The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers have the longest-running rivalry in the NFL.
First, before the Packers’ social media world losses its mind, this is a Chicago site. We are entitled to not like the Packers.
Second, this may come as a shock to those who back the Pack, but a lot of fan bases do not like the Packers. Ask the Minnesota Vikings, the Detroit Lions, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Dallas Cowboys fans in particular.
Third, I am not singling out the Packers, I will give the Lions and the Vikings the business later in the week (or month). I will maybe even look in the mirror and go over why it is easy to hate the Chicago Bears.
Although that reason is pretty much a fan base that still thinks it is 1985 and cannot get the quarterback right.
Anyways, the Packers have been kicking the Bears’ backside for 30 years running. So, yes there is some envy and that leads to hate. I probably should see a therapist about that, although watching butt-whoopings over the last 30 years is sort of hard to talk out in one session.
It has been a one-sided rivalry since 1992 as the Pack are 47-15 against the Bears. That is the year Brett Favre took over as Green Bay’s starting quarterback and the Packers have owned the Bears ever since.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers won the biggest game in rivalry history when they beat the Bears in the 2010 NFC Championship Game in Chicago.
For a while, it felt like the rivalry was dying. I think Packers fans were starting to feel sympathy towards Bears fans.
Now that Aaron Rodgers is on the New York Jets, the rivalry’s heat has kicked up a notch.
Bears fans are hoping Jordan Love sucks and Packers fans are hoping Justin Fields is another Chicago Bears quarterback bust (or he is the next Jay Cutler).
The Packers used to have a fan base that cared about playoff wins. They puffed their chest out knowing two victories over the Bears were coming their way every season.
Now with Rodgers is gone, suddenly Packers Nation is trying to make fun of Bears fans for not being willing to pay $13 bucks (plus $25 for parking) and battle Lollapalooza traffic to attend Family Day at Soldier Field.
It is now more than ever the best time to hate the Packers because deep down they are scared. They are scared Jordan Love is going to be awful. They are scared Christian Watson will end up being nothing more than a really fast guy who cannot catch passes. They are scared they will roam the NFL wilderness for 29 years.
There are many reasons to not like the Packers.
You got the whole Illinois vs. Wisconsin culture clashes. The endless debates about the toll system that Wisconsinites have to pay when driving through Illinois. The anger and resentment Wisconsin residents feel when Illinois citizens take over Lake Geneva or Door County.
There are also a few particular reasons to tackle why it is very easy to hate the Green Bay Packers.