The funny thing is that I really have no beef with the Green Bay Packers. I don’t really dislike them. The Packers have a storied history, and those who love the game of football generally look up to that organization as one of football’s strong foundations. I think its pretty cool that Green Bay fans can actually buy into the team through $250 shares. I’d be willing to do that with the Broncos.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seems to have all the right moves. He’s a great passer, he’s humble, and he doesn’t portray that pretty boy, stuffy, vampire-like image of Tom Brady I know we all hate so much. He seems like a normal guy. How can you not like Aaron Rodgers?
All in all, the Green Bay Packers are what you want in a football team. They win in all the right ways. They are defending the Super Bowl Champions. But now that they threaten to become the second team to go undefeated in National Football League history, oh how I hate them so.
I am tired of hearing about the perfection of Rodgers, and seeing the long, straggly hair of Clay Matthews and his defense. They are a team of perfection, and I can’t wait to see them lose. Why? Well, I guess I don’t really know.
It’s not like I have any profound love for the 1972 Miami Dolphins who, so far, are the only team to win all regular season games as well as their post-season games, including the Super Bowl. I could care less about the champagne parties the Dolphin veterans throw themselves every year when there are no undefeated teams left. I wasn’t alive when the Dolphins went undefeated, and I don’t really care that they are the team that’s done it.
I was frightened out of my mind when the 2007 New England Patriots team threatened to become the second undefeated team in history, when they got close to a perfect 19-0 season, but then lost to the underdog Giants in the Super Bowl. Pretty Boy Brady and the Pats went 18-1 and joined the ranks of the 1984 49ers and the 1985 Chicago Bears, both of whom went 18-1. But the Niners and Bears actually won their respective Super Bowls.
For the record, I didn’t want to see the Patriots go undefeated because, well, I thoroughly dislike the Patriots. I was almost as happy to see them lose as I was when the Broncos won their first Super Bowl in 1997. I was passionate about that almost-undefeated season for a reason. I remember after about week 11 or 12 during that season looking forward to the next Patriots game to see if there was a team willing to beat them. That’s how I spent the last third of that season – hoping that someone would beat the Patriots.
So here it is going into Week 13 of this NFL season, and I am already living week-to-week hoping that someone will finally beat Rodgers and the cheese-head nation. I guess it started just before Thanksgiving when the Packers traveled to Detroit for the NFC North showdown. That didn’t go well, and the Packers embarrassed the Lions 27-15. I thought Detroit had a chance but with Ndamukong Suh acting like a clown, it wasn’t to be.
So I thought maybe it would be the Giants this last weekend. I mean, after all it was the Giants who took down the Patriots in the Super Bowl to wreck their perfection. It was also the Giants in 1998 that wrecked John Elway and the Broncos’ perfect season in Week 14. And while they put up the best fight the Packers have faced so far this season, the Giants were unsuccessful at taking the Packers down losing by a 38-35 score.
So maybe next weekend when the Packers play host to the Raiders? Well, if the Packers win that game they give the Broncos a chance to take over first place in the AFC West. Go Packers in that tilt. After that, Green Bay will face Kansas City, Chicago and then Detroit once again to close out the regular season. Of those games, I guess the best opportunity will come when Green Bay plays Detroit. Without Jay Cutler, Chicago doesn’t stand a chance, and with Kyle “neckbeard” Orton at the helm in Kansas City, they don’t stand a chance either.
I guess we can only hope that Green Bay wants to keep Rodgers healthy the last game of the season and benches him until the playoffs. Otherwise, this Green Bay team may be the next ’72 Miami Dolphins, and that will suck. Why? Well, I like the bragging rights just as it is now. Every now and then you’ll hear a peep from one of the surviving members of that Dolphins team, and that’s good enough. If the Packers were to do the same thing, it will be a long time coming before someone else can join that club. It will give Green Bay long-term bragging rights that I won’t be able to handle. I’m tired of Green Bay’s bragging after last year’s Super Bowl win.
Lastly, I would like to see Green Bay lose a game because, well, they are the only story in the NFL that’s actually bigger than Tim Tebow and the Broncos. And as a rabid Broncos fan I am thoroughly enjoying the attention Tebow is bringing to Denver. Tebow shouldn’t have to share a spotlight with Aaron Rodgers. Tebow is The Chosen One. Rodgers is not. Down with the Packers, up with the Tebows.