsin, and have had the privilege of attending a game at either Lambeau Field or County Stadium in Milwaukee, you have seen this firsthand. People attending the games are dressed to the hilt in green and gold, unless it is hunting season. Then, you will see fans in blaze orange, with the green and gold underneath in layers. You know, undershirt, long-john shirt and pants, short sleeve shirt, long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, jacket. Packer fans are generally known as beer swilling, brat consuming, rabid fans. What is a little known fact is that the majority of Packer fans weigh 100 pounds but due to the weather conditions, we look a lot bigger due to our layering strategy.
I'm just playing. We love beer and brats, which can be detrimental to any diet. As a fan of the Packers, we are legally obligated to consume one or both at least once per month or we could potentially forfeit our fan status. As we have consumed so many beers and brats during our lives, we could potentially expire from lack of beer or brats, if we, for some silly reason, decided to not consume these items.
And don't forget about some more daring fans not wearing shirts at all! Those fans are still in green and gold body paint (freezing temperatures can turn skin a nice hint of bluish-green, after all... And if the game goes into overtime, you may notice that skin can turn a nice gold hue prior to freezing solid and falling off, or so I have been told). This would not be a challenge in Georgia, as the games are played in a Southern climate, which may be a bit warmer than November in Green Bay.
Another helpful transition point is the helmet itself for the Bulldogs. A giant "G? on the helmet? Hey, I can relate to that. Just change up the colors (thus the box of Rit dye)! Easy transition!
The Bulldogs also have a proud athletic tradition, which fans of the Packers can also relate to. Titletown, anyone?
I realize that some of my fellow Wisconsinsites may have issues with supporting a Georgia college team, as we have the Badgers here. After all, the Badgers were in the Rose Bowl this year, and had a great season. However, as we wait for the fall, it is important to consider all options.
Go Dawgs! Or Badgers! Whichever. Football is football, right? Right?
Have a good week.