Monday, October 29, 2007

Sending Max off in style

The memorial service for Packers great and broadcaster Max McGee was held yesterday in Minnesota. Teammates, family, friends, and fans all showed up to send Max off with, according to reports, as many laughs as tears. And how could it be otherwise? Max was one of those unique personalities that not only knew how to enjoy himself, but also to help others do the same. That came through in the remembrances that some of his teammates shared. Broadcast partner Jim Irwin had one of the most tearful moments, as he recalled the feeling he had the last time they broadcast together (Packers playoff loss to San Fran) and how he felt like "the loneliest broadcaster on the planet" because he didn't have a chance to say goodbye to his old friends; he said -- fighting back tears -- he felt the same way now, because he didn't have a chance to say goodbye to his old friend, Max.

You can read more about the service, as well as access other recollections about Max, here and here.

Thanks for all the memories on the field and in the broadcast booth, Max. Now you're moving on to the really Big Game! Say hello to Vince and Ray and Curly and Tony and Don...