Sports rivalries are a real thing. It’s not just an American phenomenon but a global issue. It’s amazing how people can get so wound up around competitive sports. I guess there is something to be said about taking pride in something, supporting a local team, or bonding with others in a common struggle.
I am not an egotistical person…not someone who enjoys boasting. Yet, I feel the need as someone who has been a loyal Chicago sports fan to share my enjoyment. I have to say as a Chicago Bears fan, this past holiday’s win (as well as this past year for that was a sweet victory. In a Thanksgiving Day match-up, the Chicago Bears won over the Green Bay Packers 17-13. To add insult to injury, it was also the night Brett Favre’s number was retired (i.e. Brett Favre night).
Last year, my wife and I went to Lambeau Field to watch a Packers / Bears rivalry game. The Bears were pummeled 55-14 (Packers scored six touchdowns, the Bears scoreless by halftime). The treatment I got from Packers fans only added to my pain and humiliation. One of the few times in my life I just wanted to crawl out of my skin and escape.
So, I feel a little bit of justice has been served. Maybe the Packers will understand how we must have felt the night Dick Butkus was being honored.
That all being said, I hold no ill feelings. It’s a game. It’s a competition.