After squeaking out a last-minute, narrow victory over the hapless Minnesota Vikings, fans of the Green Bay Packers took to social media to celebrate their victory while being a bit more smug than fans of a team that barely outscored one of the worst teams in the league should be.
Facebook and Twitter reported thousands of posts, pictures, and news articles with bold statements such as, “The way we’re playing now, I don’t think there’s a team in the league that can beat us,” “They might as well give us the Lombardi trophy now” and, perhaps most tellingly, “Those Aaron Rodgers commercials are really growing on me!”
All of those statements conveniently ignore the fact that the Packers spent much of the day losing to the worst team in the NFC North.
John Freely, a Packers season ticket holder, told reporters that any accusation of smugness is “absurd.”
“A win is a win,” he said. “We’re in first place in the NFC North right now, and I think we can take on anybody! Sure, we almost lost to a rookie quarterback, but we didn’t! That’s all that matters. Um. Remember how bad we beat the Bears two weeks ago?”