Try as I might, I can’t get behind the Green Bay Packers

You’d think someone who spent a significant chunk of his life in Wisconsin, met his wife there and has two cheesehead children would be backing the Green Bay Packers in the NFL playoffs. But that’s not the case with me.

I tried to like the Packers when I lived in Milwaukee in the late 70s and early 80s. But I just couldn’t bring myself to do so. My allegiance to the Browns was still strong then, and the Packers under coach Bart Starr stunk.

I’d prefer that the Packers beat Atlanta today, my only connection to the Falcons being that I played on a grade school flag football team named for the 1966 expansion franchise. If the Packers lose, I’ll be a bit disappointed but won’t really care.

So who will I back? Certainly not the hated Steelers or ex-Browns Ravens. I tilted toward the Giants when I worked in New York, so forget the Jets and the Patriots. I had Seahawks’ season tickets for four seasons but today’s team leaves me cold.

Which leaves the Packers’ ancient rivals, the Chicago Bears. And I’m hoping they win it all.

The Bears have every bit as great a tradition as the Packers, and Chicago is a manly city full of passionate fans.  For this batch of playoffs, Da Bears are my team.

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One response to “Try as I might, I can’t get behind the Green Bay Packers

  1. There ya go, Danny Boy! Packers fans can thank the Bears for that frozen tundra of Lambeau field, as Halas and his Bears were much more popular than the Packers when Green Bay was trying to get their new stadium built. Halas went north and stumped on behalf of the Packers. He was able to influence enough folks to not only prevent the citizens of Green Bay from running the unpopular Curley Labeau out of town, but rallied the town behind building the stadium that now bears his name.

    So, yeah, the Bears will always be better, and worth your vote. Besides, the Bears once had Bob Avellini at QB. There’s your Cleveland connection!

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