Friday Jan 28

Class, or Lack There Of

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A call to Packer fans to show some class.I hate to be a downer in such a time of great joy for Packers fans, but I have to get something off my chest.

My sister in law runs a mobile bakery and drives from location to location in the Chicago area. It is a dream business for her, and she's been doing it for a short period of time.

On Sunday, she was parked at 11th and Michigan Ave, a 5-10 minute walk to Soldier Field. She was hoping to have a strong business day with the number of fans walking over to the stadium, selling her items to the fans walking over to Soldier Field. Most of what she was selling was blue and orange, in support of the Bears. She herself is a Bears fan, but she'll get to the green and gold eventually.

In the last hour leading up to kickoff, she was having some good success with her business. At one point, she had 10-12 deep, having a great day. Happy fans, good day for business. All was good.

And then it happened.

A Packers fan was walking down Michigan Avenue, on his way to the gate. This fan saw the truck my sister in law was working out of, complete with a "Go Bears" sign on the truck. This fan, a Packers fan, walked up to the sign, and spit right on the sign.

Really? Did that make you feel better?

I am never one to shy away from making a comment about any opposing teams' fans and their actions, but this was way over the line. I'll make my comments when necessary, to the fans that ruin the experience for others in the stands, trash talk for no reason, or have nothing to add to the game. If you want to talk about that, fine, all for it. Let's have an intelligent conversation.

To interrupt someone's business, in such a manner as this fan did, is unacceptable. It is an embarrassment to Packers fans in particular. I like to think we have more class than other fans in the league. We know the game, we know the players, we analyze film and rewatch the games just for the fun of doing it. We love our team.

And then there are the morons who give all of the die hards a bad name, by desecrating a business. Granted, it is a family member's business, so maybe I'm judging the actions a little personally, but there was no reason to spit on someone's livelihood. I would rather this fan walk up to me, tell me where to go, and walk away. And I'm a Packer fan.

Do me a favor-next time you want to spit on me, put a Vikings uniform on. Heck, maybe a Bears uniform. Those fans have the reputation of being idiots. You don't deserve to wear the green and gold.

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+3 # doug kaus 2011-01-25 12:32
There are morons all over the world, if i had been with that person, i would have apoligized for them, and probably slapped them for it. I wish the bussiness owner nothing but good luck with there new bussiness.
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0 # John Rehor 2011-01-25 23:39
Thanks for reading, and for the well wishes
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+3 # INpackfan66 2011-01-25 12:58
Unfortunately, you do not need to pass a "common sense" test to cheer for your team. We have all seen examples of boorish behavior by fans. I would hope that if any other Packer fans saw this, they would have pointed out how inappropriate it was. I am sure this fan went home with his share of stories about how he was mistreated by the Bears' fans he encountered, never once realizing that his actions were just as bad, and just as uncalled for. We should all try to remember that even as passionate as we are in our support for whoever our team is, in the end, it is just a game. Win or lose, the Sun comes up, and our Daily lives go on. We don't have to like our opponents, but we should respect them.....(unless their Vikings fans) Sorry this happened to your SIL! GO PACK GO!!!!!
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0 # Garth Bugenhagen 2011-01-25 17:21
Shameful, completely shameful. There is nothing that bothers me more than someone going into hostile territory looking for a fight. I see it many times at Lambeau, a Bears or Viking fan that seems to be looking for confrontation, which honestly is not hard to find considering the amount of alcohol and high passions of the situation, and then being surprised by the response to their actions. Be a fan, cheer when you should cheer and if you feel the need to boo your team when they need that then go for it. But have some class and don't act like a jag-off when you represent the Green and Gold Faithful either here or on the road. Our team deserves better fans than that.
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+2 # Brady Augustine 2011-01-25 17:47
I apologize to your sister for her being mistreated in this way. There is no excuse for doing that, it goes beyond words and good natured "smack talk" and borders on abuse. Packer nation apologizes.
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0 # John Rehor 2011-01-25 23:40
Thanks Brady, completely agree. It's actions like this that give Packers fans a bad name, which none of us deserve
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+1 # Jr Augustine 2011-01-25 20:48
Actions like this have no place in Packer Nation. Let the other fans smack talk. It's all just talk. We know we have the best team. We should never resort to grade-school antics.
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0 # John Rehor 2011-01-25 23:41
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