Packerena in 1997, Feelin’ So Fly Like a Cheesehead in 2011

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The Packers’ roster and coaching staff are not the only things that have changed between their last Super Bowl win in 1997 and their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last night in Super Bowl XLV. Along with Aaron Rodgers, Coach McCarthy and Clay Matthews, social media played a huge part in this year’s Super Bowl.

Before the Super Bowl even started, YouTube was erupting with Packers’ themed songs and videos including Feelin’ So Fly Like a Cheesehead, Green and Yellow and Teach Me How To Raji. In the 1997 Super Bowl, Packer fans really only had one song to sing and dance to – The Packerena.

Twitter, soon to celebrate its fifth birthday, exploded after Christina Aguilera messed up the lyrics to the national anthem as well as after the mediocre halftime show which left many tweeters outraged. What did we do in 1997 when the news broke that Laura Patterson, a bungee-jumper for the halftime show, died during a practice jump at the Superdome? E-mail? Call our friends?

Facebook also erupted pre-Super Bowl with fan pages for the Super Bowl, the Packers, the Steelers, the halftime show and even the Super Bowl commercials.

So why is social media so important for events like the Super Bowl? It provides instant feedback for all of those involved, allows people to communicate with each other and most important, it gives football fans different outlets to rally around and support their favorite team. Go Pack Go!

February 7, 2011 · Posted by in misc  

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One Response to “Packerena in 1997, Feelin’ So Fly Like a Cheesehead in 2011”

  1. Annie Platinum on February 7th, 2011 12:40 pm

    On point! A lot has changed since 1997 due to social media. The world isn’t the same. 24/7, instantaneous, always connected.