Top 10 Sports Related Moments in the Pingel (Howard Branch) Household in 2008
As we approach the end of 2008, it’s a time for reflection of the past year. As this is a sports oriented blog I present my Top 10 Sports Related Moments of 2008, in no particular order:
Going to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game – Snow and a win. Still couldn’t believe what happened during that game…from the weather to the play on the field, was simply an awesome time and some of the most fun I have ever had at a Packer game ever. Locking my keys in the truck while it was running afterwards wasn’t that great but man was that thing warm once we got in it.
Going to the NFC Championship Playoff Game – Cold and a loss. Ugh, from elation to despair to elation to despair with the final despair made only worst for standing in the below 0 weather for 3+ hours. At least I can say I went to a NFC Championship game and also saw Brett Favre’s last game in Lambeau…I hope.
Seeing the Brewers advance to the playoffs for the first time in 26 years – I don’t know what was more cool, watching that last game or watching after the game to see if the Mets would lose and shots from in the club house.
Friday before the inaugural Fantasy Baseball League Draft – Was the second day of the NCAA tourney so took it off to watch the games. Dad and Brother-in-Law Gary came down early as well, just a fun time.
Annual Pingel NFL Draft Party – The usually gathering I hold every year of friends and family to watch the NFL draft. One of my favorite weekends of the year.
Winning our family and friends Fantasy Football League – technically this happened in 2007 but it was towards the end of the year so it’s close enough…and like all Fantasy Football champs even if you’re not the current reigning champ you can still gloat that you once were… and lord it over all the other league members that haven’t won yet.
Davidson beats Wisconsin in the NCAA Tourney – I remember this not necessarily fondly for the result of that game or the reason for being together – but it was the first time in a long time that the entire family was together from my mother’s side. While the events of the following Saturday wasn’t fun, a memorial service for our Aunt Mae, the night before was spent in camaraderie and remembrance with family and more likely than not, exactly what Mae would have wanted.
Michael Phelps and the 100m Butterfly – Seriously, we all thought he lost. I remember Mom & Dad were in town that night and we were all watching it together, none of us could believe it. I see that picture today taken from below of Phelps and Cavic at the wall and I still get a bit excited.
Aaron Rodgers Debut – First game of the 2008 season, first game of the Rodgers Era and a Monday Night Game to boot. A victory over the Vikings and a solid performance by our new QB and a big sigh of relief all over Wisconsin….if only the remainder of the season had stayed so nice.
The First Annual Wilbur Pingel Memorial Golf Outing – Previously known as…bunch of relatives getting together to drink beer and golf, but now with a higher purpose. Also the first time I have ever beaten my Uncle Mike on the links!
So there’s my list, what’s yours?