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John Mercure: Mercurey Rising

"Return to Titletown"

An amazing Celebration

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     I'm exhausted, but it's a happy exhaustion.  I'm tired, but my mind is at ease.  I just got back from the "Return to Titletown" rally at Lambeau Field. 

 

     Fans lined up to get in beginning about Noon, the gates opened at 2p.  The rally began at 4p and ran until 5p. Some people stayed in the stadium until close to 6p.  That's six hours.  Ordinarily that might not have been a big deal.  It was today because the temp as only four degrees; factor in the windchill and it was about ten below.  Packers fans are the most intense, loyal, passionate fans.

 

     A few highlights for me:

     1. As Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers entered the stadium the crowd erupted with chants of "MVP, MVP, MVP".  As he began to speak, the chant were so loud that he had to stop and take it in.

     2. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt announcing that a Green Bay Street has now been named "McCarthy's Way".  He even had the sign there.

     3. The players, led by Nick Collins, paraded around Lambeau Field with the Lombardi Trophy.  They held it out so fans could touch it, kiss it, be a part of it.  It was the first time I had ever sen an NFL team do that.

 

     We did "Wisconsin's Afternoon News" from the WTMJ Radio Booth where Wayne Larivee and Larry McCarren call the games.  It's right at the 50 yard line.  It was absolutely amazing.  Intense.  Here are some of the photos I snapped.  The day was great, I'm sorry the pictures don't do it justice.

 

LAMBEAU FIELD BEFORE "RETURN TO TITLETOWN" BEGAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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