Thursday, January 20, 2011

it's Bigger than the Super Bowl!



That is what you may hear from lots of Green Bay Packers or Chicago Bears fans heading up to this weekends final season ending battle for the NFC Championship.

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   The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have had the NFL's longest standing rivalry dating back to 1921. No two franchises in NFL annals have met more than Green Bay and Chicago. The Bears hold a 92-83-6 edge in the lifelong conflict. No two teams have met on the gridiron more than the Packers and Bears. This coming Sunday they face off for the 182nd time, but for just the second time in the postseason. 

Only once before have they played with this much at stake. 

You have to look way back in history, 
just 7 days after Pearl Harbor and the U.S. going to war! 
Chicago's hosting Green Bay in the NFC championship game Sunday is the teams' first playoff meeting since Dec. 14, 1941! The Bears' 33-14 victory over the Packers at that time, put them in the NFL title game. While there's sure to be mention of the antagonism between franchises with a combined 48 Hall of Fame players, the history between Chicago and Green Bay may take a back seat to a Super Bowl invite on the line.

Not that the Super Bowl doesn't matter, but to many Packers fans, some saying beating the Bears at Soldier Field would be a delectable 'title-cake', with a Super Bowl victory serving as the exquisite frosting.
For real Packers or Bears fans this is our Super Bowl!
  The NFC Championship.

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Halas Trophy photo credit Chicago Tribune

The winner of this game will get to take home the Halas Trophy
Named after George Halas , the famed Bears head coach. Add that to the Super Bowl trophy, named for Vince Lombardi , the famous head coach of the Green Bay packers and you can understand why the meet up of these two long time rivals mean so much to both teams and fans alike.

  Don't expect much street traffic on Sunday in Wisconsin, like most Packers play days, fans will either be at the game or someplace watching it. It just will not be at Curly's Pub. Lambeau Field including the Packers Pro Shop, the Packers Hall of Fame, Stadium Tours and Curly’s Pub, will be closed Sunday in order for all the respective employees to enjoy the NFC Championship Game with their family and friends, as announced by the Green Bay Packers. Yeahaa!

And in many homes of both Packers and Bears fans it may be a house divided! With sharing a state border many families have moved or crisscrossed with parents, siblings or husband and wife on opposite sides of the bench! 

a house divided

Family rivals normally are on the friendly side with a wager or more riding on the winning team. Including a house full of volume and maybe some pillow tossing.
(keep the scratching and biting to a minimum please!)

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another house divided
 photo credit Janesville Gazette

  Even State Governors get in on the game action! 
On Wednesday, newly elected and sworn in, WI Governor Scott Walker released the details of his wager with Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois on the outcome of the Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears football game. A long time friendly wager.
The loser of the bet will volunteer in a food pantry in the winner's state wearing a T-shirt of the opposing team.  In other words, when the Packers win, Governor Quinn will volunteer at a Wisconsin food pantry wearing a Packers T-shirt.  In addition, the loser must also fly the opposing team's flag in his governor's office for a day before the Super Bowl.
A normal food or beverage has in the past been included in the states wagers, again this year many Wisconsin companies have texted the Governor with their tasty wares. As part of the wager, Wisconsin organizations have agreed to donate food to a pantry no matter who wins. The pantry will receive cranberry products; 10 Door County cherry pies; 50 pounds of Trig's bratwurst; a 10-pack of Kopp's Frozen Custard; and a box of Wisconsin Natural Acres honey. Yum! 
 A real win-win for the needy.

Packers VS Bears
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  We also have not heard the last from Brett Favre ( sorry, still my favorite QB, his football ratings show him to be the top QB, any personal matters, known or not are to be settled between Brett his wife and family, not the public, JMHO).

 "I'd be remissed if I didn't thank the Green Bay Packers, the fans. It's kind of tough to say that and the Vikings at the same time, but it was special, a wonderful experience that I wouldn't change for anything. It was special. I don't know that else to say. To play 20 years in the National Football League, as a kid we always dreamed of just playing in the NFL. I was not a whole lot different than most kids. To accomplish 
the things that I was able to accomplish individually and from a team standpoint was way more than I ever dreamed of." 
-Brett Favre  (photo credit AP-2010espy)

   more from his website:

In an e-mail response to ESPN's Ed Werder, Favre said Monday that the Packers are "by far" the best team left in the NFL playoffs and added that "I think they will win it all."
"[Packers QB] Aaron [Rodgers]

is the best QB and the receiving corps is the best ever, maybe," Favre said in the e-mail. "But [defensive coordinator] Dom [Capers] and the defense gets the MVP award at this stage."
Favre insisted he holds no grudges against the organization he was with for 16 seasons.  

"There is no bitterness. I'm happy for them and very happy and content with my legacy," Favre told Werder. 

Still, Favre thinks this is the year for Green Bay to win its first Super Bowl since Favre and the Packers beat the New England Patriots in 1998 in Super Bowl XXXI.

"I think they will win it all! I hope they do, if you are wondering," Favre said in the e-mail. 

And so do I, Brett, so do I! 
 Halas and then the Super Bowl!


Peace, Favre, peace
J. Biever

   Okay readers,
who do you think will win and go to the Super Bowl?

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until next time,
 from your not so sports reporter

All photos acquired from internet sources, if you would like it removed or if I have credited the wrong source, please let me know.


  1. I'm on pins and needles...DA BEARS!

  2. keep those kitty claws to yourself :) this is a friendly rivalry, remember?
    Go, Pack, Go!!
    ~hugs, Faythe @ GMT

  3. Anonymous5:35 AM

    Not so sure who will win this...but I have to root for them in the Chicago area and all! GO Bears! You're right - bigger than the Super Bowl!

  4. TerryLynn7:02 AM

    Sis,You are such a writer and poet and don't know it!! ha!! The Pack will knock off those Bears socks! of course!!...But all this waiting is killing me...
    ~Warm huggies right back,~~~~~~

  5. Anonymous11:23 AM

    lots of information, i'm looking forward to it too.

    Thank You


  6. Have a great time. :)

  7. Anonymous1:23 PM

    Have to agree that this game has me more interested than the one they are calling the Superbowl.
    Hmm... wonder what kind of commercials are lined up for this weeks game?
    Have been having fun this week watching different zoo animals with their predictions.

  8. You are right Mom. It just dawned on me last night that this has got to be one of the biggest games ever in the history of football. The longest standing rivalry... Two teams that have been at each other's throats since 1921 meeting for the first time in the NFC championship game. A great matchup. I've been buzzing all week waiting for this thing to start. I am nervous because they match up so well. Anyway. Go! Pack! Go! From San Diego.

  9. You are right Mom. It just dawned on me last night that this has got to be one of the biggest games ever in the history of football. The longest standing rivalry... Two teams that have been at each other's throats since 1921 meeting for the first time in the NFC championship game. A great matchup. I've been buzzing all week waiting for this thing to start. I am nervous because they match up so well. Anyway. Go! Pack! Go! From San Diego.

  10. As a Vikings fan, I hate both teams - but for me the lesser of the evils is the Bears. Though I was an Aaron Rodgers fan when he played at Cal. You can ask my BFF about the cuss filled rant I had when he was drafted by Green Bay!

  11. @Katie.. LOL, Oh I think I can imagine... bet it sounded something like when you heard that Favre was coming to the Vikes?!! :)
    It is still going to be the Real super bowl game this year ;)
    carry on~ Faythe @GMT~

  12. Well since we only watch football to hear the youngest scream Touchdown I'll go with whoever you tell me to root for. Guess that means the Packers.

  13. Reminds me of an old joke I once heard...
    Bill goes to the football Grand Final on his own with 2 tickets to the best seats in the stadium. He is an absolute football fanatic & has been waiting all year to see this game. He wouldn't miss it for the world. A man comes past & asks if the empty seat is taken. "Oh I have a ticket for that seat, but I'm here on my own so you can have it" Bill replies. The man is amazed "You have Grand Final tickets to the best seats here & you are alone? Why didn't you bring your wife?" he asks. Bill replies that he got the 2nd ticket for her months ago but now he is a widower as his wife died recently. "Oh I'm so sorry to hear that" replies the man. "But couldn't you have brought a friend or family member?" Bill replies "No, they are all at the funeral"

  14. hi faythe! thanks for your post. made me realise to buckle up. i had 2 exams and 3 assignments and as you know i work full-time too so mega busy right now.

    hope all is well at your end. :)

    ~ash's mum

  15. Anonymous12:52 AM

    I have no idea who will win! Im kinda not into football. lol But Im looking forward to the awesome commercials... =)

  16. Well I hope GB does. But that is because I was arm twisted to go in on the fantasy football playoff thing at work. I know nothing about football, but one of the players I picked is the GB quarterback. So I am in the lead right now and am hoping he continues his great play. There are no prizes involved or anything but it would be fun for someone who knows nothing to win!


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