Today was a tough day for Packers fans.
A heartbreaking 30-27 loss to the Colts dropped the Packers to 2-3 on the season, and has raised the eyebrows of many. A team which was seen as a Super Bowl contender headed into the season is now 2 games behind the Bears and Vikings in the standings. Questions exist on both offense and defense, and answers need to be found soon so this team can get back on track in the playoff hunt.
After today's game, reaction exploded everywhere from everyone. Anger, head shaking, and second guessing were just some of the emotions being thrown around on social media. Little if any of the reaction was positive. It was the abyss of Packers fandom.
There were a few people who even went to the extreme of expressing their frustration over today's game, going so far to say that they were done with the Packers, and would begin the search for another team to cheer for. After one loss and five games into the 2012 season, they had seen enough. They were done.
While it is the right of every individual to best determine their course of action for their fandom, I feel it is necessary to voice a few facts, as well as a few opinions, to the "fans" who announced they were no longer Packer fans after today's gam
- A Packers fan wears a jersey every game day.
- A Packers fan celebrates every game day like it is a national holiday.
- A Packers fan finds a way to talk about the Packers every day
- A Packers fan will cheer when the team plays well to the point they lose their voice.
- A Packers fan reserves the right to get pissed off when the team plays poorly
Pretty simple, right? Yet there is one more fact that I would like to remind everyone about as it pertains to being a Packers fan:
If you're going to get so upset about one game that you're not going to be a fan anymore, chances are you never were a fan.
Today was one game out of 16 this season. One. There are 11 more games to play. Before giving up all hope, let the season play out-because that's what a Packers fan does. They do not give up after one poor performance. A Packers fan sticks by their team, no matter what.
It is perfectly OK to be emotional after a game. That's the best part of being a fan. We invest so much emotionally into following this team, that it hurts when they lose. On the other hand, when they win, we celebrate pure joy. It's this dichotomy that makes being a fan one of the best things a human being can be.
To sum up today's game reaction for me: You bet I'm pissed about today-and tomorrow I'll proudly wear my Packers gear, getting ready for the game against the Texans. Because that's what a fan does.
Go Pack Go!
If I missed any of the rules of being a Packers fan, please leave them in the comments.
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