Saturday, September 10, 2011

Now That's What I'm Talkin' About!

Like crazy people - very fortunate, tired, but happy crazy people - we drove up for the Packer's home opener against the New Orleans Saints in Green Bay Thursday night.



We left dreary, rainy (hey, I'm not complaining!) Kentucky before dawn and with just a quick stop in Chicago to pick up the Superbowl flag from City Boy, arrived in sunny Green Bay. The weather was perfect and the breeze was spot on for flying the flag waaaay above the car.

Excellent!



We were not the long distance award winners by any stretch.



20 went along and wore the Gilbert Brown (the only one that fits him :-) jersey with pride, sitting on top of the car with his legs dangling through the sun roof. The guys parked next to us saw him and got all excited and ran over to cross something off on their tailgate.

They play a game they made up - "Packo" - and on the way to the game, write down a bunch of obscure jerseys they think they'll never see. Gilbert was one. 20 was excited to be so popular. He was even more excited when an AP photographer stopped to take his picture! I need to look and see if he shows up anywhere.



Homer travels to every game as well and got a kick out of some Saints fans walking past our car and laughing at him and the huge Serta sheep knitting on the roof. "You gotta love these crazy Packer fans."



We were on the opposite side of the stadium from the big party (thank goodness!) and enjoyed a smaller band playing nearby throughout the afternoon. For one song a couple band members got up on a neighboring roof.

Here are a couple videos of my favorite band. We see these guys every game - they make the rounds through all the tailgating lots playing for tips. This is no small undertaking.





The tailgating in Green Bay is unbelievable. The stadium is in a residential area and everyone for blocks and blocks sets up their yards and garages for tailgating. When we went up for the snowy Championship game a few years ago, we were amazed to see how many folks plowed their yards and piled the snow in their driveways.



It was a perfect afternoon. Perfect timing, perfect weather, perfect music, perfect people all around us...and the game was even more perfect. The flyover was awesome, the two stadium card stunts were fabulous, the national anthem was classy, the cheerleaders - from the local college (I think, although they looked younger than that) - did a good job.

Both teams were exciting to watch, Randall Cobb (the "local boy" from UK) had an unbelievable game, Donald Driver (my jersey) tied the Packers all time receiving record and the thrilling defensive stop in the last 2 seconds was the icing on the cake. The whole trip was the highlight of the year...so far :-).



Headed home the next morning.
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19 comments:

farmlady said...

Good heavens... Kentucky to Wisconsin. You ARE "dyed in the wool" fans. Sorry cheese head sheep "20", sittin' on top of the car. Had to make a pun.
What a wild tailgate party you had.
Glad you had such a great time.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Sara -- glad you had such a good time and it was a great game to boot. Cobb sure proved he could run! Go Pack Go!

Jean - MN

Farmchick said...

Looks like such a great time. Love the knitting sheep!

Alice said...

I see that 20 has found a permanent profound Packers position. So glad he could dress for the occasion. Looks like lots of great memories were made. Happy to know you were a part of it all.

Sheepmom said...

Poor 20 - he had a wild tailgate party and you don't even give him sunglasses to wear in the SUNNY backseat going home? So glad you all had a good,fun time. You deserved it.

What was 20 knitting on, BTW?

gowestferalwoman said...

LOL Love this!

Some of the best Packer games I have been to, i cant seem to remember...tailgating before noon seems to do that to a person LOL If I would have seen you there with your Packer accessories, I certainly would have voted you in on the "Wisconsin cheesehead Island" fer sure...

flowerweaver said...

Love that you took 20 with you and that he was in the spirit! That's the first Cheesehead sheep I ever saw! The flag was a nice touch, too.

Deb W said...

What's that in 20's ear? An earring or his scrapie tag? Or is 20 a her?

thecrazysheeplady said...

That's a Serta tag, but scrapie tag...I LIKE it!

He, yes I think he's a he, and I are working on the B. Willard sweater. One sleeve done and the second one started. He knits faster than I do ;-).

Lori Skoog said...

You sure don't mess around! Real fans!

Terry said...

Thanks for the smiles.

Nancy K. said...

I have to admit, that sounds like almost as much fun as my walk! (details tomorrow)

Gayle said...

There are people in this world that really have that much fun. Again, my jealous knows no bounds.

Peruby said...

What a great time! You really know how to rock a tailgate party.

Dreaming said...

Sounds like you had a great time. I love that 20 was such a hit!

Jan baby said...

Ah, yes. Even I had a good time at the one Packer tailgate party I attended (being a Bear fan, it hurt). Poor 20, having to tote that HEAVY and unsightly cheesehead! Oh, well. Some 20's just have poor fashion sense. (You know I tease, you knew it was coming!) Missed you Friday. Hope all is well.

Ed said...

20 was the star of the tailgating, nothing like a tailgate party at Lambeau field, glad ya had a blast..:-)

linnea said...

That game was epic...

small farm girl said...

Your ate up with it. lol

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