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Genius at work

July 17, 2013 - Jim Anderson
Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy, still haunted by Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of his childhood home, has an affinity for cartoons, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

One of Lacy’s favorite characters, Packers beat reporter Tyler Dunne says, is the orange duck, Little Quacker, on "Tom and Jerry."

“I love the way he sounds when he talks,” Lacy reveals.

Oh, fans, don’t be alarmed.

If Lacy loves “Tom and Jerry,” he’s in plenty good company.

Bud Lea, a Milwaukee columnist who covered the Packers through the Lombardi era and beyond, has told the following story several times about “St. Vince.” This version comes from 1997, as Lea recalled the Packers’ preparations for the first Super Bowl (in early 1967) at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The team trained in Santa Barbara, 90 miles up the coast, and every day at about 5 p.m., Lombardi invited reporters into his suite at the Santa Barbara Inn for his traditional “5 O'Clock Club.”

“Of course, everything you heard and saw at the 5 O'Clock Club was off the record,” Lea writes.

“Here was the greatest football coach in the world reading the Los Angeles Times, watching some television and asking Tom Miller, his right-hand man, to bring him another scotch. Someone changed the TV channel while Lombardi was reading the paper and when he noticed, he bellowed, ‘Who turned off my program?’

“He had been watching a ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoon.”

No one ever messed with the television again, Lea adds.

Not to draw too much into it, but the Packers won Super Bowl I, 35–10.



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