Cheesehead Fans Arrive Here For The Big Game

CHICAGO (CBS) — The invasion of the dreaded Green Bay Packer fans into Chicago has begun. Are they running amok, hurling insults and taunts?

CBS2’s Mike Parker talked to some of them and found something that may shock and surprise you: They’re actually kind of nice.

One Packer fan described the traditional feud between the two teams this way:  “There’s a definite rivalry there, but it’s a respectful rivalry.”

He said it among fellow Packerites at the Northwoods Inn, a notorious hangout for Green Bay fans in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Bears fans aren’t making this bid for relative peace easy. One described Packers fans’ dialect as “hey dere, hi dere, ho dere.”

“You know how they talk out there,” the Chicago fan said. “They’re pretty hillbilly.”

And on the Internet, you can find a phony application to become a Packer fan. It asks for your neck shade: light red, medium or deep red. It asks how many teeth you expose with a full grin.

Some of the Green Bay fans who started streaming into Chicago Friday shrugged off the insults.

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” a Wisconsin resident on Michigan Avenue. “I think the truth will be told on Sunday. Then we’ll see who’s reading it to who.”

When asked what the worst thing he could say about Bears fans, another Packers enthusiast said, “Why would I say anything bad about a Bears fan? It’s a fair game. Let the best man win.”

So, despite what you may have heard, these Packer fans are nice.

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  • Game 182

    The rivalry is great. The first 181 games were good, but Game 182 will be awesome.

  • pat rad

    Yeah because “da bears” superfans talk totally normal. Embrace the Midwest Chicago, your part of it!

  • John,.Libertyville IL

    I have been in Green Bay many times and must say that despite the rivalry, Green Bay fans are enthusiastic yet nice folks. Now if we were playing Philly……well THAT would be another story!

  • Larry Graf

    I love my packers wi or lose and always will.I;m 64 yeard old and no longer living in Wis. but my loyaty to the Pack never changed. Every team has had great players play for them at one time or another but they call the Big Trophy after Vince Lombardie for a reason.

  • football fan/Lyric Opera member

    A large percentage of the most cultured, sophisticated, elegant and wealthy residents of Chicago migrated here from various parts of Wisconsin. This has been true for decades upon decades. While we remain true to our home state (and fully embrace the cultural geography of our ties to the Green Bay Packers) we have also shaped Chicago into the city it is. Yes, folks, we walk among you! I think prejudice in any form is too awful for a city such as ours to endure. It’s a game; not an opportunity to tear down your fellow man.

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