Nobody's Different Except Us
There is nothing more annoying than sports fans who claim they're different from other sports fans. The whole country was treated to this during the baseball's World Series last month, when the St. Louis Cardinals and the self-appointed "Best Fans in Baseball" faced off with the Boston Red Sox, who have millions of fans who have never traveled east of Kokomo, Indiana, many of whom roundly trumpet how nobody loves baseball as much as they do. Notre Dame football fans can be like this, too; so can fans of the University of Alabama and other teams in the southeast.
That said, however, Packer fans really are different.
(You could see that coming a mile away, right?)
When Aaron Rodgers got hurt the other night, it was a football disaster. You don't take one of the half-dozen best players in the game off the field and expect everything to be the same. But it was more than that. We really wanted him to be OK because we like him as a person, too.
Remember a few years ago, when Brett Favre's dad died a day or two before a game? There were very few people in the whole state who didn't feel for his loss, root for him harder, and rejoice when he responded with one of the greatest performances of his career. Would fans of other teams respond in exactly that way? We like to think they would not. Because we're different.
No really, we are.