Red hates this division. Red got chased through the bus station in Detroit by an angry man after a nice young lady changed her seat because he was being so nasty to her. Red got food poisoning in Chicago. Minneapolis was never the same after Lou Grant decamped for LA and while he has never been to Green Bay he wonders why he would ever go other than to see a Packers game.
And because Red hates this division so much he may just find something to talk about this year other than the actual football teams.
Green Bay (13-4). Red still sympathizes with the good citizens of Milwaukee who haven’t seen a home game played in their fair city since 1994. For decades the Packers played 3 home games in Milwaukee. And believe it or not, the Packers actually won an NFL Championship at State Fair Park in Milwaukee in 1939 crushing the New York Giants 27-0. They also won a playoff game beating the Rams 28-7 at Milwaukee County Stadium in 1967 on their way to the first ever Superb Owl win (not called that at the time). Alas, on December 18, 1994, the Packers dispatched the Falcons 21-17 and left Milwaukee forever – or at least until now. The Packers did do the Milwaukee fans a solid offering them the “Gold” season ticket package (2nd and 5th home games and one preseason game). The home town Packer fans got the “Green” package (the remaining 6 home games and a preseason test). As for actual football, Red believes that Aaron Rodgers will go out in a blaze of glory in his final season before he takes over for a couple of years in San Francisco. Either that or they ride him out of town on a rail.
Chicago (10-7) Perhaps it just seems like the Bears have been playing at Soldier Field forever. In truth, the Bears played at Wrigley Field for 50 years winning 8 NFL Championships while there. The Bears did not move to Soldier Field until 1971. So as of this season, the Bears will have played at Soldier Field for as long as at “The Friendly Confines.” Soldier Field has not been as kind as the Bears have only one Superb Owl win and but two appearances since the shift. Not much changes this year with the Red Rifle at the helm. Still a very good defense might just have them in the playoffs as the last wild card. Or maybe not.
Minnesota (10-7) The Vikings played their last game at Metropolitan Stadium on December 20, 1981 against the Chiefs. Surprise it was snowing. After that it fell into disrepair and was torn down to build the Mall of America. As with the Bears, the Vikings only era of glory (sort of) was winning 4 NFC crowns while putting up four of the most pathetic Superb Owl performances ever in the 1970s. This year Red is decidedly unexcited about the prospects of the Vikings, but they just might sneak in as the last wild card if the Bears don’t.
Detroit (2-15) The last game the Lions played in Tiger Stadium was a 31-27 loss to the Broncos on Thanksgiving Day in 1974. It was also the game that ended 1969 Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens’ career when his cleats got caught in the turf right as he got blindsided. The Lions have never been the same since leaving Tiger Stadium. The only glory years in Lions’ history were in that era with NFL Championship in 1952, 1953 and 1957. But this year, the Lions will be serious contenders along with the Texans, Eagles and Jets for the 1st pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Sis Boom Bah.