Victory for the Blue and Gold
You may not be aware, but once upon a time the Packers regularly played a college-style fight song during games at Lambeau Field. It went a little something like this:
Hail, hail the gang’s all there to yell for you,
And keep you going in your winning ways.
Hail, hail the gang’s all here to tell you too,
That win or lose we’ll always sing you praises Packers;
Go you Packers, go and get ‘em!
Go, you fighting fools, upset ‘em!
Smash their line with all your might,
A touchdown, Packers! Fight! Fight! Fight, Fight!
On you Blue and Gold to glory,
Win this game the same old story,
Fight, you Packers,
Fight and bring the bacon home to Old Green Bay.
Now, other than the fact that this song is ridiculously awesome, I have a couple takeaways. First, how perfect is it that the song references bacon? I know "bringing home the bacon" is a pretty common expression, but it's funny to me that Wisconsin's professional football team uses bacon in their fight song. It just fits.
Secondly, did you catch the reference to the colors in the song? That's right, the original Packer fight song used Blue and Gold, instead of the now-familiar Green and Gold.
This probably shouldn't surprise you all that much, given the throwbacks the team has trotted out the last two seasons (of which I am a big fan, I might add). What may surprise you is how long the Packers used blue and gold as their official team colors.
As most of you probably know, when Curly Lambeau founded the Packers, he picked blue and gold as the team's colors, reportedly because he was a Notre Dame guy and wanted to dress his football team up like his alma mater. It wasn't until 1935 that the Packers introduced a green uniform, and they switched back to blue again in 1937.
The Packers cycled through a variety of blue uniforms until 1950, when new coach Gene Ronzani instituted a green set. Between 1950 and 1956, the Packers made quite a few switches between blue and green (even throwing in a solid gold uniform once!), until in 1957, they switched to blue semi-permanently, wearing what you see in today's splash picture. Thankfully in 1959, Vince Lombardi arrived on the scene and established uniform sanity once and for all, and the Packers have remained basically unchanged ever since.
Why do I mention all this? Well, as I mentioned last week, uniforms have always been fascinating to me, and I love to learn everything I can about the team's history. A big part of that history is how they look on the field. It's fun to see how they've arrived at their iconic look and how long it took to get there. But if you think that iconic look was never in danger...think again. I've got a surprise for you on Wednesday about a mid-90's development that could have shocked the football world.