If there is one thing that I understand fairly well, it is Green Bay Packers fans.
Being one myself, it is easy to feel what you feel, say what you say, and think what you think with regards to the team we pour our hearts and souls into. Day after day, week after week, year after year, the green and gold pumps through our veins. It is who we are.
When the Packers win, we celebrate in unison. When they lose, we collectively slam our heads against the wall trying to figure out what went wrong. I am one of you, and have a full understanding of the highs and lows that are associated with being a Packers fan.
We all felt the same after the debacle against the Seahawks this past Thursday to kickoff the 2014 season.
A blowout loss on national television against the defending Super Bowl champions to start the season. Not exactly the way the Packers wanted to come out of the gate.
After the game, your voices were heard. Loud and clear.
Yet another loss to an NFC West team. More proof that other teams have passed by the Packers. The Packers can’t beat good teams. All of these and more are some of the edited versions of comments that were being mentioned all over Twitter and Facebook after the game.
I should know. I was right there with you.
Packers may be Super Bowl,contenders by the end of the season. But right now, they have a long way to go.
— John (@jrehor) September 5, 2014
It is frustrating to see the team you live and die for lose, even more so when they get embarrassed. Unfortunately, getting their asses kicked is something that has happened to the Packers against the upper echelon teams for some time now.
It’s great to go out and beat up on lesser opponents. Good teams are supposed to do that. Losing to a better team is ok too (Well not really, but you know what I mean). But losing to better teams and getting destroyed in the process? That seems to have become the norm for the Packers.
The 49ers, the Seahawks, and the Giants. These are teams which for whatever reason have the Packers number right now. The roadblocks that this team continues to run into when trying to reestablish themselves as one of the best teams in the NFC.
The reality is at this moment, there is at least one team in the NFC that is head and shoulders above them. After one game, Seattle looks every bit like a Super Bowl winning team that is ready to add another one. Sadly, the Packers do not.
This is the part where a choice has to be made. A choice where you, the fans, decide how to proceed with this season.
One option is to give up. Admit defeat. Admit that Green Bay is light years behind the other teams in the conference. Succumb to the fact that there is no reason to think that Super Bowl dreams are nothing more than that-dreams.
The other option is to put this one game game behind you. Remember that one game does not make a season. Remember that there are still 15 more games to play, and a lot can happen between now and then.
I’ll admit, I’m torn on which path to choose. Whichever one is chosen, I know I will have plenty of company on the journey for the rest of this season with my fellow Packers fans.
John Rehor is a writer at PackersTalk.com.
He can also be heard as one of the Co-Hosts of Cheesehead Radio. ---------------------
He can also be heard as one of the Co-Hosts of Cheesehead Radio.You can follow John on twitter at jrehor or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.