As the "Pack Attack" and the "Monsters of the Midway" went at it again this weekend in Chi Town, it got me thinking about all the great nicknames between these two teams throughout the decades.
The Bear/Packer rivalry is the oldest in the NFL, and I have been fortunate to see this great rivalry game at least six times, both in Chicago and at Lambeau. It never gets old.
Sure the Bears have some classic nicknames of their own; "Iron Mike" and "Sweetness," "The Fridge" and "Papa Bear" Halas, but in the end, the list of Packer nicknames leaves the Bears nicknames with nowhere to hibernate.
For the younger readers of this blog, some of these Packers nicknames are older than your Aunt Ethel, but every bit as endearing. Others are very much a part of the modern era.
Vote for your favorite nickname at the bottom of this page. While this list is by no means exhaustive, I think it is a fair sampling, and some of the better and more memorable nicknames throughout the franchise history are spot on, and well-earned.
In a few weeks, I will share the winning nickname in another blog, and if they are still alive, I will do my best to interview the player, and at worst, dig deeper into the history of their particular nickname.
John Leaf was born in western Illinois, a mile east of the Mississippi. College in Chicago. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy. Leaf was goalie on the soccer team and captain of the golf team in college. He cut class to ride the "L" to see Cubs games, hung out for hours at the Art Institute and bent the brain doing graduate school in Theology.
He spent three mind-blowing summers in coastal British Columbia, as a resort photographer. He worked and lived in Minneapolis. He did hard time at a bank on LaSalle Street in Chicago and learned about PR, working at big firm a block off Michigan Avenue, while living in Evanston.
Now Leaf is just living the dream, under the radar, in Cedarburg. He's passionate about nicknames and launched his website three years ago.
He dabbles in yoga and cycling. Fishtailing as always, and taking a whack at life, like everyone else.