I depart from my usual prattling about cooking disasters and other such nonsense to speak about something else. The Packers. :)
Sport. The very word brings about this sickness to my soul. Certainly sport can mean camaraderie, teamwork, exercising...like when I was playing ultimate frisbee, etc. But the professional type of sport, like American Football, kills me. Mostly because of the money. Who profits? Who benefits? Who invests? Who loses? The money. Money that could be spent on so many other things. I'm partial to education myself... Maybe healthcare or ending poverty? So much more seems worthy of money than a leisure sport. Yet...
The Green Bay Packers. My first memories of the team are completely intertwined with my memories of family. Every Sunday, we would be together at my grandma and grandpa's house to watch the game. Upstairs, Grandma would be in the den with Aunt S reading the Sunday paper while myself and younger cousins were squished on the couch or on the floor. We laughed and yelled and I generally had no idea what was going on. Grandma often left the room to sit in the other room because she couldn't handle the game and would always talk about how Uncle H jumped so hard he "broke the chair at the old house." Downstairs, in the basement, Grandpa, Uncle B, and often my dad and Uncle H would be watching 3 TV's. The TV that worked was on top of the 2 broken TV's below. They would go in the back room to get beers from the case of Red, White and Blue which was my grandpa's favorite. We as kids would run down and get Little Debbie desserts from grandpa and at the end of the game there was always KFC or Hansen's chicken. The men always got the breasts and we got the legs or thighs! Family was the Packers the Packers are family and the synapses in my mind have inextricably connected the two.
Fast forward to today. Today is the day after the Packer vs. Dallas win. I sat on my phone last night for an hour and today for an hour reading tweets about the game? I mean, what gives? :) I still generally don't know what's going on and I really don't care about football (including the Badgers) but I do kind of care about the Packers. After the game yesterday, I immediately thought I needed to watch the game at Uncle J's, to be with family! And even though Aaron Rodgers is no Brett Favre, I hope they win next week! GO PACK GO!