Why won’t the Grinch steal Christmas this year? It’s because Aaron Rodgers beat him to it when he ran a quarterback sneak by not getting vaccinated, not being upfront about it, and knowingly putting the health of his teammates and others at risk of catching COVID-19.

His decision made Brett Favre's petulant decision in 2009 and 2010 to quarterback the Minnesota Vikings against the Packers and its legions of fans, who loved and revered him throughout his storied career in Green Bay, look like small potatoes.

Now, the Packers season is suddenly in jeopardy due to their MVP's sophomoric, off-the-field play calling. Heartbreaking in his snatching-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory action, the behavior of Green Bay’s future Hall of Fame player mirrors that of America’s "me-trumps-we" game plan concerning how to best defeat our ongoing pandemic.

Unfortunately, rolling up his sleeve for “snake oil” vaccination shots rather than for genuine, across-the-board safe and highly effective vaccination shots, No. 12 conned himself into thinking "team" is spelled with an "I," and, in so doing, his caprice turned the ball over to the COVID-19 All-Stars, a black-hearted team of cheap-shot artists which excels at running up the score against any opponent who hands the ball to it on a silver platter.

To paraphrase what a young fan of Shoeless Joe Jackson said, when he heard the news that his baseball hero agreed to take money to throw his team under the bus in the 1919 World Series: “Say it ain’t so, Aaron!”

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With apologies to Ernest Thayer: “Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright. The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout, but there is no joy in Packer Nation — mighty Rodgers has struck out.”

William Tecku