Since 1921, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears have taken part in the most heated rivalry in the NFL.
Playing every year except for the 1982 strike shortened season, these two teams have battled 186 times (including playoffs) and have created some of the most famous-sometimes infamous-moments in the history of the National Football League.
In the earlier days of the rivalry, it was one truly of Mudbaths and Bloodbaths. Street fights on the field, complete with punches thrown and biting opposing players at the bottom of piles, were matched with battles between the opposing fan bases in the stands.
In recent years, the intensity has lessened somewhat. Fights and flags on the field are no longer the norm, replaced by tough battles settled by the scoreboard. But the desire to keep the upper hand in this long running series remains the same for both sides.
The struggle between small town Green Bay and big city Chicago was and continues to be a true life version of David Vs. Goliath, with both sides always seeking to gain the upper hand in this long running rivalry.
In the Summer of 1969, these two teams played in the annual Bishop’s Charity Game in Green Bay. Although it was a preseason game and it took place during the Summer of Love, there was no love fest on the field. The Packers and Bears played with their normal intensity, another tilt in the series and effort to claim the upper hand in the long running rivalry.
So please sit back, relax, and enjoy this showing of the Bishop’s Charity Game from 1969, featuring the Packers and Bears:
When you are done watching this preseason battle, please head over to AllGBP.com and check out this week’s edition of Surviving Sunday: News, Notes and Analysis from Packers Training Camp. It is a must read during the off season-or should I say preseason?
The Packers have returned to the field-finally! The theme of the 2013 season according to Mike McCarthy is one of “protection, connection, reflection.” The connection part is understandable-build stronger bonds between the players. Reflection is also a good idea-take time to reflect on what it means to play in Green Bay.
Hopefully the protection involves keeping Aaron Rodgers on his feet.
Hope everyone has a great Sunday!
GO PACK GO!
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