Green Bay Packers' Fan
Posted: January 22, 2016
When I first moved to Wisconsin in May, 1987, I was not immediately in love with the Green Bay Packers. As a fan of the Chicago Bears, it took me a few years to have the same admiration of the Packers as so many others in the Chippewa Valley.
But by the time the Packers made their run for the Super Bowl in 1996, I was hooked. I realized how much economic growth took place any time the Packers won a game. And, aside from that, I took note of how important the Green Bay franchise was to the State of Wisconsin.
This past National Football League season for Green Bay Packers' fans was truly a roller coaster ride. First, the Packers won its first six games. Then, as opponents found some weaknesses with their receiving corps and began to blitz more often than not, the Green Bay offense took a step back. In fact, it wasn't until the postseason began that Green Bay's offense starting looking like it was getting back to normal.
The game last Saturday night against the Arizona Cardinals was one for the ages. Not only did Green Bay play maybe its best game of the year, but the game included some weird plays: A tipped pass by a Green Bay defender that goes right into the hands of an Arizona receiver in the end zone; an unusual flip of the coin in overtime that baffled many viewers; and the Hail Mary pass at the end of regulation, which forced the overtime.
There is no doubt that being a fan of the Green Bay Packers this year was difficult. However, compared to being a fan of the Chicago Bears, it was never dull. I still root for the Chicago Bears, but after another losing season, it's so much nicer to be able to cheer for someone who wins more often than not and keeps you guessing as to which team was going to show up to play.
REPUBLICAN DEBATE: Last Thursday night's Republican debate was essentially an advertisement for a Republican party "lovefest". After FOX Business News got lambasted in its first attempt at hosting a debate back in November, it was obvious to me that FOX Business News anchors made good on their previous misdeed by telling each of the candidates their questions in advance so the candidates could prepare a proper response. Pretty sad.
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