Can you tell it’s the NFL offseason? As is often the case, this is that time of year where you’ll find a lot of speculation about the upcoming Green Bay Packers season and team as well as some occasional news stories that emerge.
Mixed in there are some occasional potpourri topics such as this one: How different are fans and player reactions to a loss?
ESPN Milwaukee discussed this on last weekend’s Miller Lite Football show as well as earlier this week on the Green and Gold Today show with Jason Wilde and Bill Johnson.
One of the co-hosts of the Miller Lite show is former Packers tight end Mark Chmura and he had a few interesting things to say. Wilde himself made a guest appearance on the show to discuss some of the player reactions that he has seen after tough losses during his time covering the Packers. Wilde began that role in 1996, the magical season in which the Packers finally brought the Lombardi trophy back to Green Bay after nearly 30 years of mediocrity.
Before getting into the meat of this topic, I remind you all that I am not a credentialed media member nor have I ever been in a NFL locker room. My perspective on this is just as valid as anyone else’s who has an opinion on the matter. And that is my goal, to elicit the opinions of our great readers and followers, as is usually the case.
Rarely do I like to take the first person perspective on topics, but for this one, I think back to my days as a rabid Packers fan when the team was on the come-up in the early 1990′s. Wins were the highest of highs and losses were cause to cancel the entire following week. As a teenager, I thought surely that if I were as upset about a loss as I was from the comforts of my living room, that the players in the locker room had to be twice as down, right?
Over time, we have seen evidence to the contrary that reminds us that football means different things to different people, both players and fans alike. We see players from opposing teams chatting and laughing just moments after they were trying to push and shove their way to a victory.