Packers XLV

Remembering Grandma Dorothy

Posted January 27th, 2011 @ 10:01pm

This is the first Packers Super Bowl or NFL Championship that my Grandma Dorothy will not be around for. Longtime listeners of "Packer Preview" remember my Grandma Dorothy. For the first five years the show was on the air, she would give her weekly prediction and talk about her favorite team, and that maddening quarterback who threw too many interceptions.

My grandma passed in December, 2000 on the eve of the Packers-Vikings game at the Metrodome (Packers sprung the upset behind Ahman Green's 161 yards rushing and Favre's three TD passes--damaging Vikes' quest for #1 seed).

Growing up a part of a close family in Milwaukee meant watching football together and no one loved the game more than Grandma Dorothy. To her, VCRs were invented for one reason only: so she could replay Packer games in the spring and summer when she missed football.

Her predictions were the highlight of the show for the first five seasons. Nephew Sam took over for the next seven years and his younger brother Zach now capably handles the prediction segment at the end of "Packer Preview" each week.

Since the show's first season was the Pack's Super Bowl season in '96-'97, I decided to find the tape of my Super Bowl Sunday broadcast and provide a chance to hear Grandma Dorothy's prediction: PP-Grandma Dorothy 97 SB pick

Naturally, she nailed the point spread on the nose--something she did quite often. I find myself thinking about her as we get set to watch Super Bowl XLV. I know she'll have a great seat wherever she is. And she won't have to worry about that maddening QB who threw all the picks. This is a new team, one she would have loved.

I'll be playing Grandma Dorothy's Super Bowl XXXI prediction at the close of "Packer Preview" this Sunday at 8am CST on KFAN and

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on August 14th, 2012 at 03:18am

Sitting at my desk balling as I listen to Grandma, yes, she was my real Grandma too. I hope her prediction holds true this weekend. See you in Dallas - D

on February 1st, 2011 at 07:54pm

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on January 18th, 2012 at 02:26am

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on January 19th, 2012 at 06:31pm

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on January 19th, 2012 at 12:22pm

Great common sense here. Wish I'd thuohgt of that.

on January 21st, 2012 at 02:02am

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on January 21st, 2012 at 02:12pm

I bow down humbly in the pserence of such greatness.

on January 21st, 2012 at 04:46am

Like you Dave, this is a first for me as my Dad passed 1-1/2 years ago. I remember Grandma Dorothy's predictions like they happened just yesterday. Hoping there's a pretty good size viewing area up there to accommodate all the bygone faithful. GO PACK!

on January 27th, 2011 at 05:12pm

David, Thank you for bringing back those memories of G_D. I can't wait for 8:50am this Sunday! My father and I where sent to New Orleans by my oldest brother. What a gift! To spend that one on one time with my dad, celebrating our dream come dad passed less than 2 years after XXXI in Nov. 1998 Dad, G.Dorothy...enjoy each other's company and faith in Packer DID matter.

on January 27th, 2011 at 06:01pm

My Packer-loving grandfather died in the summer of 1997. I was always glad that he lived to see another Superbowl victory and felt that it was merciful that he missed seeing the Pack lose to the Broncos the following year.

on January 27th, 2011 at 06:53pm

Very nice tribute... I have an aunt Pearl in Manitowoc who would run a close 2nd. If this isn't enough of a story to change your son's loyalties then I don't know what will .....:) from: southern Manitoba GO PACK!

on January 27th, 2011 at 07:57pm

Very touching blog this week, Dave. This March will be the 9th anniversary of my dad's death and the emotions are running amuck with the excitement of the Packers making it to the Super Bowl and wishing he was here to enjoy it. The season tickets he passed down to his kids granted us the opportunity to go to this year's Super Bowl. So, in his honor, my brother and I will be making the trek to Arlington next week. In closing I want to quote what one of the sympathy cards for my dad said, "He was a very special guy and will be sadly missed, but remember he's now got the best seat in the house when his Packers play." GO PACK!

on January 27th, 2011 at 09:48pm

I can remember "Hello David"...Gram never picked the fellas to lose did she?

on January 28th, 2011 at 10:52am

Dave we will toast to Gramma Dorothy on Superbowl Sunday with my Mom who turns 96 on Superbowl Sunday. She is a huge Packer fan like Gramma Dorothy. I am traveling with my daughter to meet the rest of my siblings to celebrate with her next week in Pewaukee. She is Beaver Dam. Go Pack

on January 29th, 2011 at 02:09pm

Hearing that brought tears to my eyes. We all have stories about a family member who loved that Packers as much as we do. Mine was also my Grandma Sophie. We would talk each week about the Packers and like Grandma Dorothy each week was in front of the TV cheering them on. GO PACK GO

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on May 10th, 2012 at 01:46pm

Completely agree with it being a poor game by MM. Poorest maybe. It was obvious ARod was a llttie off. When it became obvious, instead of having him shoot out of the slump, why not hand the ball off to your 4+ ypc back? GB needs to learn that, although ARod is usually amazing, he doesn't need to be in order to win.Also, when it's painfully obvious that CMIII is going to be triple-teamed on third and long, make that their mistake and overload a blitz from the opposite side, dropping him into the flat and rolling the safeties over the top of the blitz.

on May 18th, 2012 at 03:43pm

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on May 18th, 2012 at 08:49pm

Thank you Joe. Finally a voice of reason who restsis being a Mon. morning QB. You can't blame MM for allowing that very long rec. to Smith which put them in scoring position at the end of the game and made us sweat it out. .Lets not panic ,it was a classic trap game because of the following reasons: away from home,second game of season ,facing a new coach with a confident young and talented QB,with the Bears next. That's a game that usually results in a loss. We spotted them thirteen pts. and still won the game.

on May 18th, 2012 at 12:33pm

Geronimo,You know I chatted with you earleir in the day and asked for pointers on a capture page, well, I think I'll just pay YOU to do it! (lol) You are truly AWESOME! Your talents speak for you. Thanks so much for being a part of the team. We lucked up when you joined! CynthiaTeam Wolf Pack

on May 20th, 2012 at 02:09am

Thanks so much Vee. Like I said before, The Talent that evryeone has on this team is incredible. I am proud to be a member with all of you. The support and respect from each member gives motivation you will never find with any other program. Team Wolf Pack ROCKS!!!

on May 20th, 2012 at 03:23am

Cynthia,I appreciate your suopprt and the suopprt of the entire team. It is a blessing to work with each and everyone of you. And you know that if I know something, you will lean soon as I am a teacher for all my friends That is what makes TEAM WOLF PACK SUCCESSFUL!

on May 20th, 2012 at 03:28am

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