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’96 Packers Weren’t Allowed Champagne Celebration

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Now that I think of it… I do not remember the 1996 Green Bay Packers celebrating their Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots with the traditional post-game locker room champagne celebration.

That’s because they didn’t and former Packers tight end Mark Chmura tells us the reason why right here in this clip.

He starts off by saying a lot of guys on the team considered the decision to be “garbage.” Although he didn’t name the culprit, it’s pretty apparent.

“There was one or two guys on the team in New Orleans who thought it was inappropriate, so we didn’t have [champagne].”

“One guy that I knew. You should be able to guess. It was one of the starters. One of the most important guys on that team.”

If you’re still drawing a blank, it was defensive end Reggie White.

A great player on the field, a Bible-thumping, anti-fun homophobe off it.

Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.



  1. Bryan March 20, 2016

    I figured Favre. Got out of rehab and wasn’t allowed alcohol. Champagne could’ve been a violation.

  2. Tuson Packer March 20, 2016

    But, didn’t Jesus turn water INTO wine? Almost, I dunno, supporting it’s distribution and it’s almost assured complete consumption by doing so?

    *goes to kitchen to grab a beer after going to church this morning.

    There is such thing as a balanced lifestyle ya know…

  3. Mike Ditka's Mom March 20, 2016

    Fire Thompson already!

  4. NachoDan March 20, 2016

    Wonder if he ever saw the Lambeau parking lot before a game?

  5. Empacador March 20, 2016

    I would have said Favre too, since Chmura was Favre’s boy along with Frank Winters, right up until that whole hot tub thing happened.

  6. Kato March 20, 2016

    I blame TT for the lack of champagne. He wanted to use the funds on the linebacker prospect out of blue mountain state. Fire him.

  7. ARS85 March 20, 2016

    I think chmura can still play. Ted should guage his interest in playing in green bay this season

  8. joe March 20, 2016

    Who cares

  9. PF4L March 21, 2016

    This would have been news….like 19 years ago.