The season is upon us and I’m back and ready to write. Sorry for my shoddy performance last year, I had that whole wedding to plan, and I was mentally prepared for the Packers to self destruct (like they did) but I’m feeling refreshed and optimistic about this year’s season.
I’ll admit I have my worries about our season opener against the 49ers. The team should go into every game with the perception that it’s an important one (ahem, like they should have last season against the Giants), but they should be especially cognizant of the imapct of this first game this year. This game could determine home-field advantage for a rematch in January.
“I do recognize the importance of the first game,” McCarthy recently said. “I fully recognize the quality of our opponent. It’s the most important game because it’s the next game. We’re playing on national TV. That always brings added juice to it.”
Not to mention the whole momentum aspect our boys need to get through the remainder of their first month, which seems exceptionally tough: Chicago Bears (just four days after the 49ers game), a trip to Seattle, and a home game against New Orleans (it’s on NOLA Chick).
The team is still in search of its rhythm after a few tough preseasons games (I’ll admit, I can barely watch the preseason games because they just stress me out and are never really indicative of how the team will come together for a regular season game). My fingers are crossed that are running game can get it’s wheels in motion and our newbie Cedric Benson can just keep his hands on the ball (we don’t need a turnover problem). I’m not sure we’ll have an offense like we did last season, but here’s hoping our defense can return to the former glory of years’ past.
The game this weekend will have all the bells and whistles of a usual home opener. As the annual alumni game, it will feature halftime introductions of 31 players from the Packers’ 1982 team, dubbed by the organization as “one of the most prolific offensive groups in club history.” And here’s the part I’m most upset I’m missing: Boyz II Mean will be performing the national anthem. How did I miss this? I realize that’s a pretty poor reflection of my taste in music, but seriously, Boyz II Men! Ugh, so bummed. Oh yeah, and Lynn Dickey and Jan Stenerud will be taking part in fan activities at the Packers Pro Shop, Tundra Tailgate Zone, and Legends Club leading up to kickoff. So if you want to see them, head to one of those locations. If you want to see the Boyz, well I don’t have any advice for you there, but if I hear anything, you’ll be the first to know.