The journey to Lambeau field is a special occurrence. Whether it is the fifth or fiftieth time going up to that hallowed ground, every time is a special time. The sights, sounds, smells, and knowledge of standing in a place where so many memories have taken place are shared by Packer fans alike on a regular basis. Nothing can replace going to Green Bay to see a game, especially the first time you go.
Recently, a Twitter conversation took place between Holly Phelps and PackerWorld central about Holly’s first game at Lambeau Field. The conversation started simply with her stating “There are tickets to Lambeau sitting on my dad's desk. That is all.”
The excitement in this short sentence was pure. I am well aware of what it is like to wait for the first game at Lambeau. Later, Holly went on to say the following to PW_Central, who had said that he really wanted to see a game at Lambeau with his father: “It's my first ever home game; dad's too. I've wanted to do this for years. Ask! Great "quality time" activity ;)”
As I was watching the Tweets appear on my phone, I was reminded of the story of my dad’s only trip to Lambeau, and the journey it took to get there.
Why should the Packers be considered a contender for reaching the Super Bowl? At the same time, what could be preventing the squad from even reaching the playoffs? I outline the team’s three biggest strengths and three biggest concerns below. Left out of the top concerns were the special teams coverage units and the kick and punt return games. These are both concerns but not as much as what is listed below.
An area of competition which has been discussed is the OLB position opposite Clay Matthews. Brad Jones, a rookie last year, ended the season as the starter. However, a player whose name has emerged as a potential candidate to compete against Jones is Cyril Obiozor. He has been touted as having all of the necessary skill set to become a premier pass rusher in the NFL, and most practices have had Kevin Greene, Outside Linebacker Coach, shouting at least once "Obi!" in an effort to motivate him to become the best player he can. Recently, he was kind enough to answer a few questions about his career up to this point, the 3-4 defense, and what he hopes the 2010 season will bring for both him and the Packers.
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