Packers fans love to have a great time during the season, but when it comes to an end, things can be kind of tough, especially in the middle of January. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Feeling blue, Packers fans? Not a surprise

If you woke up feeling at your lowest this morning, there are reasons for it and it’s not just because we, as fans of the Green Bay Packers, are still hurting from the Divisional round smackdown we suffered through last weekend at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers.

And it’s not just because we had to endure our first full weekend without Packers football since the bye week.

It’s because today is known as Blue Monday. Even 49ers fans and Baltimore Ravens fans probably woke up today with somewhat of a sense of remorse.

You see, it’s midwinter; most of the nation is suffering through the coldest temperature snap of the season; we’re tired of the short days and lack of sunshine; and we’re recovering from the emotional high of Christmas and New Year’s while trying to come to grips with the light pocketbooks we feel from the impact of seasonal spending. On top of that, taxes are coming due.

Add on to that the depression we are all feeling from the sudden and disappointing end to the Packers’ season and you’ve got a recipe for a major downer.

How do we get through it?

Well, we have to look forward. We have to make sure we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The cold snap will ease by the end of the week as we head into the final week of the first month of the year. February is a short month with Valentine’s Day thrown in and by the time we get to March we will love the fact that the free agency period gets under way and the Draft is only a month away.

Before we know it, the Major League Baseball season will kick off and it won’t be long before we start gearing up for a renewal of the National Football League season.

See? It’s not so bad …

Easy for me to say, right?

Well, this weekend is Pro Bowl weekend – without Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews – but hey, I think Josh Sitton will get some snaps. Then the week after that is Super Bowl weekend with the “Bro-Bowl,” “HarBowl” or whatever you want to call it … I know … YAWN.

Well, maybe they will have Aaron Rodgers as a guest again this season for the pre-game hoo-haw … again … YAWN.

C’mon, it won’t be that bad. I promise. Really.

So, put a smile on that ol’ Packers face, break out the old tapes of Green Bay Packers championships, heat up the chili, the brats, the cheese, and the crackers, break out the beer and have some fun.

Winter is long only if we make it long and depressing only if we dwell on that final game.

Remember, we get another shot at the Niners next season …

It seems so far away, but it isn’t


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