The playoffs-or-bust stakes of yesterday’s game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers was agonizing for fans of both teams. A new video posted by the Wisconsin Badgers YouTube account captures the joy and misery encompassed in the decisive moments of the latest chapter in the storied Midwestern football rivalry.
Taking a break from their preparations for the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1st, the Badgers football team gathered at the team hotel in Orlando to catch the big game between the Bears and Packers. On an instantly iconic 4th-and-8 play with just 46 seconds remaining and the Packers down by one, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers evaded pressure and delivered a 48-yard pass to a wide-open Randall Cobb for the go-ahead touchdown that would eventually win the NFC North for the Packers.
A huge play in dramatic circumstances seems to always spin YouTube gold and the Wisconsin team’s leaping celebration probably mirrored much of what was happening in living rooms across the Badger State at that very moment. Except that in the dead center of the Wisconsin video there’s the saddest Bears fan you will ever see in your life, watching his team’s playoff chances slip from his grasp like Julius Peppers’ would be sack of Aaron Rodgers.
A slow-motion replay of the fateful moment is the emotional equivalent of re-watching a gruesome injury, as the sad Bears fan (known on Twitter as #SadBearKid and to his mother as Vonte Jackson) hangs his head and begins walking away, only to turn back and absentmindedly look for something left behind, like that shell shocked soldier in “Saving Private Ryan” who stumbles around looking for his own severed arm. He then flips his bottled water, tosses it to the ground, and walks away in disgust.
It’s an absolutely hilarious video if you’re a fan of the Packers and/ or the Badgers. For Bears fans, it’s more like a snuff film.