Thursday night is the first meeting between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers for the season and here's some fan etiquette that you should follow.

When I moved to Rockford, I was surprised at how much of a split football fan town it was. Especially, for a town in Illinois. Rockford is much closer to Chicago than it is to Green Bay, but I guess being so close to the state line makes a big difference.

I think you really get a feel for the rivalry living in Rockford. It's the battle of the border. Wisconsin versus Illinois. Chicago Bears Fans against Green Bay Packer Fans. Up close and personal, right here in Rockford.

I grew up a Bear fan and my strong dislike for the Packers started at a young age. I was leaving Soldier Field after a game and Green Bay just crushed Chicago. I was decked out head to toe in blue and orange. I was just a kid, so I was down about the outcome of the game. An old guy dress in all green and gold looks at me at says, "Hey kid, maybe someday your team won't suck." I despised the Pack ever since.

Even though I hate Green Bay, I understand it's just football. I like to have fun with it. I wish the teams were more competitive. The poking back and forth between my friends would then be more entertaining.

The one thing that makes me angry is somebody that is a big jerk about the whole thing. To avoid that issue, I've come up with some rules.

5 Do's and Don't for the Bears versus Packers Rivalry

1. Do support your team by wearing their gear.

1. Don't make fun of another fan for wearing their team's gear. Even if it's a Jay Cutler jersey.

2. Do make a friendly wager with a friend, co-worker, or family member.

2. Don't bet huge money. When it comes to rivalry games, anything can happen. The records don't matter.

3. Do have a good time. Party, have a few beers and eat some nachos.

3. Don't get wasted and be "That Person." Remember you have to work the next day. 

4. Do watch the game with a bunch of fellow fans, friends, family, and co-workers. 

4. Don't be the creepy person watching the game alone and commenting on social media about every play.  

Most Important Rule

5. Do treat fans of the other team, how you want to be treated. That means with respect.

5. Don't be a poor sport.

If you're looking for somewhere fun to watch the game. Join me out at The Firehouse Pub in Roscoe starting at 6 pm thanks to Miller Lite. Drink and food specials. A chance to win tickets for WWE on Oct 8th at the BMO Harris Bank Center.


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