Steps to Decompress From a Lost Season

The 2010 championship season for the Green Bay Packers is another year behind us. Its sight disappeared in the proverbial rearview mirror years ago. The 2017 season was easily the biggest debacle of the past decade. That snap of Aaron Rodgers’s clavicle will have effects for years to come. The fundamental flaws of the organization were exposed, which we desperately hope for the better. If major changes do not occur soon, then it will be obvious to all that the organization is not prioritizing on-field success enough.

In the meantime, after Sunday’s meaningless game against Detroit, there are several things that the disappointed Joe Packer Fan can do. Some of the worthwhile suggestions to decompress after the rotten egg laid this season include:


Hop on the bandwagon for whoever has the chance to take down the Vikings

Nothing is more insufferable than a gloating fan of the Minnesota Vikings. The standard attendee who dons purple on Sundays is much more a hater of the Packers than supporter of the Purple. This season has been storybook for them. They took out Rodgers on their own field, ultimately preventing him a trip there in February. The only other team in the conference that was clearly outperforming them lost their MVP quarterback (Philadelphia/Carson Wentz). Atlanta is down compared to last year. The Rams are a year away from a true chance at dominance. The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers appear to be the biggest threats, but would have to knock off the Vikings at home.

Each week, the reality of this team hosting a Super Bowl is increasing. If they actually pulled it off, that would be it: game over. The next 100 years of Vikings fans would speak about nothing but that home Super Bowl victory. You think Chicago fans are insufferable about their 1985 squad? Put that on steroids with a collective fanbase that’s 10 times more desperate for relevance, and that’s what you’ll have.

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Shut the TV off and do something productive

That annoying, rational, mature voice in my head tells me to do this. The devil on the other shoulder is screaming to get lost.


Turn on the TV and watch something that’s undoubtedly awesome

Netflix is more of a gold mine by the day. Season three of Narcos is incredible. Actually, every season of Narcos is incredible. Watch Narcos. If you don’t want to watch Narcos, watch Stranger Things. If you don’t want to watch Stranger Things, watch The Ranch. If you don’t want to watch The Ranch, then watch Narcos. If you don’t want to watch Narcos, then reevaluate your life.

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Surprise your significant other

Fellas, surprise your wife. Splurge a little bit and take her to a nice eatery and treat her to something expensive on the menu.

Ladies…no further instructions are necessary.




John Piotrowski is a UW-Eau Claire alum, spending most of his life in western WI. He makes the trek east to Lambeau whenever possible. Follow him on twitter at @piosGBP.



6 thoughts on “Steps to Decompress From a Lost Season

  1. John as good as all of that sounds I don’t think I can truly decompress until one or all of the following happens.

    1) Fire Dom Capers. I don’t really think I need to elaborate on this. If ANYONE has ANY doubt, just look at where the Packers defenses have finished since and including the 2011 season. Most teams give a DC 2 years of low rankings before pulling the plug. The Packers have given Capers 7 seasons, enough is enough!! No Red Zone sacks this year. A 45% conversion rate on 3rd downs. BYE Dom!

    2) Fire Ted Thompson. A day of two ago we were treated to a piece on possible replacements for Thompson. Personally what I’d like to see happen is for Thompson to step aside and work as a Consultant. I don’t really care HOW that happens. Fire him, demote him, or get rid of him altogether but he CAN’T be the one rebuilding the Packers roster this off season. First Favre and then Rodgers with just one SB appearance. Rodgers was 27 when he won a SB…Tick, Tick, Tick

    3) Fire McCarthy. I listed this last because IMO he’s the least toxic of the 3. I would imagine if there was a new GM he’d want to hire his own HC. I think just how badly he overvalued Hundley’s ability was something that’s impossible to overlook. Thompson should be included in that blame as well.

    If nothing happens then FIRE MARK MURPHY!!! He can’t continue to allow the Packers on field success to be a distant second to building “Titletown” with it’s giant slides and other money making projects. His job is to put the best people in place to make the Packers WIN SB’s.

    1. That will definitely help me decompress. You should be the author, not peeathrowski. You have the cure!!

    2. The majority of fans agree with you, but do you anything happening, really?

  2. I think the only thing that will help knowledgeable Packers fans decompress, is the front office doing the right things. We need Thompson and Capers out of GB, and if the new GM wants a new HC, so be it.. As Coach Green Once Said to CMIII at a critical Juncture “The Time IS NOW, The Time Is NOW”…

    1. Rodgers getting older, time moving forward with possibly the same ole. Result: Rodgers nay not sign? Elway wants to sell the farm to get him? Failure to act to surround Rodgers with an above average team will spell doom, if he signs; would anyone who loves Rodgers not support his decision. I hope he wants change and does stay, but I’m nervous. Rodgers is the king of this chessboard decision concerning management and coaches…….????

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