If there is one thing I have learned growing up in Wisconsin, it’s that when someone offers you a free ticket to a Green Bay Packers game you must say yes or face terrible consequences.
Even on Christmas Day.
First a little background: I work two jobs, both in retail. Obviously the arrival of Christmas was a big relief to me as it’s the sign that the craziness that began the day after Thanksgiving was finally coming to an end. With both employers being closed, I was looking forward to the day off and quiet time with family and watching Packers vs. Bears on TV before going back in at 5:30 am on the 26th.
Then the phone rang at about 9 am.
You don’t expect too many phone calls Christmas Day aside from relatives outside the area calling to say “Merry Christmas.” This one, however, was a very different (and honestly a much better) phone call.
It was cousin, ironically from Illinois but a Packers season ticket holder. He had a spare ticket to the game Sunday night and asked if I wanted to go along, no charge at all. If ever there was a stupid question, this is it.
Of course I’d go! Any Packer fan needs to have their Cheesehead confiscated if they turn down the opportunity to see the oldest rivalry in the NFL in person. Still, it was Christmas and I knew family was coming. Like a child excited to be invited to the best party ever, I sheepishly asked my dad if this would be an issue with the family coming over. Since he’s a Packer shareholder, he borderline chastised me for even asking and said go and have fun.
So I went about the rest of my day wound tighter than a clock in anticipation. When family arrived at 2:30, I explained my departure and all understood even my other cousin who is a Giants fan (I have the best family ever). After a communication hiccup involving who was driving and when to leave, we arrived in Green Bay about 6:00 and parked about 4 blocks away from Lambeau Field.