Twas the Night Before Christmas...

A seasonal poem for Packers fans everywhere.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ Green Bay, 

Every Cheesehead was dreaming of Super Sunday.


The trophies were shined up at Lambeau with care

As soon a Lombardi would be added there.


The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While dreams of confetti danced in their heads.


And I as a Packer fan brimming with passion,

Was watching highlights with a brandy old fashioned


When out on the lawn I heard a loud yelling

I “oped” and wondered who was at my dwelling.


Away past the beer fridge I flew like a flash

And opened the door with a half-drunken crash.


The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Reminded me of a night game at Lambeau


When, what to my green and gold eyes stood nigh

But a guy in a trenchcoat, fedora and tie.


With a loud, raspy bark that could make grown men wince

I knew in a moment it must be St. Vince.


More rapid than Beebe his players they came

And he whistled and shouted and called them by name


“Now Taylor! Now Bart! Now Nitschke and Hornung;

On Caffey, on Gregg, on Ringo and Jordan! 


To daylight we run, to the south endzone wall,

Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!”


As Lions fans before a Green Bay game shudder

So shook I to hear the words Vincent uttered


And the men, they responded with words that were muddled

As over and over and over they huddled


Vince had them pursuing the goal of perfection

With excellence earned from each playbook dissection


As I drew in my breath and took in the scrimmage,

At my side appeared a Hall of Fame image


He was dressed for the cold, a man used to the air

Of crisp Green Bay winter games facing the Bears.


A playbook he had with a pencil in hand

And a look on his face of unyielding demand


But his eyes–how they twinkled, and despite his demeanor

The old coach had never to me seemed serener.


Each new play called and each repetition

Further pleased Lombardi’s apparition


The players continued their relentless work

As Vince gave a yell and a clap and a smirk.


The vision was clear as a game on TV

And breathless I watched as he turned to me


He stared through me like I was one of his men

Then called in the group to huddle again


He spoke not a word, but brought me to Starr

Who gave me the ball and a pat on the arm


Before I could give any sort of reply

The men looked toward Lombardi, then up at the sky


And suddenly then the group began to fade

Except for the ball, which in my arms stayed


But I heard Vince exclaim, ere they vanished from sight

Happy Christmas to all, now show Lambeau our might!



Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.

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Turophile's picture

December 24, 2021 at 06:16 pm

I want to shoot anyone who uses the word 'Twas' at Christmas time.............. in the head........twice, just to make sure. Then I want to dump the body in a rocket and (cue music) 'set the controls for the heart of the sun' and wave goodbye.

Hmm, maybe I'm playing too much Starcraft.

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TimBackes's picture

December 24, 2021 at 08:26 pm

‘‘Twas not in the spirit of Christmas to leave such a cranky comment.

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Turophile's picture

December 25, 2021 at 05:03 am

It was pure doggerel, but that doesn't really signify (see, I've downgraded from violence to mere insults, the Christmas spirit must be working it's insidious spell on me).

Very good picture of Vince's statue in the snow, though. That choice excuses a lot.

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dblbogey's picture

December 24, 2021 at 08:49 pm

Who knew scrooge was a Packers fan?

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Houndog's picture

December 25, 2021 at 07:15 am

Twas a nice poem Tim, congrats, and a Merry Christmas to everyone.
Turophile; You know, you still have time to 'Edit' that post and look like only half the fool you do now.

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Johnblood27's picture

December 24, 2021 at 10:46 pm

Merry Christmas Tim, Thanks for your poem and work throughout the year!


...and on Christmas day the Pack blows the Browns away...

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CWolf's picture

December 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm

That made me smile. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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NickPerry's picture

December 25, 2021 at 05:53 am

That was awesome Tim, very creative. Merry Christmas Tim, Al, and EVERYONE who contributes here on CHTV. From the writers to my fellow commenters, I appreciate all of you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

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Crankbait's picture

December 25, 2021 at 05:54 am

Merry Christmas !

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Hematite's picture

December 25, 2021 at 06:01 am

Merry Christmas to all from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan🤗

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JerseyAl's picture

December 25, 2021 at 08:41 am

Fantastic! Merry Christmas!

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Turophile's picture

December 25, 2021 at 11:19 am

Merry Christmas to ALL the CHTV staff (even those I'm rude to), and a Happy New Year to you all.

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LeotisHarris's picture

December 25, 2021 at 08:42 am

Merry Christmas, Tim.

If Turophile finds out Steve Miller made a ton of money rhyming "Texas" with "facts is" and "justice" with "taxes", he's going to blow a gasket.

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Turophile's picture

December 25, 2021 at 11:16 am

Noooooo !

PS you must be the Gangster of Love.............or is it Maurice.

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PeteK's picture

December 25, 2021 at 11:41 am

Great job, Merry Christmas!!!

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