As a Packer fan I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to the owners, fans and players of the Chicago Bears on their fantastic 2006 season, wishing them success in winning Superbowl XLI on February 4, 2007. Don’t get me wrong; whenever the Packers play the Bears, I’m rooting for the Packers hands down. Likewise, Bears fans are equally adamant in their loyalty to their team, hoping they thrash the heck out of the Packers. So why would a Packer fan want the Chicago Bears to win Superbowl XLI? Simple. The Bears and Packers have a lot more in common that you might think. In fact, the mutual respect between these venerable football clubs may actually surpass the intensity of their rivalry.
Therefore, as a Packer fan I propose a formal resolution. It goes something like this:
Whereas The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears were founding teams in the National Football League and the Packers and Chicago Bears (then called the Staleys) played the first game of their 85-year rivalry at Cubs Park (now Wrigley Field) in 1921 and;
Whereas in that first game Chicago beat the Packers 20-0 with George Halas scoring the last touchdown of that game with Chicago’s John Taylor throwing a sucker punch that broke the nose of Packers tackle Howard Buck and;
Whereas the Bears and the Packers have combined for 21 NFL Championships and;
Whereas both Chicago’s George Halas and Green Bay’s Curley Lambeau were players, head coaches, and founders of their teams and;
Whereas George Halas controlled the Bears for 63 years and served as their head coach for 40 years, and Curley Lambeau was head coach and Vice President of the Packers for 30 years, making them two of the most revered men in NFL history and;
Whereas the Chicago Bears have rostered players like Red Grange, Bulldog Turner, Dick Butkus, Dan Hampton, Bronko Narurski, Walter Payton, Gayle Sayers, Mike Singeltary and Brian Urlacher, Bill George, and Ed Obradovich and;
Whereas the Green Bay Packers have fielded players the likes of Don Hutson, Reggie White, Brett Favre, Ray Nitschke, Jim Taylor, Willie Wood, Willie Davis, Bart Starr and Paul Hornung and;
Whereas the Bears and Packers have contributed 52 members of the NFL hall of fame over the years and;
Whereas on the day the Green Bay Packers played their first game at what is now known as Lambeau Field on September 29, 1957, the opposing team was the Chicago Bears and;
Whereas the both the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers renovated their home stadiums in 2004 without putting a roof on their stadiums and;
Whereas Packers fans endure the cold winter winds from the waters of Green Bay while Bears fans sit in the snow facing the icy winds of Lake Michigan and;
Whereas both Packer and Bears fans would rather die than watch a football game in a dome and;
Whereas the fans of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears have a mutual respect for their brothers in the “Black and Blue” division of the NFL and;
Whereas the Chicago Bears have earned the right to go to Super Bowl XVI for the first time since winning the NFL championship in 1985 and;
Whereas Packer fans respect the long history and tradition of the Chicago Bears football team; therefore:
Resolved that Packer fans wish the Chicago Bears success in wining Superbowl Superbowl XLI on February 4, 2007.
PS: Wait till next year!