Every once in a while, the sports gods smile on a region of the country and its legions of fans.
In 2004, it was Boston and the greater New England area with success ladled on the Red Sox in baseball and the Patriots in football.
There can be no doubt that this is Wisconsin’s time.
And the gods are absolutely beaming down on the Dairy State.
For any extra-terrestrials that happen to be reading this, the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV in February and are poised to defend their crown.
Barring catastrophic injuries — meaning anything long-term to Number 12 — the Pack will surely be in the mix.
It’s not a given that they will repeat, but it bears repeating that they will repeat (my take).
The Milwaukee Brewers, after languishing in ineptitude for decades, made the playoffs in 2008 and proceeded to put together a team that will contend for the foreseeable future.
What the Brew Crew has done since the All-Star break is a streak for the ages.
At a time when the Brewers usually fade to black, we are just seeing the opening credits of a run toward the World Series.
It is 29 long-suffering years for their loyalssince that happened.
A side order to this banquet of the food of the gods is the Wisconsin Badgers football team.
Perhaps for the first time ever, Bucky is at the precipice of a national title. We’re talking BCS here and it is not a mere pipe dream.
Russell Wilson’s insertion into this lineup provides a quantum leap in that direction.
A lot of hopes are being pinned on Wilson’s redoubtable arm and the good news is…he is up to the task.
It is clearly an oasis in what has been a veritable desert of disappointment for a long time.
Even though the above-mentioned teams have had good seasons here and there, it has been forever (perhaps never) all at once garnering attention on their respective national stages.
That’s a triple crown worthy of Secretariat.
Every rose has its thorn.
In this case, the thorn is an embarrassment of riches for the sports viewing public around these parts.
Take Thursday, September 1st for an example.
The Brewers host the St. Louis Cardinals for the last time this season at Miller Park. First pitch is at 3:10 p.m. so that shouldn’t be a head scratcher.
But at 7 p.m., the Packers finish up the preseason with a game at Lambeau Field against the Kansas City Chiefs
While at the same time, just up the dial as we used to say, Camp Randall will roll out the carpet for the Badgers as they kick off their run for all the marbles when UNLV makes its way to Mad Town.
Then, just one week later, the Packers play for keeps against the New Orleans Saints in the traditional kickoff to the NFL’s 2011 season…also at Lambeau.
And, oh yes, the Philadelphia Phillies will start a four-game potential NLCS preview when they take on the Brewers at Miller. Park.
Three words — or should I say one hyphenate — Picture-in-picture!
Either that or go to any number of sports bars, nightclubs and mom & pop taverns who will be raking in the green, piggy-backing on all this success.
Of course, there is coverage of the rest of the sports and niche interest for those who enjoy all of the above and perhaps are fans of Manchester United or Yugoslavia Split.
Sit back, watch and enjoy sports fans.
You may never see the likes of this again in a long, long, long time.
Of course, with Mike McCarthy (GB), Ron Roenicke (Brewers) and Bret Bielema (UW) at the respective helms…this would be a most-welcome lightning to strike twice.