Life in Wisconsin just took a break for the press conference, carried live on probably every single station in the state. Those of us who weren't already crying in our cheese curds shed a few during Favre's emotional goodbye. It sure was a fun run, wasn't it?
Those of us in Cheese-land are calling everyone we know seeking consolation. I even woke up a friend in California to break the sad news. Her response? Completely out of character. Also completely unprintable on a family website. So. Trying to heal my broken heart, still reeling from the terrible tragic news of the morning, I opened my email to find a link from buddy Syl. Go ahead. I dare you to not laugh along with the guy in the middle. Hyuck, hyuck, hyuck.
He can't. He just CAN'T. The 'sconsin winters just got very much longer, without our favorite adopted son. He was always just so. damn. much. FUN. to watch, even if it was sometimes with hands covering our eyes.... Brett, it's been a joy. You always looked like you were having such a good time; and so did your fans. We're going to miss #4. Packers QB Brett Favre will retire after 17 NFL seasons -- chicagotribune.com
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Brett Favre has decided to retire from the NFL after 17 seasons. FOX Sports first reported Tuesday that the Green Bay Packers quarterback informed the team in the last few days. ESPN.com said that according to Favres agent the quarterback told coach Mike McCarthy of his decision. The team did not immediately confirm or deny the report. An assistant to Packers general manager Ted Thompson said he was in meetings all day but would release a statement later Tuesday morning.[UPDATE] Fox Sports is reporting it as true, too.
In honor of what's falling.....again... outside my window. I have no clue where I'm going to put this latest dose--I think I need a bigger yard. Man, am I glad February is over, even if it DID have an extra day this year. Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age
Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966. The U.S. National Climatic Data Center NCDC reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January "was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 20th century average."Real Debate Wisconsin says it best -- I loved this cartoon!
....And so the spring tasks begin.... since we will probably be back in the deep freeze again tomorrow.
So. Now that the excitement on the frozen tundra has wound down, it's time to figure out how to face the long haul until Spring.... which means late April here. At -20 degrees outside, ice fishing doesn't cut it; and it's almost too cold for walking around the block, let alone a couple miles. Housework? Ewwwwwwwwww. Yeah, yeah, we do have Super Tuesday coming up in two weeks, but I also have a term paper due not too long after that. Guess which "important thing" I will be concentrating on? Yep. I'll be watching the primaries and *trying* to write coherently about propaganda during the Cold War. I keep coming back to that era for paper topics for some reason, probably because I am old and gray enough to remember it. So. Who ya voting for?
How cold was it? Lambeau frozen in time
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The NFL championship games started c-c-cold and ended with a frigid overtime thriller. Lawrence Tynes kicked a 47-yard field goal to give the Giants a 23-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the frosty NFC title game Sunday night after the New England Patriots topped the San Diego Chargers 21-12 in the AFC game. As soon as Tynes hit his kick, he bolted from the field. "I just wanted to get out of the cold," Tynes said.Well, it *was* fun to watch, anyway--at least until the last couple of minutes, when I spent more time hiding my eyes behind an afghan, unable to watch Tynes' field goal attempts. Two misses, but he nailed the one that really mattered. Dammit. As a slight consolation, we do have *this* little tidbit from Wisconsin's favorite QB, though:
"For me, I kept thinking how many opportunities are we going to let slip away," said Favre, who now will contemplate retiring or returning to the youngest team in the league. "It felt like everything had kind of fallen into place. I was disappointed that the last pass I threw was intercepted."He just can't retire on an interception. Can he? And, for all you Monday Morning QB's out there.....
I'm wondering if my children are wearing their green and gold!!! Where's that darned duct tape, anyway....... Youre a Packers fan, son ... got it?
PORTAGE, Wis. - Upset that his 7-year-old son wouldnt wear a Green Bay Packers jersey during the teams playoff victory Saturday, a man restrained the boy for an hour with tape and taped the jersey onto him.