Vikings/Packers Border Battle Brings out Both Sides

By KBJR News 1

October 23, 2011 Updated Oct 23, 2011 at 10:32 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Shippar Atrium) -- Today in the Northland, a war was brewing... sort of.

"Purple here is welcome, because we are so close to the border. We are having a friendly competition today," said Emily Johnson, organizer of the UWS Battle Border tailgate party.

It's a battle that comes to our borders every year, and whether you dawn the war paint of purple or green, it seems everyone on this day rallies the troops and chooses a side: Vikings or Packers.

For many at the Shippar Atrium on the University of Wisconsin Superior campus, it's a simple choice—as easy as waking up in the morning.

"For me it's the only team to root for. I was born and raised in a Packer household, parents are huge Packer fans, I love the Packers," said Johnson.

Of course being in a border city like Superior, every now and then the sea of green and yellow was interrupted by a glint of purple.

"I feel like a minority, but that's OK. Hopefully I'm loud enough," said Erica Milton, member of the tailgate party committee and Vikings fan.

Even with factors like the Packer's glorious Super Bowl victory last season, or the Viking's increasingly dismal performance this season, it still doesn't seem to dissuade the die hard Vikings fan.

"I mean, they're my home pride, and I absolutely love them. Even though, you know, they're not having the best season, not at all. But, hopefully today they'll pick it up a bit," said Milton.

In the end, however, when you take a step back and stop seeing the borders, you realize that you're part of an event that brings the people of these two border states together on a mass scale.

After all, it's just a game... right?