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Friday, December 22, 2006

Dumbest Sports Poll Ever

There are a few iconic stadiums and arenas in pro sports: Fenway Park, Soldier Field, Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field, and Yankee Stadium all leap to mind. Several others are no longer with us: the Boston Garden and Candlestick Park. Hmm... am I missing any? Let's see... oh, yeah. How about this one:

Perhaps the most storied stadium in all of professional football, Lambeau field is named for the founder and first coach of the Green Bay Packers. Curly Lambeau and George Halas were, arguably, the two most important individuals in the establishment, survival, and eventual growth of the NFL.

Lambeau lead the Packers to their first four championships in the 1920s and the 1930s and established them as a permanent fixture in the National Football League. There wouldn't be a football team in a town the size of Green Bay (roughly 100,000 people) if not for Curly Lambeau. Appropriate, then, that in the 1960s the team renamed their stadium for Lambeau after his death.

Which brings me to today's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel online poll:

Now, I'm a big Packer fan, and hence a big Brett Favre fan. He's been absolutely great for the franchise, helping to resurrect it from the horrible years of the 1980s, and establishing himself as a no-brainer first-ballot Hall of Famer. But, really. Rename one of the two most storied football stadiums, and one of the ten most iconic of any sports venues, after Mr. Favre? Not a chance. I'll grant you that Favre Field has a nice alliterative feel to it, but not a chance.

Fortunately, most of my fellow cheeseheads agree with me, as the poll was running over 86% against renaming the stadium when I cast my nay vote.


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