Stirring up some unforgettable Packers-Bears moments
Bear Week is here again and it is met with all the excitement of watching an
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.
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.
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.”
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.