I don't usually use this Digital Notebook to blather on about me or my opinions or allegiances, but this Super Bowl weekend I must. I am a Packer fan. I have no choice, it's in my blood.
I was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin and sent home in a green and gold baby blanket. My high school years were spent as a Green Bay Preble High School “Hornet” in a green and gold uniform. I played a high school championship football game on the “frozen tundra of Lambeau Field”. In grade school we would say a prayer for the Packers on Friday afternoons during football season. I was as the famous “Ice Bowl” NFL Championship game and I nearly froze to death.
Back in the 1970's when I was reporting in Green Bay, I recall airing a story comparing the rituals of religion to the passion and traditions of Green Bay Packer fans. It analyzed the gathering on a Sunday in a large group to worship a common hero or God. Of course, the tailgating is part of the Packer tradition too, and I have eaten many bratwursts before, during and after a game. The Packers are part of Green Bay's civic culture.
I know each of you has your own special team. I think it's great! The passion for sport and loyalty is important. It was very important to me as a boy growing up in “Titletown, USA”. Now, my Packers have a chance to add to the legacy and I hope they do.
Sitting right here in the KUSI newsroom is a co-worker who is wearing his Pittsburgh Steeler jersey. It would be no fun if everyone cheered for the Packers, so we need at least one fan to back the Steelers. I knew we would find at least one. Go Packers