Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Central Florida Packer Backers

Brian a reader of Analog Artist Digital World suggested I do a sketch of the Central Florida Packer Backers. He tempted me with an offer of free beer while I drew. How could I pass up an offer like that?
As I approached One Eyed Jack's, at 15 North Orange, I heard the crowd shouting from a block away. When I entered, I stood for a few minutes at the entrance to let my eyes adjust to the dim lighting. Next to the door was a paving stone which fans rubbed for good luck. The stone was a duplicate of a stone that the club had donated to the paving outside Lambeau field. Football fans are a superstitious crowd. The club also supplies Packers tee shirts to the homeless in town. This was a fun crowd and they can be found every Sunday at One Eyed Jacks at Wall Street Plaza downtown during the football season, I don't know where you would find them the rest of the year.
I was facing a huge crowd that filled every seat in the bar. Most fans had on green and yellow Packers Jerseys. Brian came over and introduced himself. he suggested I get up on the stage where bands usually play and I took his suggestion since it gave me a good view over the crowd.
While sketching I didn't have time to follow the games score. I know the packers were playing the Cincinnati Bengals and it was a close game. Periodically music would fill the bar and the whole crowd would shout "Go Pack Go!"
At halftime, a line of fans formed and each tried to kick a field goal with a beach ball sized inflatable football through a 5 foot high yellow inflatable goal post. I had to move since I was seated on the stage right behind the goal post. In hindsight that was actually the safest place to sit since so few got the ball close to the goal posts. Most fans kicked the ball into the rafters but 2 managed to get it right between the posts. Some kicks sent the ball flying out into the crowd. The announcer said " Watch your drinks everyone!". Wouldn't you know the next kick landed the ball right on a table spilling 2 drinks.
I am tempted to become a rabid Packers fan, but I would need to get a green jersey. The game ended with an agonizing defeat when the referee claimed the game was over before the last play began.

6 comments:

vani pereira said...

My friend...this is one show!!!
congratulations.

Alisha said...

My friend Ryan is in that sketch and he posted it on facebook. I wanted to stop by and let you know I love it! Very awesome!

Anonymous said...

It is honor for the Central Florida Packer Backers to be recognized as a local cultural event within our community. Great sketch! GO PACKERS!

Alicia said...

Great pix shows us in our true element!!! Awesome thanx for the recognition...

Alicia

Brian said...

Thor,

Love the blog! I had no Idea. I have been reading and entertained for the last half hour. I am a Wisconsin native and Central Florida Packer Backer. This is one of many great illustrations. So cool. Talk to you at FS.

-Brian Dinsmore

Anonymous said...

Love your work... especially this sketch! You'll have to check out this article at CentralFloridaPackerBackers.blogspot.com. Go Pack go!!!