I have been waiting since week three to post this; to once again talk our most hated rival.
There has been some discussion after the brief eruption of "Bears Still Suck" cheers from the Lambeau faithful about the use of the word Suck, the rivalry and class. I'd like to think of myself as a lady, with some class. But I will admit that when it comes to football, sometimes all of my etiquette can go out the window. I've yelled at people in public, had some regrettable football induced outbursts, and made a fool of myself on many occasions - one of which I will admit was crying, no sobbing, outside of Willies in Covington after USC lost to Stanford (I haven't been back).
And as I have aged over the years, and sobered up some from yesterday, I will freely admit that I feel no less of a knowledgeable fan or classy person for chanting along with and celebrating the Bears Still Suck. There's something about sports rivalries; they have their own rules. Do I wish anyone harm? Do I hope the Bears and all their fans get sucked into a big black hole and never return.... um...well, no, not really. But I do find joy in hating on them. It's a social interaction of it's own making.
Recently I started a new job, I love it. Within a month of starting, a new co-worker, a Bears fan looked me straight in the eye and said, "oh, Packers fans, those are the worst" knowing full well that I was an obsessed Packer Backer. I suppose anyone else probably would have been offended, or scared of the new employment. But I wasn't. That's how this interaction works.
I once had someone in my apartment back when I lived in Milwaukee who started singing the Bear Down song. I told him he either had to stop or "get out of my house".
Earlier this season I posted a week long blog series entitled the Bears Still Suck, highlighting Bears jokes, youtube videos making fun of the Bears and yes Bearsstillsuck.com. One of the few jokes I remember from my childhood is a Bears joke.
It's been in my family since the beginning. My Aunt, the oldest of four girls, turned out to be a Bears fan. Perhaps it's something she "caught" while living in Rockford, or perhaps it was sort of an Alex Keaton syndrome. The rest of my family lived and died with the Packers. It was my grandmother who listened to Jim and Max, who used to get so stressed during games she resorted to cleaning the oven every Sunday. So needless to say there was much jawing back and forth between my aunt and the rest of the family. One year circa early 80s, my aunt was given something Packers related as a surprise Christmas gift. This is her reaction.
Maybe I've just been preconditioned to thinking the Bears Still Suck. Maybe I just don't have a problem with the word Suck. Maybe I'm just not as classy as I'd like to believe. But I love rivalry weeks. And I really do believe, that after further review, THE Bears STILL SUCK!!
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