I’ve been a little reluctant to write anything about the Green Bay Packers simply because I kind of don’t know what is happening to them. Last Thursday I was talking with my friend Ottford while they were playing the Chicago Bears and we collectively may have gone through a rollercoaster of emotions that only those who are in psychotic relationships go through. One minute we were basically giving up all hope and conceded that nothing good is going to happen to this team. The next moment their defense was playing better and we talked us into the idea that they have figured out how to play and everything is okay.
We’re sports fans, this is how it’s supposed to be, right?
Moving forward I’ve made a list to keep me sane while this football season is active, these are things that I need to remind myself because without this list to knock sense into me I may look back at this time in my life as an embarrassment. An embarrassment because I cared so much about things out of my control…
Reminder 1: The Packers had a historically horrible defense last year, why would they have pulled a total 180 this year?
Reminder 2: Their offense will pull their shit together.
Reminder 3: Even though Donald Drive has never dropped a pass in his entire life and is the most reliable player on the Packers, Aaron Rodgers obviously knows something I don’t know because he’s not passing to him every play.
Reminder 4: They’re going to get a running game. No they won’t. Yes they will. No they won’t!
Reminder 5: They won the Super Bowl when they were 9-7 and season long team momentum has never seemed so important. It’s okay if the Packers lose games.
Reminder 6: The Packers have the best quarterback in the NFL.
Reminder 7: Jermichael Finley will always piss me off; I shouldn’t be surprised about his rock hands.
Reminder 8: Once again: I’m not playing on the team so for me to think that I have a single bit of control makes me reverse insane. Just accept whatever is happening (This is a crutch… but seriously I need to actually believe this).
With these year long reminders I think I can successfully remain okay with what’s happening, win or lose – or at least pretend to be okay with things.