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With a world championship feather in our cap and a team led by this guy ... what's to worry about? Raymond R. Rivard photograph

Michael Stipe had it right




“It’s the end of the world as we know it, it’s the end of the world as we know it, it’s the end of the world as we know it … And I feel fine …”

Michael Stipe’s raucous 80s rip on society and our trivial existence was summed up so well in the chorus of that R.E.M. song and is so fitting for any human being today, “judgment day.”
We should be feeling fine … After all, as Packers fans, why wouldn’t everybody be feeling fine?
I mean, we’re the world champs, so why wouldn’t we be feeling good about our existence and why wouldn’t this day be any worse than any other to be judged?
I might be feeling different were I a Lions, Vikings, or Bears fan.
Take the typical Lions fan … The team hasn’t won a championship in any recent decade, won five straight at the end of last season, and just had what many experts are saying is the best draft of any team in the league … Things are looking better than ever for that franchise’s fans … Were I a lions fan, I’d be on my knees begging the Lord to hold off at least one more season for a shot at a title.
Were I a Bears fan, having already gone through what most of them consider Hell … Losing to the Packers in the NFC championship game last January … No doubt they are also on their knees today begging the Lord for one more season to vanquish their most hated rivals.
Now, consider what torture the Vikings fans are feeling these days.
Let’s forget that, like the Lions, the team has never won a Super Bowl; let’s forget that Brett Favre took them to the very edge of greatness and then to the depths of despair; let’s forget that their stadium literally took the biggest dump in league history last year and that they are in for the biggest political fight of their lives in trying to get approval for the building of a new $1 billion palace …
I’m sure Vikings fans and team officials are prostrate today before God sobbing not only for their eternal salvation but for at least another week so the state Legislature can consider allowing the use of public money to bail out the flailing franchise once more. For that alone, they need 39 strikes with the whip.
And so what of Packers fan?
There’s simply nothing to worry about. The Cowboys may be America’s team, but we all understand that the Packers are God’s team.
Judgment day will be nothing but glorious … We’ve just seen our team finish a miraculous season where nobody believed … Nobody but the players themselves and their faithful legions. The team was battered, nearly defeated, but overcame the hurdles and claimed its Holy Grail … What better way to end it all … That is unless we get down on our knees today and ask the Lord for one more shot at greatness. after all, what’s better than being able hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy toward the Heavens and thanking God for the opportunity to be the best.
For that, we won’t repent. We rejoice! And we feel fine!

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