After fellow Journal sportswriter Craig Remsburg composed his list of what the Detroit Lions need to do to be successful this season, I thought it only fair that the same thing be done for the Green Bay Packers.
But neither I, nor Craig nor sports editor Bill Harris are fans of the green and gold.
So what's a writer to do?
Poll the multitudes of Packer fans in The Mining Journal building, that's what.
In my years of jawing back and forth as a Lions fan with Packer rooters at work, I pretty much know who's in which camp around here.
But I had to promise a certain level of anonymity to most of my co-workers if I really wanted their honest opinions.
Of course, people like "retired" Armchair Quarterback Renee Prusi didn't mind me using her name in print about her opinion for the 2010 Packers - "Honestly, I haven't thought about it at all. It's been too nice a summer to think about it yet."
Well, there's a slow start if I ever heard one.
It gets better, though.
Here a sample of what I was told:
Gruden, of course, is a former Green Bay assistant who went on to be a head coach at Oakland and Tampa Bay, and won the Super Bowl with the Buccaneers.
Ah, now we're cooking with gas. A little controversy is always fun.
There's nothing wrong with a few conflicting opinions. People who are passionate don't always see things the same way.
Here's a few more opinions:
Now I'm sensing a theme.
And to continue with this same fan:
An intelligent fan, to say the least. Finally, to sum things up:
And you thought all the eternal optimism rested with us Lions fans.
Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 246. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.