August 6, 2021

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It’s not just the plays. It’s memories they…

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It’s not just the plays. It’s memories they...



I started listening (no TV) to Packers games around 1950. I would walk to the junior high school on Tuesday evening when they showed a film of the previous Badger game. Neither my mother nor I gave a second thought to a 12-year-old wandering around the city in the evening. My favorite game has to be the Washington Monday night game. That game had everything – offense, defense, superior effort and a giant flub. Green Bay/Dicky 48, Washington/Theismann 47 on a missed last second field goal.

I have been a Packers fan since 1972. My favorite regular season game was the season finale vs. Detroit in 2014 and I was sitting in the Lambeau Leap zone front row. Beautiful snowflakes falling with no wind on the beautiful December evening. Rodgers to Randall Cobb for a TD in the second quarter had Cobb starting toward me for the leap when he looked back at Rodgers on the ground and ran back to go check on him. Rodgers returning in the second half on a bad calf for the win was magical.

The two games that mean the most were at least 40 years apart. My dad had company seats near midfield when I was about five, the Packers fielded a punt and the crowd stood as the returner weaved through the defense and all I could see was butts. My dad hoisted me up just in time to witness the touchdown at the other end. Fast forward to the preseason, Packers vs. Colts, Rodgers vs. Manning. I was able to relive the moment with my own son, as the returner scored my boy was in the air to see it.

Agustin from Monterrey, Mexico

I’ve been a Packers fan for 32 years. My favorite regular-season game is Oct. 14, 1996, the 49ers at the Packers. One of my fondest memories with my now-late dad. I was so nervous we were losing almost all the game and he didn’t stop telling me “Easy boy, they got this. It’s still time, this is not over until it’s over, even the last minute have 60 seconds,” and stuff like that. I still can remember my excitement at the end of the game and he looking at me and saying: “So, I told you.”

I’m a 29-year Packers fan, and my all-time favorite regular season game was October 2, 2014, against the Vikings; the first game at Lambeau I ever attended. My wife got us tickets for my 30th birthday, so we drove cross-country from L.A. in our old Astro van that we made into a camper for the week. The game was perfect: Rodgers, Nelson, and Peppers blew out the Vikings on a drizzly fall night, and the atmosphere in the stadium reminded me of high school games in my small Midwest hometown. I was home.

Kevin from Santa Rosa, CA

I’m 64 and a fan all my life. My wife, son and I were at the final game of 2003. GBP vs. Denver and Minnesota at the last place Cards. If Minnesota loses, we make the playoffs. Toward the end of the game, we were all watching Vikings game on the monitors of the sky boxes. The players didn’t know why everyone was cheering GO CARDS GO! The Cards scored on the final play and won 18-17! Lambeau went crazy and the celebration was on! We still talk about that game and how much fun we had! A great family memory.

Woody from Kill Devil Hills, NC

I’ve been a Packer fan for at least 60 years (I don’t remember much from before age 10) but remember watching TV with my dad and brothers in the ’60s. My favorite game is Nov 15, 1970. Not just because we beat the Bears, but also watching the game from the sideline as part of the halftime UWGB marching band. Because of that game, I met my lady love, also in the marching band. After a 40-year hiatus, we reconnected. Now 50 years later, we are together again and attend at least one game a year.

My dad had tried out with the Pack and stayed on as a trainer. Years later, in 1962, we went to a Lions game at Lambeau. We sat under the press box. Every so often, there was a knock on the glass a someone got up and went inside, never to be seen again. My dad was one of these guys. Later, we found out they were taking Polaroid pictures to the sideline. It was better watching the game from the sideline. Paul Horning kicked three field goals to beat the Lions 9-7.

Old City stadium. Tobin Rote vs Bobby Layne. I was 9 years old. The hook is deeply imbedded in my green-and-gold blood. (Editor’s note: Holy guacamole! You’ve put your years in, Tom.)

Brian from Twain Harte, CA

I was born a Packers fan 61 years ago. My dad once owned a Packer bar in San Jose, CA. My favorite regular-season game was the Monday night scoring fest against Washington. I watched it on a 10-inch black and white TV in my apartment. On Mark Moseley’s final kick, my nose was inches away from the TV screen. Go Pack Go.

Derek from Maple Grove, MN

I’ve truly been a Packers fan since January 1997. I was 12 years old at the time and my family had decided we needed to move to a different city for the fourth time in my life. One of the last things we did before the move was attend a Super Bowl party at one of my good friend’s house. I can still remember watching Desmond Howard return that kick to seal the deal. We moved to Minnesota two weeks later, buy my heart is still tattooed green and gold!

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