It seems a bit ironic that the 2009 Vince Lombardi trophy, signifying professional football excellence, has landed in New Orleans, but we are living in strange times. The New Orleans Saints, whose history includes years and years of fans wearing bags over their heads signifying their embarrassment at being fans of perennial losers, put together a fine football team this year and are well-deserving of their victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Being victorious in their first Super Bowl appearance is something the Saints can now share with the Green Bay Packers.
With the Packers out of the chase for several weeks now, my interest in following professional football has waned to the point where watching the commercials and the halftime entertainment has taken precedence over the level of play. Some of the commercials this year were pretty funny, but I thought the “entertainment” of The Who at halftime was… really, really bad. I didn’t like that band forty years ago when they mindlessly destroyed guitars and I still don’t like them. Put me in charge of halftime entertainment next year and Lynyrd Skynyrd will be on stage.
So it is a fitting time to say “adios” to the 2009 football season. Next up for the Packers is the off-season contract work with the players, evaluating the collegiate stock and then the draft in April. The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and ownership remains a huge stumbling block to the continuation of the sport Cheeseheads love so much. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
This being the last Packer Partisan column for the season, it is time to thank my loyal readers. Many of you have sent e-mails or commented positively. I am deeply grateful for your support. It has been a lot of fun opining here for the last ten years and, who knows, maybe 2010 will bring yet another season for the Packer Partisan. It could just be that 2010 will be the year that the Lombardi trophy returns to Titletown.