The Patch has unearthed the secret to the Green Bay Packers’ success – and it has nothing to do with Head Coach Mike McCarthy or the Wisconsin football team’s star players.
According to West Essex High School senior Geordy Boveroux, 18, his special game day outfit is what got his all-time favorite team through the playoffs.
Ok, not really. But a superstitious Boveroux will no doubt be sporting the lucky black hat, Clay Matthews jersey and “certain pair of jeans” this weekend when Green Bay faces the Pittsburgh Steelers in .
He’ll throw it all on Sunday morning when he and his dad head into the city to watch the game at Kettle of Fish, a mecca for Wisconsin fans on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. Boveroux plans to hang out with fellow Packers fans in the bar’s lounge, feasting on Sprecher root beer, bratwurst and squeaky cheese.
“It’s basically like Lambeau Field in New York City,” he said.
Boveroux has followed the Packers since he was 4-years-old and calls himself the biggest Green Bay fan in West Essex with confidence. (He’s got an impressive collection of jerseys, caps, books, and memorabilia to back up his claim.)
The aspiring sports journalist will be attending Roger Williams University in Rhode Island this fall. He said he would someday love to cover the Packers, but there’s one issue.
“I’m not a Midwest guy,” he said. “I am known pretty much as a geographically challenged sports fan.”
Surely he’d miss the Jersey diners, like the one in Wayne where he hopes to go with a friend for dinner Friday night. He’d also have to leave behind the New Jersey garage band scene he knows and loves so well. Saturday night he’ll head to Lodi to catch Viking, Viking, Viking, one of his favorite acts.
But still a beat covering the Packers would be “hard to pass up.”
For now, he’ll have to settle for a Super Bowl recap in the next issue of his school paper, the Wessex Wire; Boveroux is co-editor in chief.