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Waiting for Goodell

Waiting for Goodell

Never before would I have thought that “boo hoo” and “hue and cry” would come together so seamlessly, much less over something in one sentence combining sea hawks, meat packers, and prayers interceding the virgin Mary that reads in perfect syntax to any American.  Or that two such otherwise diametrically opposed figures as Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin state Senator Jon Erpenbach — who almost ran against Walker in the recall election — would be on the same page about something that pertains to unions, workers, and contracts.  Then again, it’s not much like me to opine my two cents amongst the inflated currency of the vox populi over a topic in which none other than my own ignorance can rival my actual interest: football.  But the occasion is much too infrequent for when I can scribble about Samuel Beckett and the Green Bay Packers in one shot, so here goes…
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Don’t Mess With Taxes

No, that’s not a dyslexic typo.  But as for lapses of logic, spelling gaffes, general bouts of stupidity, and Palin-esque aposiopeses, please read on…

The tea party (TP) “spatriots” came to town today — on yellow school buses no less — and were met overwhelmingly by a counter-protest pro-union contingent which effectively drowned out their “drown it in a bathtub” Grover Norquist message.  But rather than tell, I’ll show:

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Some Thoughts on the Home Team

All this week the dome of the Capitol building downtown has been lit up in Packers green and gold.  (See below.)  It’s pretty cool actually.  Inside that rotunda dome earlier this week the new governor interrupted his own State of the State speech before the entire Legislature to speak to someone in Packers management via live feed from Dallas to wish the team good luck.  It’s what would be done if an astronaut from a go-nowhere podunk of the state were orbiting the planet in outer space; what would be done if a phenom teenage gymnast from the same town were overseas on the U.S. team for the Olympics.  While this was for professional sports, the feeling of hometown pride for the little guy was just the same.  The adulation for the Packers this state has is infectious — it’s closer to a religious feeling in all actuality.  (They don’t still call him St. Vince for nothing!  Neither is the actual trek to the stadium or the hall of fame next to it accidental that for many it’s a rite of passage like going to Mecca.)  It’s one of the reasons I actually care about watching and what happens in the game for the first time in my adult life since I was a kid.

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