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The Slant’s Obscure Packer Memories

by on Aug.05, 2009, under Commentary

Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m old.  Not ancient like some Packer fans.  I mean I never saw Curly Lambeau play and I never drafted Don Hudson for my fantasy football team, but I am up there in years, nonetheless.  I lived through the abyss that we now call the ‘70’s and ‘80’s (and I’m not just talking fashion here). So I thought it would be cool and interesting to throw some of my favorite obscure Packer memories from that time and see if anyone else knows what I’m talking about.

Packers Memories

Packers Memories

Here are my top 5:


#1: Jesse Clarke invents the bobble head.  I will never forget the time the Packers were playing the creamsicle colored Bucs and Jesse Clarke broke open over the middle and had a clear shot for the endzone.  He ran so hard that his head bobbed up and down so hard it looked like his head was going to fall off.  He did score the touchdown, but had to miss the next two weeks because he gave himself a concussion.  OK, that last part isn’t true, but I’m old, I’m allowed to exaggerate.  It’s not like your grandpa really did walk 6 miles to school each day.

#2: Pre-mature Elation.  I remember when I was growing up and Dad used to always take us to “second service” at one of the local bars every Sunday.  The grown-ups would sit at the bar, the kids would play pinball or that game where you slide the thing down the thing to get close to the edge of the thing.  But, when the Packer game started, everyone would focus on that.  The one play that I remember watching from “second service” was when Dave Hampton broke free on a kick return for a TD, but in his joy, he spiked the ball at the 2 or 3 yard line.  My fading memory tells me, the Packers still got the TD, but the memory of the reaction of everyone at the bar has not faded.

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