Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Aaron Rodgers to finally get some recognition, just 9 days before the world ends, (Football)(Aaron Rodgers Doesn't Like)
Sicilian-Irish blackbelt reporter Mary Spicuzza just broke the story that Wisconsin has dipped its toe tentatively into the waters of Lake Let's Respect Aaron Rodgers, announcing on Twitter that Wisconsin's Assembly (the lower house of the bicameral legislature, for those of you who didn't fall asleep reading this sentence) had passed a resolution making December 12, 2012, "Aaron Rodgers Day" in Wisconsin.
That wasn't the only athletic accomplishment on the agenda for the day -- Wisconsin also wanted to give a hearty Assembly Resolution congrats to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team which won one another national championship (its fourth) that nobody cares about, and to congratulate the UW Badgers on having an "outstanding 2011 season," so if you're keeping track, it doesn't matter if you win or lose the big game in Wisconsin, you're still going to get an honor.
It also may be a case of too little, too late, given that California's Assembly honored Rodgers way back in June, 2011, so there's ample reason for Rodgers to hold a grudge against Wisconsin's tardy-to-the-party legislators -- as I'm sure he'll do.
It's also interesting that the official text of the resolution (available here) declares Rodgers "the best quarterback playing in the National Football League," while it's not clear whether they even considered Blaine Gabbert in making that claim. I would think that many hours should have been spent debating this subject. We wouldn't want to look like fools here in Wisconsin, going out and just declaring things without considering whether the evidence supports them or not.
Either way: December 12, 2012, is officially the day we celebrate all things Aaron Rodgers. Phantom Championship belts, Fu Manchu moustaches, and an offputting smirk will be de rigeur.
As with all OTHER things Rodgers, though, The Anointed One falls short of Brett Favre in "Days Honoring Him," too: Favre's Day in Wisconsin is October 10, and former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle named a Monday in November, 2009, an official Brett Favre day, too, and previously declared one Sunday in 2009 to be "Favre Record Day."