The Leap: It’s a Beautiful Ride

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Here we are again. On the eve of another journey through the playoffs and what hopefully ends in a Super Bowl championship.

That’s the ultimate goal, right? Every player, every coach, every staff member. That’s the pinnacle of achievement and it’s what every single team wants.

Sections of Packers social media has taken the bye week hiatus to remind everyone who will listen of just that. And why not? Expectations are sky high. This is one of, if not the most, well-rounded, dynamic team that Green Bay has taken to the postseason in its entire 100+ year existence. They need only win two home games in a row and they’ll be able to start booking those hotels in LA. 

The stars have aligned. The gods have smiled down upon them. If this postseason doesn’t end in a ring, this is a wasted season. Training camp, preseason, 18 weeks of practices and games. You can flush it all down the drain. 

Kinda makes you wonder what it’s all for. Why watch anything other than the postseason games? If a season doesn’t culminate in a championship, don’t those games mean nothing? 

Of course not. There’s not a Packer fan alive that would say that. So then why go into the postseason with an “all-or-nothing” mentality? Only one team is going to get a happy ending every year. One winner, 31 runners up. The odds are stacked against you, even when you’re the odds on favorite to do it.

There’s a point every season at the end when I try to think back on each game and how they felt. Where was I watching? Who was I watching with? How did all of those moments make me feel?

I uncontrollably screamed when Rasul Douglas sealed a last-second win in Arizona. I celebrated with my family as we ran the Rams out of town. And I hid in the bathroom every time Mason Crosby lined up to kick a field goal.

Those are the things we take out of each season and carry with us to the next. Some years are looked back on more fondly, of course, but that shouldn’t make any of those seasons any less important or special as fans. 

Listen to your quarterback.

The 2021 Green Bay Packers have played maybe the most fun season of football I’ve ever gotten to watch and I think many of you might agree. Let’s go into this postseason with high expectations, but never forget the journey that got us here.

It’s a beautiful ride. Enjoy it.

Fan Question of the Week

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This week’s question comes from Robin Adams, @theotherAdams14 on Twitter.

If you could bring back 1 Packers player from history to play in these playoffs, who would it be and why?
This took me a minute to think about, which really speaks to how complete of a team this is going into the playoffs. It feels like any decision you make is a luxury pick. However, after some deliberating, I think there is one spot we could instantly upgrade with a former Super Bowl MVP.
Special teams, specifically kick offs and punts. And who would be better than Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard? Right away, arguably your weakest position is at the very least league average. What more could you ask for?

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