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Sports news (with added cuteness, perhaps)

I'm not the world's most fervent (American) football fan. Living in Detroit, where the home team hasn't won a championship since Eisenhower was president, how could one be? But this year it was easy to get somewhat hooked on superlatives; one team on the verge of a completely undefeated season, including the playoffs (that would be the New England Patriots), and one team playing in a refrigerator — that would be the Green Bay Packers. (Green Bay is located in Wisconsin, and is in no way to be mistaken for warm in January.)

Except Green Bay lost the semifinal tonight, even though the weather, −4°F during the game, with a wind chill of −24°, seemed to be in their favor. Cold, frozen heartbreak abounds.
stuffed bear in Green Bay Packer outfit with words Packer Bear Sad Now
Packer Bear came from my mom, who won him in a raffle at her apartment building last year. Back in the day of the great quarterback Bart Starr, Mom was a fan of the Packers. (Mr. Starr was quite the dashing sort back then, which helped catch Mom's eye, perhaps.) She gave me the Packer Bear because she didn't really have any place for it in her apartment, and it seemed a little too big to give to an infant, which my great niece Sophia was at the time.

Anyway, in case you came here to learn this (as if), it will be New England (the undefeated team) versus the New York Giants in the Super Bowl in two weeks. For their reward, they get to play in sunny, warm suburban Phoenix, Arizona, a huge improvement over the wintry conditions both teams suffered today. (It was also very cold in Boston, where New England defeated San Diego earlier today.)

That's probably more than anyone wanted to hear about football, eh?



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Jan. 21st, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Football? What's that?

I thought a Packer Bear would be a sort of oxymoron. Well, at least the moron part, except he should be wearing one of those stupid cheesehead hats then, to hide the fact that he's actually a Bear.

The whole business is as nonsensical to me as the above paragraph. ;p
Jan. 21st, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
If this one had a cheesehead hat, I would not have taken him. :) And yeah, Packer... Bear seems kind of wrong (for those who don't know, Chicago's football team is the Bears and they are arch-rivals of the Packers). What's worse is, there's probably a bear in the same product line that's dressed up in a Detroit Lions outfit, too -- but a bear, of course, not a lion.
Jan. 21st, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Damn. And I think a lion would be much cuter. Bears are a dime a dozen. ;p
Jan. 21st, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
I think it's because the NFL didn't consistently choose critter names for teams. Sure, there are the Bears, the Lions, the Jaguars, the Eagles, the Broncos... but then there Jets, the Patriots, the Bills (say what? Out of context with the city name, that makes no sense at all), and the Browns -- no critter on Earth to match those. So bears make a good default, I guess.

(The Bills are in Buffalo, btw.)
Jan. 21st, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
(The Bills are in Buffalo, btw.)

Thanks for that, I really wouldn't have known. I dunno, what do they use for an on-field mascot? Surely they have one, every team seems to. The Jets would be an animated plush airplane, no? The Patriots a MinuteMan with a wooden practice rifle. The Bills.... Hmmmm.... A sack of mail stamped OVERDUE and PLEASE REMIT? No, it would be an action figure of Buffalo Bill Cody, of course. Or just a buffalo would do. The Browns are indeed a problem I guess. Several suggestions that come to mind would never fly or even crawl. But they must have a mascot critter too. In fact, isn't it a dog, maybe a bulldog? That seems right for some reason, though I do my best to avoid professional sports if at all possible.
Jan. 21st, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
The Bills use a buffalo, which is maybe the only instance where the logo comes from the city not the team. I bet not many people would go to see a team whose logo was a stack of bills that need paying. :)

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns don't seem to have a critter or anything... just an orange football helmet for a logo.

The Denver Broncos have a horse's head as a logo. But the Indianapolis Colts have a horseshoe.

I don't know what on-field mascots any team has, but I'm sure there are plenty of critters there. I was wondering if the cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills were the Buffalo Gals.
Jan. 21st, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
A Packer teddy bear..... you know, if I was anybody else.....
Jan. 21st, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
... I should fear for the safety of my little Packer Bear?
Jan. 22nd, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Side note on the game in Arizona: I found it amusing that the venue for the Big Game will be The University Of Phoenix Stadium. Sounds like they took over a college arena, right? Nope.

The aforementioned school is the same one with campuses all over the country - but without a single sports team or even an athletic department. The name of the city's local pro stadium was bought & paid for in the grand tradition of Comerica Park, RCA Dome, and Heinz Field. (Hmm.. does the latter venue have 57 varieties? Just wondering...)
Jan. 22nd, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
I'd heard the University of Phoenix mentioned somewhere, but I didn't pay enough attention to put the two together... that's just weird.

The players won't care. It'll be warm, they'll be happy. At least until one team loses, that is.
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