Green Bay Packers to Super Bowl: Wisconsin Braces for February 6 Hysteria

Jacqueline Moen-KadlecContributor IIIJanuary 23, 2011

B.J. Raji putting on the title belt.
B.J. Raji putting on the title belt.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers are the Champions of the NFC!  Despite all the naysayers and doubters, the Green Bay Packers are the NFC Champions!

Please allow me to hyperventilate.

Watching the game today, I was struck by the fact that the Green Bay Packers defense had a solid game.  I didn't doubt that they would.  Who didn't enjoy B.J. Raji's interception and touchdown run?  I personally screamed myself nearly hoarse.  Who didn't hope that Clay Matthews would find Jay Cutler and introduce himself in his own personal way?  Who didn't pray to whatever deity they worship that the defense would hold the Bears?

The prayers were answered, by the way.

For fans of the Green Bay Packers, a trip to the Super Bowl has so many meanings.  Not only do the Packers have a shot at bringing the LOMBARDI trophy back to Titletown, but with such a young team, the fans are expecting great things in the years to come.  The ramifications from the NFC Championship game for the fans of the Packers, however, are incredible.

The last time the Packers went to the Super Bowl, businesses and factories throughout the state of Wisconsin shut down.  The business owners knew that absenteeism after a Packers Super Bowl would be astronomical.  And even though at the time I was gently reminded that I could not watch the game, as I have stated in previous articles, I was still allowed the day off.  For Packers fans in Wisconsin who work second shift, vacation time is allocated to whenever the Packers play on Monday Night Football.  And for first shift workers, the day after Monday Night Football is requested as a vacation day.

Yes, it's that serious to Packer fans.

From experience, phones will be silent during the Super Bowl, with the exception of calling your loved ones who happen to be rooting for the other team to rub in a great play (family who are Vikings fans, who therefore are upset the Packers are in the Super Bowl to begin with will be called repeatedly.  Some will not answer their phone, which will cause Packer fans much glee.  You have been warned).  Stores will be empty, if they are open at all.  Bars will be filled to capacity.  Green and gold will be the main colors that you will see across the state of Wisconsin.  Relatives from out of state will call with desperate requests for memorabilia.  And the fans will be, no doubt, ecstatic.

The Packer fans wait with bated breath to find out who will play the Packers on February 6.  And I will wait with bated breath for the first Packers Super Bowl that I can watch without superstitious beliefs.

Go Pack!