It seemed to become an interesting talking point yesterday; should Packer fans cheer for the Bears? (I think my IQ dropped a few points just typing that). We all can figure it out. A loss by the Lions puts the Packers a game up in the NFC North and could make a big difference down the road. But that means cheering for the Bears? And really, do we want the Bears to get back on their feet a little? I mean, we all like to laugh at how they cry, but if a team with that defense and Matt Forte gets going, they could be scary down the stretch.
Tonight I will not be cheering for either team, but I will be hoping the Lions lose, perhaps chanting interception on every Stafford throw. That’s my explanation. I understand that some people will actually be cheering for the Bears; I understand that some people will be pulling for the Lions, and I also understand that some people will booing the whole time. But here’s one thing that I really think we all should do: can the talk on what a true fan is.
Why are we arguing over who should win the game tonight? Odds are one of the teams will win it (ties don’t happen a lot – just ask McNabb). So you don’t want to cheer for the Bears, got it, but because someone else, who has the best interest of their team in mind, does it not make them any less of a “true” fan.
I get the confusion. Personally, I don’t like pulling for certain teams to win/lose so that we get a certain match up. I’d rather the team that’s “supposed” to win, win and the Packers just play their best against that team. I’m superstitious, so I don’t like to mess with the greater plan. I also know that the Packers are the best team around and can and will beat anyone so who cares? Am I more of a true fan for thinking that? Nope.
I really hate the phrase “True Fan”. Who’s defined it? Do you have to be a season ticket holder? Does it depend on where you live/grew up? Do you have to travel with the team? Do you have to own the NFL ticket and never miss a game? Do you have to have the team roster memorized? Do you have to be able to know the difference between the hippo and psycho packages? Do you have to own stock?
In the past year, being more connected with other fans than I was previously, I’ve heard a lot of fans say some silly things, do some silly things and have a variety of different thoughts on the team. But for the most part all these people have the Packers in their hearts, and that’s all I need for someone to be a true fan.
So go ahead, cheer for whomever you want tonight. Me, I’ll be going to the boys in blue; the Brewers that is.