I have lived in this area my entire life and I am always proud to say I am a native son of Green Bay. Life is good in our area and it is a pretty nice place to live and raise a family. But we have issues, like anywhere.
Two concerning issues I see in our area will come together on Sunday as the Packers face the Eagles in a playoff game. The first is that some people literally worship the Green Bay Packers. I’m not talking about caring if they win or lose—fans do that—I’m talking about the fact that if the Packers lose some people will be depressed for weeks.
The second one is the spirit of alcoholism that is rampant in our community. When I turned 12 years old, my father took me downstairs, opened a bottle of beer and gave it to me saying “son, you’re a man now.” That’s just not right. Yet our rate of alcohol consumption in the state of Wisconsin is legendary—and we even take pride in it at times.
Personally I do not believe having an occasional glass of wine or a single beer is a sin for most people—unless it is something that leads to temptation. And I enjoy watching the Packer games—I am a fan. But the sad fact is that when the Packers lose, police report that domestic violence cases increase dramatically. Families are being destroyed because the Packers lost a football game—and alcohol is almost always involved.
I hope the Packers win Sunday. I hope you enjoy the game, win or lose. I just hope and pray that as a community we will grow up and realize football and alcohol should not be our reasons for living—and certainly should never become our gods.