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Why EVERYONE should be a Packer’s fan

This coming Sunday, the Green Bay Packers will travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks, battling it out on the gridiron for the NFC Championship. It’s sure to be an exciting game, and if this past season has taught us anything, it’s that the Green and Gold are a force to be reckoned with. With a stellar head coach, an indestructible defense and a powerhouse of an offense lead by the one and only Aaron Rodgers (*sigh*), the Packers hold a solid place in not only the standings, but in the hearts of people everywhere.

Growing up in the great state of Wisconsin, being a Packers’ fan was a birth right, an honor and a privilege. Wisconsinites like to say there are two seasons: Packer season and the off-season. Churches schedule their services around game time on Sundays, people walk around with cheese on their heads and fans think nothing of freezing their keesters on a -36 degree weather day when it means taking in a game at the Frozen Tundra aka mecca.

There are many teams in the NFL, many great and wonderful teams (or so I’ve heard.) But there is only one team that’s America’s team, and that team is the Green Bay Packers, my friends. Here are just some of the reasons why everyone should be a Packer’s fan.

1. Have any of the other teams in the NFL had a coach who was immortalized in a Broadway play based on his life? I think not. Vince Lombardi was just one of those few coaches (and human beings) who really knew how to build a team up. He was a leader, a visionary and a true icon in all senses of the word. Vince, you were and always will be the man!

2. The Packers are all about community. In fact, they are the only publicly-owned major sports franchise in the country. People invest in the Packers out of football love, not profit. I mean, how American is that?!

3. Speaking of community, the Packers have a tradition (one of many) where every summer during pre-season training, young fans line their bikes up across from Lambeau Field in the hopes that they will get to chauffer their favorite sport heroes into the stands. get the chance to give their favorite sports heroes a ride into the stadium for their pre-season practice. How cool is that?!


4. Tailgating is an art my friends, and no team or fan base knows how to do it better than the Packers.  At Lambeau Field, you can get a brat, a cold beer (or five) and a lively chorus of “Go Pack, Go!” while smooshed next to a guy wearing a large cheesehead and bright orange hunting overalls. You tell me what sounds like more fun.

5. Lambeau Field. The Fenway of football stadiums. The Grey Poupon of mustards. The Apple of all phones. Where a game isn’t just a game; it’s an experience. If you have never been to the frozen tundra, make it a point to plan a visit. Like, yesterday. The crowd, the food, the field and the overwhelming sense of being in the exact place where legends once stood, where legends are made is a pretty surreal feeling. Take it from personal experience, a game at Lambeau Field will never be forgotten.

6. The Lambeau Leap.

7. Two words: Aaron Rodgers.

8. Two more words: Clay Matthews. #ThatHairThough1381182356000-AP-PACKERS-CHIEFS-FOOTBALL-58722388

9. Oh, and let’s not forget the wicked chops (and dance moves) the defensive line has OFF the field. Pitch perfect indeed, fellas. 😉

This Sunday as the Green Bay Packers take the field in Seattle, be sure to don your finest Green and Gold, your cheesiest of hats, and cheer on with your bad self. After all , it is the American thing to do.

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Deep breath…..







I said YES!!!!!!!


Had ya going there for a minute didn’t I? Man oh man how cool would that have been though?! I mean.

As you all may know, tomorrow is April 1st, aka April Fool’s Day, a widely celebrated holiday that encourages  people to pull pranks on their family, friends and co-workers. However, most  people are not familiar with the origin of this silly tradition.

Some claim the earliest recorded association to the holiday and all of its foolishness  can be found in one of my favorite classic bits of literature thanks to my high school Brit. Lit. teacher–shout out to Mr. Masanz—Chaucer’s  Canterbury Tales in 1392. However, most experts credit Pope Gregory XIII, who in the 1500s gave the world  the Gregorian calendar. You see, in 1562, the Gregorian  calendar moved the first day of the year from April 1 to January 1. Although  the New Year changed, it took a while for the word to spread and some town’s  people who were unaware of the change continued to celebrate the New Year on  April 1, making them the ‘April Fools’ because they were tricked by those in the  know.

Over the years, this foolish holiday made its way to the USA where it  became a national obsession.

Here’s a fun fat that I didn’t know: In countries like Canada, the U.K., South Africa, New Zealand and Australia,  tradition dictates that tricksters are allowed to prank people before noon. Any  foolishness done after 12 and the trickster is taunted and called an “April  Fool.” Other countries like Italy, Japan, France, South Korea, Russia, Germany,  Brazil, Ireland and the U.S. celebrate April Fools’ all day long. Huh. Who knew?

Even large companies get into the fun every once in a while. In 1998, Burger King  offered “the left-handed Whopper” (point for all the lefties out there, including moi!). According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, “many others requested their own ‘right handed’ version.” HAHAHAHA! And they say left-handed people are the dummies…right…  😉

And who could forget the time in 1996 when Taco Bell took out hilarious ads in major newspapers announcing that they had just purchased the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty  Bell. Classic.

I myself have been privy to pulling my own April Fools jokes/pranks in the past. When I was in fifth grade, I brought in Oreos for my class treat. Much to my classmates dismay, I had replaced all of the delicious white, creamy filling with minty toothpaste. The look on their faces when they took a bite and realized how abnormally refreshing and Colgatey the cookies were. Priceless. At least they had good breath afterwards.

Another prank I pulled was when I was in college. I took my roommate’s deodorant, screwed it all the way to the top, skimmed it off and replaced it with a little Philly Cream Cheese. Oh yes. I went there. You can imagine how delightful my poor roomie smelled as she walked the campus that glorious April day.

Now if you’ve got a hankering to pull an epic prank on a friend or loved one tomorrow and still have no idea what to do, I am here to help you. I skimmed and searched and racked my brain for some great ideas on how you can ‘fool’ like nobody’s business!

April Fools Day Prank Ideas

  • That’s Not Mine: Leave a gym bag lying around the office. Since no one will know who the bag belongs to, someone will open it. Inside, leave some embarrassing items (XXXL-sized underwear, Justin Beiber fan magazines, giant tube of hemorroid cream, etc.). Include a fake ID with your victim’s name prominently displayed.

  • Happy Day: On the morning of April Fool’s Day, go on Facebook and change your birthday to April 1st. Wait for all your friends to wish you a Happy Birthday, then laugh hysterically!

  • Got Milk? If your milk comes in a cardboard container, add a few drops of food  coloring. It’s harmless April Fool’s joke but the results are pretty colorful.

  • Spare Change: This April Fool’s practical joke is an oldie but a goodie and it still  works (proof of this? I was said fingernail breaker. Multiple times.) Superglue some coins to the sidewalk or any spot that has a lot of  people walking around. Make sure it’s an appropriate place, then watch  people break  fingernails to get the coins.

  • One size fits all: Stuff toilet paper or tissues or whatever into the toe part of someone’s shoes  so they have trouble getting their feet in.

  • Who will bug out? Put a plastic or rubber roach/spider/creepy crawly thing in someones shoe and see just how loud they scream (people from space could probably hear me!)

  • Drawer Confusion: Rearrange your spouse’s/girlfriend’s/boyfriend’s/roommate’s/parent’s/sibling’s drawers to make them wonder if they’re still asleep.

  • Alarming Alarm Clock: Set someone’s alarm clock an hour early. Or set a bunch of clocks to go off at the same time, and hide them around the room for a noisy, and very annoying, wake-up call.

And I will leave you with the sweetest of all pranks…

  • Hot Potato: Baked potato sundaes? Looks can be deceiving — with this trick, what appears to be a loaded baked potato is really a sweet ice cream treat!

Happy April Fooling, everybody! But remember. Play nice. It kind of takes the fun out of it when someone ends up in the ER. And let me know how it goes!

Question of the Day: What is the best prank you ever pulled? Was pulled on you?

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