Life Near Lambeau: Always About Packers

Danielle Lippert, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

It’s a Sunday fall morning. Around 8 o’clock, my house is already alive with people, which is why I am up so early on these Sunday mornings. I can smell the food being made, and I can hear the cars outside.

It’s a Thursday, winter night. It’s around 8 o’clock at night. It’s dark outside, but my neighborhood is lit up with the lights from Lambeau Field.

Although it’s the beginning of spring, all that’s on my family’s mind is football. With the draft just over a month ago, according to my family, it’s already football season.

Well, really, it’s always football season with my family. Twenty-four hours, seven days a week, someone is thinking or talking about football and the Packers.

My family and I live a few blocks away from the stadium. During the fall, you can find our small side street packed with parked cars. It’s not just outside our house that is full of the Packer spirit, but inside too.

Last summer, my dad painted our dull, white garage Packer green and yellow. The walls are adorned with multiple Packer signs and flags from throughout the years.

On a game day morning, you can find my mom, my dad, my siblings and I rushing around the house getting everything together. From food, to chairs, to getting the TV set up, there’s a job for everyone.

Also on these chilly fall days, you can find our garage filled with my dad’s co-workers, my brother’s friends and the rest of our family, all gathered around getting ready to go to the game or stay in our garage and watch it.

Because we live so close to the stadium, you can see the Jumbotron right from our front yard. Of course, it can be hard to see in the spring when the leaves fill the trees and in the fall when they are just starting to fall off, but in the winter, you can see the game clearly.

Even inside the house, we can hear the screams from the crowd. We know something good is happening even before we see it on TV.

Although I’m not one to sit in the garage and watch the game, it’s always fun having people over. People who may all be different but all have one thing in common: their love for the Packers.