I started to play with this idea after Kent Lee Platte mentioned on Bears Over Beers that he thought the Bears were the Lions biggest rival because it has been a competitive series in recent years. That’s true, but the Bears do own the all-time series by a significant margin. I thought about finding a way to show that effectively in a new way.
When Packers week rolled around, I thought it was time to try out the idea because the overall win numbers are close. I came up with the idea of building a brick wall where each game represents one brick. I’ve color coded the bricks depending on which team won the game. Playoff games used an inverse color scheme. All bricks include the score of the game, away team score listed first.
At some point, the schedule became consistent with two matches per season, but that wasn’t the case early on. I tried to style it in a way to make it interesting while trying to maintain “structural integrity” - despite the gap of not playing in 1982!
I will warn you, this image may not be safe for work for Bears fans.
The Bears steadily built a nice lead in the early years until Lombardi’s teams started closing the gap in the 60s. The Bears extended the lead in the 70s and 80s but since Favre’s arrival, there’s been a whole lot of green bricks added to that wall. Here’s the hoping Fields starts laying plenty of navy and orange bricks in the future.
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