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Bears-Packers: Essence of Hatred

Benny Sieu/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Pro football’s longest and richest rivalry resumes today in Chicago, where the Bears and Packers will face each other for the 182nd time.

And that’s not counting 18 exhibition games, one of which, in 1984, found Bears coach Mike Ditka and Packers coach Forrest Gregg – grudge-match foes from their playing days in the Midwest – shouting such nasty insults at each other they had to be restrained from fisticuffs.

At issue? A timeout Gregg had called, just before halftime.

Definition of a rivalry: When a brawl almost ensues over a timeout called during the second quarter of an exhibition game.

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