When you think of the great historical moments in the history of the National Football League, you no doubt think of some of the legendary stadia in which those moments took place. Whether it is the Orange Bowl, site of so many Super Bowl moments, or old Yankee Stadium, or Candlestick Park, or any other, you can almost feel the history of these shrines to the game. And of course there is one that pretty much stands above the rest: Lambeau Field.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have made a trip to Green Bay a few years ago and while I wasn’t able to see a game at Lambeau, I was able to walk around the facility a bit, and take in the glory and history of the Packers organization. Sam Madison, on the other hand, has not only visited the place, but played there, and even won an NFC title there, en route to a Super Bowl win just three seasons ago.
Read on to see what Sam has to say about the great homefield advantage that the Packers have thanks to the great place that they call home:
Guest Blog, by Sam Madison
The Lambeau leap and the “Cheese Heads” are real, just like you see them on TV. It seems to always be cold and the fans are always loud. They come early to the game and they stay late afterwards. There is no other team supported in Green Bay besides the Packers. Pulling up to the stadium on game day is like going to a big-time college event. There is a lot going on around the stadium. Mainly people showing up from every where to attend the Packers Hall of Fall at the stadium. The fans are right on top of you cheering only for the green and yellow.
January 20, 2008 the NFC Championship: It’s -40 wind chill with 72,740 in attendance, 72,500 of whom are Packers fans. Some with no shirts and bodies painted just to show their support for the team. The Giants defeated the Packers 23-20 in overtime. The field was frozen solid, as blood, sweat, and tears were all left there from both joy and disappointment.
On this Sunday in 2010, look for head coach Mike McCarthy and QB Aaron Rodgers to air it out. This is a team that had two guys with over 1,000 yards receiving last year. With a 1,200 yard rusher on IR (Ryan Grant), the green light will be on after a loss to the Redskins in which the team thought they should have won. Keeping these WR to no yards after the catch (YAC) is the key for the Fins secondary. Vontae Davis, Jason Allen, Yeremiah Bell and Chris Clemons will have to bring there A+ game for this contest.
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