With just one more set of games before the Superbowl and Packer Fever is sweeping the state like wildfire...All I see is a sea of green and gold (along with some blue and orange). The talk is on the streets, on the taverns, in workplaces, in the supermarkets-it's everywhere! The hype is just as contagious if not more since football icon Brett Farve took the boys to Superbowl XXXI in 1997.
Quite honestly, I never expected the Packers to make it this far. I knew that they were good, not this great! After completing a season with a 10-6 record, they plowed over the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons with a surprising ease.
What a team this is! The bone crunching defense, led by Pro-Bowlers Matthew Clay and Charles Woodson has virtually wrecked havoc on teams everywhere. The once untouchable quarterbacks are now have thrown down on the turf! My hats is off to defensive coordinator Dom Capers for making this happen!
On the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown with pin point accuracy to various receivers. Never know which will get the ball. Could be Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Donald Lee, or Andrew Quarless. The once defunct running game is now alive thanks the rookie James Starks.
Give it two thumbs up to Mike McCarthy for keeping on injury riddled team alive!
And the blue and orange? Oh yeah, I haven't forgotten about them. The Chicago Bears. Well, they too has exceeded my expectations. Their defense is a force to be recognized with. The modern day Monsters of the Midway led by Brian Urlacher has shut down teams across the league. Quarterback Jay Cutler has shown some amazing plays. Special team Devin Hester is a dare devil on the gridiron type kick off returner. Gotta watch out for him!
And the rivalry? Oh my! The history between these teams go WAY back to earliest days of football. Since 1921, these teams have going at it! Chicago leads the all time series 97-95-6. This the first time they met in the playoffs since 1941.
Making things interesting, my Chicago born girlfriend, some of my friends and co-workers are Bear fans. There is a lot of trash talk, teasing, ribbing and other jocularity going on. I've heard all of this before, but nothing to this level. Admittedly, I'm having fun with this. I've got bets going on. Let's just say, if the Packers lose, I get to wear a Bears jersey for the Super Bowl game. I know...YIKES! I'm praying....
Anyways, this should be a great game! It's history in the making. After all ONE of us going to the Super Bowl! May the best team win!