We've been discussing the possibility of our ascent to the Epicenter of Humanity for two weeks. We've noted how rare a Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears playoff game is, how the current rivalry among the franchises is more about respect than hatred and spent most of our time on the X's and O's of the matchup.
All along, I knew that talented ESPN.com writer Wayne Drehs was working on a lengthy piece on the meaning of this rivalry to fans and some of the past participants. That story posted earlier Friday.
You can read how current Packers radio voice Wayne Larrivee has handled his history as the former play-by-play man for the Bears, why the Brat Stop in Kenosha, Wis., has such a key role and, most important, how former NFL safety Matt Bowen locked himself out of the Packers' team hotel before a game against the Bears in 2002.
It's worth your read.
More in a bit.