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The (boat)house the Green Bay Packers built

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Dennis Myers bought a boathouse on the Black River in 1979 and converted it into "The Pack Shack." PETER THOMSON photo

Dennis Myers doesn't have just a basement or a garage or a bedroom dedicated to the Green Bay Packers.

Myers has a house. A boathouse.

The green and gold dwelling on the shores of the Black River in La Crosse is a surprise river-side attraction for boaters. In the summer, a 4-by-8 foot "G" lights up like a beacon for Green Bay faithful with flags waving.

Strangers stop to have their photos taken and passersby holler, "Go Pack go!" from their boats.

He's owned the North Side boat house since 1979 but about a decade ago decorated its exterior in homage to his favorite team.

"I thought it needed a motif," he said. The inside is plastered with Packers signs and posters as well.

Unlike the boat house, most of the green and gold at his La Crosse home is tucked inside, save for signs that read "Parking reserved for Packers fans only" and "Packer country."

"My wife didn't want the Packers signs on the house, but they're on it," he said.

As for the boat house, Myers said, "That's mine and she just goes along with it."

He'll watch the game from home Sunday. But for the past 25 years, he and about a dozen friends annually take a camper to Green Bay, park it overnight in a bar's lot and then tailgate and watch a game at Lambeau Field.

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