So, "date night" isn't typical for me and my wife.
Friday, we headed to Chicago to see the Foo Fighters play the Cubby Bear. Monday night we stayed closer to home to see Pearl Jam's long awaited return to Milwaukee, as the band played three hours at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
This is due largely because my better half, Michelle Rutkowski, is the program director at WLUM 102.1-FM (or FM 102/1), and thanks to her I get a chance to see some of great acts.
But, I'm always looking for something a little different, outside of the music, especially when I'm not a diehard.
Pearl Jam provided that something different, but something I'm very familiar with: a love of sports.
Eddie Vedder, a noted Chicago Cubs and Bears fan, welcomed Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and dedicated "Driven to Fly" to the QB, even calling him royalty.
He then told the crowd about a trade proposal he threw Rodgers' way, which is when I discovered there were more than few sportswriters in the house.
No, I don't think three mini-Ditkas would do.
They moved on to the Bucks, as Vedder noted how the 1971 championship banner, and those of the retired jerseys, helped the sound of the arena. But, he said, bassist Jeff Ament noticed that there was a "hole" in the retired jersey lineup.
So, he brought his own to hang from the lighting, the No. 10 of none other than Bobby Dandridge. ("Ten", of course, was also the name of the band's debut record in 1991).
They then dedicated "Black" to the former Bucks player.
They weren't done just yet.
Vedder went into the crowd and gladly took a Packers jersey a fan brought to him ...
... and then at the very end, donned his own No. 10.
What was truly great about that moment was the fact that the fans in the crowd then picked up current Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn -- who just happens to wear No. 10 -- no doubt giving him a moment tha…Read more...