Everyone at some point in their life has witnessed a lack of respect. Whether it is done to the individual, or it is done to someone else, respect is often hard to come by, and sadly, not given nearly enough.
I witnessed a lack of respect on Sunday, and as a Packer fan, I was outraged.
With their season hanging by a thread with just under five minutes left in 4th quarter, the Packers had driven down the field and scored a touchdown and extra point, making the score 30-20 Giants. Everyone knew what was coming next-onside kick. The entire season came down to this play. The dream season so many fans enjoyed perilously close to being over.
As the kick left the foot of Mason Crosby, and the Giants recovered the kick, the chances of a Packers comeback diminished greatly. So much so, that with that kick, a large contingent of the Packer faithful decided the season was over, and promptly made a bee line to the gates to beat traffic.
That is a severe lack of respect. And I have a major problem with that.
This Packers team went 15-1 this season. FIFTEEN AND ONE. They lost one game all season. They had the best record in the history of the franchise. And when this team needed its fans the most, a large number of them bailed on the team they supposedly love.
What caused this? Was it the frustration of having to watch the Packers struggle on Sunday? Absolutely. You never like to see anything you love have to fight for anything. Was it cold in the stands? Absolutely. The wind was howling in my face the entire game, and I didn’t care one bit. Whatever the case, when the exodus to the gates started with almost five minutes left on the clock, it just seemed like far too many people had given up hope. I have a difficult time accepting that.
Maybe I expect too much from my fellow fans. I guess the expectation of a Packer fan to actually remain in the stands during a playoff game seems to be a little too much for some to handle. Apparently sticking with your team to the bitter end is only appropriate to some when the wind chill isnt bitter cold.
I guess being a Packer fan to some means being a fan only when its convenient for them.
The Packers had a great season. A season which ended far too prematurely, but none the less, a great season. Did they come up short in the end? Absolutely. I am not suggesting in the least that they did not. What I am suggesting is that they at least deserved the respect of their fans to stay to the end of the game. If you didn’t want to see the Giants fans celebrate, that is fine. However, staying to the end of the game and leaving when the clock struck zero would have been much more respectful than leaving with five minutes left in a playoff game.
Respect is earned. It is never given without just cause. The 2011 Packers deserved more respect than they received Sunday. What they received was a gigantic four letter word from a large number of fans in the stands. It is ok to be upset with the team’s performance, but ditching the team you supposedly love with time left on the clock, during (arguably) the best regular season the team has ever known, in a playoff game is not acceptable. No way, no how.
Filed Under: John Rehor