GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Mike McCarthy and his family got the rare opportunity to pay tribute to a family member who flew a World War II B-17 bomber and in the process, the Green Bay Packers coach couldn't resist taking a "shot" at the archrival Chicago Bears.
Clearly having a little fun with the assembled crowd at Green Bay's Austin Straubel International Airport, McCarthy delivered a mission message shortly before boarding the restored plane.
"All right, let's go bomb Chicago," McCarthy said.
WBAY-TV, the local ABC affiliate, captured the moment.
We know this about McCarthy, he takes the rivalry with the Bears -- and all of the Packers' NFC North foes -- seriously. He and his coaching staff spend a week every offseason preparing for each division opponent.
But this was all fun and games -- and a tribute to a family member. For it was the same type of B-17 plane that the grandfather of McCarthy's wife, Jessica, flew during World War II. The 96-year-old Bob Schneider was on hand to watch his granddaughter and other family members take a ride around the skies over Green Bay.
With McCarthy and family aboard, the plane apparently took off to the south but given that it returned only 30 minutes later, Chicago was well out of range. So no need to worry, this wasn't the start of a border war. Those battles will continue to be fought on the football field.