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PRESS: Cheeseheads bring passion of Packers, Lambeau to the Village

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PRESS: Cheeseheads bring passion of Packers, Lambeau to the Village

Originally written by Dave Goldiner for NY Daily News on Jan 15, 2008

Patrick Daley has lived in New York for half his life but he never forgot what it's like to be a cheesehead.

Every football Sunday, the Wisconsin native turns his Kettle of Fish bar in Greenwich Village into a shrine to all things Green Bay.

He ships in Milwaukee beer, aged cheddar and bratwurst from Wisconsin - and would gladly bring a piece of the frozen tundra from Lambeau Field if he could.

"The colder the weather, the happier I am," said Daley, 55, whose family has owned Packers season tickets for a half-century. "There's quite a few of us here."

Even though most New Yorkers are not aware they exist, thousands of exiles from Cheesehead Nation live side by side with the rest of us.

Corey Behnke, 31, stays in Inwood but admits he left his heart at Lambeau Field.

He and fellow Wisconsinite Aaron Nagler launched CheeseheadTV.com, where they host Packers podcasts and upload homemade Packer video montages. "People like cheeseheads in New York," said Behnke, who plans to fly home for the game. "They are nice to us."

Nagler, 34, has been known to wear his form-fitting Styrofoam cheesehead on the N train and admits he was worried that his wife would give birth to their daughter, Olive, on a game day two weeks ago.

Packer backers concede there is little sense of rivalry with New York or the Giants.

"I have a lot of friends who are Giants fans," Daley claimed.

Still, the week is young - and things could get ugly in cheese-land as kickoff nears.

"I love New York," Behnke said. "But I hate New York sports teams."

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