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Lambeau Field: Where's the Magic?

                                 

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An article from JonBob's Packer Blog.     

 

When I was growing up in the 1990's, there were a few things that were just accepted as simple truths:  if you talked back you'd get spanked, if you didn't brush you'd get cavities, and, oh yeah, if the Packers were playing at home they were going to win.

Indeed, during this era, Lambeau Field was more like a fortress than a football stadium, with the Green and Gold apparently capable of imposing their will on visiting teams. Entire seasons would pass without yielding a home defeat ('96, '97, and '02, with a certain game disregarded because it occurred in 2003). I'd go as far as to say that the phenomenon of the Packers' inability to lose at home bordered on the supernatural.

However, in recent years, it seems that the luster of Lambeau has begun to fade. While certainly the building is still a shrine to football, a veritable cathedral of all things holy to pigskin, these spiritual attributes do not seem to be translating to W's for the Pack, at least not in the way they used to. One only needs to think back upon recent embarrassing home defeats, such as the humiliating loss to the Vikings following Lambeau's rededication in 2003, or the 2006 26-0 shellacking at the hands of the Bears, to see that this is true. Such atrocities would never have been allowed in the 90's.

But were these just anomalies, or part of something bigger? Curious to see if the Packers' recent track-record at home has been as bad as it seems, I decided to do some number crunching. I came to this shocking realization: It's been far worse.

 

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