On Friday, the Green Bay Packers unveiled a Lambeau Leap statue outside of Lambeau Field.
It’s bronze, features four fans and sits below the statues of Vince Lombardi and Curly Lambeau. It is also, in a word, lame.
The Lambeau Leap was first executed by safety LeRoy Butler in a victory over the Oakland Raiders in December of 1993. Butler took a lateral from Reggie White, ran it in for a touchdown and then just kept going and jumped into the stands.
Here’s the play, courtesy of your crazy uncle Ed’s living room TV, which is operating on rabbit ears.
At the time, no one made any note of Butler’s leap. Not the TV crew, nor Jim and Max. The aftermath of the play was spent wondering whether it was actually a touchdown or not because there wasn’t an immediate signal from the refs.
Obviously, it was.
While Butler made the first leap, receiver Robert Brooks popularized the celebration primarily because he spent a lot more time in the end zone.
He actually had the audacity to record a rap song about the Lambeau Leap called Jump in the Stands.
Note to all football players. You are not musicians. Do not record albums.
Boy, was that awful.
Now, of course, everyone who scores for the Packers in Green Bay is expected to the jump in the stands.
Interestingly, the NFL has been eliminating celebrations from the game in recent years because we wouldn’t want anyone to have fun or show any sort of personality. In doing so, they cite sportsmanship and taunting and they’ve pretty much eliminated everything that isn’t spiking the ball or pumping your fist.
Except the Lambeau Leap. By the definition of the NFL rules, it should be illegal. However, the league has decided to either turn a blind eye toward it or they’ve grandfathered it in as an acceptable celebration, depending on who you believe.
So there’s your history lesson on the Lambeau Leap. We tell you all of this because the statue doesn’t actually have a leaper in it. Just four fans — which the Packers went out of their way to make diverse — and a hole in the middle of them.
Great for photo ops, we imagine, but it doesn’t really speak to the history of the team.
“Originally we thought maybe we would have a player and the fans would come around him, but utimately, we decided that we thought the fans would be portraying the player, or portraying LeRoy,” Packers president Mark Murphy said. “Coming up with four fans, we tried to come up with what we thought was a good cross-section, the average fans sitting in the end zone.
“Looked at a lot of different pictures and studied all kinds of different things people would be wearing to make it as accurate as possible.”
Yeah, we get it. People can pretend they’re doing the Lambeau Leap.
That kind of cheapens the whole thing, not to mention an iconic event in team history, if you ask us. We’re not the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fans don’t need a diversion to take their focus away from the fact that their team and organization is a joke.
Packers fans come to Lambeau Field for the same reason baseball fans go to Cooperstown.
History. Not to pretend they’re doing the fucking Lambeau Leap.
Seriously funny post….a “cross section” of Packers fans? I’ve been to Lambeau five times and have never seen an Afro-Am person in the crowd that wasn’t sweeping up.
Starting to hate Murphy more and more. Guy’s just a rich snob, not a true fan. Idiot.
Only reason he wants Favre back is so he can sell his jersey again.
I guess I’m lame, but I think it’s neat.
Damn right they missed the mark. Not only is the most important item missing A Packer player with a touchdown ball in his hand. The second most important item is also missing. I have never seen a Lambeau leap completed with out one or more of the fans with their favorite cold one in hand with some spilling on the lucky player. I bet the beer companies are pissed. In Addition the Packers blew a perfect opportunity to sell a beer advertisement in the hands of a true Packer fan in bronze. Jeez.
Must be a pretty bad game if there is only four fans in the endzone.
Jump in the Stands is a classic. By far the best Packer song I have ever heard, granted that’s not hard to accomplish. And that bass line…. NICE. Quit hatin’ holmes!
This is really pathetic. I find it very patronizing to fans, sorta like those pep rallies they did in 2011, with the only ones from the organization in attendance being Vic “Milquetoast” Ketchman and the Murph.
Please tell me it is not situation between the Lombardi and Lambeau statutes.
wtf, can’t you people find anything else to bitch about besides this friggin statue….pretty hard to please anyone on this blog thats apparent…about anything…ever…
I was at that game. It was brutally cold that day, something like the 2nd coldest Packer game ever. The announcers said it was -23 wind chill and the crowd roared. When the Raiders had to come out after half time, they sure looked like they didn’t want to be there. On this particular play, no one really knew what was going on. It was as if it was a fumble, but the Raiders thought the ball was too cold to pick up.
It’s a statue. Get a fucking life already. The NFL season is upon us.
You’re posting on the 23rd most popular Packer blog…and *you’re* telling someone else to get a fucking life… already ??
At least you’re “credible”…
So is it interactive?
Do you jump into the statue, and then fall on your head behind the barrier?
Q: Potential lawsuit?
A: Nobody said I couldn’t play on it when I was drunk…
Has that first sniff aroma of an underling who didn’t speak-up and say: “this is stupid!”
That is actually something I had not thought about. T Hat is indeed a lawsuit waiting to happen. Aside from the fact that the barrier is actualyl pretty high, you have bronze statutes clustered around where someone might land. Concussions, broken arms or legs are all waiting to happen.
I agree. This thing will be shut down by the end of the season. Some drunk, idiot Packer fan (most likely me) will take a nice head-over-heals dive off of the top of the wall, and it will be all over.
Well here is an original idea; If somebody hurts themselves we could just sell some stock
I am dismayed there are people in this world who have the level of brain activity demonstrated by many of the commentators on this site. Before the internet we could only assume there were such dumb bastards in the world… Now we know they exist and probably procreate, vote, and run for schoolboard. Depressing.
boy, Brooks could leap like a leopard on a gazelle! He was coming from way back there a couple of times!
I’ve known guys that just shit on everything. I guess maybe it made them feel better about themselves. Not the kind of person you want to spend a lot of time with. They bring you down.
I get the idea the organization is going for here, and I’m fine with it. The other statues are celebrating history. This statue is celebrating the fans. If you put a statue of Leroy in the middle of it, it would be about him.
If it was realism we were after, then the fans would be three drunk guys, two dressed in orange, and a fat chick. Screw realism.
You guys need to ease up. You bring your kids to lambeau, take their pictures on this wall just like Leroy butler.. It’s part of the family experience . I’m all for it. Stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and spend their “vacation” money.
I get what they’re doing, but I don’t think it deserves a bronze statue outside of the stadium. Keep it inside the hall of fame where people have to pay $10 to jump on it. That way it will keep douchebag opposing fans away from this goofy thing, and they can make some ching. You know Murphy’s all about ching.
I think there was already a Lambeau leap wall in the Hall of Fame but it said “Do not sit on this!!’. Everyone did. I have pictures of my kids on it. This probably corrects that situation.
Come on! At least add some beer splashing effects so the fans get a true Lambeau experience.
I love the idea. Statues of the fans is not exactly spot on but the idea is very cool. Can’t wait to get to GB again and pose on that wall!
First off, I live in Wisconsin and have gone to many games at Lambeau. That being said, If that group is a cross section of fans, how come: a) none of them are overweight? b) none of the guys have facial hair? c) none of them are drunk/holding a beer? d) one guy is wearing a t-shirt and the other three are wearing coats. That guy would have his shirt off.
Not to be entirely negative, I like the idea of what this is supposed to do – involve the fans and create a nice atmosphere at the stadium. The at home/on tv experience is tough to beat. It’s things like this that show Murphy is trying and understand that.
I would rather see people leaping the real sized wall with real fans grabbing at their junk. Then we would have a real fan experience.
The reason the leap never gets a penalty flag is because the refs never call anything on the Packers at home. Why start now?