Three Cups Deep: Go Pack Go

>> 1.09.2011

21 November 2010: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) makes a reception for a Green Bay Packers touchdown.  The Green Bay Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 31 to 3 at Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN.

he put da team on his back

The Lions aren’t in the playoffs.  This is hardly a surprise; usually the start of the playoffs means the end of me being emotionally invested in NFL football.  Oh, sure, I watch the playoffs, like the playoffs, love them even—but I rarely have a rooting interest.  The playoffs have become like this whole other thing, this separate world the Lions don’t belong in . . . it’s almost like a different league.  The standings, division races, wild card races?  The Lions just aren’t ever a part of them.  The Lions logo never appears on my TV under the heading “Playoff Picture,” not even in the crappy column on the right.

But now, the Lions—on the heels of a four-game winning streak—have rejoined the league as a whole.  They will enter next season as legitimate playoff contenders—admittedly, a low bar to jump over in today’s NFL.  But no matter: for the first time since 2007, and the first time besides that in a decade, the playoffs are relevant to the Lions, and the Lions are relevant to the playoffs.

Between the Bears, Eagles, Packers, Jets, and Patriots, the Lions played five of the eight playoff teams.  Against all of them, the Lions were within a score in the fourth quarter.  Against some of them, they had a lead.  Against the Bears, they won but had the W taken away from them.  Against the Packers, they actually really officially won.

Yes, the Lions beat the Packers, a team which is moving on to the second round of the playoffs—and who I, along with many others, thought had the inside track on the NFC Super Bowl berth coming into the season.  The last time the Lions beat the eventual Super Bowl winner?  1999, when the Lions beat the Rams, 31-27.  In collapsing the big top for the Greatest Show on Turf, the 6-2 Lions beat the 6-2 Rams.  Starting QB Charlie Batch got hurt, but Gus Frerotte picked up the slack.  The Lions couldn’t run for beans—leading rusher Sedrick Irvin had 4 carries for 10 yards—but sacked Kurt Warner four times, and intercepted him twice.  Doesn’t it seem like a century, not a decade, has passed since then?

As cool as it would be for the Lions to break yet another not-since-Millen streak this year, I have to admit I have other reasons for rooting for the Packers.  For starters, the Packer blogosphere is one of the best around, both in terms of content and friendliness.  Holly over at Cheesehead TV has long been one of this blog’s kindest supporters—and considering the work she does scouring Packer opponents’ sites and blogs, that’s high praise indeed.  Larry from Packer Chatters once let me post a Watchtower as an article on their site, which I appreciated greatly (but their commenters didn’t, so much).  Aaron Nagler’s Aforementioned Cheesehead TV also gives away the “Titletown Awards” to other Packers blogs and websites, which is a wonderful idea.  There’s also C.D. Angeli's Tundra Vision, whose “Am I Still a Fan?” post put on the table some feelings that had been stewing in me for quite some time.  The crazy thing is, this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the awesomeness of the Packer Blogosphere.

For these fine folks, for some friends and family who count themselves part of the Cheesehead Nation, and for the reflected glory in which the Lions would then bathe, I’m rooting for Lombardi’s team to add another Lombardi trophy to the case.  Further, I’m calling for Lions fans who don’t already have an affiliation with a playoff team to join me.  Please, let’s let Packers like Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings feel the glory of the mountaintop once—because Ndamukong Suh and the Lions will be king of that mountain for years to come.

Forgive me, I’m terrible at this, what is it the kids say these days, “running smack?”  As a Lions fan my default mode is demure submission.  Anyway, Go Pack, Go.


10 comments:

Andrew January 10, 2011 at 3:26 PM  

Haha, I couldn't agree more with the sentiment of the last paragraph. I'm rooting for the Pack, too. Don't really care for any of the teams too much. Anyone but the Bears/Jets winning is fine with me.

Old Man Winter,  January 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM  

Mr. Ty, your good sport, heart-of-gold attitude is to be admired and is a fine example for the Lil' Winters. Good for you! However, as a Lion Old Timer, I simply cannot root for the Packers (or the Bears). That's like a Spartan cheering on a Wolverine. The only good reason I can think of for A-Rog to make the Super Bowl is so Ray Lewis can eat him--with some fava beans and a nice chianti!

Ty January 10, 2011 at 4:49 PM  

Andrew--

Cool! Yeah, I'd actually love for the Jets to tragically lose the Super Bowl, preferably on the strength of a 3-INT game from Sanchez.

Peace
Ty

Ty January 10, 2011 at 4:49 PM  

Old Man Winter--

I've always respected the Packers, Lambeau, the fanbase, the public ownership of the team, etc. Screw the Bears, though, and double-triple-screw the Vikings.

Peace
Ty

Spazsquatch January 11, 2011 at 10:22 AM  

As long as it isn't the Bears.

LionsFanRoc,  January 11, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

I second Spazsquatch... throw the Vikes in there too.

I'm supporting the packers this year simply because in my experience their fans are the least "douchey" of the NFC North opponents.

Ravens v Packers would be the ideal Super Bowl!

Anonymous,  January 11, 2011 at 4:51 PM  

Screw that. I hope the next NFC North team to win the trophy will be the Lions. Go Falcons and Go Hawks.

Anonymous,  January 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM  

I can not and will never, EVER, root on the Green Bay Packers. As I see it, every other team in the NFC North is "the enemy"...But seriously- anybody but Green Bay...no matter how nice their blogging community is.

Moody,  January 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM  

The only times I have ever rooted for the Packers were when they played against Brett Favre. You can count on me to cheer against our NFC North enemies at any opportunity. I'm disappointed in you, Ty.

Alvin2112,  January 16, 2011 at 1:48 AM  

No chance in hell I'm rooting for the Packers. Their fans weren't all the gracious in kicking out 0-16 team in the teeth in that last game up in Green bay. F the packers and their fans, this coming from someone who lives up here in Packer country.

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