January 20, 2008, - 8:42 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
As I write this, the Green Bay Packers are at home in Lambeau Field a/k/a Tundra Terrace playing the New York Giants for the right to play DebbieSchlussel.com 2007 Woman of the Year Tom Brady and his New England Patriots (coached by Bill Belicheater) in the Superbowl.
But, as someone who has spent considerable time in Packerland (I went to both Law and Business Schools at the University of Wisconsin and lived and worked in both Madison and Stevens Point, Wisconsin), I must say nothing surprises me in terms of the degree to which Packer fans a/k/a Cheeseheads get carried away. They simply need a life. When I lived and worked in Steven’s Point, for example, I knew the best time to go to the gym on Sundays was during a Packer’s game–no traffic and zero people working out = me getting to the gym quickly and getting my pick of workout machines.
Now, we’ve come to learn that a Green Bay TV station decided to pre-empt its syndicated “Seinfeld” re-runs because it heard that Giants Quarterback Eli Manning loves to watch them. It’s ironic that the Green Bay fans are acting like “Seinfeld’s” Soup Nazi: No soup, er . . . “Seinfeld” for you! And it’s just a little silly. (The station now claims it was in jest. Riiight.)
So is Green Bay’s decision to make a special street sign and rename “New York Avenue” for the day, too.
And Jerry Seinfeld isn’t taking it sitting down:
News of WLUK-TV’s decision apparently reached Jerry Seinfeld himself.
“I’m going to send Eli a complete collection of ‘Seinfeld’ DVDs and a partial collection of ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ for inspiration,” the comedian told the New York Post on Thursday.
“You think I’m going to take that sitting down?”
I know the extreme freeze and tundra-like, snow-covered conditions can make people a little crazy and limit their options. But come on. These Green Bay people need a life.
The whole thing reminds me of the silly “Freedom Fries” v. “French Fries” debate, which I’m sure was of so much consequence to your life as it was to mine.
I don’t really care who wins, but after spending several years in Wisconsin, I’ve grown very tired of the undue hero-worship of Brett Favre (and the way he and his criminal-filled family can’t even pronounce their surname correctly).
So, who will win? Predictions?
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