Name of the Game

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Hanging on the office wall, reflections and all…

For this week’s photo challenge of NAME, I chose to take this photo as “my team” prepares for an NFL play-off game at home, on Sunday.

Readers and followers of MJM know that I am a life-long Green Bay Packer fan and generally love the sport of football, both pro and college. I attended games annually (once a year with the girls) at Lambeau Field for a good chunk of Brett Favre’s tenure at quarterback. I haven’t been so fortunate during the Aaron Rodger’s period as tickets have become too high-priced for my pocketbook. I did go to a pre-season game last year via a neighbor’s generosity, but Aaron didn’t take the field on that day.

Lambeau Field is a special place for fans of the green and gold. Lambeau’s history is long and rich, with many notable players and coaches standing on its field.

“The home field of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League, Lambeau Field, opened 60 years ago in 1957 as City Stadium, replacing the original City Stadium at East High School as the Packers’ home field. Informally known as New City Stadium for its first eight seasons, it was renamed in August 1965 in memory of Packers founder, player, and long-time head coach, Curly Lambeau, who had died two months earlier.

Lambeau Field is the oldest continually operating NFL stadium. In 2007, the Packers completed their 51st season at Lambeau, breaking the all-time NFL record set by the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field.

Although the capacity has more than doubled since Lambeau Field was opened, demand for tickets remains high. The Packers have sold out every game since 1960, and at least 115,000 names are on the waiting list (with a reported average wait time of 30 years).”  ~ Wikipedia~

I can attest that there is nothing like stepping inside the home stadium of your favorite sports team. The first time I did, I experienced goose bumps and the odor of food-cooking tailgaters. The Packers didn’t win every single time I sat through a game, but I would say that most often they did. No matter what, the joyous feeling of being at a game with the other crazy fans, yelling DEE-FENCE at the top of my lungs, and smelling concession-stand sausage never gets old. I’ve been to Lambeau when the temperature is 70F and I’ve been to Lambeau when it’s 25F and snowing. Some fans have sat through the bitter cold at Lambeau, which is also referred to as “The Frozen Tundra.” A historic 1967 championship game between the Packers and Dallas Cowboys, known as “The Ice Bowl,” when the kickoff temperature was -13F (-25C), helped to cement The Frozen Tundra of Lambeau as one of the coldest stadiums in which to play football.

NOTE: I refuse to go sit outside at Lambeau when it’s sub-zero and that may make me a bad fan, but I believe in keeping all of my fingers and toes in the warmth of the living room and on the safety of the couch.

In closing, if you are a Green Bay Packer fan who has never been to Lambeau, I highly encourage you to experience this venue at least once. Come in October or early November if you want to avoid the really cold weather. Come an hour or two before the game to wander through the tailgaters (some may invite you for a drink or a game of corn hole). Come and see the crazy fans with faces painted, special outfits and cheeseheads. Come and walk inside Lambeau and feel the electricity. Come watch the Packers win.

Go Pack Go!


This post has been brought to you by The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge. Click HERE to check out the other NAME submissions for this week.

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26 responses to Name of the Game

  1. Dan Antion says:

    This is a great post and that’s a great photo! I’ve never been to Lambeau, but I’ve seen the Steelers play at Forbes Field, Pitt Stadium, Three Rivers Stadium and Heinz Field and I know that feeling very well. I’ve been to see the Pirates play in three stadiums as well, but there’s nothing like football. Go Pack (for now) – I’m hoping this is our year, Mary.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Wow, you’ve been around to the stadiums, Dan. I would expect that a home game for both Packer and Steeler fans is a very similar feel…except we wave the fake cheese rather than towels. It’s our year Dan…We have to believe!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      WooHoo! It’s time the Packers handed the Giants a reason to go home with tails between their legs.

  2. Hi, MJ. I don’t do sports. Not even a little bit. But I love me the taste of a stadium hot dog. Too bad I’ve gone vegetarian.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I love the smell of brats, but I rarely eat them due to the high fat and calorie content. I allow myself two or three brats a year, during the summer. I haven’t gone vegetarian, but I’ve gone organic with meats and veggies. At least I feel I’m eating better.

  3. Phil Ryan says:

    One of my big brothers took me to Elland Road for a reserve team game when I was about 8. Leeds v Bury. I’ll never forget walking up the steps at the back of the stand to see the lush green pitch for the first time. That I would one day play in a school’s cup final on that same hallowed turf as a 15 year old. Ah, you can’t beat a full sports stadium and a home team success 🙂 Good luck to your team on Sunday, Mary 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I had to read a bit about Elland Road as I’m not familiar with it. I can understand why you call it hallowed turf…it’s been in existence for much longer than Lambeau. Thanks for the good luck wishes, Phil, and I’m glad you had the good fortune and ability to play in Elland.

  4. joey says:

    For a football post, that wasn’t too bad 😉
    I feel ya on the tickets thing. When I was a student, I could go to a game, and get a beer and a slice of pizza for less than $20. Is more like $60 now (paying alumni price) but in the rest of the world, beer and pizza don’t have such a high mark-up…but what a pretty new stadium we have… :/
    I can’t fathom what professional tickets cost now.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The value of the pre-season game last year was about $72.00. That was the cost of a regular season ticket 10 years ago, so I have no idea what the cost is now. I’m sure the cheap seats have to be a least $90. For that amount of money, I can go out for a nice dinner and put $60 in the bank.

  5. LB says:

    I would love to go to Lambeau, even on the coldest day. What a thrill that would be!!
    Congrats to the Packers!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Lambeau is a very special place, maybe one day you can make it there. Go Pack…Time to kick some Cowboy butt.

      • LB says:

        As i lifelong hater of the Cowboys (hate in the football sense of course), I’ll be pulling hard for Green Bay!

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Awesome! The last thing I want is a Cowboys and Patriots super bowl. Any other team, like the Packers!

      • LB says:

        As we Washington fans say “ABD” or even “ABC” …. anyone but 🙂

  6. I’m a huge Packer fan as well, Mary, but this weekend will be a tough one. We’re Ohio State fans (although my college fb heart is in Nebraska) and so we’re loving what Zeke’s doing at Dallas this year. It’s one of the those games where we’ll be good with whichever team wins, yet hate that one has to lose. That’s the flip side of the games where we don’t want either team to win. 🙂 I’d love to see a game at Lambeau some day, but it’s not likely to happen.

    janet

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Janet, may the best team win in Dallas. I’m hoping it’s the Packers, but glad you can enjoy the game and be happy with any outcome. Takes the anxiety out of it, right?

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