Packers fans are passionate, but they aren't part of a freak show. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Mr. Bromley, Packers fans are not part of the freak show



Ben Bromley is a columnist with the Baraboo News Republic, but he doesn’t understand fans of the Green Bay Packers … or fans of any team, for that matter.

Mr. Bromley is probably a big Packers fan. I’m sure he’s among the millions who turn on their televisions at game time Sundays, sits with his family and friends and spends the next three hours enjoying the team most associated with Wisconsin. I’m sure he’s proud to be a fan and exclaims his love of the team whenever he can.

But judging from the column he wrote June 20, he doesn’t seem to get it.

Yes, most Packers fans are like him. They enjoy the three hours of pandemonium each game day and feel good when the Packers win and not so good when they lose. Life goes on, but we love the team no matter what.

But there are many who love to dress in character, some that are louder and more passionate than others … and many of them love to go to games, hang out with their brethren, enjoy a few beers and brats and the game, too.

You see, it seems Mr. Bromley’s afraid that the “weirdos” will show up on this new TBS reality show being produced. He’s afraid he’s going to be lumped in with whichever “characters” the network chooses to focus in on. He’s afraid the entire state is going to go down the tubes because TBS highlights the lives of these folks who might be just like him six days a week and then choose to support their team with some makeup and crazy clothing.

Don’t worry, Mr. Bromley – nobody’s going to make fun of you because of this still-to-be-seen program. Nobody’s going to storm into your office, point their fingers and laugh.

Remember, this is the NFL – not the nightly news. We’ll be OK.

I will tell you something that maybe you didn’t realize, however, when you wrote the column – that it would rile up the fan base. Calling fans members of a freak show is not a good thing. You probably can’t imagine what they are calling you … but you can get a pretty good idea by checking out Facebook – then again, maybe you shouldn’t.

I would suggest that the next time you write a column about Packers fans that you take the trip to Lambeau Field and check them out first. Yes, you will find the 1 percent who might fit your description, but the 99-percenters are the best you will find anywhere … and there are a bunch of people behind me who think the same.

We’re proud to be Packers fans. No matter what TBS portrays – we’re all brethren and always will be.

That’s one thing you need to understand.

Here’s a copy of the column written by Mr. Bromley.

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