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Stir­ring up some un­for­get­table Pack­ers-Bears mo­ments

Bear Week is here again and it is met with all the ex­cite­ment of watch­ing an

egg boil.

In the good old days, the coaches hated each other. The play­ers hated each other. Now only the fans hate each other.

You used to have Vince Lom­bardi trash talk­ing about Ge­orge Halas. Be­fore one big game be­tween the ri­vals, one player sug­gested that Lom­bardi was just like Halas.

“Halas?” asked Lom­bardi. “Halas? Hah. Hah. I can whip his ass. You whip the ballplay­ers and I’ll whip him.”

You used to have Abe Gi­bron send­ing play­ers af­ter Ch­ester Mar­col on kick­offs.

“Who does he think he is? A Pol­ish prince?” Gi­bron snorted.

You used to have Mike Ditka and For­rest Gregg spew­ing venom.

And there was Charles Mar­tin body-slam­ming Jim McMa­hon.

Leave it to none other than Steve “Mongo” McMichael to put that into per­spec­tive. “I guess he ain't in no po­si­tion to win the No­bel Peace Prize for in­tel­li­gence,” he said.

These days Pack­ers fans can’t even play Pin The Tail on Jay Cut­ler dur­ing their pregame tail­gate par­ties.

Don’t count on Mike McCarthy to stir up some static. He’s too busy see­ing how many times he can use “foot­ball team” in a sen­tence. Be­sides the only thing he re­ally bad mouths is high pad level. Raise your hand if you had to use Google to fig­ure out what high pad level is.

His coun­ter­part south of the border is also in­ca­pable of putting up any bul­letin board ma­te­rial. In fact, all of John Fox’s press con­fer­ences are car­ried live on the Watch­ing Paint Dry Chan­nel.

There is still time for some-

one, any­one to work up a lather. Maybe a trip down mem­ory lane will help ev­ery­one get riled up.

So here are some mem­o­rable tilts be­tween these two teams that you may have for­got­ten about: Pack­ers 14, Bears 10 (Sept.

27, 1925): This is the first vic­tory ever over the Bears. In fact, it was so im­pres­sive that the city of Green Bay went on to name a sta­dium af­ter Curly Lam­beau. As a side note, the Bears were caught with their trousers down on the win­ning play as they thought the Pack was go­ing to kick a field goal. Some things never change. Pack­ers 16, Bears 14 (Nov 2, 1941): A lot of Bears fans claimed the game was fixed. That’s im­pos­si­ble. Mike Sher­man wasn’t around to say, “We’ll fix it.” Pack­ers 28, Bears 27 (Dec. 15, 1968): The Pack knocked the Bears out of the play­offs. This is never a bad thing. Don

Horn, fresh out of the Army, slings two TD passes thus paving the way for him to be traded to Den­ver so the Pack could draft John Brock­ing­ton. Of course, no­body had Horn in their fan­tasy foot­ball lineup that day. Bears 61, Pack­ers 7 (Dec. 7,

1980): Pack­ers coach Bart Starr rushed across the field af­ter the game to con­front Bears coach Neill Arm­strong, who was not the same guy who walked on the moon. Pack­ers fans could take so­lace in the fact that they held the Bears un­der 100. Bears 23, Pack­ers 21 (Dec. 18, 1983): The Pack had a play­off berth on the line and was cling­ing to a 21-20 lead when the Bears drove down to the Packer 12 with 1:17 re­main­ing. Starr still had three time­outs, but he didn’t use any of them. Bob Thomas booted a 22-yard field goal with ten sec­onds left to give the Bears a vic­tory. When asked about his clock man­age­ment af­ter the game, Starr bris­tled, “That’s our busi­ness.” Maybe some­one with the Wall Street Jour­nal should have asked that ques­tion then. Starr was fired the next day as Judge Parins laid down the law. Jeep­ers, maybe he should have ap­peared be­fore Judge Judy.

Bears 2, Pack­ers 0 (Aug. 7,

1971): The Chicago squad pre­vailed in this study of of­fen­sive in­ep­ti­tude when al­leged QB Frank Pa­trick, a 6-foot-7 guy who used to be a tight end, in­ad­ver­tently stepped out of the County Sta­dium end zone for a safety dur­ing this wild and crazy Shrine Game. Ush­ers had to wake the fans and tell them to leave.

FEAR­LESS FORE­CASTS

It’s Week 10 al­ready and you just re­al­ized you haven’t taken down last year’s Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions. So you’re in luck. You won’t have to miss any

games while try­ing to un­tan­gle lights.

Game of the week: Cow­boys at Fal­cons: If you hap­pen to have a ducat for this, don’t show up with a D-FENCE sign. This will be the NFL’s ver­sion of the NBA All-Star Game. Cow­boys 55, Fal­cons 54.

Game of the weak: Gi­ants at 49ers: Now we know that the Gi­ants can roll over and play dead bet­ter than your dog. The Jimmy Garop­polo Era should be­gin in San Fran­cisco. It could be the big­gest thing to hit the city since Rice-A-Roni. 49ers 17, Gi­ants 0. Pack­ers at Bears: With Aaron Rodgers out, Chicago should dis­play some sports­man­ship and start Mike Glen­non. If the Pack­ers show up on time, the Bears are in trou­ble. Pack­ers 20, Bears 17.

VINELINES

Nor­man Chad, syn­di­cated colum­nist: “I be­lieve Matt Prater could kick a field goal from Lam­beau Field that would be good at Sol­dier Field.”...

Will Brin­son of CBSs­ports.com, on Cleve­land’s front of­fice blow­ing a deal for Cincin­nati quar­ter­back A.J. McCar­ron: “It’s ba­si­cally the NFL trade dead­line’s ver­sion of ‘I gave my 10-page fi­nal pa­per to Steve; he said he was turn­ing it in, Mr. Hand.’ The Browns are Jeff Spi­coli.”...

Cam Hutchin­son of the Saska­toon Ex­press, on the eye-goug­ing, throat grab and head shots he saw on TV. “Pro­fes­sional wrestling, or the Mi­ami Dol­phins in a game against the Baltimore Ravens?”...

Alex Kase­berg, com­edy writer, on the NFL try­ing to pin­point the cause of its flag­ging TV rat­ings: “We will bring you the rest of this joke fol­low­ing an­other penalty, a coach chal­lenge, an in­jury time­out and a long com­mer­cial break.”

PACKER PLUS FILES

Ref­eree Jerry Mark­breit es­corts Pack­ers nose tackle Charles Mar­tin off the field af­ter Mar­tin was ejected when he body-slammed Bears quar­ter­back Jim McMa­hon dur­ing a game in 1986.

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