Played this puppy this morning for Packer trivia as we get ready for a trip to Detroit on Sunday. One of my favorite all time Packer moments. This was right around the time I started to learn what 'sports' was. Like I think the year leading to this my dad and I had a night where we were listening to the Badger/Minnesota game on the radio (because believe it or not there was a time not too long ago where not every game was on TV, I like to call those the dark years) and at the same time watching Game 6 of the Phillies/Blue Jays World Series. Obviously we were rooting for Wisco, and for whatever reason I was a huge fan of the Phillies in that series. Just something about John Kruk's fat guy/mullet combo I found awesome. Well that night at about the same time the Badgers suffered their only loss of the first of Alvarez's Rose Bowl seasons and Joe Carter walked off the Blue Jays to a WS title. To say I was depressed would be an understatement. Probably to this day a top 5 worst moment in my life. But it was that crippling depression that made me a sports addict to this day. And this Packer moment was during that same season. I'll never forget watching this game at my Grandma's house and going flat out BALLISTIC when I saw Sharpe was wide open. I mean what was Detroit doing there? Bro, might want to cover 8-4. Sharpe could have fair caught that thing. Now if memory serves I think we lost in Dallas the next week (a running theme of the mid 90's) but still, this was like a re-birth of the Packer organization.
Also you know what blew my mind upon watching this? Jason Hanson was kicking in that game. Like the Jason Hanson that will be kicking in Sunday's game. As in the Jason Hanson that if you blow out an NES cartridge of Tecmo Super Bowl is actually a player in that game. Just crazy how long that guy's been around. Actually come to think of it Jason Hanson has probably been the most consistent thing in my life to this point. President's have changed, girlfriends have come and gone, I've moved into and out of houses and apartments, my voice dropped from Beeker to Elmo, standard def became high def and MySpace became Facebook, but Jason Hanson has always been in a Lions uniform.
PS: In retrospect how smart was Barry Sanders retroactively. Like at the time no one could believe that he retired. You're in your prime! The Lions are consistently in the playoffs! Why would you walk away?! And then Matt Millen walked through the door and general managed like he was on a wide receiver episode of Hoarders, Scott Mitchell was signed to a max contract and it all culminated with an 0-16 season. Maybe the best juke move of his career was from pads to shuffleboard.