Packers Fan Rolls Out The Green Carpet For Bears Enthusiasts

EVERGREEN PARK (CBS) — It may seem hard to believe, but some Packer fans and some Bears fans will be coming together in friendship to watch the big game. It’ll be happening Sunday in Evergreen Park.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker wonders if this might signal a thaw in this bitter rivalry.

“Go Pack Go,” is Jim Flanagan’s greeting to just about everybody these days. Growing up on the South Side, Flanagan inherited his dad’s love for the Green Bay Packers. And he’s got proof in the Brett Favre-signed jersey for which he paid thousands. There’s also the Vince Lombardi lunch bucket that prompted young Bears fans to chase him home from school.

“I’ve loved every minute of being a Packer fan,” he says.

As for the occasional abuse, “I love it, ‘cause I give it right back,” Flanagan says.

He’s got the Packers hard hat, the Packers Santa hat and even an antique leather Green Bay helmet.

On Sunday, not matter how cold it gets, Flanagan will be setting up big screen television sets outside and firing up the grill for Wisconsin brats.

He’s invited all his Evergreen Park neighbors to watch the Bears and Packers game. He calls his spot “Flambo” Field. He’s been doing this for Chicago-Green Bay clashes for 14 years.

“The whole thing’s a little bizarre for people our age. I’d rather be inside, where it’s warm,” Flanagan’s wife says.

The folks who show up are routinely Bears fans. One of them, Dennis Wilson, says everybody gets along because “we’re friends and neighbors.”

Despite the good feelings, the rivalry isn’t totally dead there. At the feel-good party, beer will be free for those who cheer Green Bay.

Bears fans will have to pay.

  • Bill Figel

    South Siders are the greatest!

    • Rick Simons

      I know Jim Flanagan pretty well. Hes a great true south sider. His reason for not being a Bears fan is that the Bears drove the Chicago Cardinals (who played at Comiskey) out of town, so his family became a Packer fan. Jim is also the only South Side Irishman I know who hates Notre Dame for whatever reason, but that is cool too.

  • Kathy

    You’re still crazy Flano! We love you.

  • rjchiarito

    Why do I feel the urge to tp his house? hahaha, jk. Go Bears!

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  • Steve

    Flano has hot daughters

  • TB

    Gas Mask:
    Pack still suk!

  • Liz and the Boys

    A few “New Yawkez” are very disappointed we can’t make it out to the big game at Flambo. Have fun Uncle Flano!!

  • Marikaye

    What fun! Sorry that we will not be there for the game of the century! I, however, would be in the house with Mary Pat. She is the smart one of the family! Go Bears!

    Love you!

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