Today’s the day … Packers begin defense of championship


The NFL season begins at Lambeau Field tonight. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Today’s the day.

 It’s the day that only a couple of months ago many of us thought might never come. The league’s players were locked out and it seemed like the season was locked down.

 Today that’s an ancient memory.

 Today is the kick-off to the 2011 season – the kick-off to the Packers’ defense of a Super Bowl championship against an opponent that held that title just two short seasons ago.

 Today starts the ride that is the annual 20-week trail of trials and tribulations … The shouts of joy and groans of frustration … The angst of uncertainty.

 The beauty of this day is that every team today is 0-0, on an even keel and set to make a run at the Super Bowl. 

We all know only one team will emerge as champion. That process starts tonight and will last the next five months. 

 So as you settle in tonight for the start of the new season remember that today is special … One of a kind that we may never see again. 

 The Packers are the champions and will remain that way until some other team earns that title.

But that won’t be for many, many tomorrows.

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