Sometimes we forget. Sometimes we forget too soon … way too soon.
That’s all I can figure was the case with my home town’s officials as they, in the middle of the night, removed the championship flags that had flown for nearly the past year.
They went up the pole about the first part of March 2011 and flew throughout the year.
And though the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV flags that slapped in the breeze in the town of Minocqua just below Old Glory itself, had grown thin and worn, they were removed too soon.
It was only a couple of weeks that the Packers had disappointingly lost to the eventual NFC Champion New York Giants at Lambeau Field. The sting was still prevalent, and still is.
But the Super Bowl is still five days away. When the flags were removed, the Super Bowl was a good 10-12 days away.
What everyone doesn’t realize is that the Packers were still World Champions of the NFL … they still are and won’t be dethroned until the clock ticks down on this year’s Super Bowl Sunday night. Only then will a new champion will be declared.
Until then, the Packers reign.
That’s why I was so disappointed when the flags were pulled down well before their term was concluded. Yes, you could consider them lame duck after they lost to the Giants, but that doesn’t matter. They are still the best team of 2010-11 – and many will argue that they were still the best team as we headed into early 2012. Unfortunately, they decided to play their worst game of the year when it counted most.
And the town’s officials also made their worst decision at the most inopportune time.
As we close in on the Super Bowl, we can only continue to stand tall and remember a season that should never be forgotten – and never will.
Though the flags that flew so high and mighty this past year lie buried in the depths of a town garage, or perhaps even burned or taken home by town employees, we can only hope that the desire and drive to recapture that sacred place below Old Glory will again be achieved.
Only then can we again remember … and not forget too soon.