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  • Packers fans photographed at Will's Northwoods Inn in Lakeview on Dec. 9.
Packers fans photographed at Will's Northwoods Inn in Lakeview on… (Hilary Higgins/RedEye )
December 13, 2012|By Ernest Wilkins | RedEye

Think you know everything about how Packers fans view the Bears rivalry? Well, you're going to be disappointed. During my stint at Will's Northwoods Inn on Sunday, I met Green Bay fans in hopes of gaining insight into how the Green and Gold lives. Here's what I learned.

We aren't their primary concern.

Three Packers fans took the "meh" approach to the rivalry.

"You guys had the ultimate opportunity to shut us up forever in 2010 [when the Packers played the Bears at home in the NFC championship game] and they couldn't get it done. As far as I'm concerned, they lost the right to talk [bleep]."

"Truth be told? Bears fans hate Packers fans more than Packers fans hate Bears fans. We really don't get the anger. I mean, we hate the Vikings way more than the Bears."

"Honestly, the rivalry hasn't been great in awhile. You younger kids don't remember when the Packers were really bad and it was a one-sided affair. It's been the other way since the '90s and let's tell the truth, the Bears haven't really held up their end in a long time."

They aren't mad at Brett Favre anymore.

One fellow bargoer mentioned he still supports Favre "in spite of all that later nonsense," while another alerted me to something called the "jersey rule." It breaks down like this: Take the number of years a player was with an organization, then divide that by two. That's how long you have to wait until you can wear a former player's jersey again. In Favre's case, he was in Green Bay 16 years and left in 2007, so bust out those No. 4 jerseys in 2015!

There are Chicago natives who don't like the Bears.

One fan completely floored me with this revelation.

"I'm a native Chicagoan, born and raised here as a Packers fan. Apparently back in the day a lot of folks like my granddad were pissed that the Chicago Cardinals moved to St. Louis [in the early 1960s] and so people chose to root for the Packers instead."

Ernest Wilkins is Chicago's wingman.

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