Local residents heat up Lambeau to celebrate Green & Gold champions

Editor’s note: The following is a first-person account of the Green Bay Packers’ homecoming celebration Tuesday afternoon at Lambeau Field, written by reporter Aaron Becker.

Maybe 40 years from now, this Packer memory will be called “Ice Bowl II.”

That’s because when this story gets told to our descendants someday, the temperature will be even lower.

You know how it goes.

Despite the fierce chill, Packer fans — including several from the Ripon area — bundled up and packed Lambeau Field this week for a thrilling homecoming celebration.

It was Tuesday afternoon, in biting cold.

So naturally, about 56,000 fans turned out. Rumor has it, the place was sold out.

Among them were Green Lake residents Brian and Kathy Ninneman. According to our friends at WRPN radio, Jeremy Schouten of Green Lake and Matt Storz of Ripon made the pilgrimage as well.

Like a grain of sand on the beach, this writer was there, too, wearing snow boots, three layers of pants, a wool cap and a thick ski jacket — and armed with a long-range camera.

Read the full story in the Feb. 10, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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