100 Reasons to Hate The Bears!!! |
taken from a post by BackThePack in the timesfour packers forums.
2. In the first ever meeting with the Packers, Bears guard 'Tarzan' Taylor sucker-punched Howard 'Cub' Buck of the Packers and broke his nose. In a subsequent meeting the following season, a different member of the Bears squad went after Buck's nose again…only this time Buck broke the player's arm.
3. The Bears have been hated from the very beginning. Someone in 1921 wrote that the Bears were "strongly disliked in every city in the league, except Green Bay and Rock Island. In those places they are hated."
4. The Bears lead the overall series vs. the Packers by a paltry margin of 13 games. The Bears have won 84 games, the Packers have won 71 games and there have been 6 ties. However, the Packers have a better exhibition record vs. the Bears. The Packers have won 13 games, the Bears have won 6 games and there have been 3 ties.
5. Away from the gridiron, former Bears head coach George Halas often said he was a friend with Packers founder Curly Lambeau. However, his actions on the field were far more telling. Halas often shook his fist at Lambeau whenever the Packers bested him.
6. Chicago is nothing more than a pompous Cleveland.
7. After more than 161 regular season meetings between the Packers and the Bears, the average score between the two teams is separated by less than 1.2 points. The Bears have averaged 17.0 points per game and the Packers have averaged 15.8 points per game.
8. George Halas played professional baseball with the Yankees, whose fans think the 26 championships they "bought" are superior to the 12 that the Packers have earned. In 1919, 28 consecutive Yankees batters were retired during a 12 inning scoreless tie against Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators. Halas, batting leadoff, fanned twice and went 0 for 5. During his brief stint with the Yankees, Halas managed only two hits in 22 at-bats (a pathetic .091 batting average). Too bad for the Packers Halas didn't stick to baseball. It was a good thing for the Yankees, however, because an up-and-coming Babe Ruth replaced Halas in the outfield.
9. Bears founder and head coach George Halas has been known as the "granddaddy of professional football," yet the cantankerous old fart probably did more to hurt the Packers and the game itself than he ever did to help it.
10. George Halas authored virtually all newspaper articles about the Bears in the early years of the franchise's existence, often clouding the line between fantasy and reality. It seems Chicago's sports reporters didn't have much interest in going to their games either!
11. Bears fans claim that their team is older than the Packers. Truth is, the Bears did not organize until March 1920. The Packers, on the other hand, can arguably trace their lineage as far back as 1896. Green Bay's first game as the 'Packers' was in 1919-one full year before the Bears organized. The Packers are also the oldest team in the NFL to have ever played in the same city and under the same name.
12. The Bears are so pitiful they couldn't hold the attention of their fans long enough to prevent another franchise from competing against them in their own city. Chicago was the first city to play host to two NFL teams.
13. In 1922 George Halas renamed his beloved franchise a year after moving to Chicago. Halas didn't think his new team could survive on its own and thus opted to forge a connection between the Staleys (as they were then called) and baseball's Chicago Cubs, renaming them the Bears. Originality was obviously not one of Halas' strong suits.
14. Professional football perpetually brags about Halas' 40-year endurance record coaching the Bears. However, what they fail to point out is that Halas took three years off from coaching in the 1930's, needed help from Luke Johnsos and Heartley "Hunk" Anderson (the former gridiron star Halas swiped from the Packers) in the 1940's and went on a two-year hiatus in the 1950's. Curly Lambeau, by contrast, coached 33 consecutive years in the NFL.
15. Wild bears may be as hardy as those Chicago football fans that take their shirts off during games in January, but they are also more intelligent.
16. Hell has often been described as the pocket edition of Chicago.
17. Though college players football surreptitiously played on every NFL team in the early days of professional football (including the Bears), George Halas exposed the fact that Notre Dame guard Heartley 'Hunk' Anderson was playing for the Packers by contributing to a newspaper article printed in the Chicago Tribune. Halas desperately wanted and fully expected Anderson to play for the Bears, however, when he learned that Anderson was playing for the Packers in the first ever meeting between the two teams, he was irate. Halas was angry that a small market team like the Packers could lure Anderson away from the big bad Bears and wasted no time demanding the league revoke the Packers franchise. Halas subsequently was responsible for delaying the Packers reinstatement the following summer so he could sign Anderson right out from under the nose of the Packers. After all, Anderson couldn't play for the Packers if their team didn't exist.
18. Socialists and draft-dodgers rioted during Chicago's Democrat Convention in 1968 because they thought the Chicago Bears were an endangered species.
19. Quarterback Jim McMahon wore a Bears jersey while attending a White House celebration honoring the Packers victory in Super Bowl XXXI. While playing for the Bears, Jim McMahon was the most pompous ******* to ever grace a NFL uniform and many die-hard Packers fans refuse to recognize the face that he ever played for the Packers.
20. The NFL's first championship game was held between the Bears and Portsmouth Spartans in 1932. However, the Packers had four more victories than the Bears that season and a better winning percentage. If today's method of calculating winning percentages had been employed, the Packers should have played in the 1932 championship game and contended for an unprecedented a fourth consecutive NFL title.
21. As chairman of the rules committee, Bears founder and head coach George Halas was responsible for moving the goal posts from the rear of the end zone to the goal line in a foolhardy attempt encourage field goal kicking. Instead, the only thing the move encouraged was injuries. The goal posts were moved back to the rear of the end zone in 1974.
22. Following an exhibition game between the Packers and Bears in 1934 at State Fair Park in Milwaukee, Wis. the Chicago Tribune erroneously reported that Joe Carr, the president of the NFL, refused to officially sanction the game since the teams scheduled the contest after the season had started. The Tribune further claimed that the teams agreed to award the day's gate receipts to the winner of the match, which the Bears won 10-6. Fact is George Halas scheduled the exhibition game at State Fair Park in Milwaukee to help pay off a previous debt owed to the Packers and both teams agreed to play the exhibition game in Milwaukee with the league's blessings. The Packers kept all of the money earned from the game to settle their previous loan to the Bears.
23. The greatest linebacker to ever play in the NFL coming from the University of Illinois was Ray Nitschke and not Dick Butkus. What's worse, Nitschke didn't even play linebacker at Illinois…he was a fullback.
24. The Bears purportedly replaced Michael McCaskey as their team president with a foul-mouthed and dim-witted man by the name of Ted Phillips. McCaskey, however, did a perfectly good job leading their team to 10 consecutive losses vs. the Packers and to this day still pulls the marionette strings of the pathetic franchise.
25. In a 1929 contest between the two teams, Bears lineman Bill Fleckenstein smacked Hall of Famer Cal Hubbard of the Packers above the eye. On the ensuing play, Hubbard led with his right forearm and dropped Fleckenstein to his knees. Way to go, Cal!
26. Because he played in a much larger media market, Bears fullback Bronko Nagurski captured much more fame and fortune than the Packers Clarke Hinkle, despite the fact that Hinkle was a much better athlete and often bested Nagurski whenever the two faced each other on the gridiron.
27. On Thanksgiving Day in 1921 a huge turnout was expected in the second game ever played between the Packers and the Bears. Despite having previously inked a contract and agreeing to play the game in Green Bay, however, George Halas wired Curly Lambeau demanding that Green Bay pay an 'extortion' fee of $4,000 before he brought his team north to play the Packers. Unable to meet Halas' demands, Lambeau could do little and was forced to replace the Bears with the non-league game vs. the Duluth Kelleys. The ensuing game was a disaster. Disinterested fans failed to show-up to watch a non-league contest in a driving rain. Only 100 people attended the game and Halas' action brought the Packers to the brink of bankruptcy.
28. Chicago is home to some of the most supercilious citizens in America. For example, Chicago literature still lays claim to the "largest building in the world." However, the Merchandise Mart is NOT the largest building in the world. Built in 1931 by Marshall Field & Co., it was the largest building in the world in floor area (4 million square feet) until the Pentagon was built in Washington D.C., which is nearly twice the size of the Merchandise mart.
29. When the Bears experienced a financial pinch in 1933, the Packers loaned George Halas and the Bears half of the total sum of the gate receipts from their game that season in Chicago totaling $1,500 so Halas could meet his payroll. The loan helped save the Bears franchise from near financial disaster. Curly Lambeau should have instead told George Halas to "take a leap."
30. Three years after George Halas and the Bears accused the Packers of employing the services of college players and nearly killing the team as a result, Halas himself tampered with an undergraduate player of his own…Harold 'Red' Grange. Halas faced a far different fate than what he subjected the Packers to when he lead the charge to revoke Green Bay's charter, however. Halas not only got away with the stunt, the Bears were never even punished by the league.
31. Former Bears head coach George Halas was a pallbearer at Curly Lambeau's funeral despite his intense dislike for Lambeau and doing all he could to destroy the Packers organization. It will never be known what Lambeau would have thought of the gesture, but legions of Packers fans were nonetheless offended.
32. Former Chicago Tribune sports editor, Arch Ward, is credited with starting the rival professional football league called the All-American Football Conference (AAFC). The upstart league and the spiraling player salaries as a result nearly brought the NFL and the Packers to its demise. The AAFC folded following the 1949 season and the San Francisco 49'ers, Cleveland Browns and first incarnation of the Baltimore Colts joined the NFL. The Bears, it seems, had a hard time keeping Chicago's fickle sports reporters satisfied. The problem persists still today.
33. Bitter because Red Grange no longer played for his Bears, Halas ordered an illegal hit on him in a game vs. the New York Yankees. This was Halas' way of thanking Grange who played for the Bears, drew thousands of fans to see the Bears and helped put professional football on the map.
34. In 1976, Walter Payton became the first Bears running back since Gail Sayers to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in a season when he rushed for 109 yards in a Chicago's 24-13 victory over the Packers. A year later, Payton tied Sayers' club single-game record of 205 rushing yards in a 26-0 victory over Green Bay at Lambeau Field.
35. Bears head coach Dick Jauron once was an assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers from 1986 to 1994. Well if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
36. Chicago was founded by a bunch of people in New York who said, "Gee, I'm really enjoying the crime and the poverty, but it just isn't cold enough…let's move west."
37. In 1949, while the NFL and the rival AAFC began discussing a merger, Halas wanted the Packers to move all of their games to Milwaukee. This was a decidedly bad time to make public such a request and could have destroyed the Packers as we know them today because representatives of the AAFC wanted the Packers to disband altogether.
38. Less than five minutes before a contest with the Packers, the usually smug George Halas knocked on the door of the Packers' training room and asked to speak to Coach Lombardi. When Lombardi came to the door, Halas told him, "Coach, I hope you have your team ready because we're going to kick your ass."
39. In a game vs. the Packers, Bears lineman Lee Artoe pulled down the pants of Packers running back Ted Fritsch and bit him. Many years later Fritsch said, "That (expletive) Artoe still has his teeth marks on my ass."
40. As a tight end for the Cowboys, Mike Ditka (who later became head coach of the Bears) never missed a cheap shot at Ray Nitschke, once giving him a broken arm.
41. In 1963, the two-time defending champion Packers lost only twice-both times to the Bears. The Bears edged the Packers in the Western Conference standings and went on to defeat the Giants 14-10 in the NFL title game. Even Chicago sports reporters concede that the Bears would have never won the 1963 NFL championship if it had not been for the fact that Paul Hornung was suspended that season.
42. After all of the years they coached together in the NFL, Curly Lambeau never once shook hands with George Halas following games between each other.
43. On the first play of a game between the Bears and Packers in 1990, Don Majkowski threw a touchdown pass to Sterling Sharpe. Following the score, Bears safety Mark Carrier illegally slammed into Sharpe giving him a concussion and knocking him out of the game.
44. Bears fans still think that they witnessed a dynasty in the 1980's even though their team won just one lousy Super Bowl. The Bears couldn't even beat the Redskins in a lowly divisional playoff game the season following their only Super Bowl win.
45. Prior to the start of a game at Wrigley Field in the 1950's, the Bears secretly disconnected the sideline phones the Packers used to communicate with the coach's box in the stands. Blaming the outage on the telephone company, the Bears' phones worked perfectly fine.
46. Despite playing in the third largest market in the country, only now are the Bears constructing a stadium of their own. In doing so, the Bears will dismantle and destroy Soldier Field, a national landmark funded largely by the American Legion and dedicated to the veterans of foreign wars who fought and died to protect the liberties of millions of American citizens.
47. The navy blue in the Bears uniform looks more like black to anyone who is not a Bears fan. Again lacking innovation and creativity, George Halas borrowed his team's colors from the University of Illinois.
48. Ray Nitschke grew up wanting to play for the Bears. After playing 15 seasons for the Packers, however, Nitschke learned to hate the Bears with unmatched fervor.
49. In 1968 Bears running back Gale Sayers had his best rushing day as a professional, gaining 205 yards in Chicago's 13-10 victory over the Packers.
50. Since 1994 the Bears have had the audacity to hold their training camp in Wisconsin. Only now are they searching for a place in Illinois for a training camp. We hope they chose beautiful cities of Moline, Peoria or East St. Louis.
51. The first coach hired after the departure of Curly Lambeau from Green Bay was Gene Ronzani, who was previously a player and assistant coach for the Bears. In his three-year stint as head coach of the Packers, Ronzani posted a miserable 14-31 record. Leave it to a former Bears player and coach to take the Packers to new depths of misery.
52. When the Packers were lobbying for a new stadium in 1956, George Halas made a personal appearance at a bond rally in Green Bay as citizens were getting ready to vote on a referendum that would pave the way for the building of New City Stadium. Given his poor reputation in the city, his effort probably did more damage than good.
53. On the cover of their 2000 media guide, the Bears feature a photo of the 28-yard field goal they blocked to salvage a victory over the Packers in 1999. While the usually competitive Packers are fighting annually to march into the playoffs, seemingly the biggest play of the Monsters of the Midway season was a blocked kick.
54. The Bears headquarters in Lake Forest, Ill. is located just around the corner from the intersection of Green Bay Road and Wisconsin Avenue. How ironic!
55. The "Great Chicago Fire" of 1871 is frequently mentioned in the annals of American history despite the fact that a fire that engulfed Peshtigo, Wis. on that same day killed far more people. In fact, the residents of Chicago are so arrogant that they actually teach their kids that sparks from the "Great Chicago Fire" drifted more than 250 miles north to start the fire in Peshtigo. Right!
56. The Bears were the first team to "buy" a player from another team when they purchased rights to Ed Healey from the Rock Island Independents for $100 in 1922. In other words, the Bears gave birth to hated free agency.
57. Vince Lombardi told his players that they "had to" dislike everything about the Bears, including George Halas as he stood on the goal line during warm-ups. "Lombardi," Willie Davis was quoted saying, "made it seem like (Curly) Lambeau never left."
58. There are 25 former Bears players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, more than any other team in the NFL. The Packers are second with 19 players, despite having won 4 more NFL championships. Clearly, Chicago's much larger media market is responsible for this travesty.
59. Former Bears defensive tackle Jim Flanigan, Jr., who grew up in Wisconsin and is the son of former Packers linebacker Jim Flanigan, never wasted an opportunity to ridicule the Packers. Reminiscent of William 'The Refrigerator' Perry, Flanigan was even used as a fullback on one touchdown play vs. the Packers in 1999. Now without a job, Flanigan is hoping he gets one with the Packers.
60. The world's largest public library is located in Chicago yet the city has one of the highest illiteracy rates in America.
61. The "Super Bowl Shuffle" alone should be enough for anyone to hate the Bears.
62. In 1957 the Bears had the nerve to enter a float in the celebratory parade honoring the christening of New City Stadium. Someone should have met the Bears caravan at the city limits and told them to turn around and go home.
63. To this day the city of Chicago alleges that the Sears Tower is the tallest building in the world. Since 1996, however, the 1,480-foot Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia holds that title. Chicago, it seems, doesn't have many titles these days.
64. While visiting Chicago in 1980, the Packers trailed the Bears 55-7 late in the 4th quarter. Despite the lopsided score, Bears coach Neil Armstrong put Walter Payton back into the game and instructed his quarterback to throw two long bombs to help rub the Packers' nose into the ground. The Bears went on to win 61-7 and they lamented that the score wasn't more lopsided.
65. In their media guide, Chicago claims more professional football games have been played at Wrigley Field than at any other active complex. Professional football, however, hasn't been played at Wrigley Field in decades and it is no longer an active NFL venue. The Packers hold this record with over 380 games played at Lambeau Field.
66. Former Bears coach Mike Ditka's psychotic and thug-like theatric displays on the sidelines were boorish and painful for anyone to watch, except idiotic Bears fans.
67. When the Packers arrived at Wrigley Field for a game in 1947 they discovered that their benches had been moved to the far end of the field-some 80 yards from the action at the other end.
68. After losing by the Packers in the 1940's, George Halas punched a fan in the face at the Green Bay train station.
69. William 'The Refrigerator' Perry's touchdown against the Packers on Monday Night Football on October 21, 1985 was one of the most humiliating incidents in team history.
70. In 1985, Bears wide receiver Dennis McKinnon once referred to the Packers as the Green Bay Quackers "because they cry a lot." McKinnon later cried himself when the Bears cut his ass following the 1989 season after only managing 28 receptions in his final year with the Bears.
71. Former Bears President Michael McCaskey once threatened to move his franchise to Gary, Indiana if the Chicago taxpayers didn't buy him a new stadium. Regretfully he did not do so. Think of the fun Packers fans would have had playing the Gary Bears.
72. In 1936, Packers fan Emmett Platten ran onto the field at City Stadium in Green Bay and punched Bears player Ted Rosequist on the jaw. He should have aimed lower.
73. Former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt was drafted by the Packers in the 15th round of the 1974 draft. Wannstedt, a defensive tackle from the University of Pittsburgh, was injured before the start of the 1974 season and was later cut by the Packers.
74. The inability of Bears fans to properly enunciate the word "the" is truly annoying.
75. Soldier Field is hands-down the worst football stadium in the NFL. It does not have a single JumboTron scoreboard, much less two. Their owners have instead opted for a row of 13" Daiwoo black-and-white television sets outside their concession stands. But then again, with so few spectacular plays in Soldier Field these days, what would they show on a large screen JumboTron?
76. In 1986, while being chased by defensive end Charles Martin, Bears quarterback Jim McMahon threw an interception to Packers cornerback Mark Lee. Martin then bear-hugged McMahon, picked him up, and threw him onto the hard Soldier Field artificial turf. Martin was promptly ejected from the game. Bears fans, however, fail to recall that McMahon was eligible to be blocked since the play resulted in an interception. Martin should have been inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame on the spot.
77. Every time you drive to Chicago you have to pay a toll. Weren't those damn roads paid for decades ago? Instead, they should pay us to drive on those traffic congested roads.
78. The Bears are so cheap they were one of the last teams in the NFL to not have a web site of their own. Even years after its launch, it is still incomplete. Their ineptitude on the Internet is probably because they have such a hard time putting three W's together.
79. When a 1989 game between the Packers and Bears was correctly decided in the closing seconds with the use of instant replay, giving the Packers a victory, Bears coach Mike Ditka and Bears' management were so angry that they ordered their pubic relations department to place an asterisk by the score of the game in the media guide, signifying that it was an "instant-replay game". The notation remains in their annual media guide still today.
80. WTMJ-AM radio and the Packer Radio Network hired Wayne Larrivee to replace the legendary Jim Irwin. Larrivee spent 14 years broadcasting games for the hated Bears.
81. The great cholera epidemic of 1854, which took the lives of 5.5% of the people living in Chicago, obviously wasn't virile enough.
82. Former Bears defensive lineman Steve 'Mongo' McMichael defeated future Hall of Famer Reggie White in a WCW wrestling match on pay-per-view television. McMichael also played for the Packers in 1994, selling out his former team by signing with the Packers.
83. The Chicago Bulls' six world championships in eight years is only a slightly better feat than the Packers five world championships in seven years. The NBA was also far less competitive in the 1990's than the NFL in the 1960's and it is much easier dominating a sport with five basketball players than it is with 22+ football players.
84. Bears fans were responsible for spreading rumors about the death of a pet dog belonging to former Packers coach Dan Devine. While gadflies in Chicago blamed angry Packers fans for the dog's shooting, truth is Devine's pet was shot by a neighbor who repeatedly warned the Packers coach that the dog was killing his chickens.
85. Following a fake punt against the Bears years ago, Clarke Hinkle of the Packers scooped up the ball and headed around the end of the line with Bears fullback Bronko Nagurski closing in on him. Hinkle cut back and crashed headfirst into Nagurski. When the two collided, a thunderous clap echoed through the stadium. Hinkle was knocked backwards, and Nagurski was knocked out. Nagurski's nose was broken and blood streamed down his face. "I remember running on the field and heading for Nagurski so I could help stop the bleeding," said Howie Levitas, a trainer for the Packers from 1928-1940. "Their head trainer stopped me and told me to attend to Hinkle. I remember Hinkle saying, 'I really got that S.O.B. Now I'm happy.'"
86. If Bears fans claim to hate Wisconsin so much, why are highways leading north from Illinois to Wisconsin always choked full of cars with Illinois license plates on summer weekends?
87. Separated by only 200 miles, tiny Green Bay and big, bad Chicago couldn't be more different nor their residents more certifiably insane.
88. After retiring from football, Mike Ditka was tormented that his archrival Forrest Gregg was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Ditka had to wait 11 years before being voted into the Hall of Fame.
89. In 1953, Coach George Halas offered $50 to any of his Bears who could "knock the mustache off" of Packers receiver Bob Mann. Mann was the Packers first African American player.
90. In the 1940's and 1950's, Packer players were reminded to keep their helmets on while they sat on the sidelines because Bears fans liked to throw things at them from the stands.
91. Curly Lambeau coached in Chicago after leaving the Packers in 1950.
92. The four Bears championships in the 1940's came largely as a result of George Halas' inside connections with the United States Navy and his ability to hide his players from active service during World War II.
93. There's very little more enjoyable than listening to Chicago sports radio the morning following a Packers victory over the Bears.
94. Only three times since 1967 have both the Packers and Bears had winning records the same season. Only once during that span did both teams make the playoffs in the same season.
95. In the first game of the 1997 season at Lambeau Field vs. the Bears, Bryan Cox's bum-rush of Frank Winters on the last play of the first half sent Brett Favre crashing to the turf, popping his helmet ajar.
96. Packer fans hate going to football games in Chicago being surround by drunken martini drinkers who sound like they have gravel in their throats and measure a man's worth by how big a stogie he has stuck in his face.
97. When the Bears played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field in 1998, the temperature was in the 60's yet the Bears still had 15,000 no-shows. With more than 10 million people living in the greater Chicago and a mere 98,000 in Green Bay, Wis., it is hard for Packers to believe Bears fans when they say they have such unyielding devotion to their team. The Packers, by comparison, have sold out every home game since 1958 and have more than 50,000 people on the waiting list for season tickets.
98. Former Dallas sports writer Skip Bayless, who is hated by most Packers fans, was run out of Dallas and now writes for the Chicago Tribune and is one the Bears biggest cheerleaders.
99. Unlike recent coaches of the Packers, Curly Lambeau understood the importance of the rivalry. Lambeau would not let players smile the week leading up to the game.
100. Chicago's pitiful teams during the last decade are hastening the end the greatest rivalry in all of professional sports.