Finally, a national publication recognizes the intensity of the Bears-Packers rivalry. Having lived within 35 miles of the Illinois-Wisconsin border for 70 years I know firsthand that for each team's coaches, players and fans this rivalry supersedes any political partisanship or religious differences.
Don Kret, Sahuarita, Ariz.
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I want to congratulate Tim Layden for his awesome article on the NFL's greatest historical matchup (Once More Unto the Breach, Jan. 24). Remember that TV commercial where the guy gets a paper cut on his finger and it bleeds green and gold? That's me. From an early age, I was taught that the Bears were the enemy. Go Pack!
Jordan Wang, Holdingford, Minn.
I'm a Bears fan who was forced to relocate to the heart of Packers country. The week before the NFC Championship Game, I wore a different Bears jersey to school every day with hopes of riling some area cheeseheads. The Friday before the game I proudly wore a Brian Urlacher jersey to class, and my teacher refused to call on me, saying that my opinions were worthless because of what I had on. Yeah, this rivalry will never die!
Kalyn Kahler, Verona, Wis.
As a Morehead State alum, I could not be more proud of Kenneth Faried (The Gift of Grab, Jan. 24) and everything he has done for himself, his family and the university. His rebounding stats are superior to those of players who are bigger and come from programs with a lot more money. Faried will be an asset to any professional team lucky enough to pick him up.
Tyler Fernbacher, St. Louis