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Sunday, September 30, 2012
Green Bay's Ridge Road Plaza answers bell

By Kevin Seifert

Green Bay
Packers fans are keeping things light in Green Bay.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- I drive by Ridge Road Plaza here every time I cover a game at Lambeau Field, and I've come to expect a representative sample of sarcastic local sentiment on its marquee whenever the Green Bay Packers are in the national news.

Upon the 2009 return of Brett Favre in a Minnesota Vikings uniform, the marquee read: "Welcome back Ryan Longwell." (Longwell was the Packers' longtime place-kicker who changed teams in 2006.)

Sunday morning, I made a point to stop along Ridge Road and see if the marquee reflected the ending of Monday night's 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It didn't disappoint, as the photograph shows.

Merle Norman's cosmetics will get a plug here. The marquee currently reads: "Merle Norman's 'makeup' calls can even make a ref look good."

Way to go, Merle!

Kickoff with the New Orleans Saints is at 4:25 p.m. ET.