Sage, the Fox Sports Girl of the Week, says she wouldn’t trade the brutal Green Bay weather at Lambeau Field for the blue skies and warm temperatures of a city like San Diego.
“There is a certain camaraderie that comes from standing outside in zero-degree temperatures to cheer on your team. The frozen tundra is where the true fans are,” Sage said.
This Wisconsin native knows that her Packers have a huge home-field advantage and that other teams hate coming to town when the temps drop. The Pack are 35-15 in December over the last 11 seasons.
Who is your favorite athlete?
Donald Driver will always be my favorite athlete. He’s such a class act both on and off the field, and was always so much fun to watch! His passion for the game of football was evident in how he gave 110% on every play. He has such strong family values and is a great role model for all. He has done so much to support the Green Bay community and has made it his mission to help underprivileged children through his foundation.
What is your favorite sports memory?
My favorite sports memory probably won’t seem like much to most. When I was 10, I was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia – a bone marrow failure disease. Prior to that, I was involved in all kinds of sports. Due to my illness and treatment, I was out of school and sports for most of 5th grade. Making my first basket, after I was finally healthy enough to play again, is one that I will cherish and remember forever!!
What sport would you play professionally if you could?
I would play basketball in a heartbeat. I grew up playing on my school and community teams and in all the 3-on-3 tournaments. There’s no better sound then hearing everyone cheer for you when you make a basket! If it happens to be the winning basket….PRICELESS!!!!
What’s the best assignment you’ve worked as a Fox Sports Girl?
The best assignment so far has been the Special Olympics Wisconsin Summer Games. Working with such amazing people and helping the athletes was such a rewarding experience. I was so touched by how supportive the athletes are of on another. It was such a positive atmosphere! I love being able to work with such an amazing organization.
What quarterback has been more important to the Packers: Rodgers or Favre?
They both are amazing athletes and have brought great success to the Packers. Their stats are both impressive and close in so many ways. I do feel however, that Rodgers has had a greater positive impact on the Packer organization. Professional athletes are role models for so many young fans and Aaron Rodgers is one of the best. He has an amazing work ethic, is very smart (I’ve heard he even has a higher ACT score than my favorite doctor), and his dedication to the Packer organization is evident in all he does on and off the field.
Would you trade the weather at a Packers game in December for San Diego weather? Doesn’t the frozen tundra get old?
You might think I’m crazy, but I would never trade our Wisconsin weather! Being born and raised in Wisconsin, I am proud of the fact that Packer fans will cheer for their team, regardless of the weather! There is a certain camaraderie that comes from standing outside in zero-degree temperatures to cheer on your team. The frozen tundra is where the true fans are!
That said, give me your best weather story from a Packers game. Coldest game? Highest snow total?
The coldest game I attended was against the Titans last year, the temperature was in the 20s. But, I’m well aware that, when talking “Packer game weather,” 20s doesn’t even count as cold! My grandpa was at the Ice Bowl (1967 NFL Championship game between the Packers and Dallas Cowboys.) and I have heard the story many times. The “loyalty” award definitely goes to anyone that was at that game!
Ever done the Lambeau Leap?
I just did the Lambeau Leap this summer! The FOX Sports Wisconsin Girls attended training camp and toured the stadium. It was an amazing experience! Kissing the “G” was definitely one to check off my Bucket List!
At what age did you get your first cheesehead? Was it life-changing?
Well…I was in first grade and it was a cowboy hat cheesehead! There are pictures to prove it but it would cost you quite a bit to get me to bring those out! :) Life changing? A boy in my class did tell me he liked me that day.