We've spent a lot of time around here lamenting the horrible things that have happened when fans of opposing teams do terrible things to each other inside and after the big game. From the San Francisco Giants fan, to Eagles's stadium, and anywhere else tempers flair unnecessarily, I sometimes lose a little hope in fans and humanity in general.
Enter Chris Harris of the Chicago Bears.
As you may have heard, my father is a HUGE Chicago Bear's fan. Raised in Chicago, he's spent the last 40 years in central Wisconsin never turning down a friendly bet against the Packers. Not even once.
As you may also know from my writing, the last few decades have not produced the father-son relationship most would hope for. As the years pass, things inevitably get better, but this year I really wanted to do something special for Dad's birthday. Although I despise the whole tweet me Happy Birthday thing, I thought if I could find a Chicago Bear to call my father and thank him for fighting the good fight, that would mean quite a bit to him.
I contacted Chris Harris on Twitter and asked him for a follow so I could send him a message. He did, and through the course of our conversation he knew full well I was a HUGE Packers fan, asking a favor of a Bear's fan, who had no obligation to me whatsoever.
Chris Harris didn't hesitate in saying yes.
He called my Dad this morning and Dad was so shocked that he couldn't even figure out who it was at first. They spent a few minutes talking about the season, got some congrats in, and had what I understand was more than just a vanilla conversation. It made Dad's day, probably his year.
Personally, I have never understood the hate that transpires between fans at games. No matter how hardcore I am, or the opposing fan next to me, I have never once considered being vile, threatening, or derogatory to any of them. In addition, I will never understand those that are.
I hope Packer fans, and all fans for that matter, take a good look at what the Chicago Bear's Chris Harris did for this die-hard Packer fan today.
Although I will always hope the Packers take down the Bears on the field, off the field I will try harder to respect the fans and players as the human beings that they are.
Like Chris Harris did.
Some Bears don't suck. I said it, and I mean it.
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