Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) takes the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Packer fans are the greatest, most loyal and diehard fans in the world. Which explains why, as of Wednesday afternoon, there were reportedly still 7,500 tickets available for Sunday’s home playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Yes it’s true. Amazingly, the Packers are struggling to sell out their home playoff game. Despite their fans being better than everyone else’s fans.
Seems a bunch of loyal, diehard Green Bay season ticket holders elected not to pick up their playoff tickets several weeks back when they were made available. The team told fans they would not be refunded if they picked up the tickets and the team missed the playoffs.
I guess a lot of people figured, with Aaron Rodgers injured, the chances were poor that Green Bay would sneak into the postseason. They didn’t want to take the gamble on picking up unrefundable tickets.
But Rodgers returned in time to save the day and the Packers made the playoffs. So all those unclaimed tickets went back into the pool. Thousands and thousands of them.
Packer fans should have had more faith in their team. And more faith that the Lions and Bears would fall on their faces.
The thought of empty seats at a Packer home playoff game is grim enough for the Green Bay faithful, but the real issue is the NFL’s blackout rule, which applies to the playoffs as much as it does the regular season. If the Packers can’t sell those tickets, the Green Bay and Milwaukee markets will not be allowed to show the game.
The tickets must be sold by 3:40 PM Thursday to avoid a blackout. But if history is any indication the NFL will give the Packers an extension.
If the Packers still can’t sell the tickets and the blackout goes into effect? Look for a mass exodus out of Green Bay and Milwaukee and into all the towns where the game is on television. That will be a bad time to be traveling anywhere in Wisconsin.
And just wait until Sunday night when everyone is driving home, totally wasted. In the name of public safety, maybe the state government should buy up the tickets.
My guess is that the nightmare scenario won’t come to pass, that the tickets will get bought up and everyone will be able to see the game. And what an enjoyable game it will be…for people who hate the Packers.
Seriously, does anyone really believe they have a shot against San Francisco? Going to be a bloodbath. Packer fans know it too, which is part of the reason they’re not buying the tickets.
Who wants to sit in the freezing cold watching their team get crushed? Even Packer fans aren’t that stupid.