Ah, the Bye Week.
Is it over yet?
Being someone who requires copious amounts of sleep and a person who does not spend nearly enough time with her family and friends due to an addiction to a sports team, and considering that my future grandmother in law (is that a real term) just arrived in town from Peru, and I have some Spanish to catch up on, the bye week is coming at a very good time for me. And, shocking, since it’s not all about me; it’s also coming at a good time for the Packers. But it brings about the yearly question: what the hell am I supposed to do without the Packers for a week?
Time for a Detox.
- See your family. Remember those people? The ones who bring you beers during Packers games. They’re kind of important. And they also, in my case, help pay for my Directv Sunday Ticket. So spend some time with them. Sit next to them on Sunday and watch something besides the Packers and prove to them that you can indeed sit still on the couch and watch TV without swearing.
- Go outside. You know outside. It’s where you grill. Spend more time out there. Perhaps mow your lawn, which I’m sure will make your neighbors happy. Unless you live in the northeast where apparently it will snow this weekend; then you should shovel.
- Hey, it’s Halloween. I’m not sure about where you live, but growing up just outside of the Milwaukee city limits, we always trick-or-treated in the middle of the day on the Sunday before Halloween. Yeah, pretty lame. Not sure what the residents of Greenfield were so scared of, but seeing as trick-or-treating tended to fall during a Packers game, I spent most of my time walking up to strange houses by myself or with friends. My parents had priorities. I’m not sure if this bizarre tradition still exists anywhere, but if it does, guess what folks, you can supervise your children! AND, you can answer the door on Sunday instead of just leaving a bowl of candy on the porch with a note that reads, “We’re watching the Packers, please do not disturb. One candy per kid.”
- Feel It. I’m not really sure what this one means, but it seems to be important to lists of things regarding the Packers, so I fully support the idea that you should feel it this weekend.
- Detox. I know. I know. It’s an ugly word, but maybe we can all use this weekend to eat something besides fried cheese and not get wasted by 3:00 pm on Sundays. Our bodies aren’t machines and there’s a whole lotta season left. Give your body a break, come playoffs, it will be thanking you.
Speaking of taking breaks: attention all Packer players, these are your bye week rules as well. Family, outside, trick-or-treating, feel it and detox. In a nut shell, don’t be stupid.
The bye week is not only a time for us fans to catch up on some sleep and reintroduce ourselves to our significant others. It’s also a time for injuries to heal – like Morgan Burnett getting the club off of his hand and hopefully Frank Zombo’s knee to become un-hyperextended. So my advice to the players, rest up, see old friends, stay out of trouble and don’t let people tweet pictures of you. Especially if you’re hanging out with a porn star.
Happy Bye Week.