With another Packer Sunday in Green Bay on our doorstep, I thought I would share my experience from last Sunday. It was random and unexpectedly awesome.
It’s rarely 75 degress on October 11th. On top of the beautiful weather, we had family pictures on the agenda for late morning, and the Packers kicked off at noon. Fall is truly a special time in Green Bay. There are very few places I’d rather be.
As family pictures wrapped up on the picturesque St. Norbert College campus, two F-18 jets swept the sky accompanied by an eruption of sound…Packer Sunday flyover! Kids of all ages stared to the heavens.
At home, the game provided a center of attention as the many weekend to-dos got done. Our house and lives are too busy right now on most Sundays to truly sit down and fully absorb football. No complaints, just reality of life with two energetic young men and a wicked smart full time grad school student/full time mom/part time R.N. wife.
The third quarter entered its final minutes with the Packers leading 21-10 and my prospects of running that day were growing grim. On a whim, I decided to sacrifice watching the fourth quarter. I hit the trail with earbuds implanted. Crisp leaves under foot, smokey taste in the air, and football in my ears. Life was good!
Vague sounds of Lambeau cheers could be heard from the farm fields I traversed. Though 10 miles away, at moments, I felt like I was in section 103. Smiling bicyclists passed in Packer jerseys generously sharing upward facing thumbs. A small portion of the trail was blazen with green and gold chalk spelling out GO PACK GO!
Only in Green Bay can a mid-afternoon run become a religious football experience. The only thing missing was an ice cold beer. Next time.
Watching the game at home…great!
Witnessing the game at Lambeau…awesome!!
Experiencing the game while out for a run…unexpectedly priceless!!!
This is Titletown. Football is everywhere. You can’t even run from it 🙂