Opening Day last year at Lambeau Field, and the crowd was filing in by the pack, sporting their favorite team Jerseys. Niners and Packers. NFL Game of the Week.
Donning my 49er hoody, I was outnumbered by the home team Packer fans 4 to 1. No worries, Packer fans are arguably the best fans in the league and it was apparent at the Brett Favre tailgate party. Fun and games, brats and beer, and just a wee bit of gentle smack talk.
The friendly fan banter between 49er fans and Packer fans lasted all week, as we explored Green Bay and that skinny finger of land jutting between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, Door County. We were thoroughly impressed by the genuine Midwest hospitality.
Door County, Wisconsin is not only a little slice of cherry pie but a huge slice of Americana. As we drove through Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, and all the little villages up to Sister Bay and beyond, we noticed there are no strip malls, fast food, or hotel chains. Instead we were stopping in farmers markets, outdoor theaters, the Piggly~Wiggly, and family run guest houses.
If you’re lucky enough to visit Door County, stop by a cheese-to-go stand, have dinner at a fish boil, or watch the goats atop Al Johnson’s roof. Whatever you decide, enjoy this throwback era community. The people here always keep the Door wide open.
So today is the kick-off of the 2013 NFL season. A rematch of last years Opening Day. Only the battle today will be decided on Niner turf – Candlestick Park– my field of dreams, and dreams come true. The last year my beloved 49ers play at “The Stick” before the wrecking ball becomes the name of the game.