Brandon Marshall won’t be rooting for the Packers

Reuters

The Bears can get to the playoffs only if they beat the Lions and if the Packers knock off the Vikings.  But that won’t make Bears receiver Brandon Marshall buy a share of Packers non-stock stock.

I’m not cheering for anybody but the Bears,” Marshall said Thursday, via CSN Chicago.  “Yeah, that’s how it is.  We put ourselves in this position.  And right now, you know, it could be a good position.  You never know how things will work out.  But all we can do is beat Detroit and sit back and have a cup of coffee and see what happens at that afternoon game.”

Linebacker Lance Briggs wasn’t quite as obstinate.  “Yeah, I could root for Green Bay,” Briggs said.  “It doesn’t mean that I like Green Bay.  You know, everybody in Chicago’s gonna be pulling for Green Bay.  That’s just the way it is.”

That doesn’t mean Briggs wearing a Cheesehead and hanging on every play.  “I might check scores,” Briggs said.

It’s a realistic attitude.  No amount of rooting by Marshall or Briggs or any other fan (except for the members of a loud home crowd) will influence the outcome.  So why bother?

Luckily for the NFL, most fans aren’t nearly as ambivalent as Marshall and Briggs,  Even though, unlike every other fan, Marshall and Briggs and their teammates will derive a clear and direct financial and professional benefit if the Packers win on Sunday.

36 responses to “Brandon Marshall won’t be rooting for the Packers

  1. He’s right.

    They got to take care of their business first.

    Then all they can do is have a cup of coffee and watch the Packers after they beat the Lions.

  2. Rather than rooting for GB, I look at it as rooting against the Vikings.

    Marshall and Briggs have the right idea.

  3. Well have fun with that one after you’re sitting at home in January after a 7-1 start.

  4. Now I will sit back with my cup of coffee and anticipate the first ignorant ‘How dare Marshall not root for the Packers? I guess he’s not a team player after all!’ comment.

    Wait for it…

  5. Well have fun with that one after you’re sitting at home in January after a 7-1 start.

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    Leave it to a packer fan to concede defeat to the Vikings before kickoff

  6. The Bears still have to beat the Lions.
    Marshall got schooled by the packers for 2 games this year, and now he can’t give them any respect….. One who gives respect, gets respect…

  7. as a bears fan I am with Marshall 100%. I am a bears fan and hate the packers and will never root for them. never have and never will. if the bears win and don’t get in to bad they should not have let it come down to that. if the packers win they will not be doing it to help the bears but to help themselves to get a higher seeding. so packers fans can quit acting like they are doing the bears and their fans a favor by winning.

  8. asublimeday says:
    Dec 28, 2012 10:51 AM
    Well have fun with that one after you’re sitting at home in January after a 7-1 start.

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    Leave it to a packer fan to concede defeat to the Vikings before kickoff

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    Leave it to a bears fan to assume a victory after losing 5 out of the last 7 games.

  9. Lets get real people… All that matters is that your team gets in.

    Every Bears player and fan will be rooting for the Packers, no matter what the y say.

  10. MetalHead65…
    I understand your point, and if us packer fans where in your position, I would say the same thing about the bears, but we are not acting like we are doing you a favor (At least the fans that understand). We want our team to win, so we can better our seeding in the playoffs.

  11. “Leave it to a bears fan to assume a victory after losing 5 out of the last 7 games.”

    Not assuming a victory, but seriously…It’s the Lions…If the Bears can’t beat Detroit with the playoffs on the line, then they don’t deserve to go anyway.

  12. larryboodry says:
    Dec 28, 2012 11:36 AM
    “Leave it to a bears fan to assume a victory after losing 5 out of the last 7 games.”

    Not assuming a victory, but seriously…It’s the Lions…If the Bears can’t beat Detroit with the playoffs on the line, then they don’t deserve to go anyway.

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    I think his point was that some uninformed bears fan thought the packers fan was conceding victory, when everyone outside of Chicago thinks that the lions could win this game.

  13. “buy a share of Packers non-stock stock….”
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    It’s either that or one of the most historic franchises in the league moves to a crappy city like LA or Miami….

    Whatever – I guess you don’t have to respect the tradition/history of the game to report on it or anything….

  14. @tokyo:

    Not just folks outside of Chicago…I’m as die-hard as the next Bears fan, but I’ve been watching them too long (since the Bobby Douglass era) to take anything for granted.

  15. “You know, everybody in Chicago’s gonna be pulling for Green Bay. That’s just the way it is.”

    It’s about time they backed a winner.

  16. I own a share of “Packers non-stock stock”. There hasn’t been a day where I’ve regretted my purchase. I have no illusion that I’m a legitimate ‘NFL owner’ or anything like that. However, I have a really cool piece of memorabilia, and I was able to contribute to the stadium renovation. My contribution, along with others like mine paid for the renovation WITHOUT taxing people 1-cent. I think that’s pretty cool.

  17. The Packers own the Bears, and Marshall knows it. 6 straight defeats at the hands of their superior neighbors to the North has humiliated the entire franchise and their fan base.

  18. filthymcnasty1-

    Humiliated might be a stretch. Losing 6 games to a team that has made the playoffs 3 straight years, with a superbowl, a 15 and 1 season, and the current MVP as their QB hasn’t made me lose any sleep. Sure I want to beat the Pack, but its foolish to pretend that they are not very, very good.

  19. cadillacjosh says: Dec 28, 2012 1:50 PM

    filthymcnasty1-

    Humiliated might be a stretch. Losing 6 games to a team that has made the playoffs 3 straight years, with a superbowl, a 15 and 1 season, and the current MVP as their QB hasn’t made me lose any sleep. Sure I want to beat the Pack, but its foolish to pretend that they are not very, very good.
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    Agreed…Glad to see at least two of us aren’t humiliated.

  20. hansenbrothers says: Dec 28, 2012 1:54 PM

    “No one ever accused him of being smart.”

    He’s smart enough to have turned his personal life around despite the borderline personality disorder he suffers from, and his efforts to educate and help others with BPD just got him named the Chicago Sun-Times Sportsman of the Year.

    But you just keep on hating, if it helps you make it through each day.

  21. Really! Really! Hey BM u not rooting for the Packers doesn’t break my heart one bit. We don’t need u rooting for us anyway. We kicked your butt twice this year & the 2nd time u had to walk away from the podium b/c u were about to cry like a little baby after talking smack to the Packers & having it shoved back in your face cry baby

  22. Im with Marshall & Briggs I will never root for greenbay. IF they get pass the Vikings they will have a bye
    week and I dont want them getting pass that first playoff game. Chicago Dont deserve to be there this season. and I want Lovie to get Fired.

  23. oh, how I relish the fact that all you loser bear fans will be rooting for green bay this week. makes it interesting when your postseason hangs in the balance of your arch rivals game and they have to win it huh. oh now I’m just having too much fun….

  24. thetokyosandblaster says: Dec 28, 2012 11:31 AM

    Lions 30, Bears 27
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    30 points for the Lions? Seriously? Heck, these two offenses will be lucky to put up 30 points combined…Bears 17, Lions 14

  25. Win or lose the packers will not go deep in the playoffs. They were a better team last year and lost in the 1st round. They will be watching from their couches again. Most packer fans are terrible losers and even worse winners, which is part of the reason we can’t stand them! Sportsmanship is not in the packer fan vocab!

  26. sraebad says:
    Dec 29, 2012 11:18 AM
    Win or lose the packers will not go deep in the playoffs. They were a better team last year and lost in the 1st round. They will be watching from their couches again. Most packer fans are terrible losers and even worse winners, which is part of the reason we can’t stand them! Sportsmanship is not in the packer fan vocab!

    Interesting, if extremely misguided and whiny analysis.

    The Packers are actually a much better team this year. Instead of being last in defense, they are 7th. Perhaps the reason you hate Packers fans is that we are actually knowledgeable, unlike you.

  27. {i}”so packers fans can quit acting like they are doing the bears and their fans a favor by winning.”{/i}

    Winning, eh? Same favor we did Detroit by sweeping Chicago, I guess.

    Nobody wants to be the only team in the division to lose to GB twice. Now all three teams and their fans will be able to have one more thing in common… besides watching the Super Bowl on the couch.

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