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Rivalries can get pretty darn fierce. The Packers/Bears rivalry is no exception. If anything, it’s one of the bad ones. One of the long, ugly, nasty rivalries.

But people need to keep their heads on straight.

Like John Stone, who was fired for refusing to take off his Packers tie. He worked as a car salesman (a good one, by the sounds of it) but his boss, Webb Chevrolet in Oak Lawn, Illinois, did not appreciate the tie he wore to work Monday after the Packers beat da Bears. For those of you who don’t know where Oak Lawn is, it’s right over the border, so it is likely that there was a Packer fan or two Stone could have sold cars to.

His boss, however, didn’t agree. He felt the tie “salted the wounds” of the Chicago loss. Well…. duh. Of course it did. Why wear an ugly tie like that if you aren’t going to proudly show your employer that they rooted for the wrong team? Heck, even the President of the United States rooted for the wrong team in that game!

It gets worse. Stone wore the tie in part to honor his late grandmother, who passed away just days before the game. And yes, she was a big Packer fan.

The dealership felt that the tie went against their marketing mojo, since it spent $20,000 a month on advertising with the Bears. I’m of the opinion that this publicity is too good to be purchased, so maybe the dealer should consider giving Stone his job back. Then again, if a Bears fan had worn a tie like that in my company, I might have done the same thing.