A Poor Bet & My Top 10 Packers of All Time

January 9, 2011
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We lost to this? Image via Wikipedia

I am a terrible gambler, but not because I have any kind of addiction or obsession.  Instead, I’m pretty bad at it because I am quite risk averse and because I lose at least 75% of the time.  I have even tried the George Costanza-esque strategy of betting against myself, and of course those were the times when my instincts were dead-on.

Forgetting this personal history once again, I decided to initiate a fun bet earlier this week with two twitter friends who are also Green Bay Packer fans.  As a life-long Eagles fan with a great uncle who once owned a tiny part of the team (see this post), I sensed an opportunity.

I gauged their feelings about the upcoming Eagle-Packer playoff game and went in for the kill.  I offered a bet to them both where the loser had to write the winning team’s nickname in his/her following blog post, and they quickly accepted.

As a sports media contrarian, I was thrilled when most “experts” picked the Packers to win.  I was licking my chops!

Then came the taunting.  An mp3 chanting “Go Pack Go”.  An opinion that “Fly Eagles Fly” was the worst fight song in history.  This video starring John Ashcroft (admittedly one of the biggest laughs I have had in a long time).  A suggestion that I needed to work on my trash talk.  A “Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood” boast.  Even one of the best & popular tax law bloggers online (and Eagle fan) had to come to my aid.  Hubris was clearly setting in on the bad guys.

Sure, everyone likes to see a team from a city with barely 100,000 beat up on a big city team.  But we’ve got kind fans who rarely express their displeasure as well as Michael Vick!  I couldn’t lose!

Well, guess who was wrong again.  By now we all know the final score:  21-16, Packers.  See you next year (unless of course there is a lockout).

So in honor of this week’s events, and in deference to my happy friends, I share with you my top 10 Packers of all-time:

10.  This online Javascript Packer from jscompress.com.

9.   My sister – True story:  Two days before I left for college, she gave me a great lesson about rolling up shirts, socks and pants as a way of efficiently using space in my suitcases.  It was a tender moment between siblings.  As my tears are welling up as I’m typing, I will need to take a break.

OK, I’m back.

8.  “The Packer” – a weekly newspaper covering the goings-on in produce shipping and distribution in North America.

7.  The Robert Packer Hospital – in Sayre, PA , serving “the Southern tier of New York and the Northern tier of Pennsylvania” since 1885.

6.  The Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 – Passed by Congress to protect competition in livestock, meat and poultry markets.  However, according to the Blog for Rural America, the Act has been ineffective at preventing meatpackers from price discrimination against small farmers.

5.  The Packer Lake Lodge – near Sierra City, CA, currently on sale for $750,000.

4.  The Harry Packer Mansion – an historic building in Jim Thorpe, PA that was used as the model for Disney World’s Haunted Mansion.  Yep, I’ve seen it and my wife has even been on its tour – we have friends who once lived a short walk from it.

3.  Charles H. Packer, Esq. – Fortunately, there is an outstanding estate planning attorney that I can put on this list.  Mr. Packer, of Hopkins & Carley in San Jose, CA, has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer for the last five years in a row.  Check out his impressive biography here.

2.  My awesome wife – she has this great way of avoiding wrinkling in her business suits by folding them inside out (yes, I used this joke already, but what do you think would happen if I listed her any lower?)

1.  Brett Favre.

Dishonorable mention – Alfred G. “Alferd” Packer (1842 – 1907) — I do not support cannibalism.

GO EAGLES!  May the 51st year be the charm.

 A Poor Bet & My Top 10 Packers of All Time
 A Poor Bet & My Top 10 Packers of All Time


Scott R. Zucker, Esq. is the owner of The Zucker Law Firm PLLC, located just outside the Capital Beltway in Annandale, within five miles of the City of Fairfax, the county seat of beautiful Fairfax County, Virginia. The firm focuses mainly on estate planning services for Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania clientele, and seeks to do so in an affordable and approachable way. People interested in learning more can contact Scott by phone or email.

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6 Responses to A Poor Bet & My Top 10 Packers of All Time

  1. January 10, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Great post Scott, I’m sure I could not have done anything like this on the odd chance the Packers would have lost (couldn’t resist). Instead of 4th and 26 or the post about the 1960 title game here are some alternative links you should have considered http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_NFL_Championship_Game and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_I and of course http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1967_NFL_Championship_Game
    Roger Wohlner recently posted..That Nice Man at Church Wants to Sell Me a …

    • Scott
      January 10, 2011 at 11:09 am

      I have to admit the Pack looked quite good yesterday. I truly hope you enjoy the rest of the playoffs (grumble, grumble)!


      Roger is obviously one of the two twitter friends I was referring to above. He is probably getting tired of my repeated praise about his blog and his obviously fun sense of humor, as discussed here and here.

  2. Michelle C
    January 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Hey…I’ve been to Robert Packer Hospital before.

    • Scott
      January 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm


      I hope you were there under positive circumstances!

      BTW, if you are the Michelle C that I think you are, then I hope to see you and your family quite soon! If you are not the Michelle C that I think you are, then please pardon the strangeness of the previous sentence.

      Thanks for commenting!


  3. January 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    This is a thing of beauty, Scott! Thank you for honoring your end of this bargain and displaying integrity as well as the requisite humility and grace. All in good fun (but GoPackGo!)

    • Scott
      January 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      I did see your tweet about your 16-month old with the baby belly saying “Go Pack Go”. Come on! How am I supposed to stay annoyed when your child does that? Maybe there is life beyond football after all…

      Thanks so much for your kind reply.

      Danielle is the other twitter friend I was writing about above (and in this post and this one as well). While she is quick to compliment me, her site and popularity are much better evidence of the adjectives that she used above.

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