My fandom reaches back to the early 1990’s. Growing up watching Chuck Cecil make bone crushing hits and Paul Molitor igniting the crew sold me that sports was something I needed to keep a close eye on.
I was an active kid and whenever I had the chance I was playing some sport. From throwing TD’s to myself landing and eventually breaking my parents couch, forcing my sister and brother to play baseball in the backyard, begging my dad to build me a basketball hoop to just on a rainy day playing Quarterback Club, NBA Jam and Super RBI Baseball on the SNES. Sports played a huge part in my life.
I have a lot of memories of Brewers, Bucks, Badgers and Packers games i’ve attended but one memory comes to mind that doesn’t even involve going to a game. Every sunday watching packer games with my family. It was tradition and a ritual of eating hot ham and cheese sandwiches, wearing the same outfit and sitting in the same exact seat that would convince me I helped the Packers win Super Bowl XXXI versus the Patriots. Every touchdown that year the packers scored my grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles would one ring each others landline phones as a way of giving a high five.
Playing sports and watching them is still a big part of my life but now married with two kids gives me the opportunity to do something I never thought i could do. That is coach. I have assisted and head coached my kids sports teams for 6 years. It’s not only great to teach your own kids what skills it takes to be a good player and teammate but it’s even more rewarding seeing the faces of other kids when they finally get that hit, make a catch or win their first game. I truly believe that sports can help develop kids into great citizens in our communities with the values and discipline it teaches.
The countless road trips all over Wisconsin and everywhere else to just follow my teams has been amazing with my friends. We call ourselves the Packer Superfans but we are more than just that. We love all Wisconsin sports. Enough about me. It’s now time to tell those questionable stories and talk Wisconsin Sports. Thanks for listening!