Over the years as an avid professional football fan, I had come to respect the success of the storied NFL franchise, the Green Bay Packers. Note here that I used the past tense “had.”
In the twinkling of an eye, that all changed Sunday afternoon. Please disregard the fact that I am a devoted Tennessee Titan fan. This gripe has nothing to do with that fact because the way the Pack humiliated the Titans 55-7 is something that I would not wish on any “professional” organization.
Apparently coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers were not content in just beating the hapless Titans, it appeared they were bent on rubbing their noses in defeat. By the middle of the fourth quarter, Green Bay was comfortably ahead, 34-0. Instead of running the ball to keep the clock running, Rodgers continued to throw the ball and eventually, the Pack quite tackily tacked on 21 additional points.
For all practical purposes, the Titans were beaten before they took the field. They had a rookie quarterback lined up behind the third starting center of the season. With the exception of one tackle position, the entire Titan line was revamped due to several major injuries. In essence, the Packers were playing the Titans' B-team.
The seven blocks of paper mache simply couldn't keep the beastly Packers out of the backfield and off Jake Locker's back. Locker's inexperience caused him to under throw his intended receivers or grossly over throw them, frequently winding up as an interception.
Under most circumstances, you can understand wanting to put up enough points to keep a team from rallying and coming back on you. But from the outset of this contest, it was obvious that was not going to happen.
Sideline shots of Rodgers only made my attitude worsen. When you are getting whipped in the fashion the Titans were this day it is not pleasant to watch the opposing quarterback grinning and high fiving everyone like he just won the Super Bowl. There is such a thing as being a bad winner.
Until now, the Packers have always been a favorite team of mine – one that I would pull for in the playoffs when the Titans did not make it or after Tennessee was eliminated. I am not so sure I am going to feel that way this time around.
The Packers to me are the perfect example of small town success. Green Bay is the smallest professional sports market in the country and the fans own stock in their ball club. They also have the most championships of any team in the NFL – 13 or 14.
Mr. Rodgers and the Packers should remember that every dog has its day. Some day the tables will be reversed. It may night be the Titans but there will be some other team – probably their fiercest rivals the Chicago Bears – who will return the favor and hand out a measure of revenge. If the Packers can dish it out, here's hoping they can take it like men. Frankly, if the shoe had been on the other foot, there probably would have been some fighting taking place.
Page 2 of 2 - Good luck in the playoffs Pack. You're going to need it. These healthy teams won't take your bullying lying down.