No green and gold cheering from me

Published January 9, 2011 in News and Rumors

Exchanging texts with my brother Saturday night following the Seahawks’ 41-36 upset victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Saints, he mentioned how his rooting interests have changed for Sunday’s NFC Wild Card matchup between the Eagles and Packers. He said he’d be wearing his green and gold colors and insisted that part of me should quietly be rooting for the Pack.

No, in fact, all of me is loudly rooting against them.

Similarly, Mike Mulligan wrote an article in the Sun-Times this morning about the Bears having the opportunity to face “the worst playoff team in NFL history.” He opened his article with:

“Welcome to the upside-down world of the NFL playoffs, where even the most ardent of Bears fans will be cheering for the Green Bay Packers today.”

I’m sorry, but no. I consider myself more than an “ardent” fan of the Bears and I have not the slightest desire for the Packers to defeat the Eagles.

Why? Because I have a feeling the Packers could beat the Falcons next week, and frankly, I don’t think the Bears will beat the Packers again this season. What that amounts to is a Bears-Packers conference championship game with the winner advancing to the Super Bowl. And the Bears losing to the Packers in that type of a game is too much for me to bear, pardon the pun.

Sure, if the Bears were to triumph over the Packers in the NFC conference title game, that would rank up there with the most fondest of Chicago sports memories. But I don’t even want to risk it. I would rather the Bears finish 6-10 and miss the playoffs than lose to the Packers in the conference championship as our cheesehead neighbors to the north parade into the Super Bowl.

I’m well aware of the difficulty of defeating a team twice in one season, as the Bears would have to do if they face the Eagles in next week’s divisional round contest.

But to me, there’s no difference in losing in the divisional round versus losing in the conference round. If you don’t win the Super Bowl, you’re all runners-up to the champ, anyway.

With that said, bring on the mighty Eagles led by the dog-killing American hero. I could stomach losing to them in Round 2 more than I could tolerate losing to the Packers in Round 3.

One thought on “No green and gold cheering from me”

  1. just to clarify, as i am that texting brother, the green/gold wearing was partially done as a joke and partially done as one of our family members is a HUGE Packers fan and we were together celebrating the day before his birthday.

    in fact, the truth of the matter, is that i saw positives and negatives to both situations (green bay winning or losing) and it didn’t much matter what i was rooting for because i don’t have too much control over the outcome. does the thought of playing the packers on january 23rd bother me? you bet…it makes me sick actually. that said, i want to see the bears get to the NFC Championship game this year and we’ll all deal with the outcome when it’s all over.

    not to get optimistic on anyone here but if the Bears get past the ‘hawks and do get to play the packers on january 23rd, could you imagine what a win would feel like? i wouldn’t mind having the chance to find out.

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