There was a great ESPN fantasy football commercial leading up to the NFL season featuring Chris Johnson. In the commercial, all kinds of service workers were treating CJ2K poorly because he had ostensibly let them down in their fantasy leagues. I always thought it was a clever, cute commercial, but apparently it’s most closer to reality than I ever realized.
In an interview with NBC leading up to the Sunday Night Football game, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked about the environment around the city after a win compared to a loss. Specifically, he was asked if it is worse when the team loses. Here’s what he said:
“It is worse. Just going down to the local store to get my groceries, people are a lot more eager to talk to you after a win the previous week, and if you lose, you might not get any eye contact. The checker might not be as kind to you. The pizza guy delivering the pizza might not be as friendly. It’s definitely a different feeling if you lose a game around here.”
Just to make sure this answer isn’t taken out of context, Rodgers had a grin on as he told the story, so it’s not like he was embittered towards the town. And if you want a better idea of how things might be for Rodgers, check out this video: