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Hold off on the hate, Bears fans

It's really not that hard to get along with Packer backers

  • Columnist Niki Fritz says getting along with Packers fans really just takes common sense. And hatred for the Vikings.
Columnist Niki Fritz says getting along with Packers fans really just takes… (Jonathan Daniel/Getty…)
December 13, 2012|By Niki Fritz, @fritzfrack | For RedEye

I was born in the frozen tundra of Green Bay, which means three things: 1) I can pronounce Shawano correctly 2) I consider 28 degrees "warm" and 3) I LOVE the Green Bay Packers. As I try to explain to Chicagoans when I'm "outed" at a bar on game day, if you are born in Green Bay, you bleed gold and green without exception.

But being a Packers fan in Chicago is not easy. After I moved here, I discovered that many Bears fans consider Packers fans not just rivals but public enemy No. 1, ahead of even parking meters and ketchup on hot dogs.

However, Sunday's game doesn't have to end in a flurry of obscenities and bad blood. Here are a few quick tips on playing nice with Packers fans.

1) Do not yell things at us. We know you "[bleeping] hate Packer fans." This doesn't mean you should lambast us in public. Ignore this rule if a Packers fan yells garbage at you first, in which case you should yell back vulgarities that are equally stupid.

Additionally, please remember these Packers fans are most likely from somewhere near Milwaukee. Wisconsin does not claim responsibility for suburban Packers fans.

2) Feel free to engage in healthy, witty banter. A good rule of thumb is if you would say it to your Packers fan boss, it is most likely inconsequential enough to say in a bar after a few pitchers of beer. Safe subjects include Packers fans' horrible choices in headwear or Bears quarterbacks' horrible taste in fiancées. Other safe topics include cheese, mustaches, crotch shots and smoking memes.

3) Remember, we both lose and we both win sometimes. We both know the cruel taste of losing to the overrated Seahawks. We've both won Super Bowls (some of us more recently than others). Don't be a sore loser or a nasty winner.

4) If all else fails, just remember: At least neither of us is those sissies up in that silly dome in Minnesota.

Niki Fritz is a RedEye special contributor.

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