Argue if you must, football fans, but this weekend was all about the Brewers in Milwaukee. I see that in Green Bay and Madison there were other sports events, but I couldn't hear them over the din.
That's because Milwaukee is riding high on the Brewers' championship wave and the vibe at Miller Park was as festive as you'd expect.
Hours before game time on Saturday, the lots were packed. As the 1 p.m. start time approached, plumes of smoke still rose from grills amid the sea of cars reflecting beams of sunlight and of humanity, which had a gleam of its own thanks to the beer that made Milwaukee famous.
But if that shine led to unruly behavior, I didn't see any of it. Strolling around the lots I saw gaggles of girls in Braun jerseys posing for photos. There were couples tossing the bean bag (I mean that literally, though, who knows, it may have been happening figuratively, too, in the back of a van or two) and kids running around their parents' lawn chairs.
Near the ticket windows, folks snapped pictures of the giant championship banner that currently adorns the park. Around the east side of the stadium, just past the Hot Corner, Hoi Polloi played a mix of rock and reggae in the Friday's Beer Garden and I ran into Andy Tarnoff and Jon Adler heading into the stadium.
Inside, the sold-out crowd filled every seat. That might seem like a "duh" statement, but if you frequent the ballpark you know how rare a sight that really is.
And the crowd fueled the Brewers. I clocked the first "Let's Go Brewers" chant at within two minutes of the first pitch on Saturday. This was a crowd that was in a forgiving mood. Not only did it cheer Yuniesky Betancourt's successes, it gave K-Rod a pretty welcoming roar during team intros.
No surprise, though, that when John Axford was called out onto the field next, the building erupted, sending out terrestrial ripples that were likely clocked at UWM's seismograph.
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