Early Friday morning, the general gossip circles and beats got around to reporting that Green Bay Packers star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, had broken up with his long time girlfriend, actress Olivia Munn. Of course, Twitter and social media quickly pounced on the story throughout the day.
The Chicago Bears themselves evidently wanted in on the party, and later in the day, took a shot at their rival’s cornerstone over the news from the official team account in a now since-deleted tweet.
Ouch. Now if that isn't a surprising haymaker, I don't know what is. Fan backlash from every niche followed at such a personal shot and is probably why the Bears eventually removed the tweet.
Seeing as how the Bears are just 4-15 overall results-wise against Rodgers as a starter - including playoffs - that fan base reaction from both Green Bay and Chicago was expected, though. On a more limited note, during the two-year tenure of general manager, Ryan Pace, and head coach, John Fox, the team is just 1-3 against him.
What also ensued was a philosophical debate among whether the team was even warranted to take such a shot because of Rodgers’ success, and because of personal boundaries. Either way, the whole snafu from one perspective can be best summed up by the Ringer’s Robert Mays.
These are Rodgers' career stats against the Bears. The war is over. We lost. pic.twitter.com/X6vhty8zKS— Robert Mays (@robertmays) April 7, 2017
Even as the Bears laugh on these rare occasions, the reminder that at least at the moment, Rodgers still owns them where it matters - on the field - isn't lost on anyone.
Perhaps the Chicago Tribune, who is in no way affiliated directly with the Bears other than coverage, is more apt to deliver blows at the Packers star.
“And boyfriend,” as if Rodgers isn't famous enough to be mentioned. Clever engagement and editorial work in a headline, indeed.
Maybe Rodgers remembers all these swipes come time when the season rolls around, and takes out his frustrations appropriately with his arm on the field, maybe not. From my point of view, I sincerely doubt it will make a difference. Nevertheless, these shots at the quarterback won’t soon be forgotten in the context of this rivalry.
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for the Rock River Times and is a staff writer for Windy City Gridiron and Second City Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.