Thursday, July 30, 2015

This is the finest tradition in sports, bar none

I don't care who you are, if you disagree, you're just wrong. Every year, Green Bay Packers players ride from the locker room at Lambeau Field to the team practice fields where training camp is held. Ride how? On the bicycles of children who line up, almost all wearing the jerseys of their favorite players, hoping a Packer will take their bike for the ride. Fortunately, it isn't far, because the bikes are kid-sized and the players, well, aren't:

Usually, the kids get to carry the helmets of the players who took their bikes, because the players have all they can handle piloting these undersized (for them) bicycles. The origins of the tradition are hazy but date at least to the Lombardi years, and possibly earlier, into the late 1950s. There is no question, though, that for every one of these kids, it is a story they will tell their grandchildren:

Don't doubt it.

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