The Packers have done some stumbling this year. Their last game, on Thanksgiving, was more than a stumble, it was more like falling down a very long staircase.
Nostalgia seems to be building for things of the 1970s and 80s, but for the Pack that is not an era neither they or any of their fans want to revisit.
The coaches and players have had the last ten days to regroup. It's been a time to sit in the cold tub, get some rehab, and catch a breath before the last four games of the regular season.
The offensive and defensive lines seem to have the most to improve, but as thoroughly stumped as the team as looked over the last couple of games there are probably some equipment managers to sharpen their "A" game too.
As a long time fan, I know they are not throwing in the towel - and that's what we expect of the teams we love. Win or lose, we expect hustle and working hard to reach for victory.
Lombardi's words were for his team, but they are good for us as well.
We fall. Each of us fall at one point or another. Some of us more than others.
The problem isn't in the fall; but if we don't rise up again. And again. And again.
Bad day at work? We go back tomorrow.
Rough day at home? We ask for forgiveness, or give it - get up and love again.
If you get down, don't beat yourself up any more. If you find yourself in a hole - stop digging! Get up and resolve to try, try again.
The sun will come out tomorrow... tomorrow is another day... the sun doesn't shine on the same dog every day... whatever cliche helps - use it!
Seriously, though, when we fall it's nice to know our good friends are there to help pull us back on our feet. It's even better when we have the confidence to know that either way, we are loved.
Get back up and get out there!
After the game - 12/8/2013 - Packers 22 Falcons 21 - whew! It wasn't a game for the time capsule, but the team rallied when it felt like it would be a sixth consecutive loss. 6-6-1 on the season with three to play, and hopefully those games will include #12 under center.
It was nice to see the team rally around each other and some players not familiar with the spotlight - Jarrett Bush and Andrew Quarless - prime figures in what may be the victory that saved the season.