Posted by Jayme Joers on November 29, 2010 Jump To Comments
Days like today really make me miss Victory Mondays.
Maybe it was the long weekend, or the multiple days of football, or the massive amount of mashed potatoes or the loss, but today feels like a day I wish I could just coast through. I have little desire to rehash it all. What’d you do this weekend? I ate too much and my pants are now tight. Thanks for asking. What went wrong with the Packers? Well, um, besides not tackling, nothing major. But now they’re a game behind, the gasp, Bears. Mostly I just want to put on my new running shoes and work off all the potatoes and all the built up angst.
Really though, I had a great weekend. Family in from out of town, watching little kids have fun, a random birthday party, the Badgers and the Rose Bowl!, and a Packers team that put up a good fight against the best in the NFC.
I have never been a “moral victory” kind of girl. I’m generally the one who nit picks and disects everything to pin point what went wrong – just ask my boyfriend. I am overly obsessive. But after watching yesterday’s game, I just can’t find the will to be. Did we lose? Yes. Does that suck? Yes. That’s it.
So why does today seem like such a downer? The in-fighting. I admit, I’m a novice, and I am a homer. I love all things Packers and generally all Packers fans. But after this game in particular it feels as if there are only two sides. Feels like W is in charge, “you’re either with us or against us.” And there’s something in that train of thought that seems very un-Packer-ish to me.
I live in Cincinnati, where Packer-esque blind faith in a team is hard to come by. I have friends that argue, I listen to sports radio where people argue. Every week someone else should be fired. Every week is horrific. And I will admit, my current town’s team is going through what I can only kindly describe as a rough patch :), so the in-fighting, the discord, is understandable. And I get that the Packers planned for greatness this year, and hey – as fans we plan for it every year. But as I see my team’s fans descending closer to the chaos that one usually finds around a team fighting for the first pick in the draft, I cringe.
We are Packer people. Wanna vent? I get that. I once screamed at the top of my lungs late on a Sunday night in 1995, “No one wins the super bowl with FIVE losses!!” and then I threw some things. But that was irrational. And eventually, after a strong sedative and a long nap, I came around to my senses.
I hope that today is our strong sedative. Packer fans, love thy fellow fans. We are not against each other. I can think you’re irrationally jumping off buildings, and you can think I’m too lazy to climb the stairs to care. That’s fine. But let’s not turn into Carolina or Cincinnati fans (no offense here to my many Cinci fan friends); remember we’re all Packers fans and we all bleed Green and Gold.