Carolla is a former carpenter and boxing coach who entered the world of mass media. His resume includes co-hosting the popular radio show Loveline, various movie and TV credits, and creating a massively popular podcast.
Carolla’s podcasts are filled with over-the-top rants and observations about politics, marriage, race and sports. One of Carolla’s more amusing rants revolves around “problems” that only he and other “rich white guys” have. Examples include having to watch a 42-inch plasma TV while the 65-inch TV gets fixed, being inconvenienced by the family maid as she cleans the mansion and deciding which $1,000 bottle of vodka to buy in the VIP room at the club.
Folks, the Packers also have rich white guy problems.
The problems don’t have anything to do with being white, but have everything to do with being rich. Only a guy who has more money than he knows what to do with gets annoyed at the in-home maid who asks you to lift your feet while she vacuums the carpet.
Only a football team as stacked as the Packers can have a veteran CB call one half of the team a “liability” when they’re 8-0. And only a fanbase as spoiled as the Packers’ faithful can get so worried about their undefeated team.
Yes, the pass defense breaks down too often.
Yes, Aaron Rodgers sometimes holds the ball too long.
Yes, the pass rush disappears for long stretches.
These are all rich white guy problems. Every single one of them.
If you’re going to blame the Packers for giving up too many passing yards, you need to credit them for forcing so many turnovers.
If you’re going to blame Rodgers for holding the ball, you need to credit him for erasing sacks through big plays.
If you’re going to get upset when the opposing QB has too much time to throw, well…..the lack of a pass rush might be more than just a rich white guy problem. But even so, I think the odds are good that Dom Capers, Clay Matthews and BJ Raji figure something out.
Now about the fanbase. I don’t like it when people take to Twitter or blogs to scold Packers fans about being too negative. It’s good to have high standards, and sometimes high standards result in unreasonable criticism. But there was some silliness going on Sunday.
People, the Packers are 8-0. That means they’re undefeated. What they’ve done through these first eight games is amazing. Enjoy it. Who knows if we’ll ever see something like it again.
While you’re enjoying it, quit thinking about the Super Bowl. Hell, quit thinking about the playoffs. We’re only halfway through the season. To sit there and bitch and moan about the defense not being good enough to stop an elite QB in the Super Bowl or in the NFC Championship is a rich white guy problem.
How many fanbases in the history of the NFL have sat on their couch midway through the season and gotten all worked up that their defense might not be good enough to stop an opposing QB in the Super Bowl?
The answer is one, just one fanbase. And that fanbase is us, the fans of the 2011 Green Bay Packers.
We’re the fat cat CEO sitting up high in his corner office, staring down at the other teams in the NFL that are trying to occupy Wall Street. We’re trying to decide if we want to add a seventh bathroom to our 25,000-square foot house while everyone else struggles to make their mortgage payment.
We are so freaking rich that we are already breaking down the Super Bowl matchup we expect to be involved in, and it’s not even Thanksgiving.
If the current attitude of the Packers fanbase isn’t the very definition of rich white guy problems, I don’t know what is.
The next time the Packers take the field, try to soak in what is happening here. And when something doesn’t go the Packers’ way, remember that it’s probably just a rich white guy problem. There are 31 other fanbases in the NFL that would love to trade places with you.——————
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .