Tuesday, January 22, 2008

the green bay

mixed and to be honest not ultra-intense feelings about the Giants' impressive OT win over Green Bay the other night - obv psyched for the Giants and for the chance to beat those overrated goons from New England, but it's hard to feel super good about beating the Packers, esp on their home turf, and even moreso after reading their wikipedia entry! did you know that

...the Packers are the only non-profit, community owned professional sports team in the US?

...the Packers have sold out every game at Lambeau Field since 1960?

...the waiting list for season tickets is over 74,000 people long, which is more than Lambeau's capacity? the entire population of Green Bay is only 102,000!

...the waiting time for season tickets is estimated at about 35 years, so
"is not unusual for fans to designate a recipient of their season tickets in their wills or place newborn infants on the waiting list after receiving birth certificates.[9]"

"During training camp in the summer months (held outside the Don Hutson Center), young Packers fans can take their bikes and have their favorite player ride their bike to the practice field from the locker room. This is an old Packers tradition dating back to approximately 1957 (the first years of Lambeau Field's existence). Gary Knafelc, a Packers end at the time, said, "I think it was just that kids wanted us to ride their bikes. I can remember kids saying, 'Hey, ride my bike.'" The practice continues today.[12]"

seriously, (re)read this inspiring and powerful SI feature on Brett Favre and the Packers and their relationship with the people of Green Bay if you dare, you WILL cry. my heart goes out to all the Cheeseheads on this sad day, if it is any consolation please know that the sacred bond that you enjoy with your team is so awesome in its power and uniqueness that this bummer of a total choke-job by your QB hero is kind of meaningless in the grand scheme of things! you are all winners ('winners')! fuck the Pats!

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