Heading North from downtown Milwaukee, with very light traffic. Usually, it’s much heavier for our “Gold” package season ticket games (mostly people from Milwaukee who had season tickets when they used to play in County Stadium). But on Sunday, we went up in the morning for the 7:30 p.m. game.
This is what you see mostly between Milwaukee and Green Bay along interstate 43. This is Wisconsin... this is the heartland... this is America.
One of the reasons we came up early was to spend some quality time (and money) at the Packers Pro Shop at Lambeau Field.
We’ve seen this fellow at many Packers functions... from Fan Fest to the Shareholders’ Meeting, to game days.
Similar to Wrigley Field in Chicago, Lambeau is right in the middle of a residential area, so when you’re driving down Ridge Road, for example, suddenly there it is. How’d you like to have the Packers as your neighbors?
A few hours later, after settling into the hotel and watching the second half of the Vikings’ game on TV, it’s off to the game. Night games are always quite festive, and it’s neat to approach the stadium with all of the lights on.
Since it was the game a few days before Veterans’ Day, there were many military people on hand (as seen in the foreground above).
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” crew were set up behind the Cowboys’ bench area to do their pre-game broadcast.
Upon entering, each fan was given a yellow “Supporting Our Veterans” flag, which they were encouraged to wave for the cameras.
As at each home game, the Packers bring back alumni to be honored in the pre-game ceremonies and other events through the weekend. Above, Jess Whittenton was introduced. Whittenton was a playmaking cornerback for six seasons (1958-1964) in Green Bay, tallying 20 interceptions in just 88 games and recorded a career-high six interceptions in 1960. A three-time All-NFL performer and two-time Pro Bowler, Whittenton was a member of two Green Bay championships (1961 and 1962).
Tom Brown, a two-time Super Bowl champion, led the Packers defense for five seasons at cornerback. Playing in 70 games, Brown finished his career with 13 interceptions and six fumble recoveries. In 1968, he led the NFL with two non-offensive touchdowns — a fumble and punt return for a score.
Forrest Gregg, who was described by Vince Lombardi as “the finest player I ever coached,” played in 187 consecutive games (1956, 1958-1970). Named All-Pro eight times and selected to nine Pro Bowl appearances, Gregg was voted to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team in 1994. Gregg continued his career with the Packers as head coach from 1984 to 1987.
This is the NBC remote-control camera that can be flown all around the field on a series of guide wires.
This is what is going on at the game while you’re watching commercials at home. Just a bunch of standing around.