Over the past few weeks, I’ve developed a few new nicknames.
Mr. Crabby Pants
And my particular favorite, “Chick”.
If no one minds I’d like to address the new names some have decided to bestow upon me.
First of all, I am the furthest thing from a Packer hater that there is. Anyone who honestly thinks that is a moron. I am one of the most die hard Packer fans there is on the entire planet. If you were to ask my wife, she’d say I’m obsessed with them, and I’d agree. Anyone who knows me a little bit knows that this is true. I live and die by this team, and have since I was a child. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
The difference between myself and many others is I express what is on my mind fairly liberally about the Packers. When they play well, I cheer louder than anyone else I know. And when they play poorly, I get pissed off and say what’s on my mind. Having an opinion is something that I value as a human being, and I am not afraid to express it at any time.
Having an opinion does not make me a hater. Just because my opinion does not match your opinion is no reason to suddenly question my being a fan, or start calling me a hater. People are allowed to disagree. It’s ok. Just because I don’t see this team through green and gold colored glasses is no reason to question whether I am a fan.
Case in point: this post about Dom Capers. I cannot begin to tell you the amount of grief I caught for writing this, simply because I had the audacity to say that I was done with him, his gameplans which sometimes worked great, and sometimes absolutely sucked, and poor performance from the defense. Then others jumped on the bandwagon as well, saying the exact same thing I was. But I’m a hater, because I dared to say it first.
Or this one here, where I had the nerve to say that I was done with Jermichael Finely and his non stop diarrhea of the mouth, coupled with his continued under performing on the field. Oh, the humanity! Yep, I’m a hater.
As for Twitter, it’s reached a point where I cannot ask a simple question like “If the Packers win Sunday, will you think they’re back on track, or still have reserved optimism?” or “if the Packers lose Sunday, what will your feeling be about this team?” without being dubbed a hater. How dare I ask a question to try and start a discussion.
I’m not a hater. In fact I’m the furthest thing from a hater. I have passion for the Green Bay Packers the same as everyone else who reads this. The difference between me and many who will read this is I am not shy about expressing my opinions, whether here on a blog, or on social media. It’s ok to disagree with me, but to jump to the conclusion that I hate the Packers is wrong. Actually, it’s downright stupid.
Go Pack Go!
Filed Under: John Rehor