“I hated it.
I was opposed to it on moral grounds.
a waste of time.
Then the Packers won the Superbowl with Brett Favre
and I started to realize the strategy, the artistry,
it’s like watching a ballet
with three hundred pound ballerinas!
They’re so in their bodies,
they’re so in control of their bodies,
so embodied those guys
that they can intuitively reach up and catch that ball
and get it, oh my god,
in a split second
and then together, the community of it,
the communication that hasta happen,
how they have to know what they’re doing…
anyway, I was converted.”
Were you into sports before you liked football?
not a sports person.
Didn’t grow up with it,
don’t have brothers,
no, no sense of it,
didn’t know that it was a thing of beauty,
didn’t know it had any merit.
We used to come here anyway,
then we wanted to watch the Packer game,
but this isn’t quite a Packer place—
like you wouldn’t normally think
the Pfister… Packers?
So they have the lovely lobby
with the little TV in the corner
and then we asked,
“Could we watch the Packer game?”
so then somebody gingerly opened up the TV doors
and put on the Packer game with no sound,
but then we got so excited
and of course people really wanted to watch the game
even Pfister people, like the staff,
they all came sneaking out,
“What’s the score? What’s the score?”
so like eventually over time it sorta became okay
to watch the Packer game here
and then we would have a lovely brunch
and then we would pull the tables together
and then like a community of people
began to join us on Sundays,
a lot of the staff,
and the guy that we thought was a secret service agent.
And now people will gather out there
a lot of times there’s guests in the hotel from out of state
and they come down,
it’s a great place to watch the Packer game, the best.
We’ve met a ton of people,
Mike Sherman’s (the Packer’s coach) daughter!
I didn’t know who she was
I saw this girl sitting by herself watching the game,
this college girl,
but she’d go like this:
it was getting towards the end of the season
towards the playoffs, so this was a really important game
she went to Marquette but she didn’t want to watch it there
because all the kids knew her
so she came here to watch it by herself
and there was nobody else there that Sunday
it was just you and Mike Sherman’s daughter
watching this intense game.
I would have missed all that
if I still had my nose in the air
about the moral reprehensibility of football.”