Waiting for Lambeau

Jan. 09, 2006
Jan. 09, 2006

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Jan. 9, 2006

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
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Waiting for Lambeau

Packers fan, born in 1902, attends first game; doesn't care that they're in a rebuilding phase

AT 103 Leone McKenney has been a Packers fan--and a lot of other things--for a long time. Though she has followed the team since Curly Lambeau founded it in 1919, the Wisconsin native, whose late husband didn't care for football, had never attended a game. For a while she got her Packers fix by quizzing neighbors who had season tickets. "When they came home from games," says McKenney, "we would run up and ask, 'What did you see?' Then came TV, and we could watch ourselves." But recently her decades-old dream came true, when she was pulled from her bingo game by the owners of the assisted living center in suburban Green Bay where she lives and offered tickets to the Packers' season finale versus the Seahawks. She quickly said yes, adding, "Luckily, I hadn't been doing so well in the bingo game." (Not that the stakes were high. "I believe," she says, "we were playing for an orange.") On Sunday the retired fifth-grade teacher, who was joined by her great-granddaughter's fiancé, was wheeled to an indoor club seat, where she watched the Packers win and sampled a Lambeau favorite. "I had a brat," she says, "but I was afraid a beer would affect my walk. I didn't want to make an idiot of myself."

This is an article from the Jan. 9, 2006 issue Original Layout

PHOTOMIKE ROEMER/AP (MCKENNEY)BINGO! McKenney was given the hard-to-get tickets as a gift.