Greetings from the Frozen Tundra, friends!
And what a match-up week 11 brings to us! The Battle of the Bays!
Green Bay vs. Tampa Bay at Lambeau Field.
Okay, so we have the 9-0 Packers against the 4-5 Buccaneers this week. Some folks around the great state of Wisconsin have been saying that this is not even going to be a challenge for the Pack.
You know the guys I'm talking about, right?
These are the same guys that go to a Packers game at Lambeau in December and don't wear a shirt. While they are watching the game at home they probably are not wearing a shirt. And for the all important run outside to flip the brats on the grill, just to simulate being at Lambeau. Still no shirt.
These are the Packers Nation die-hards, if I may.
The people that I have talked to have declared that the Pack should send in their number twos because this is just a warm-up for the Packers, a scrimmage if you will. The dropped passes, the play and communication breakdowns, the general youth of the Bucs have all been thrown out in discussions about the game this week.
Another reason? Josh Freeman, quarterback of the Buccaneers, has a serious lack of experience in playing at Lambeau Field. It's loud there, the fans are nearly rabid (beer consumption plus love of the Packers equals great fun for visiting teams) and, the other secret weapon: the weather.
Okay, I exaggerate a little. If they truly hated the Buccaneers, they would've scheduled this match-up for late December or early January when the weather in Wisconsin can be best described as, shall we say, blustery and a bit chilly.
The Wisconsin English to regular American English translation of the above statement (ie. blustery and a bit chilly) is:
"You are going to step outside and wish to the heavens above that you had eaten that second helping last night, as you have heard that extra fat on your body is indeed an insulator against the cold. It is so darn miserably cold outside that the tip of your nose is going to freeze off your body, but you have no choice of staying indoors, as you have to shovel three feet of snow off your car or run the risk of losing your job because there is NO WAY that your boss is going to understand that only THREE FEET OF SNOW is a good excuse for you not coming to work."
Did you get that? Suck it up, Buttercup. Snow is no excuse, I've been told, for not coming to work.
Does anyone remember Shaun King? He was the starting quarterback for the Bucs from 1999 to 2003. Shaun King grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and played college football at Tulane. During one interview, prior to cold weather team game (which may or may not have been the Green Bay Packers), he made a statement that he had never seen snow before and was looking forward to seeing it. After playing in the snow, he was not so enthusiastic about it.
Josh Freeman played at Kansas State. He knows cold. But, does he remember it?
Does he remember that receivers, who are not used to catching the equivalent of a hard, frozen Butterball turkey that slightly resembles a football hurtling towards them at about twenty miles per hour, have a hard time catching said football in the cold?
Does he remember the utter misery of having a cold wind wreaking havoc on a perfectly thrown spiral?
Aaron Rodgers knows how cold weather games are played. Thank goodness he's had a few years of freezing, bitterly cold winters under his belt. Hey, Aaron, most people go AWAY from Wisconsin in the winter, you know. Thanks for hanging around!
So, let us see how much fun Charles Woodson can have with Josh Freeman today. Let us see how many times we see Josh Freeman fleeing from Clay Matthews. While running from Clay Matthews will warm you up, Josh, hitting the ground when he sacks you is going to hurt.
It's this type of cold weather game that probably makes the Bucs' cheerleaders grateful that they only cheer during home games.
A brief comparison if I may: My beloved aunts, who are both slightly off their rockers, took my elderly grandparents, Jiggs and Ethel, to the local Hooters for Jiggs' 85th birthday. While Jiggs was truly interested in what was going on around him, he was too fearful of his feisty 80 year old wife to really look. Meanwhile, Ethel WAS looking at the Hooters girls. Her main comment about the waitresses? "Those girls didn't have enough clothes on! I was afraid they were going to catch a cold!"
Yeah. This really happened. A good time was had by all.
Any who, with the pregame starting, let's warmly welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to our beloved state, friends! Because, with the weather in Green Bay being forecast as a HIGH of 35-38 degrees today, that may be the only warmth the Bucs find today.
Bucs fans? This is t-shirt weather to us. You, however, may want to locate a pair of long johns and a Snuggie.
Go Pack, go!