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A cautionary tale for Bears, Packers fans

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Let's not forget that even though this might be the biggest professional football game ever in Chicago and the winner goes to the Super Bowl, it's still just a game.

In 1949 at Packers Stadium in Green Bay, a Packers fan from Milwaukee annoyed by Bears fans who said the Packers suck, said he would swim across the nearby Fox River if the Bears beat the Packers. After the Bears won 17-0, a small crowd of fans cheered as he jumped in the river. But he never surfaced. Searchers recovered his body an hour later.

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Oh dear, I just realized that Bear fan who jumped into the Fox River was my Great Grandad, Theodosious Gargoyle Bumstead, of blessed memory. May he rest in peace.

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