A Super Bowl party you must see to believe

By: Kevin Lewis Email
By: Kevin Lewis Email

The Super Bowl became just a game for most folks across Michiana after the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears lost their chance at the championship weeks ago.

However, as the saying goes, one man's loss is another man's gain, especially if you're a Green Bay Packers fan.

For George Oudhuis, the cheese head obsession started back in 1966 when he was only nine-years-old. The years passed and his fixation quickly grew beyond the walls of his 700 square foot man cave, the backdrop to his 2011 Super Bowl party, in true Green Bay style.

"You know I could probably take this lid off,” Oudhuis’ wife Tammy said as she prepared food in the kitchen.

At first glance it looked like any party; that is until you walk downstairs and meet Green Bay George, a man that gets bubbly for the green and yellow.

"I see something new every time. I mean can you have too much Packer's stuff? I don't think so,” Oudhuis said.

He focused on hats during the 1980's, but the 1990’s brought a free for all.

"We got turf from Lambeau Field. We have Packers cake mixes, Packers popcorn. This is a bike I got from my wife for Valentine's Day two years ago," Oudhuis added.

"It’s all about the Packers. There is so much stuff we don't even have space for. It has to go on rotation,” Tammy said trying to hold back a laugh.

If you call their house, you'll hear a recording from 1993 rooting the Packers to a Super Bowl victory. Oudhuis’ two kids were eight and six at the time and made the recording, it’s never been switched.

"I don't think he'll ever take it off. There's no chance,” now college grads, Christine and Ben Oudhuis said.

There’s also no chance Green Bay George will take down the family Christmas tree, it is family tradition to keep it up until the Packers’ season is done.

But to call Green Bay George materialistic, well that would just be wrong.

"He’s just so welcoming. He's so enthused about the Packers. He wants to make everybody that enthused, he has almost this evangelical zeal,” longtime friend Chris Countryman said.

So on Super Bowl night, there was no place this Packer fan would rather be, than seated next those he's brought into his shrine and onto his team's bench.

Even with the Packer’s win, Green Bay George has one last wish; to become fan of the year. It's a distinguished title that actually grants the fan a permanent place in the Green Bay Packer’s Hall of Fame.


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