— -- GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Football is tough enough; there are zone reads, cornerback blitzes, roiling in the trenches and all kinds of assorted mayhem -- coming from various directions -- to contend with.
But for the Green Bay Packers lucky enough to score at Lambeau Field, there is another obstacle: the imposing walls behind the end zones. If they manage to scale those dizzying heights, there are other horrors to contemplate. Think flying bratwursts, among other things.
"Yeah, I've been touched a few times inappropriately," said wide receiver Randall Cobb, one of this year's most frequent fliers. "I had a beer put on me. Popcorn, and the coolest one so far -- ketchup off the cheese curds.
"How much more Wisconsin could it get?"
The folks at Clorox immediately seized on the unlikely marketing opportunity.
"Had a little deal come through with Clorox," Cobb said, laughing. "So Clorox cleans the jersey. Makes sure nobody gets ketchup on the Cobb."
Third-person references aside, the "Lambeau Leap" is the stuff of legend -- so much so that it remains legal even as the NFL legislates against other celebrations. The wall that separates spectators from athletes is broken down in what might be professional sports' ultimate interactive moment. Although, surrounded by those swirling, teeming masses, it can get a little claustrophobic.
Jordy Nelson's first visit into the chaos came in a Dec. 7, 2008, game against the Houston Texans. That was the wide receiver's rookie season -- and the 9-yard scoring pass was delivered by Aaron Rodgers, in his first season as the Packers' regular starting quarterback.
"Got a fade ball in the corner in the south end zone -- and jumped," Nelson remembered. "It's always a hassle to get out of it. That's the biggest issue. The fans hold onto you. They want to try to stay warm and cuddle a little bit."