July 25 is the date circled on all of us Green Bay Packers fans’ calendars … that’s the day the rookies and veterans report to training camp and start preparing for the 2013 regular season – a season that will once again feature the NFL’s longest continuing rivalry: the Green Bay Packers vs. the Chicago Bears.
It’s by far the best rivalry in all of sports – one that spans nearly 100 years and features the league’s smallest city versus the Monsters of the Midway. How can we ever forget the names that have played and coached in this series: Halas, Lambeau, Butkus, Nitschke, Marcol, Singletary, McMahon, Martin, Payton, Majkowski, Favre, Cutler, Rodgers.
These and hundreds of other players have made the rivalry what it is today, one that never disappoints the fans on both sides of the ball. Both teams have gone on winning sprees through various eras, with the Packers currently on a run that has narrowed the Bears’ overall winning record margin to just four games … 92-88-6.
Now, that’s a close series.
While many have raised the Vikings versus Packers rivalry above that of the Bears, I have to disagree. Yes, there is the former-Packers-signing-with-Minnesota phenomenon of late, but that is still not enough, in my mind, to lift it above that of the Bears and Packers.
Just think back at all of the great Packers vs. Bears games over just the past five years, which included an NFC Championship game played at Soldier Field in Chicago. Adding to the lore, that game gave the Packers not only bragging rights for years to come, but allowed the Packers to take the next step in winning their 13th overall championship and fourth Super Bowl Championship.
So, to get us ready for the 2013 season, we’ve got to spend a few minutes watching this video that highlights the series.