Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It didn’t take long for me to find my favorite message as I made my way to Lambeau Field. It was on the marquee of the Ridge Road Plaza, and I was unsuccessful in my amateur attempts to take a photo as I drove past. Trust me, though. Here’s what it said:
“WELCOME BACK RYAN LONGWELL.”
I suppose it’s possible Longwell was big at the Ridge Road Plaza during the nine seasons he kicked for the Packers. But it’s been three years since he signed with the Vikings, and I interpreted the sign to be a sarcastic overlook of Brett Favre’s return to Lambeau.
Upon arriving here myself, the first thing I noticed was this solid but predictable publicity stunt: Some local company hired a plane to carry this message around the field: “Retire 4 Good.” The “4” was in purple. If anything, I was surprised at how many Vikings fans and/or purple jerseys I saw in the parking lots. I’m assuming the locals are still filling up at their local watering holes.
It’s a beautiful day in northeast Wisconsin. There are only a few wispy clouds in the sky, and the temperature is hovering around 50 degrees. I’ll keep you updated as the day continues. Photos to come.