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. 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. Juli has been coaching teams and athletes for over 20 years. She grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. She is a 2-time Master's Amercian Weightlifting Champion and holds six Master's American records. She is a Master's Weightlifting National Champion and holds three National records. She is a Master's Weightlifting World Championships Silver Medalist in 2016. Juli is also a Masters Highland Games World Champion and holds three World Records in the Braemar Stone; Heavy Weight for Distance, and Light Weight for Distance in the 45-49 class. Her 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe has honed her coaching skills to be a top choice for you to reach your strength and conditioning goals. Juli will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However; tosabarbell is also for those who just 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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