Fraternizing With The Enemy

Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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It was finally chilly enough the other day that I decided to wear one of my Minnesota Vikings sweatshirts (I have two) as I ran a few errands around town.
I obviously wasn’t thinking because it was like walking around with a blinking billboard saying “Ask me about Brett Favre.”  Ugh.
 “Well..how’d you like your new boy out there the other night? He sure can do them handoffs can’t he? heh, heh, heh.”
“Looks like your guy, Mr. Fahv-ray still likes to play dirty. You see that knee-busting illegal block he threw?”
Those were just a few of the comments I heard.
The truth is..it’s sort of like when the United States welcomed former Nazi rocket genius, Wernher Von Braun, after World War II because of what he could do…and DID do.. for the U.S. space program..including the successful moon landing in 1969.  After Apollo 11, nobody remembered Von Braun’s V-2 rocket program which reined terror over allied cities during the war.
 
No..No, I’m not calling Brett Favre a Nazi..I’m just saying that, for some of us, embracing a former enemy takes time. Once the former Packer launches a few successful passes to the intended receivers and is able to unify our talented team..I’ll try erase all the years he fought for the opposing side.
Doug, Doug..it’s only a game..it’s only a game.
 
I’ll tell you who I am rooting for with my whole heart again this year: my grandson, Tucker Smith who had a stellar Saturday night in the West Central Trojans’ victory over Harrisburg. 
I’ve never known anyone who loves football as much as he nor works as hard to be good at it than #21.
 
Then, there’s the other loyalty that I’ve kinda had forced on me; Nebraska Cornhusker Football. My daughter works for the University and my granddaughter is a 2nd year student and a member of the marching band. 
I’ve never had any real strong feelings  about Nebraska football..other than marveling at how the fans are well..REALLY fanatic!  A case in point is my old friend, Mark Nelsen of Maximum Promotions. His loyalty and fanaticism has led to the making of a giant “Go Big Red” banner measuring 60 feet by 80 feet which will be unveiled at Cornhusker home games.
As for me..I’ve decided to buy an old van and add a few decorations to show my support for the Huskers.
What do ya think?
 
Just kidding.  I actually took this picture in a Lincoln, Nebraska parking lot.
I’m not sure if I can even get tickets to a home game.
 

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