Thankful, Not Entitled, to Root for the Packers

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As a lot of Packers fans do, I check social media after hard-fought wins and after tough losses. For the most part, I read a lot of posts that are interesting and thought provoking, but there are some “posts” and “tweets” that have me wondering if any of these fans remember what a real “losing streak” actually is?

I’m not referring to the current two game slide the Packers are on after away losses at Denver and Carolina, respectively. I am referring to seasons like 1988, a 4-12 season under the late Lindy Infante. I am referring to the lone losing season in 2008, Rodgers’ rookie season, in which the Packers went 6-10.

27 Aug 1988:  Head coach Lindy Infante of the Green Bay Packers in action during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport

27 Aug 1988: Head coach Lindy Infante of the Green Bay Packers in action during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport

Sure, when your General Manager assembles talent like the current roster in Green Bay, you expect your team to win more games than they lose. But, let’s remember something in the meantime… as Packers fans, we are not entitled to our team winning every year.

Every year, it seems the bar is set higher and higher for this franchise. When you have an elite MVP quarterback (and possibly one of the greatest of all-time) under center, that’s what happens, I get it. I find nothing wrong with high expectations, nothing at all.

But, just because we are fans and we give our time and our money to this franchise, we are not privileged to our team winning every Sunday. I have many friends who are fans of teams that have not made the playoffs consistently for fifteen or twenty years. Our Packers make the playoffs seemingly every season, even if it doesn’t end in a Super Bowl victory.

I don’t know about you, but I love knowing that my team has the opportunity to win more games than they lose every year. However, I don’t deserve them to win every game — no matter how many sweatshirts I order from the Packers Pro Shop. Just as the young players who come in to this winning franchise every Spring aren’t entitled and privileged to winning by putting on their helmets, we have to understand that as fans, we are not either.

Packers’ players are human. Packers’ coaches are human. The front office personnel, yep, you guessed it, they are human as well. We hold our beloved franchise in such high regard that when mistakes are made, the sky falls. A loss on the road to an undefeated team is the end of all ends.

We are lucky to be fans of such a great organization that takes pride in winning and takes pride in being involved in their surrounding community. So why does it feel like a 6-2 Packers team is currently 2-6 and contemplating who to take with their top 5 pick in next years NFL Draft?

We are all guilty of this “entitlement factory” of winning. We love this team so much and this organization, unlike so many others, allows its fan base to get closer to the players than many other organizations do. But, do this when you sit down on Sunday afternoon to watch our Packers take on their division rival Detroit Lions: Whether it’s in the most beautiful setting in football today of Lambeau Field, or in your living room or local watering hole, try to remember that win or lose, the goal is winning.

Detroit

The goal is and always will be winning with the Green Bay Packers. It will not happen one hundred percent of the time, obviously. But, is a .750 winning percentage really that bad? Things could always be worse. If you don’t believe me, watch about twenty-five other teams play this Sunday instead and you’ll be thankful for two game skids.

Sit back and enjoy the ride, fans. Go Pack Go!

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