The Green Bay Packers bandwagon is sagging heavily from the load, and it seems like everyone wants to drive. Every new day seems to bring more and more pundits, writers, bloggers and fans touting the Packers as having the best ____ (fill in the blank) and guaranteeing Super Bowl wins.
The latest one just put me over the edge. For this I can thank the the evil wickedness of Greg Bedard, Packers reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Filled with malevolence or at best, sadistic capriciousness, he felt the need to bring this to my attention:
People, I have but one thing to say…
EVERYBODY. JUST. STOP. ENOUGH!!!!
Please folks, find another team to be your darling. Nothing good ever comes of this type of wanton behavior. The overwhelming majority of pre-season Super Bowl predictions are, get this, WRONG. And I say this as someone who correctly picked New Orleans last summer as my Super Bowl favorite. So you know what that makes me? Lucky – that’s all. You know what they say about blind squirrels.
This actually all started with the TV talking heads last year. I remember watching an NFL preview show on ESPN and four out of six “Analysts” picked the Packers as a Super Bowl team. Then more TV announcers and analysts climbed on board during the preseason. Sure enough Packers bloggers soon followed with their unbridled optimism.
This year got off to an early start, when back in May, Peter King declared the Packers the best team in the NFL.
While the NFL TV Analysts haven’t had their screen time yet, the bloggers and writers are in a full-out blitz of frenzied Packermania. The guy in the video above, a paid host for NFL Sirius Radio , thinks the Packers will win the Super Bowl mainly because Mike McCarthy has said what wonderful OTA workouts they’ve had. Yeah, okay…
Every day, the headlines just keep coming. “Packers Defense best in the NFL.” “Aaron Rodgers at the Top of the QB Heap.” “Green Bay’s Offense Looks Unstoppable.” “5 Reasons why the Packers are the Best Team”, “Packers Certain to be Super Bowl Bound”.
GAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!! I’m pulling my hair out. The same tired stories, over and over. So boring. So lacking in creativity.
It’s not that I’m not optimistic about the Packers’ chances. In fact, I recently went on record with a prediction of 12 wins, for whatever that’s worth. I believe the Packers are good enough to make it to the Super Bowl, but let’s be realistic, they are not without weaknesses or question marks.
A recent poll on the TalkinPackers Message Board asked what would constitute a successful season for the Packers in 2010.
39% Selected “NFL Title Game Appearance”
16% Selected “Super Bowl Appearance”
21% Selected “Nothing Less than a Lombardi Trophy”
While, I find most fan polls to be fairly useless, the one interesting thing here is that a whopping 76% of theses fans would not be satisfied if the Packers don’t make it to the NFC Championship. Well of course! If you listen to the pundits, the Super Bowl is in the bag, so why should fans be satisfied with anything less?
Personally, I’ll be with the Packers every step of the way on their quest for a Super Bowl, but lets not anoint them as champs in July. That just never works out well…
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.