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Packer Partisan (12/26/2007)
By Dave DeLano

Packers blown away in Windy City

by Don Salyards

My dear buddy Dave Delano knew when to get out of town. While he's riding horses on some incredible ranch in Mexico, enjoying delectable food and his generous Mexican friends, the rest of us are digging out from another snowstorm. But mainly, Dave was spared watching what happened along Lake Michigan where historic and noble Soldier field used to stand until the architectural firm of Wood + Zappa decided to renovate it by landing a spaceship on top of Ionic columns in what has to be one of the worst cases of crapitecture ever designed. Yes, folks it was our Green Bay Packers taking a numbing 35-7 thrashing at the hands of the lowly, non-playoff bound, Chicago Bears.

The weather at Soldier field on Sunday was about as miserable as can be imagined; cold, wet, and winds at 40 miles per hour. In a post game press conference Brett Favre said that in his 17 years of playing these conditions were the "worst conditions I've ever played in." Furthermore, Favre said, "It was cold as hell; I'm not going to lie to you and not going to make excuses. They handled it better than we did." Of course, Favre's correct. No one is going to cut the Green Bay Packers any slack on account of the weather, least of all Packer fans. We're supposed to thrive on bad weather, right?

Have you ever had one of those days when nothing went right? Sunday was that day for the Green Bay Packers. As I watched the game unfold, with enough missed snaps, blocked punts, and dropped passes to last a season, it occurred to me that this was just one of those days. I was hoping for a change of fortunes in the second half, but the same miserable scenario kept re-playing itself. After Erlacher intercepted Favre's pass and ran it into the end zone with about 6 minutes left in the game, I pulled on my boots to tackle the snowdrifts.

Games like the one on Sunday give us cause for reflection. After all, none of us would want to trade places with the Bears this year. While the loss gave Dallas undisputed home field advantage for the playoffs, it was a long shot that the Packers would have dislodged the Cowboys for home field advantage. Prior to Sunday's game I already figured that the road to the Superbowl would require the Pack to go down to Texas and beat Dallas on their home turf.

So nothing has really changed, except that perhaps the loss on Sunday will be a wake-up call for the Packers. The season is yet young, Packer fans! Do not dismay. Prior to the start of this season, how many of you would have thought that the Packers would have clinched their division, have a bye in the playoffs and be assured at least one playoff home game?

There's a lot of season left for Packer fans! But along Lake Shore drive, around 3pm CST next Sunday, Bears fans will head for the concourse, where their recollection of their fantastic 2006 appearance in the Superbowl will be a vague memory. Meanwhile, hotel clerks, shop managers, and stadium workers will be preparing Lambeau Field for yet another exciting Green Bay Packers playoff postseason!  


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