The setting: Chuck drove a television satellite truck to Kansas City for coverage of an NFL preseason game between the Packers and the Chiefs. Preseason, mind you. These games count for nothing.
Actual text message conversation:
- Green Bay is freaking out the Arrowhead stadium folks. Normal game would have two trailers and a satellite truck.
- Playoff game they see three trailers with uplink.
- Packers preseason game = 6 trailers and 3 satellite uplink trucks! This includes Telemundo which they’ve never seen before.
- Heaven help them if there’s ever a GB playoff game.
- It’s what we do! Green Bay loves its team. Do they anticipate a lot of cheeseheads attending?
- Dunno. They seem to be more focused on baseball.
A little later Chuck adds to the truck tally
- Couple more Wisconsin satellite trucks have arrived. We now outnumber local stations x2.
At kickoff, Daisy comes back:
- Go! Pack! Go!
- Sent you email with pic of media compound.
- Does it suit your bloggy needs?
- Ha! You read my mind.
- A little PJ (a.k.a. Amigo) told me.
closer to halftime, Chuck comments on the game itself.
- Are Packers self-destructing?
- Lunch in press box includes burgers with no cheese.
Daisy, aghast at the thought:
- No cheese?!
Chuck reassures her:
- They do have brats with kraut.
So, readers, you want to see the media compound, don’t you? Or do you? Well, here it is.
Here’s the cluster of production trailers and sat trucks. 2 trailers and 1 sat truck at bottom right are norm. 2 little trucks on far left with masts up are local stations. All other trailers and sat trucks are GB. Oh, and a small one for Telemundo. Or as one guard put it, “They’ve even got Tele-effing-moon doh here!”
The guard didn’t know that certain cable subscribers in Wisconsin are getting their preseason games from Telemundo because the regular station hasn’t settled its deal with the cable company. Cheesehead Nation, ever creative, has taken to watching their Packers in Spanish. Those who do not speak the language mute their TVs and listen to the radio broadcast instead. Telemundo’s ratings must be skyrocketing.
Call us Packer Nation, Cheesehead Nation, or a little bit crazy, we love our team. The score was disappointing, but due to the overwhelming media coverage, we didn’t miss a single green and gold moment.
Thanks for the nice picture. Are the busses in the compound for the Packers? I am impressed with how much goes on behind the scenes.
This whole situation is hilarious. Some of us are tired of watching the Packers in Spanish, mostly because of the delay between the radio and TV. On the other hand, we are enjoying hearing the play before we see it, so we can watch for it to develop!