Sundays with Packers football are over for a long time. In fact, there is no football at all this Sunday (the pro bowl doesn’t count), so it’s time to resurrect Surviving Sunday. As long as I have time and as long as I remember, I’ll try and do a Surviving Sunday every week to muse about some sort of topic and recap the week in Packers news ad other nonsense.
This week, I want to talk about the atmosphere at Lambeau Field.
At the end of this column about the Packers being too soft to join the NFL’s elite, Bob McGinn takes a dig at Packers fans:
And the crowds at Lambeau Field have started to remind me of those staid assemblages at the University of Michigan. It’s the place to be seen and all that, but it has been a long time since a visiting coach or player went on and on about how difficult it was to hear and play in Green Bay.
Nowhere is it written that the Packers shall contend for if not win the Super Bowl every year, but some fans sure seem to think it is.
So, McGinn thinks Packers fans are just as soft as the players. I’m not sure how he can reach that conclusion while sitting far above the unwashed masses in the press box, but I respect his opinion.
I don’t think Packers fans have gone soft, but I’ve only been attending games at football’s Holy Grail for about six years. Perhaps those of you that have been going to Lambeau your whole lives do, in fact, see a quieter and more finicky type of fan occupying the metal bleachers. I know I sometimes wonder if I’m at a cold-weather version of Mardi Gras or a football game while at Lambeau, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing.
McGinn thinks teams don’t “fear” playing at Lambeau any more. Where do NFL teams fear playing these days? Seattle? Maybe. The Metrodome? Perhaps because of the noise. Soldier Field? Only because the bad turf might lead to a torn ACL?
Most NFL players are millionaires. They travel first class, stay in the finest hotels, eat meals catered by world-class chefs, and have team employees handle all of their equipment and other miscellaneous things. Why would anyone in that situation “fear” going on the road. It sounds like something to look forward to!
Seriously, if you were an NFL player, would you rather spend the last couple days before a game dealing with your nagging wife/girlfriend/mistress and tending to a crying kid or other family issues? Or would you rather hit the road in style and not have to worry about real-life stuff that the rest of us have to worry about daily?
The choice seems obvious. Hitting the road in today’s NFL is no longer scary.
Sure, I suppose a loud and crazy fanbase can be annoying, but I don’t know about scary. Noisy fans can make it hard for a quarterback to make checks at the line and might force a few false starts.
Think about some of the fanbases with reputations of being obnoxious and loud. Cleveland (the Dawg Pound), Oakland (crazy people dressed crazily) and Kansas City (loud) come to mind. What’s the collective record of those teams over the last five years or so? It’s not good. Having loud and crazy fans hasn’t exactly helped those teams recently.
All this talk about the atmosphere inevitably leads to Packers fans sniping at each other. Cheeseheads start arguing about whether their fellow fans stand up enough, cheer loud enough, or get into games enough.
Stop it. Just stop it. It’s annoying.
When you cram over 70,000 people into a stadium, there will be disagreements. Not everyone enjoys the game the same way as you. Just because the person next to you might not spend the entire game on his feet screaming his lungs out, it doesn’t mean he’s less of a fan than you are. If you’re one of those fans who prefers to remain in your seat because you paid for it, live a little and stand up on third downs when the other team has a ball.
What you should not do is start bitching at each other or get into a pissing match about which one of you is more of a fan. As much as us fans hate to hear it, the players decide which team wins or loses, not us.
Lambeau Field remains an awesome place to watch football. Just because we all might enjoy watching football differently doesn’t mean we have to declare the entire experience dull.
- Could the Packers have interest in Darrelle Revis? Unless the Jets want to trade him straight up for A.J. Hawk, I don’t see Revis in a Packers uniform next season.
- With Greg Jennings likely gone, could the Packers draft a WR early? Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles some WR prospects from the Senior Bowl.
- Acme Packing Co. list the following Packers as “Dud of the Year” candidates: Erik Walden, Jeff Saturday, James Starks, Mason Crosby. Agree or disagree with those candidates?
- Zach Kruse at CheeseheadTV has an interesting piece on how the Packers still haven’t filled the void left by Cullen Jenkins.
- Aaron Rodgers surprises a kid battling sickle cell anemia. This is a great video and you can check it out at Eat More Cheese.
- Former Packers CB Al Harris will coach defensive backs for the Kansas City Chiefs. Good for Harris. He was one of my favorite Packers.
Non-Packers Links and Other Nonsense
- If you grew up on a farm, this is a must-read. If you didn’t grow up on a farm, it’s still a must-read.
- If you’ve ever lost a job, this is a must-read. If you’ve been fortunate enough to have never lost a job, it’s still a must-read.
- So you can hunt pythons now?! WTF?! I get scared when a squirrel scampers into my deer stand. I’d poop my pants if I ever encountered a python.
- Mad Men returns for its sixth season on April 7. And Pete has sideburns!
- When it comes to seeing movies in the theater, I go in streaks. Sometimes I won’t go for six months, then I’ll see three movies in the same week. I went on a streak recently, and it was a great streak. I highly recommend Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln.
- You can now pre-order Out of the Park Baseball 14. Do it. It is the best video game you will ever play.