It was a weekend of football. It didn't end so well.
It started out nicely though. I missed Wisconsin's defeat at the hands of Illinois (a state that was no friend to Wisconsin teams this weekend) because I was back at my alma mater, watching the UW-Whitewater Warhawks rout UW-River Falls 38-12. The only disappointment was the weather. Mid-80s? For football? In October? Fortunately, Perkins Stadium is outfitted with some natural shade in the form of those pine trees over there behind the visitor stands.
Which is where we sat to watch the second half of the game. If you have the lounge-in-the-grass-under-a-tree seating option available to you at your local stadium, I highly recommend it. Particularly if you are prone to sunburn, not wild about crowds, and attempting to resist the siren song of those Peanut M&Ms you saw at the concession stand.
Of course, there was more college football to watch on Saturday (USC losing! To Stanford!) and NFL football to watch on Sunday, all leading up to the Sunday night game, Packers vs. Bears. I was no where near as confident as all of the commentators were about a Packers win. These commentators have clearly not been lifelong Packers fans. I find that the only way to get through the season with a reasonable amount of sanity intact is to never, ever assume that the Packers are going to win. Because they'll break your heart every time.
They started out so well. It was looking like an easy win. The Packers even appeared to have a running game, which came as quite a shock after the first four games of all passing all the time. That was until half-time, at which point I may have accidentally fallen asleep on my couch. And then I woke up and it was the fourth quarter and the score was tied at 20. The Bears scored, leaving the Packers with two minutes and one time out remaining to get a touchdown, and folks, Brett Favre is good, but he's no superhero. (That last statement approaches blasphemy in this state.)
So, flatlanders, you win this round. Still, this leaves the Badgers at 5-1 and the Packers at 4-1 with a Bears/Packers rematch to come in December. Not that I'm making any predictions about the outcome of the game or even the season. I will, however, go so far as to predict no more napping during Packers games on my part. You know, just in case it was my fault. One can never be too careful in these situations.