Packers-Bears: Kenosha Border Battle Brews
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KENOSHA - Kenosha sits on the border of Illinois and Wisconsin, so residents are split on who to cheer for.
"Kenosha is where you want to be for this game," Chris Goscis said.
Goscis owns Bull and Bear Eatery. He's a Chicago native and a Bears fan. He shows his support for his team with a Packer eating bear in his lobby. He also offers an NFL menu, where the "Coach" sandwhich competes against the Lombardi. So far... the Coach is leading three to one.
At the Brat Stop on Highway 50, there's also a bear in the lobby. But this one hangs from a noose, signifying owner Gerald Rasmussen's support of the green and gold.
So are his customers. He estimates his customers are 60 percent Bears fans and about 40 percent Packers fans.
"We're outnumbered," he said sadly.
Spanky's near downtown Kenosha also plays into the rivalry. Half of the bar is decorated green and gold. The other half is adorned with Bears memorabilia.
Additionally, St. Joseph's School in Kenosha will allow students to show Packers pride or their Bears spirit by wearing their favorite team's gear.
Teachers believe it will be about 50-50 between Packers and Bears colors being shown off in the hallways.