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Discount double check
December 27, 2011 - Ron Deuter
Despite the lopsided game Sunday night, this bummed out Bears fan truly did enjoy his first ever visit to Lambeau.
From my perspective — as a former regular to Wrigley and someone whose been in attendance for more than one National Anthem at a sold-out Blackhawks games among other events — it’d be hard to argue that Lambeau is easily one of the best places to watch a game in all of sports.
Had good company all around for tailgating. Cold beverages, tons of food. Very cool watching the stadium come to life all lit up as the sun went down.
Seats were high — near the top — but a far cry from the upper, upper decks of some places I've been where the game can become a rumor and you fear leaning forward. I can’t imagine there is a bad view in Lambeau. Felt like we were right on top of everything.
Atmosphere was juiced and electric. Think pride, history and tradition meets Wisconsin’s largest block party.
The Green Bay Police Department reported officers made 20 arrests and 49 ejections during the game, a season high.
Majority of the Packers fans I encountered were good-natured in their ribbing of me and other Bears’ jersey-wearing visitors. Why kick a dog when it’s down, I suppose. Had the score been reversed, I’d imagine I wouldn’t have left the stadium in a dry Urlacher jersey.
The chorus of ‘Bears still suck’ late in the game was expected, and let’s be honest, hard to argue.
One cheer, which I heard a million times from the moment I parked my truck until the time I drove away was the ‘discount double-check’ lifted from an insurance company commercial featuring Aaron Rodgers.
Sounds dumb, but it and the accompanying championship belt move never got old.
Picture a person crossing a street and stopping mid-stride to do it in front of a cop. Comical. A girl standing up at a random quieter moment during the game. Humorous. Two friends locating each other from a distance on the concourse and doing it as a greeting. Too funny. A guy waiting in line for beer. Hilarious. An inebriated dude seemingly doing all he can to remain upright remembering to pull it off right before his turn at the urinal. Priceless.
The Packers’ win Sunday means the party on Lombardi is assured to carry on well into next month. But if I were a Packers fan, it would be hard not to be concerned that my team gave up 21 points to an offense of back-ups led by a guy who a few weeks earlier was teaching gym class. Then again, when your offense can seemingly score at will at home, who cares, right?
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