Monday Bacon: Fandom

Growing up, Sunday afternoons in the fall was one of my favorite times of the year. After a busy morning at church and a nice Sunday dinner, it was football time. I learned early on that it was completely acceptable to be in your own home watching the Vikings on TV while screaming at the television for two and a half hours. If we were lucky, Confirmation day fell on a good football day so we went to open houses; watched football; AND got cake. Score.

There were always friendly jabs between my dad and my Uncle who has been a Shareholder of the Packers since he was born…or shortly after. As I got older, when the Vikings would beat the Packers, I’d give my Uncle a friendly call. Being young and stupid, I didn’t realize the depths of fandom these Packer fans have for their boys. See, I grew up with perspective. I cheer for the Vikings, but when they lose, I’m okay. My life isn’t affected. At all. See how that works?

Not so in Packerland. The large majority of these people are nuts. Yup. Nuts. Did you know that many people here HATE Brett Farve. SRSLY?! As best as I can understand, see, he went and played with another team. Uhhhhh…hokaaaayyyyy. And after that he went and played for ANOTHER team. UmKay. Just so I’m clear, the man who allowed you people to finally take the bags off your heads can’t go play for another team who not only wants him, but will PAY him? Interesting.

And now we live in thick of it. And now we have Facebook. So during each and every game, the status updates light up praising or trashing the Pack. It’s something to behold, being face to face with the zealotry that is, The Packer Nation. Today will be a good day, the Packers won. And my Vikings lost. Bummer…but I’m okay.

On another note, if you haven’t had bacon stuffed peppers on your gameday tray, you’ve failed. It’s tasty!


“Athletic competition clearly defines the unique power of our attitude.”

Bart Starr

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For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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