A look back at Vince Vitrano’s sporting experiences with Lance Allan

MILWAUKEE — Where to start? Well, I started with young Vince over 25 years ago. Not at TMJ4, but at WFRV in Green Bay.

“Something in the archives, illustrating Vince Vitrano’s own offense called V-Bone, offense,” said Andy Gallion, a high school friend of Vince. “In a camp. A football camp. A fake football camp, which he set up with a brochure and everything.”

And things never fully unfreezed from there.

At Super Bowl 45, Vince and I endured colder teenage weather than Milwaukee.
“The weather here has been really lousy. I mean come on we’re in Texas!” Vitrano said at the time. “We had, look, I mean look. This whole rig we’re on is covered in ice. They don’t have salt here. They don’t melt ice. I mean. It’s gonna be, you know it’s bad when you say, boy, I’m so glad it’s just freezing rain.”

“Where’s your winter coat and hat? We told you it’s going to be cold!” said Brian Gotter.

At the Ryder Cup last summer? Sky, in Whistling Straits. Of course, who can forget Lawn Wars, and my victory there.

I asked, as an official, when a team receives the sectional championship plaque or a golden ball, that makes them the winner, doesn’t it?

“It’s true, yes,” Gallion said.

So since I have a trophy two years in a row, that makes me the Lawn Wars champion. Correct? Gallio said yes.

Gallion went to Tosa East and got the dirt from his football days with Vince.

“He had this thing, where if he scored a touchdown? He would take the whole team to the Old Country Buffet,” Gallion said. “And you know, I don’t think he played back very often. But he was in, in a game. But our quarterback heard a dive play from the one-yard line so we could get Vinny in the end zone and then everybody would get Old Country Buffet. And he scored and he delivered on his promise.

But thank goodness his version of the Red Raiders attack never saw the light of day.

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