TERM OF ENDEARMENT
AFTER FLYING BACK TO WISCONSIN FOLLOWING Green Bay's Dec. 18, 1966, win over the Rams, Vince Lombardi spent an additional hour at the airport, signing autographs and chatting with fans. When he returned home, he was almost frozen. As he got into bed, his wife, Marie, exclaimed, "God, your feet are cold!" Replied the coach, "In bed you may call me Vincent, dear."
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
THE PACKERS WERE RIDING THE TEAM BUS AFTER A particularly dispiriting loss in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day 1962, in which the Lions had spent most of the day in Green Bay's backfield. Looking to cheer up the offensive line, Fuzzy Thurston said, "Well, at least it wasn't a total loss. We learned a new block today." His fellow guard Jerry Kramer asked, "What the hell do you mean?" Thurston replied, "The lookout block. You know, you block, and then you yell, 'Look out, Bart!' "
DON'T FEED THE BEARS
CHICAGO AND GREEN BAY HAVE a storied rivalry, and Packers tackle Forrest Gregg recalled a late-'50s matchup that had particular bite. "I remember blocking this linebacker," he says. "I blocked him all the way past the running back, and then I fell to my knees. The linebacker reached down, grabbed my helmet and swung it and hit me right in the mouth. Knocked out two of my teeth. I said, 'Well, that's what Bears week means.' " (Or maybe, "That'th what Bearth week meanth.")
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