In Contest of Intimidation Factor, GB Packers Lose NFC Miserably
As if we needed one more reason to carry on our long-standing rivalry with the Green Bay Packers and their fans...
The NFC North -- or Northern Division of the National Football Conference of the NFL -- consists of four teams -- the The Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions. The rivalry amongst all four is quite fierce, though certain rivalries -- namely the Packers versus everyone -- have become fiercer than others over the years. While the Packers may sit atop the leaderboard right now with a record of 7 wins and 2 losses, there's one field of contest where the Vikings are losing miserably, and that's in intimidation factor.
A meme shared to the Minnesota thread of Reddit compares the logos of all four NFC North teams. While the Vikings, Bears and Lions are all represented by fierce representations of their namesakes, the Packers representation seems laughably out-of-place with the image of a smiling man packing a box.
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"And yet they're sitting atop the entire NFC," commented one in the Reddit forum. Yeah, yeah, we know. Stop raining our our parade. Jokes aside, the Green Bay Packers really are named after literal box packers. According to a 2011 article by WCCO, Curly Lambeau (of whom Lambeau Field is named after) worked for a local meatpacking plant Indian Packing Company in his hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 1919, he formed a sandlot football team and asked his employer for a donation for team jerseys. The company agreed, and so Lambeau put the company's name on the shirts. Indian Packing Company was bought out in 1921 by Acme Packing, and when Lambeau's sandlot team moved to the American Professional Football Association, Acme Packing's name went on the jerseys. They've been known as the Packers ever since.