Behind Enemy Lines–Surviving Soldier Field
This weekend I am going to venture on one of the bravest journeys of my life to date. I am heading to Soldier Field to cheer on MY team, the Green Bay Packers. This wouldn’t be as scary if the last time the Packers made an appearance in Chicago had ended differently. Instead, the Packers beat the Chicago Bears 21-14 to advance to the Super Bowl, where they won the World Championship title.
The NFC Championship game is not one that Bears fans have forgotten or will any time in the near future. Players and fans alike are ready for their chance to take down the Pack. I am already having nightmares about Sunday.
Have no fear; I have created a survival guide to ensure my safety and, more importantly, my sanity.
1. Keep the statistics handy.
Bears fans love to use statistics to brag that they are superior. They have lots of them since they are one of the oldest teams in the league. Ha! Bring it.
The Green Bay Packers have more NFL world championships than any other team at 13.
The Packers have won the most Super Bowls in the NFC North Division, 3 more than the Bears.
2. Let your jersey speak for itself.
I will be wearing my Rodgers jersey in Chicago on Sunday. Why Rodgers? Because Bears fans have no room to knock on our quarterback. Unless I just missed Cutler’s Domination last week. Yeah…moving on.
While you could wear just about any Packers jersey and have a good argument for why it’s worth sporting their number, I feel the #12 really rubs in our quarterback superiority. Either way, be ready to back up your choice. Bears fans will challenge your player.
3. Tailgate and cheer with respect.
Remember you are NOT on home turf, and you will be outnumbered. Heckling is unavoidable as the guest to a rival, and friendly trash talk is acceptable. Remember you represent all Packer fans when you wear Green and Gold. It’d be a shame to give us a bad rep.
Keep in mind how you would feel at Lambeau if someone was obnoxiously offending your team. Most of the Bears fans will know what’s going on and won’t need your reinacting the Raji dance when he intercepts Cutler’s perfectly thrown pass.
One exception–if you came to the game with friends who are Bears fans, it is acceptable to trash talk to them. Heck, they expect it. That’s why they invited you right?
4. Find other Packer fans.
Chicago is not that far from the Wisconsin border. I know plenty of Pack fans travel to the Windy City to watch the Green and Gold play. Sometimes it’s best to cheer with fellow fans rather than start a nasty brawl with the rival. Remember, Bears fans are still bitter.
5. Brats, Beer and the Scoreboard
It’s a football game; enjoy a brat. Grab a beer to numb the pain of listening to the Bear Down, Chicago Bears song (Hopefully Cutler will “dominate”, and we won’t have to worry about hearing it). When the rival fans get mean, just smile and let the scoreboard reflect the true winner.
What would you add to my survival guide?