John Axford, Master of the Warning Track Out

Field view charts of John Axford’s unofficial record for longest consecutive outs in a game.  The first picture is from last night’s game, and the second picture is the unofficial record.

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And yes, the following locations were recorded as outs by MLB Gameday.

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March 29, 2013 · 12:47 pm

How to Merge on the 394/94 interchange

Fricken Minnesota

Dear people in Minnesota.  Learn how to drive with some respect.  It takes 4 minutes to patiently wait to get on to 94 when you merge in the “Respect Zone”, yet the road is constantly bombarded with assholes, jerks and fucking douschebags that put everyone else at risk by coming to a complete stop in the middle lane and expecting the train of cars to move over for you.

If you’re in the Orange or Blue Zones, you have my permission to go reproduce with yourself.

Signed,

Wisconsin transplant in the Twin Cities

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Three Wisconsin Sports Stars You Don’t Know, But You Should

Whether it’s Aaron Rodgers or Ryan Braun, everybody knows the big names that lead our favorite Wisconsin sports teams. Braun and Rodgers may be the stars today, but finding the next superstar is something scouts and general managers try to do on a daily basis. Today we look at three little known players who will look to lead their respective Wisconsin-based team to a championship in the not-so-distant future.

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Why you don’t know him – Morris entered 2012 as the No. 7 prospect in the Brewers’ organization, behind guys like Tyler Thornberg, Wily Peralta and Taylor Jungman.

Why you need to know him – Morris made a name for himself last season in AA-Huntsville. For arguments sake I’ll put Morris’ numbers up against a well-known MLB’er and see how he stacks up.

Morris’ line in AA Huntsville in 2012 – 136 Games, 571 PA, 522 AB, 158 Hits, 77 Runs, 40 Doubles, 28 HR’s, 40 BB’s, 113 RBI, .303 AVG, .357 OBP, .563 SLG.

Mystery player’s line – 135 Games, 577 PA, 497 AB, 135 Hits, 70 Runs, 29 Doubles, 23 HR’s, 53 BB’s, 78 RBI, .272 AVG, .366 OBP, .473 OBP.

Now, before we reveal the mystery player, consider this. Both stats were taken from each player’s third year in the minors, and both were against AA competition. Morris had 23 more hits, seven more runs, 11 more doubles, five more home runs, and a whopping 35 more RBI. And while some might say what position each player plays has an impact on their batting stats, consider that both Morris and the mystery player both play first base.

If you haven’t guessed by now, the mystery player is none other than Prince Fielder. He’s had a decent career so far.

The biggest cause for concern with Morris is his inability to make consistent contact. He struck out 113 times, or 21.5% of his at-bats last season, so he needs to learn how to put the ball in play more often to be effective. For comparison, Fielder struck out 18.75% of the time in his third year in the minors.

Morris has earned an invite to Spring Training, and with Corey Hart on the shelf to begin the year, Morris could make the big league squad. Mat Gamel recently re-injured his ACL and will miss the entire 2013 season, so Morris could grab the starting spot.  Jump on the bandwagon before it takes off.

If he doesn’t make the 25-man roster to open the season, look for him to get a chance in the dog days of June or July.

Tanner McEvoy, QB

Why you don’t know him – McEvoy just committed to UW this month.

Why you need to know him – McEvoy is a four-star JUCO transfer from Arizona Western College. He has three years of eligibility left, and is ranked as the No. 1 dual-threat junior college quarterback in the nation.

McEvoy was a stud last season for Arizona Western, throwing for at least three touchdowns in six of his eight games. His Touchdown:Interception ratio was an astounding 24:5, and he threw for nearly 2,000 yards.

Before heading to Arizona Western, McEvoy originally committed to play at South Carolina, and he took part in their spring game in 2012. He threw two touchdowns, but later decided to hone his skills at Arizona Western.

Although his stats came against lesser competition, Wisconsin was able to beat out Florida, Oregon, and West Virginia for his services. Last time I checked those teams were pretty good.

If anything was evident from the 2012-13 Badger football season, it was that quarterback play was a big issue. I can’t remember the last time a team put three different quarterbacks under center throughout the course of the regular season and still went to a BCS bowl. Earlier last month it was announced that Curt Phillips was granted a sixth year of eligibility for the Badgers, but his play in the Rose Bowl did little to solidify his starting spot. Joel Stave will enter camp healthy after suffering a broken clavicle, but McEvoy’s commitment puts some extra pressure on the incumbent QB’s. New head coach Gary Anderson was adamant about getting McEvoy, so don’t be surprised if Anderson decides to go with his new recruit.

McEvoy’s commitment means there will be extra eyes on the spring game if he suits up.

Sam Dekker, Forward

Why you don’t know him – Ok, you probably know him, but you need to realize how good he could become.

Why you need to know him – Dekker is putting up record setting numbers in his first season at UW. No Badger has averaged more points during their freshman campaign since Alando Tucker did it during the 2002-03 season. Trivia time! Do you know who holds the all-time scoring record at UW? That would be none other than Alando Tucker, so Dekker is already in good company.

Dekker’s numbers may be even more impressive when you consider how effective he is when he’s on the court. Alando Tucker averaged 12.0 points in 31.8 minutes per game as a freshman, meaning he scored 1 point every 2.65 minutes. Dekker is averaging 9.0 points in 22 minutes per game, which means he scores 1 point every 2.44 minutes. Dekker is actually scoring at a higher rate than Alando Tucker did, and Dekker should be in line for more minutes with the departure of seniors Ryan Evans, Mike Bruesewitz and Jared Berggren.

The other thing you have to love about Dekker is his ability to step up in big moments. It all began when he hit the game winning three-pointer as time expired to give his team a state championship.

The kid wants the ball in his hands when the game is on the line. Excluding the first Ohio State game where he shot a “lowly” 33%, Dekker has shot at least 40% from beyond the arc against every ranked Big Ten opponent. He doesn’t shy away from big moments, and there are sure to be many more in his young career.

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The Best Rivalry in Big Ten Basketball

ChiCitySports.comThe Badgers welcome the Michigan State Spartans to the Kohl Center on Tuesday in what will likely be another classic battle between two teams that know each other well. This has been one of the most intense rivalries over the last few years, so let’s take a look at what makes the matchup so great.

Streak Snapping

You can argue that the MSU-Wisconsin rivalry began in the 1999-2000 season when the Spartans knocked off the Badgers three times en route to a national championship, but a rivalry needs to be born out of competition, not domination.

For me, the rivalry was born on January 12th, 2002. On that cold Saturday in January, the #25 ranked Badgers entered the Breslin Center with hopes of snapping the Spartans’53-game home court winning streak. Tied at 62, Freddie Owens hit a jumper to give the Badgers a two-point lead with 25 seconds to play. After a foul, freshman Alan Anderson made his first free throw to bring the Spartans within one. Anderson missed the second free throw, but Michigan State was able to grab the offensive rebound. Michigan State was given another chance to extend the streak after a Marcus Taylor missed layup bounced out of bounds off the Badgers with 0.2 seconds left.

Now, there’s not much a team can do with the ball with 0.2 left, especially after the NCAA adopted what is formally known as the “Trent Tucker” rule, which doesn’t allow a player to possess and shoot the ball with less than 0.3 seconds remaining. Because there was 0.2 on the clock, not 0.3, MSU would need to tip the ball in as opposed to catching and shooting.

MSU fans were left wishing Keith Torbert knew that rule, as Torbert slammed home an alley-oop pass as time expired. Spartan fans stormed the court believing that they had extended their home court winning streak, but the referees went to the monitor for review. After confirming that Torbert possessed the ball during the dunking motion, the refs disallowed the shot, even though replays showed that he had gotten the shot off in time. The win also knocked the Spartans out of the Top 25 for the first time in 71 weeks.

I’ll f***ing remember that”

One year later the Spartans traveled to Madison with revenge on their minds. The game was tied at 48 with less than six minutes remaining, but Bucky closed on a 16-5 run which resulted in a 64-53 Badger victory. Everything seemed tame until Devin Harris and Alando Tucker decided to put an exclamation point on the win in the closing seconds, as Tucker slammed home an alley-oop that put the icing on the cake. A livid Tom Izzo went berserk at his press conference, telling Bo Ryan and the Badgers “I’ll f***ing remember that”. Alas, I could not find Izzo’s tantrum on Youtube.

How Sweep it is

The Badgers swept the Spartans in the 2003-04 season, coasting to a victory at home before winning nail biters in East Lansing and in the Big Ten Tourney. The Badgers won by four in the Breslin Center before escaping with a two-point win in the Conference Tournament. Izzo complained during his press conference following the game in Madison, saying the refs were favoring the Badgers. MSU committed 27 fouls to Bucky’s 13.

The Streak Continues

In the 2004-05 season, the Badgers hosted Michigan State with their own streak on the line. Bucky had won 38 straight home games, which was the longest streak in the nation. Their streak looked like it would fall though, as Sparty held a 59-51 lead with less than two minutes to play. The Badgers stormed back with a crucial three pointer from Sharif Chambliss and some clutch free throw shooting to score the game’s final 11 points. A Shannon Brown three-pointer rimmed out as the Badgers stunned the Spartans 62-59. Bo Ryan pushed his mark to 6-0 against the Spartans, but MSU would get revenge later in East Lansing to put a blemish on Ryan’s record. The two would also split their meetings in 2005-06.

#1 Goes Down

As documented before, the 2006-07 season was one of the best in Wisconsin history, and when they traveled to East Lansing for a date with Michigan State the Badgers were the #1 ranked team in the nation.  Drew Neitzel shot the lights out, hitting six three-pointers while finishing with a game-high 28 points.  Michigan State went on to win 64-55, and the Spartan faithful legitimately stormed the court to celebrate.

Kam Answers on Senior Day

Later that season, Drew Neitzel tried to spoil Senior Day in Madison, but Alando Tucker and Kam Taylor wouldn’t let it happen.  Neitzel scored 22 points, but Alando Tucker posted a game-high 26 to keep the game close down the stretch.  Kam Taylor struggled to find his shot, going 1-for-8 to start the game, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.  The senior drained a three-pointer with 4.0 seconds left to put the Badgers on top 52-50.  The Badger seniors went out on top when Neitzel’s three pointer fell short as time expired.

The Badgers faced the Spartans for the third time in three weeks in the Conference Tourney, and won 70-57 behind 21 points from Alando Tucker.

Double Dipping

Brian Butch, maybe the greatest McDonald’s All-American player ever to grace the Kohl Center with his presence (ha), pours in four three-pointers in the only matchup with Sparty during the 2007-08 regular season.  The Badgers won the conference title outright, then set their sights on the Conference Tournament title.  Wisconsin and Michigan State met up in the semifinals, and the Spartans held a 12-point lead with only minutes to play.  The Badgers rallied back to tie the game at 63, despite 26 points from senior Drew Neitzel.  MSU tried to get their senior the ball in the final seconds, but Michael Flowers, a member of the Big Ten’s all-defensive team, stepped in front of a Kalin Lucas pass and drove the court for a layup to give the Badgers a 65-63 lead, which ended up being the difference.  Tim Izzo cried after the game when asked about Neitzel’s performance.  Per ESPN:

“For [Neitzel] to play the way he did the last two days, I’ve always said good things happen to people who work hard and stick to it,” Izzo said, choking up. “I think he deserved what he got as far as his play. I don’t think he deserved what he got as far as the game went.”

Wisconsin went on to win the Big Ten Conference Tourney the next day.

The Tables Turn

If you’re a Wisconsin fan, you might want to stop reading here.

Beginning in the 2008-09 season, Michigan State continued to find ways to beat the Badgers.  In their only meeting that season, the Badgers were overwhelmed by a late 32-9 rally to fall 61-50.  The Badgers experienced much of the same the following season, as they fell to the Spartans in the Breslin Center 54-47.

Bo and the Badgers got a little revenge later in the season when Michigan State traveled to Madison. The Badgers got out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 67-48 win.  With the win, Bo Ryan moved to 10-0 against the Spartans in games not played in East Lansing.

The Badgers easily could have swept the Spartans in the 2010-11 season, but a late rally by MSU in East Lansing allowed the Spartans to sneak by the Badgers 64-61 in overtime.  Sparty scored the final nine points of regulation to push the game to the extra period.

As had been the trend, Bo got his revenge when the Spartans visited the Kohl Center later in the season.  Jordan Taylor had one of his best games, posting a career-high 30 points in a 82-56 thrashing of the Spartans.

The Bank Closes Early

Last season, the #18 ranked Badgers hosted the #10 ranked Spartans at the Kohl Center.  In a back and forth game, the score was tied 50-50 with only seconds left.  Senior Jordan Taylor missed a free throw with 31 seconds left, but the Badgers found new life when Keith Appling’s last second shot went begging.  Michigan State held a three point lead in overtime when Ryan Evans found the ball in his hands as the seconds ticked away.  Then this happened:

The loss marked the first time the Badgers lost to Michigan State at the Kohl Center in the Bo Ryan era.

The Spartans went on to complete the season sweep, posting a 14-point win at the Breslin Center and a 13-point win during the Big Ten Tourney.

What’s next?

Over the last 11 seasons, the Badgers are 13-9 against the Spartans, but Michigan State has won six of the last eight meetings.  During that stretch, the teams have combined for seven conference championships, five Big Ten Tournament appearances and three Big Ten Tournament titles.  There’s been comebacks, buzzer-beaters, and game winners that weren’t.  The next chapter in the storied rivalry will be written soon, and with first place in the Big Ten on the line, don’t be surprised if things get heated soon after tip-off.

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Best Badger Basketball Games of the Last 20 Years

With last night’s win over #2 Indiana at Assembly Hall, the Wisconsin Badgers moved into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten Conference, and they sit as the only team with an unblemished conference mark. Coming into the year, fans tempered expectations as the departure of senior leader Jordan Taylor left the team without a proven point guard. After dropping a few early games, Wisconsin has come together as a team that emphasizes defense, and is surprisingly efficient in a slow tempo offense (#15 in national offensive efficiency). Last night’s win got me thinking about the best wins in Wisconsin history, so I compiled a list of the top 15 games/buzzer beaters/upsets in the last 20 years.

#15 Kam Taylor Beats UNC-Wilmington at the buzzer

The Badgers had dominated non-conference foes at the Kohl center under Bo Ryan, but little known UNC-Wilmington gave them quite a scare back in 2005. The game was tied 16-16 at half before UNC-Wilmington jumped out to a 28-21 second half lead. The Badgers battled back to tie the game at 35 with 6:28 left before the teams caught fire. The teams combined to score 32 points in the next six minutes before Wisconsin held the ball with 20 seconds left, tied 51-51. Kammron Taylor, who ended up scoring the last eight points for the Badgers, knocked down a three as time expired to keep Wisconsin’s home court win streak intact.

#14 Butch’s Bank Beats Indiana

Back in 2008, Wisconsin went into Assembly Hall to face the #12 ranked Hoosiers. In a back and forth game, Brian Butch found the ball in his hands with six seconds left. You could hear Badger Nation collectively yelling “No, No, No” as Butch rose up for three. The big man, who started the season 1-for-23 from beyond the arc, banked in a three that gave the Badgers a 66-64 lead. I guess banks stay open late in Indiana.

#13 Tucker Putback Lifts UW over Hoosiers

The Badgers knocked off the Hoosiers with some late game heroics from standout Alando Tucker, who followed a Mike Wilkinson miss to give the Badgers a 62-60 victory.

#12 Gasser Goes Glass

Last season, the #12 ranked Badgers traveled to Michigan to face a pesky Wolverine team. The Badgers trailed 52-50, and with only seconds remaining Jordan Taylor drew a double team and found freshman Josh Gasser at the top of the key.  Gasser fired up a wild shot and banked home the game-winning three as time expired.

#11 The Streak Continues

Last night’s game at Assembly Hall was one for the ages. Wisconsin entered the game having won its last 10 games against the Hoosiers, but Indiana had won 18 straight games at home.  A win would mark the first time a team beat Indiana 11 straight times since Wisconsin accomplished the feat back in 1919, and it would also be the first time a team had won five straight at Assembly since Purdue did it in 1923.  This is by far one of the least athletic teams the Badgers have fielded over the years, but they play as a team better than any I can remember. Ryan Evans hit some shots and made some plays on the the defensive end. Traevon Jackson held Jordan Hulls, who came into the game as the Big Ten’s best three point shooter, to four points. Jared Bergeren made plays on both ends of the floor, and quieted the crowd with a monster jam in the first half. Senior Mike Bruesewitz iced the game with some clutch free throws late. If they continue to play like they did Tuesday, they can beat anyone.

#10 Tucker Buzzer Beater Knocks Iowa Out of Big Ten Tourney

Alando Tucker was better known for his athletic prowess and dunking ability, but he also holds the Badger career scoring record because he could knock down an outside shot. That was apparent in the 2005 Big Ten tourney, when he grabbed an inbound pass with 3.7 seconds left and made his way up court. As we’ve seen already in the list, the banks in Indiana and Michigan have been friendly to the Badgers. Illinois turned out to be no different.

#9  Harris Lifts Wisconsin to Outright Conference Championship

With three games left in the 2002-03 season, the Badgers sat in a three way tie with Michigan and Illinois for the conference lead.  Wisconsin knocked off Michigan and Minnesota, while Illinois beat Indiana and Michigan, setting up a showdown at the Kohl Center for the outright Big Ten title.  The score stood tied 59-59 with 6.9 seconds left.  Freddie Owens inbounded to Devin Harris, who drove the lane and got fouled with zeroes showing on the clock.  After review, 0.4 seconds were put back on the clock.  Harris missed his first free throw, and 18,000 fans held their breath as he lofted up his second attempt.  Chaos ensued.

#8 Kam Hits Game Winner on Senior Day

The Kohl Center was buzzing on senior day in 2007, as two of the team’s fearless leaders were playing their final game in Madison.  In one of the most successful seasons to date, Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor led the team to its first #1 seed in school history.  Although they had fallen to #5 in the country when they took on Drew Nietzel and Michigan State, the Badger seniors went out with a bang.

#7  Badgers Top the Charts

As alluded to in the last paragraph, the Badgers had a successful 2006-07 campaign.  Bucky beat #2 Pittsburgh and #5 Ohio State at the Kohl Center, and pushed their record to 26-2 in mid February. When the polls were released on February 19th, all eyes looked up at the Red and White at the top of the chart.  The team went on to earn a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest seed the Badgers have ever received.

#6  Flowers Blooms in Texas

Michael Flowers was the senior leader on the only team in Wisconsin history to win the Big Ten conference title and the Big Ten tournament title.  It’s hard to quantify how much of an impact a road win down in the Lonestar State had on the Badgers, but the look on Tanner Bronson’s face says it all.

#5  Owens in the Corner

The Badgers entered the 2003 NCAA tournament as a #5 seed, but ran into trouble against Tulsa in the second round.  The Badgers fell behind by 13 points, but rallied back to make it a two point game with seconds to play.  Down 58-60, Devin Harris scrambled to find an open shot.  When Tulsa tried to double team him, he found swingman Freddie Ownes in the corner. Owens rose up and hit the biggest shot of his career.

#4  Down Goes Duke

In December of 2009, the Badgers welcomed Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils to the Kohl Center as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.  Duke had never lost in the challenge, and was 6-0 to start the young season.  The crowd in the Kohl Center was in a fever.  The Badgers jumped out to an early lead, and never trailed en route to a 73-69 win.  The win helped catapult the Big Ten to its first victory in the challenge.  When the final buzzer sounded, a flurry of red and white stormed onto the court in celebration.

#3  Trevon Hughes Drops Florida State in Overtime

The Badgers came into the NCAA tournament as a #12 seed, their highest seed since seeding began in 1979.  Not much was expected from them when they took on #5 Florida State in the opening round.  I remember watching this game down in Florida on spring break.  In a crowded bar we grabbed a microphone and sang Varsity at the top of our lungs.  Our chants were rewarded when Trevon’s prayer was answered in overtime.

# 2 Top Seeded Ohio State Falls

Speaking of raucous atmospheres, there has never been a more frenzied Kohl Center crowd than on February 12, 2011.  On that Sunday, the Badgers welcomed 24-0 Ohio State to Madison.  The Badgers fell behind by 15 points in the second half before Jordan Taylor took over.  Taylor scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half, and the Badgers stormed back to take the lead in the final minutes.  I’d say the crowd was in rare form, but it was unlike anything I’d ever seen.  If that video doesn’t give you chills, nothing will.  The W at the center of the court was once again engulfed by red and white clad students.

#1  Final Four Team Makes History

Wisconsin’s basketball team wasn’t anything special before the 2000 NCAA tournament, but their Final Four run captured the hearts of the nation.  The Badgers crept into the tournament as an #8 seed after finishing 18-13 and placing sixth in the Big Ten standings.  Few people saw Wisconsin making it out of the first round, but Cinderella just kept on dancing.  After knocking off Fresno State by 10, Wisconsin was faced with shutting down top seeded Arizona.  The Badgers sent the Wildcats home early by a score of 66-59, then faced #4 LSU.  Bucky held the Tigers to 14 first half points, and Jon Bryant led the way with 16 as the Badgers won by a score of 61-48.  Wisconsin faced a similar foe in the Elite Eight, as the took on Purdue, who they had already seen twice that season.  The two had split their previous meetings, but the underdog Badgers wouldn’t be stopped as Jon Bryant, Roy Boone and Andy Kowske all scored in double figures in a 64-60 win.  Although they would fall to Michigan State in Indianapolis, the 1999-2000 Badger team remains one of the best stories of the past 20 years of the NCAA tournament.

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Stocking up on Memories

Growing up in as an only child in the early 90′s, I was first introduced to a lot of ideas and concepts from popular television shows. One of the shows that impacted my childhood was The Wonder Years. For those of you unfamiliar with The Wonder Years, the show centered around a kid growing up in the 1970′s and facing all the challenges surrounding adolescence and beyond. I felt connected to Kevin, the character played by Fred Savage, because he was close to my age and because his problems related to what I was or would soon be going through. Whether it be riding a bike, dealing with personal loss, or just the idea of kissing a girl, I could relate to what Kevin went through.

I also remember The Wonder Years because Kevin always had a way of passing on good advice. One thing he said that stuck with many fans of the show was “memories are a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” When we remember back to some of the happiest and saddest parts of our lives, we remember who we were with, and how they made us feel. People hold on to memories because, ultimately, we are only made up of our experiences and interactions with others.

I bring this up because there has been a lot of backlash about the Packers selling stock certificates to fans, with the promise of any stockholder being able to call themselves an “NFL owner”. We’ve all heard the comments by now. “I wish (insert team name here) could sell stock and raise money off idiot fans”, or “Green Bay has the smartest front office and the dumbest fans in the league, who would throw away $250 for a piece of paper that is worth nothing”.

In a sense, yes, the stock certificate is worth less than the postage used to ship them. But in another sense, the stock is worth so much more than $250.

To many Packer fans around the country, myself included, the stock sale gave us a tangible way to hold onto the things we love, the things we are, the things we never want to lose. We always remember who we were with at cherished moments in our life, but what we were doing is sometimes just as special. Like many fans, I can remember the first Packer game I attended (August 11th, 1996) and who I watched the game with (my father, uncle and cousin). I remember almost getting ticketed by Green Bay police while trying to scalp tickets before the Divisional playoff game in 2007, a game where my friends and I sat in a blizzard with MVP painted on our shirtless chests to watch Brett Favre earn what would turn out to be his final win as a Packer. I remember partying to the wee hours of the morning on State Street with friends and fans alike after winning Super Bowl XLV, many people drunk on the thrill of victory more than the beer that flowed so freely that February night.

Forty years from now, while I’m all but certain these won’t be my dearest memories, I know those experiences will never be forgotten. Without the Packers, some of my favorite experiences never would have been possible. I won’t always have my dad, but I’ll always remember him taking me to my first Packer game. I know that it will be tough to keep in touch with my friends who went to the playoff game with me, but we’ll always have the memory of those big white snowflakes melting as they landed on our bare shoulders and chests that cold Lambeau afternoon.

I have no shame in admitting that I love the Packers. While it may be a different love than the love I have for some of the people in my life, it’s a much stronger bond than the love that is casually thrown around in conversations like “I love the movie Forrest Gump”, or “I love the way my hips look in these jeans”.

For me, buying stock was, in many ways, a way to further my connection with the team as well a chance to thank the Packers for all they have meant to me growing up. The stock was purchased for me by money left by my late grandfather, which in itself will become another memory of him. Looking at the stock certificate will forever connect me to family as much as it connects me to the Packers.

There will always be people who will never understand why someone would spend $250 on something that, in their mind, is worthless.

To me, the stock is a culmination of the memories I’ve shared with so many people along the way. To me, the stock, and the memories, are priceless. They are something I love, something I want to hold onto, something I never want to lose.

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