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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast

OLD MAN MAKES POOR PACKER PREDICTION AGAIN

MY DAD IS STRANGEST PACKER FAN ALIVE

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This is the man who decided to take a nap midway through the first quarter of the Packers 1997 NFC Championship game.

Here was a quote from an email my brother (who works in sports radio in Green Bay) and I got from our father:

"Does anyone in this state realize that the Pack has a game Sunday against the Panthers. All I am hearing here indicates that the Lions game is the next game; to be followed by the Cowboys game.
 
I hope the team is aware that they are playing on Sunday!!!!! Otherwise this could be a truly black Sunday!!"
Those lousy Packer teams from the 70's and 80's really did a number on my old man. He just finds it truly difficult to believe. I'm sure he's glad he was wrong. He never quit loving the Packers. He just quit watching them.

My dad really is the strangest Packer Fan I know. We didn't really watch the Packers in my house growing up. Apparently fed up with the team's putrid performance post Lombardi, this long suffering Packer Fan just gave it up. Realizing he no longer achieved any pleasure watching the team, at some point my dad just quit watching.

So then the Pack gets good again, and it happened to coincide with my going to college up in the Green Bay area, and later working in television and sports radio there. So obviously during the Packer Super Bowl runs I was heavily invested in the success of the team. I even traveled to San Diego for Super Bowl 32.

So my dad started to creep back in. He was tasting... sampling games in '96. Then the Panthers go up early on the Pack in the NFC Championship game and my old man sacks out for nap. Of course the Packers would go on to win... and win in a blow out in New Orleans to reclaim the Lombardi Trophy. 

Since, he's never quite allowed himself to believe. So as excited as my brother and I get about this team, we always have our dad to bring us back down to earth. Fortunately he's wrong a lot.

emails: vvitrano@todaystmj4.com

 

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