Let me start this off by noting how ecstatic I was yesterday after my team defeated the Chicago Bears 21-14 to win the NFC Championship.
I was beaming from cheek to cheek as I watched my beloved Green Bay Packers advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in 14 years.
My grin was so wide afterward that the two people whom I was with (one a Tennessee Titans fan, and the other could care less about football, God help him) started to think it was a little weird.
I just laughed and said: "You don't know what this does to the Packers and their fans."
And they don't. The fact of the matter is that Green Bay sports the most passionate fans in the world.
So, what exactly does it means to Titletown and its diehards, like myself?
For me, it was like an epiphany, and it showed me and everyone else that there truly is life after Favre.
Sure, Favre was great, and sure, he did have himself a bad falling out with the Packers.
However, Aaron Rodgers proved he didn't need to play his best in order to get Green Bay the win. Rodgers put on possibly the worst performance of his career, throwing for 244 yards with no scores and two picks and a quarterback rating of just over 55. The second pick might have come back all the way, but Rodgers dove and stopped the sprinting Bear legend Brian Urlacher near the 40-yard line.
Anyways, it was about time the Packers got back to the Super Bowl. It has been 14 long years since the green and gold have played in the big one, and heartbreak of course has come along. In January 2008, we let the game slip away with a Brett Favre interception and a Lawrence Tynes field goal.
I, along with the majority of Packer fans, took months to get over that loss.
I surely wouldn't have dealt with another NFC Championship blow yesterday, and surely it wouldn't be any easier considering it would have come at the hands of the Chicago Bears.
Last season's end didn't help either, as we nearly came back before a questionable missed penalty ended the game in a 51-45 defeat.
With a prolific passing game, spectacular defensive unit and a running game that is starting to come around to regular form (despite serious injuries), don't be surprised if the Packers defeat the black and gold that is the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers overwhelmingly have more playoff experience than the Pack, but we proved we have the heart to go as far as possible.
A Packers' Super Bowl victory would keep the well being of me and millions of other fans, as well as resurrect one of the greatest franchises back to prominence.
After all, doesn't Vince Lombardi's trophy need to come home sometime?
You can be sure that Rodgers and the boys will do whatever they can to ensure its route from New Orleans all the way to Titletown.
No doubt there will be tears shed in my household come Feb. 6. If the Packers prevail, they will be passionate tears of joy for this miracle, and if they fall in defeat, it will due to what could have been.
No other fans will understand what this feeling is like, because quite frankly, no fans are like Green Bay Packers fans.
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