January 30, 2007

Mad Hate for the Bears.

There has been a lot of speculation and opinion in the local media lately regarding the upcoming Super Bowl. Itís not what you are thinking itís for either. Sure the local team, the Chicago Bears, made it to the Super Bowl. They arenít talking about ďAre the Bears going to winĒ, nope itís all ďThe Bears are going to winĒ. What they are spending all this time discussing is, ďCan a true Packer Fan cheer for the Bears to win the Super Bowl.Ē Yea, our local media is really on top of those important issues.

This topic has made it on the evening news a couple of times. Itís all over the radio, and it even was a headline in the local Newspaper. Iíll admit that Iíve even had this conversation with fellow Packer, Viking, Lions, Bear and even Rams fans, and Iíve discovered one thing. There is a lot of hate between fans of a team and opposing teams in their division/region. Before I go any further, Iím a Packer fan as you may all have realized by now. I have been since the early 80ís. They are my team of choice and I support them. The thought of picking a different favorite team has never crossed my mind.

Iím rooting for the Bears this Sunday, GO BEARS!

Why? Because they are from the same division the Packers are. They are part of the NFC North, the once NFC Central, the true Black and Blue division. The one that has two of the most historic teams in the NFL, the Packers and the Bears. Once the Packers were eliminated from the playoffs, (which honestly should have been long before the last weekend of the seasonÖ what right does an 8-8 team have being in the playoffs?) I started pulling for the Bears. They represent the division my team is in. They carry with them the honor and the tradition that both my beloved Packers and the Bears have so valiantly fought for over the years. I have no animosity toward the team, and since my team is obviously not in the big game, why shouldnít I root for them?

Well, apparently I am the only person in the whole damned country that feels that way. Every Packer, Lion, Viking and Ram fan I talked to said, ďHell no Iím not rooting for the Bears, Iím pulling for the Colts!Ē Some of them used much stronger language then that. Every Bear fan I talked to made a comment along the lines, ďWhen the Packers went to the Super Bowl I rooted for New England and/or Denver.Ē Again some used much stronger language then that. Okay, a lot of them used much stronger language then that. There was a lot of hate there. Which, I just canít understand.

I love my team, but damnÖ they arenít there! Iíd rather see a respected rival win it then some AFC team with a media whore QB that will put his likeness or image on anything for a buck (And also has a tendency to choke in the big games). Yea the Bears handed the Pack their arses opening weekend, but we returned the favor on New YearsÖ maybe not as bad, but we still did. Plus if the Bears win I can always hold onto, ďYea the Bears won the Super Bowl, but even the Packers could beat them that year.Ē

I just canít understand how my fellow Packer fans canít be magnanimous about this like myself. If the Packers arenít in the Super Bowl and another team from the NFC north makes it, I shall cheer for them.

Unless itís the Vikings, then they can burn in hell those rotten sons of goats!

Posted by Contagion in Football at January 30, 2007 07:15 PM | TrackBack

Thanks! I have done the same thing when the Packers were there.

Posted by: Raging Mom at January 31, 2007 08:18 AM

Being the *cough* loyal *cough* Lions fan that I am I am rooting for the Bears ..

One, because the NFL Bandwagon simulation told me I should ...

Two, Because they are like the Lions (except the Bears win) and they are in our Division. If you Division wins the big one it makes everyone else in the Division a little better.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at January 31, 2007 09:43 AM

Until that last line I was getting worried...

Nobody should burden themselves with rooting for the Vikings :)

Posted by: graumagus at January 31, 2007 12:05 PM

I'll be rootin' for the Bears from here!

Posted by: Richmond at January 31, 2007 01:45 PM

I rooted for the Bears because I'll be damned if I'm going to root for a bunch of pansy-ass dome-babies.

Posted by: Harvey at February 5, 2007 03:36 PM