GREEN BAY – During the Rio 2016 Olympics, the U.S. women's gymnastics team captivated the world with their jaw-dropping, gold medal-winning athletic performances, as well as their endearingly peerless personalities.
The squad also caught the attention of superstar Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who, taking some Twitter time out from making fun of former teammate Tom Crabtree and reminiscing about Drew Gooden's mid-range jump shot, tweeted his congratulations to Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and the rest of the team on Aug. 9.
And on Saturday, when the Wisconsin Badgers played the LSU Tigers in Green Bay for the Lambeau Field College Classic, Raisman – the 22-year-old team captain, two-time Olympian and second-most decorated American female gymnast of all time at the Games (three gold, two silver, one bronze) – was a guest in Rodgers' luxury box, having been personally invited, along with some family and friends.
Raisman earlier had appeared on ESPN College GameDay and said, "Coming here today is really cool, it’s really exciting, I’ve always been a sports fan growing up. My dad and my brother, they love sports, so I’m really looking forward to the game." She revealed that she trained up to seven hours a day before the Olympics, and later said she was excited to join the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions, which will be at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Oct. 14.
While in Green Bay, Raisman took some time to take photos with Badgers fans and representatives, before confirming to OnMilwaukee she was headed to Rodgers' private suite.
Saturday was also the NFL's official cut-down date, when teams had to reduce their rosters to 53 players. Here was OnMilwaukee's prediction, which did not include the surprising news that the Packers had released veteran Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton.
Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.
After interning at print publications like Birds and Blooms (official motto: "America's #1 backyard birding and gardening magazine!"), Sports Illustrated (unofficial motto: "Subscribe and save up to 90% off the cover price!") and The Dallas Morning News (a newspaper!), Jimmy worked for web outlets like CBSSports.com, where he was a Packers beat reporter, and FOX Sports Wisconsin, where he managed digital content. He's a proponent and frequent user of em dashes, parenthetical asides, descriptive appositives and, really, anything that makes his sentences longer and more needlessly complex.
Jimmy appreciates references to late '90s Brewers and Bucks players and is the curator of the unofficial John Jaha Hall of Fame. He also enjoys running, biking and soccer, but isn't too annoying about them. He writes about sports - both mainstream and unconventional - and non-sports, including history, music, food, art and even golf (just kidding!), and welcomes reader suggestions for off-the-beaten-path story ideas.