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Apparently, I'm Not The Only One . . .

Posted on: April 5, 2009 4:22 pm

A while back, I wrote a blog expressing my irritation with the excessive arguing among Packers fans and the rift it caused.  I tried not to be offensive, but I was annoyed by the constant bickering and name calling.  I missed the days when we were all simply Packers fans, no categories attached (Favre-hater or Thompson-lover).  So, when I went to the JSOnline board, a place I frequently visit, I was pleased to read this plea from Greg A. Bedard in his Packers Daily Briefing entry for today (April 5th), which reminded me that I'm not alone:


A small, minor request: Can you all just grow up? Can't Packers Nation come here and just have a respectful debate over the topics of the day? Why does everything have to devolve into name-calling? Is it too much to ask for you all to be adults?

Come on, kids come here to read up on their favorite team. Can you keep that in mind as you decide whether or not to post some of the despicable things your write.

Please, you're Packers fans. Start to act like it, will you? Or move to Detroit.

Couldn't agree more, and this from a professional journalist.  My entire point can be summed up by this "Pause for the Clause": the problem is not that fans disagree; it is that they resort to name calling to make their point.  So, maybe there is some growing to do.  The Packers community could benefit from more respect.  I am sure the types of people I (and Bedard) are referring to remain a minority.  There are many fans who can disagree in a way that does not resort to aggression.  I am just tired of the types described in both mine and Bedard's blog entry.

It is just a relief to read someone articulate my frustrations in such an honest way.  At least, as long as that doesn't make me the bad guy.


Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 8:09 pm

Apparently, I'm Not The Only One . . .

Wow, I honestly had no idea there was so much bickering going on in the camp of Packers fans!  When I read about stuff like that, I think of exactly what Bedard said in his article -- "Start to act like it... Or move to Detroit."  I had always thought of the Green Bay fan base as one of the better ones out there.  Kinda sad to read about this.

I'm all for being passionate about your teams.  I'm *very* passionate about mine.  But all too often now, thanks to the anonymity of the internet, it becomes all too commonplace to see people resort to "net rage".  The thinking of "because my opinion belongs to me, and I'm the only really knowledgable fan, that makes everyone else an idiot for disagreeing with me" reeks of angst adolescents who don't know how to express their feelings without resorting to primeval attacks and name-calling.  Oh, to long for the day where sports fans can have a good old-fashioned, knock-down and drag-out debate about their teams using stats, logic, and personality as their weapons... and leave their anger at the door.  So *what* if everyone doesn't agree on everything!  Right?!

Having said that, thanks for writing this.  I shall now be sure to keep my thoughts about Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the team to myself... and I won't be stepping foot into a Packers forum either til things simmer down!  :-)

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