ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports:
The Green Bay Packers kick off their season tonight at Lambeau Field, so Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., stopped off this afternoon at Kroll’s West, a restaurant & bar just across the street from the not-yet-frozen tundra. "You guys start early, huh?" Biden remarked when he walked into the crowded scene just after noon local time.
With ESPN showing highlights of former Packer Brett Favre’s debut Sunday with the New York Jets, Biden toured the restaurant, regaling the Cheesehead faithful with the tale of how he – a Pennsylvania native – became a Packer fan himself. As the story goes, Biden took a liking to the green-and-gold back when he was a student at Wilmington’s Archmere Academy, a Catholic school where a lot was riding on the outcome of Green Bay games…
"If the Packers won, we got out early," he told fans. "If the Packers lost, we got extra homework. We were all Packers fans. And back in those days, that was Jimmy Taylor, Paul Hornung, Bart Starr and those guys…"
"Good speech today," one supporter said to him referring to Biden’s town hall this morning at KI Convention Center.
But Biden also made one comment to supporters that he likely would not have made last Friday in Philadelphia.
Upon seeing a Minnesota Vikings fan, in town for tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the two NFC North rivals, Biden asked him how he was being treated here on hostile turf. "It hasn’t been too bad," the fan said. "People have been pretty cool around here."
"They’re a lot nicer than Philly fans," Biden responded. (As an Eagles fan myself, I can tell you, he’s right…)
In fact, one invited Biden to stay for the game. "I wish," Biden replied, before noting that he’ll be spending the night in Missouri.
One Packer fan in particular stood out, a gentleman five weeks away from his 100th birthday. Biden greeted the man just before exiting, leaving the fans free to enjoy their butter burgers, brats, cheese curds, and cold beverages…
Once at the airport, the football theme continued, with Biden catching a pass from his press wrangler. "Cheap ball," Biden said before tossing it back and boarding his flight to Des Moines, Iowa.