The Bears, you'll remember, aren't playing in the NFC Championship game on Sunday. It's the Packers and the 49ers, which actually works out nicely for Bears fans. Not only can they root for Arlington Heights' own Jimmy Garappolo, but they can actively root against the Packers at the same time.
In the biggest game of his career, Jimmy G's going to get his shot at Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, which will almost certainly make you laugh when you watch this video of him praising Rodgers (which is kind of a bold choice on a Chicago-based TV show?) in a pre-draft video from 2014:
I like to think that I’m pretty close in comparison to Aaron Rodgers. He’s very athletic, just a get-the-ball-out-quickly type of quarterback. He’s very knowledgeable of the game, he controls the offense, totally. You know, it’s something that I try and do — you know, just know the offense inside and out, and when you can do that as a quarterback it just makes your team that much better.
They say never meet your idols, though I'm not sure what they say about playing them for a spot in the Super Bowl.
Davis admits he was never a huge football fan growing up and chose to root for the Packers because he knew some friends on the team. Valid reasons (I guess?) and we can’t hold it against him (except that we totally will). Davis does go onto say that his father isn’t thrilled with his choice of NFL teams. Can you blame him?
AD was asked how a kid from Chicago became a Green Bay fan: “My dad pulls his hair out every day trying to figure out why I’m a Packers fan.” AD wasn’t a big 🏈 guy growing up, but had some friends on the team when he eventually chose G.B.; he takes heat, but doesn’t care.
Davis throws a bit of shade towards the Bears, referencing their less-than-stellar 2019 season. Ouch. Maybe Davis could make it up to the city of Chicago if he returns home next season in black and red at the United Center.
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The Packers play their first playoff game of the season this weekend, and it literally could not matter less. Football games are but a fleeting, momentary speedbump on our endless trek through the cosmos of time and space.
Jeopardy, however; Jeopardy is timeless. When the Fresh Water Wars have ended, and modern cities are nothing but ashes and dust, Jeopardy will still be playing, for half an hour, sometime between 7-8 p.m.
The People's Game has it all. Action? Suspense? An icon still at the top of his game? Jeopardy is what football wishes it could be, but never will.
I'm sure I don't need to tell you, but right now Jeopardy is having a Tournament of Champions, featuring famously successful candidates from years past. It's (Bears fan) James Holzhauer vs. Ken Jennings vs. Brad Rutter for all the marbles, and, most importantly, that fraud Watson is nowhere to be seen.
It was Holzhauer's night on Wednesday, and not just because he lapped Jennings and Rutter on the way to finishing with more money than the other two combined. Instead, Holzhauer absolutely BURIED Green Bay, the state of Wisconsin, Big Cheese, and every single year of the Packers' history all in one swift movement:
Ruthless. He didn't just throw a thumbs-down. He threw a thumbs-down AND boo'd. None of the Packers' titles count anymore — sorry.
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