What makes the end of the season for Green Bay yesterday particularly awful for me is the loss of solidarity in Wisconsin. For 20 short weeks, all of Wisconsin is pretty much united behind the Pack. Granted, we have differences of opinion about the plays, the coaching, the players and even the weather during the game….but deep down, we all want the same exact thing, a trip to the Super Bowl. And we all agree that the Bears suck. The Packers give us all a sense of unity. We support each other while cheering on our team. There is pride in our history and accomplishments. There is a sense of camaraderie between all people—young or old, Black or White, Democrat or Republican—nothing comes between us when the game is on during football season.
With that final Seattle touchdown, all of those good feelings are gone and we will go back to being one of the most polarized states in the Union. And maybe with good reason. We will argue with our friends and families at the dinner table or at a party, some of us will believe anything we see on Fox News and others will protest. Yesterday, in Seattle, we lost the one thing that we have in common….and maybe that is a part of why every one feels so bad today.
Try to keep a little bit of that warmth for your fellow Packer fans and maybe, one day, we can “just all get along.”