In September I made a “I Hate the Dallas Cowboys” post, and I receive a lot of hits here from that comment. So I figured this is a fitting week to create my “I Hate the Green Bay Packers” post. But this one will differ significantly from my “I Hate the Dallas Cowboys” post. Packer fans that will inevitably get here due to this, please read this short post before you flame me.
Of course I could say “but can Packer fans read”? But I won’t. Or did I? Kidding.
My most hated NFL teams are the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers. I hate the Packers because, well, that’s what Bears fans are supposed to do. I didn’t really have any such feelings for them from 1979-1992, because the Packers were a dreadful team and they didn’t even register on my threat radar. Much like I’m sure the Bears have been to Packer fans from 1993 to now, for the most part. The Bears have consistently sucked enough that they’re really on Packer fans’ pay-no-mind list. Justifiably.
I started hating the Cowboys when I was 8 years old, based solely on the massive number of bandwagon fans this team possesses. When half the kids in an elementary school in suburban Chicago say they’re Cowboys fans when they Cowboys are doing well, then flip to the Bears when they create the most charismatic team in NFL history, that’s as pure an example of fair-weather fans as you can find. And in 2007 that Dallas bandwagon is most certainly rolling again.
While I do think the Packers also benefit from a fair amount of bandwagon fans—I can certainly attest to a sudden absence of people walking around in Chicago in Packer gear in 2005 and 2006—I do give them credit for having plenty of true fans. I have never had a problem with true Packer fans and count some of them as good friends of mine. Although I hate their team as they should hate the Bears, I have respect for the Packer organization (unlike the one in Dallas) and their true fans. My motto remains-Packer and Bear fans should be able to argue about how much each hates the other team, then have a beer and have a good time watching the game.
And God knows, we better be able to have a good time watching the game this Sunday, as I fully expect 40,000 Packer fans in Soldier Field as usual.
This all leads me to my point. Having written how much I hate the Packers, I can do nothing else this season than compliment them. My fellow Bear fans may go ahead and bash me for committing the ultimate sin by complimenting the Packers, but here’s why I’m doing it. I have gotten sicker, sicker and sicker each week this season watching Green Bay pull off more and more improbable wins led by a Brett Favre playing like a 25-year-old and a running back that could be flipping burgers but suddenly leads the league in rushing. After several years of terrible drafting, the Packers were supposed to be entering a period of despair as the Bears have generally been in since 1991, for God’s sake!
But instead of bashing the Packers for being good, the only thing that can possibly make me feel better is by complimenting Green Bay on being able to continually reinvent their team. And to indict the Bears for being in rebuilding mode for what seems to be the 10th time since the Ditka era ended. Shame on the Bears organization, and compliments to the Packers for figuring it out.
I’m sure I will get comments here arguing that Green Bay will flop once Favre retires-that they’ll be exposed as a one-man team. Firstly, for all I know Favre will be playing for 4 more seasons-and there’s certainly no regression in the quality of his play. I do agree and believe that Favre does-AND HAS ALWAYS made every receiver and running back he’s played with better than what they really are/were. What did Edgar Bennett, Dorsey Levins, Antonio Freeman do when they left Green Bay?? Nothing. Even Javon Walker hasn’t been the same in Denver.
I’ll certainly be hoping the shattered, fraudulent Bears team will win their Super Bowl this weekend, but I highly doubt it. It will just be another one of the eleven Favre wins I’ve seen in Illinois over the last 13 years.