There are plenty of memorable moments in sports. After all, isn’t that why we watch them?
We watch because of the chance to see something we don’t expect to see. We hope collectively, on our couches, cushioned recliners and calloused leather sofas, waiting for a moment that might be indelible. If we get lucky, maybe we can experience that greatness in real time.
Think of the most iconic moments in the NFL.
- Joe Namath’s guarantee
- The Catch
- The Holy Roller
- Bart Starr’s sneak in the Ice Bowl
- The Dolphins’ perfect season
And on and on and on.
With the exception of the Dolphins’ perfect season (and the Patriots came oh-so-close), most of the greatest NFL memories and stories we have revolve around one game or one play, but what these Green Bay Packers — and specifically Aaron Rodgers — have a chance to accomplish this season is different than all of those before. It’s greater, more important, harder to define and much more difficult to accomplish.
“Run the table” was said to mean one thing and has become something else altogether. And when it was said, what were the odds it could occur at that moment? Improbable? Astronomical? Impossible?
Nothing in the NFL has ever been this great. THAT is what this Packers team is playing to capture. To pull off the greatest feat this league has ever seen.
From 4-6 to the Super Bowl without a loss in between and the words will be up there with Broadway Joe for all to see.
I think John Doe in Seven said it best when he offered, “What I’ve done is going to be puzzled over and studied and followed… forever.”
That’s what this Packers team is playing for. Eternity.
Of course, a loss in the Super Bowl and all is lost. No one said it was easy becoming iconic.
One game at a time boys.
Go Pack Go!
Andrew, really ?
Readable piece until you quoted a comment by a mass murderer portrayed in, of all movies “Seven”…..
Only to be matched on the day Americas president uses a line from a Batman supervillian as he is getting sworn into office.
Incredibly sad. A supervillain of all people!!
He should be punished. If we can’t punish him with impeachment, arrest, prison time, or waterboarding torture followed by sleep deprivation. Lets at least all sign a petition. Making it clear that we don’t condone his vile and criminal behavior. Lets show him that we are certainly ashamed of him.
It’s not something we can just forgive and forget like say….Releasing hundreds of thousands of classified documents and being a traitor.
Point taken PF – I Violated my own rule – football and politics don’t mix..
Won’t happen again…
That is so weird, I actually watched Seven last night and had that same thought when the line came up. This will really be one of the great feats in football, even sports history. Aaron Rodgers is already going to the HOF, but if he and MM manages to pull this shit off, it really will cement his legacy and legend. It will surpass the ice bowl.
Nothing will ever surpass the icebowl….
Very good Andrew.
There is no NFL football team that I could be a fan of except the Packers. I will watch other NFL teams play because I like the game of football. I think one of the reasons people are drawn to football is because the flow of a football game or season has many similarities to life.
There are the hard times or bad plays and loses, the good times or touchdowns and wins. There are the injuries or sickness that have to be overcome. We can feel the joy of the good times, and bitch about the hard times. Both can change in a second. The pace of the game can be fast at times, then at other times it will slow down.
Most understand that in life or in football you have to fight to the end and give your all no matter the circumstances or outcome and most people respect that value. Even if you are down and out for whatever the reason, or you are 4-6, people love seeing the story of those overcoming the worst circumstances, playing it out to the last second no matter how steep the climb, never giving up, and fulfilling the ultimate goal. Eternity! GO PACK!
Well Howard. we my have some small similarities concerning Packer football. But we have 1 big thing in common.
Besides being Packer fans. We are one of the few, one of the rare, football purist. Even if i didn’t have the Packers, i’d watch. Mainly because no other sport, comes close to the entertainment dynamics the NFL provides.
Though i’ll concede, watching the wild card playoff games didn’t exactly have me on the edge of my seat.