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Football Fan Fatigue

Go Pack GoIn Wisconsin they talk about Election Fatigue because of election on top of election on top of election.   Vote.  Recall.  Vote Again.  And there are yet more to come.

But as a football fan in Wisconsin, I think I am under “Big Game” football fan fatigue.

Late October, Bucky lost to Michigan State in OT.  Badgers then lost to Ohio State in OT while Luke and I are at Camp Randall in November.  Packers lose to Giants; actually get destroyed.  Bucky lost to Penn State in OT.  Then a stressful game against the Bears for the Packers.

Bucky comes back strong against Nebraska to win the Big Title Championship game.

Packers lose to the Vikings to gain a first round bye

Bucky lost their third straight Rose Bowl.

I am exhausted.  I have watched each game.  Put on all the team apparel l I have for each one of these game.  And now I need to get ramped up on four days rest for a NFL playoff game??

Not too mention I now need to start supporting the Badger basketball team.

Being a fan is a tough job, but someone has to do it!!

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Bucky in Indy

Last time Bucky played Sparty in Indianapolis, the Big Ten Title was on the line.  It was football.  But the game was classic.  Gus Johnson called the game and was in top form.  Montee Ball had 4 TD’s, their was a late Hail Mary from Wilson.  But everyone will remember this play:

That game was December 3rd.

Fast forward.  The Super Bowl was also played in Indy.  We decided to go the week before the Super Bowl and take in the sites which also included a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium.  The Super Bowl was February 5th, basically 2 months after the Big 10 Championship game.

During our trip inside Lucas Oil, we were able to go into the Visitor’s locker room, which was going to be the Giants for the Super Bowl but was also the Badgers for the Big Ten title and was also the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans on back to back weekends also in December.

We were a little surprised when we found this

laying on the floor in the coaches room just sitting there.  Two months later, two other games later.

Let’s just hope Bucky hoops can leave their same mark on Indy


NFL Experience

The boy turns 10 and it would only be fitting that we travel as a family and do something fun for it. We traveled to Indianapolis for the NFL Experience in the Indianapolis Convention Center and then had a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium the next day.

We had a spectacular time and there was a ton to do.  In a way it was a blessing that it was only in the low 30’s otherwise we could have stayed two more days to do more of the outside activities.  So much fun that we discussed going to this event when it is held in other cities.

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Super Bowl Champions Wrap Up

Nothing like a solid 6 game win streak to end the season.  The last loss  was the 2nd one of back to back losses where people, including

Need to stop Eye Glare!

me, thought that the ship was taking on too much water.  Those were to the Lions at Detroit and to the Patriots at New England.  The later was with Matt Flynn at starter.

Now to the game itself….tons of commentary, and these are in no particular order.

  • The FG attempt by Suisham was a head scratcher.  A 51 yard attempt is not all that unusual but when you had stopped the Packers offensively and had forced 2 straight punts, just seemed a little odd
  • Looked like the Steelers gave up on the run too soon.  Thought they were exploiting the right side pretty well
  • Time Management was something we thought the Packers were weak on, but turns out it was the Steelers that burned precious time down the stretch.

    Channeling the inner Reggie White

  • Drops…I am not sure how A-Rodg does not blow someone up big time with Jones and Jordy dropping so many passes.  A-Rodg should have been close to 400 yards passing.  I am not sure that I have seen that many balls all season be on the hands and dropped.
  • Disappointed that a screen was not run late in the game.  Thought the drive that ended in a FG could have had a screen on first down
  • Had to channel Reggie White in the 4th.  Left the signed helmet in the case, but made people touch the case and held on to it in one hand in the 4th quarter
  • Packers had a great deal of Run/Pass balance in the previous 3 playoff games.  Not in the SuperBowl.  11 Attempts.  But I thought they were at the right time and Starks did a great job of performing when needed.
  • No stats in the box score for John Kuhn
  • Desmond Bishop probably had his best game of the season.  Three tackles for a loss.  Does that make the Packers the only team with two different Desmond’s to have Super Bowl rings

    Super Bowl Champs

  • Obvious play of the game is Matthew’s hit on Mendenhall to force the fumble.  When Woodson goes out of the game at half, someone needed to make a play
  • I know that this gets a lot of play because every team that wins says this, but I thought that they really played as a TEAM all season.  Now one person bigger than the system.  No one player bigger than the rest.  No one player thinking his stuff does not stink.  In an era where we have a group of NBA players that look for more attention, the Packers have a solid core of TEAM first guys.  This has to be Ted making sure he gets quality individuals into the system.

Back to Normal until February 5th

Now that the Big Game is over, we can all go back to our normal lives….that is until February 5th.  We can only hope that it has a similar outcome to that of the last time the Packers played indoors for the Super Bowl.  ((Side note…a little excited to see the Black Eyed Peas at Halftime.))

I really hope that some of the Bears fans do gets some counseling before the 2011-2012 season starts.  All the venom and hatred directed towards the coaching staff and players, it just cannot be good.  I do realized that calling timeout and then trying to run a slow developing end around with Earl Bennett did not turn out what you were hoping for, but Martz would not have called it if he did not think it would work.

Now I am sure you can point to other things as well, not kicking a FG to get on the board in the second quarter, phantom pass interference while covering James Jones, maybe the helmet to helmet roughing the passer call…all played a part.  But I think the better team on that day won.  Just like when Bucky lost to TCU, I was not bitter.  The better team won on that day.

But no matter what, the best play of the day was when Brandon Jackson made Brian Urlacher go back to pick up his jock.  And NO, that is not my commentary in the audio.  Great stuff…and yes I know he later had a pick, and yes I know he is still good.


BIG Game

The big game is this week. Winner to the Super Bowl, loser is just that, a loser

I have not been trashing talking anyone or anything the past few weeks. Karma is a bitch when it bites you in the ass!!

For Christmas I got a Clay Matthews jersey and I have not let Michelle wash it yet because the Packers keep winning and I am afraid

Clay Matthews #52

of having all the positive mojo taken off the jersey.

I believe, like Kevin Costner does in Bull Durham, in the streak. You just do not mess with it. So I have been wearing the same shirt each game day.

On paper, the Packers are better in almost every major statistical category except for maybe punt return average and run defense….besides that they are better than the Bears.

And if the watched the Bear/Seahawks you noticed the Bear put some more gimmick offense in the mix by running the Wildcat three times including a Matt Forte INT. Has to be for potential schemes this week.

The real Jay Cutler will show up Sunday. We all know it. Packers should win easily. They are the better team.


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