A Violent Femme’s View – Some Byes Are Harder Than Others
Wow, how did the bye week get here so quickly? It was just yesterday we were watching the first game with starry eyes, anticipating the streak of wins that would culminate in the Dolphins finally not drinking their champagne and Packer fans deliriously celebrating a fourth Lombardi trophy…well, that was pretty short lived, wasn’t it? We came to our senses in a hurry that this season would be no cakewalk. No season ever is.
Still, I have to feel good going into the bye week. After a couple of very close and heartbreaking losses, the last three games have just been great to experience as a fan. We have seen progressively more teamwork, gutsy play (PAY TRAMON, TED, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE), smart decisions by the players and finally maybe a little more originality from Mike McCarthy. And I saw Jerry Jones turn purple with rage. That always makes me happy. If we beat the kings of suckage, the Bears, and stay ahead of them like we are now, we win the conference. I’m sorry, I know that the announcers were full of the rejuvenation of the Vikings this week, but I don’t believe it. Train. Wreck. The Lions can’t seem to catch a break. This one is ours to lose.
This really is a “bye” week though – I hate to see Al Harris go. He’s been one of my favorite players for years. (As John Rehor will tell you, he is not my very favorite though, that’s the guy whose fan club I will be president of – Korey Hall. More about him in another post.) Al has personified dignity, hard work, and tenacity. He is tough. The man had his SPLEEN busted and then removed for us, people!
I understand it was a business decision, and the reasons for it make sense. In some strange way, though, for Ted Thompson I think this was a harder decision than others he has had to make. This is someone who for years showed up, worked hard, did his job and still really wanted to be a Packer. Indeed, Al seemed deeply disappointed and upset to be going, but also seemed to understand the reasons he was moving on. Ted seems to value Al’s type of player the most, which is understandable.
This year the Packers have had to cut people like Will Blackmon, who I’ve come to know more about via Twitter and whom I enjoy immensely. And losing Kampy was tough because he was such a class act. Those types of departures are sad. But this one breaks my heart.
I’m deeply disappointed for him, and us. Best wishes, Al.
Please don’t play for the Vikings. That is all.