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No use in trying to deny being a Packers disciple this weekend

  • There's football truth in "Pulp Fiction."
There's football truth in "Pulp Fiction." (Handout photo )
December 27, 2012|By Jack M Silverstein | For RedEye

So it has come to this. For the Bears to make the playoffs, they must win their final game, and the Vikings must lose theirs. That means Chicago fans will cheer a Bears win over Detroit at noon Sunday, then watch the afternoon games and become ... Packers fans.

Yes, root for the Pack or be sent packing. It's your choice.

For me, that's an easy one: I will absolutely root for the Packers. It's not simply about my dislike of the Vikings, a trait I've discussed at length this season.

This is about the Bears: as rough as portions of their performance has been in 2012, I still want them in the playoffs. If the Bears win and the Packers win, we get to see that.

There are some who will argue that "Oh, well, I'm not rooting FOR the Packers, I'm only rooting AGAINST the Vikings," but that is semantics, and probably b.s. If your success depends on someone else's success, then you are rooting for that other person's success, no matter your previous relationship.

Like when Marsellus and Butch had to team up to defeat Zed and his buddy in "Pulp Fiction." Marsellus didn't say, "Butch is my sworn enemy, a man who double-crossed me and is the reason I'm in this hillbilly basement bent over a table, so I won't root for him to fillet my captor with that samurai sword." Come on! At that moment, Marsellus was focused on one thing: freedom. If it came at the hands of the man who ostensibly stole his money, well, there'll be time to deal with that later.

Same for the Packers. With a win, Green Bay clinches the NFC's No. 2 seed, meaning the only time the Bears and Packers could play in the postseason would be in the NFC championship game at Lambeau Field. That's an act of revenge for which all Bears fans pine.

There's only one way to make it happen.

Go Pack Go.

Special contributor Jack M Silverstein covers the Bears for RedEye. Say hey @ReadJack.

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