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Incomplete Passes: Reflections on Life, Love, and Football by Linda Lange
June 27, 2012 |
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Linda Lange turned twelve in 1959, the year Vince Lombardi arrived in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and changed everything. To say that Linda embraced the future kings of football would be an understatement. Her new passion transformed the way she viewed her hometown, the world, and most important, herself. In “Incomplete Passes,” Linda reflects on her coming-of-age journey as she grows into womanhood, experiences an unusual mid-life crisis, and embraces a friendship that spans fifty years.
The author has rated this book PG-13 (questionable content for children under 13).
Sunday morning, September 23, 2007. The sky is blue; the sun is bright. The air is full of autumn crispness and promise and probably a bit of paper-mill effluvium, since we are, after all, in Green Bay. The Packers are 2-0, and they play the San Diego Chargers this afternoon. Nobody really expects them to have an undefeated season, but it is still mathematically possible, so all of fandom is in a good mood. There was a parade yesterday, to honor the fiftieth anniversary of Lambeau Field. It was a clunky, but charming, little home-grown parade with vintage cars and vintage players,including Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, and Max McGee. It had high school bands, cheerleading students from a local academy, and (I think) a couple of the original Golden Girls cheerleaders from the sixties. It was totally Green Bay. It was totally perfect.
Pam and I come out of the Days Inn-Lambeau Field at about quarter to eight in the morning. As is our custom, I’m driving her to Mass before the game. As I locate my car, I recall that I had a spot of trouble parking it last night. The lot was almost full. As I attempted to pull out and re-enter at the far end of the lot, I almost hit a sawhorse that was blocking the exit. I hadn’t had much to drink and my night vision is still fair, but the sawhorse was painted Packer green and was difficult to see in the dark. Another sawhorse was sitting in a perfectly good parking space. Del and Carla jumped out of the car and moved the obstruction so I could park. A group of revelers, sitting on the ground in a corner of the lot, were yelling at me, but I ignored them. I had my Days Inn parking pass on my dashboard, so I had a right to be there.
As I approach my car in the morning light, my first impression is that someone is playing a practical joke on me. A figure is draped over my steering wheel, a small man in a plaid shirt. I suddenly realize that this is not a dummy, ohmigod, this is a real man, and in all the confusion I obviously forgot to lock my car last night. I rap on the window and the man raises his head. I am so relieved that he is not dead that I don’t scream, I don’t call 911, I simply open the door and announce, “This is my car.”
“Oh, okay,” he says politely. He climbs out and strolls away. I check the car. Nothing has been taken and nothing left behind except a pervasive odor of alcohol.
Pam and I roll down the windows and continue on to Nativity of Our Lord Church on Oneida Streeet. It is Game Day Morning, and all is right with the world.
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