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Minnesota Wild fan seated behind bench trolls Green Bay Packers fans (photo)

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Outside of the Chicago Bears, the biggest rival of the Green Bay Packers obviously is the Minnesota Vikings. A shared border, longtime divisional rivals, there are countless reasons why for most Minnesota sports fans, the Vikings are their favorite NFL team while whichever team is playing the Packers commonly is their second-favorite.

Vikings fans of course have had their fair share of heartbreak over the years: Four Super Bowl losses during the franchise’s long and storied history and more recently three devastating defeats in NFC Championship Games (following the 1998, 2000 and 2009 seasons). In fact, the Vikings have lost five consecutive NFC Championship Games, meaning the team’s fans know all too well the heartbreak and hand-wringing presently occurring in Cheesehead Nation.

But instead of feelings of empathy or expressions of sympathy for their NFC North counterparts in light of how Green Bay lost to the Seattle Seahawks in stupefyingly stunning fashion on Sunday, 28-22 in overtime, many are wallowing in the schadenfreude of it all, including one Minnesota Wild fan seated front and center behind Wild head coach Mike Yeo and the team’s bench during the team’s home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

The wisenheimer rocking the “HAHAHAHA PACKERS FANS” was originally identified by Twin Cities’ KMSP-TV as Twitter user @ryanhody. The Star Tribune later got in touch with the fan, Ryan Rhody, who characterized his decision to sport the sign as follows:

“I hate the Packers fans more than anything. So I will do anything to chirp them in any way possible,” Rhody told the paper. “With the amount of texts and Facebook messages I got when they were (ahead on Sunday). this was my way to laugh right back at them.”

Odds are good that further dissemination of photos of this snarky son of a gun will surely elicit some hostile responses from some of Minnesota’s heartbroken neighbors right across the St. Croix River and further into Wisconsin.

For what it’s worth, the Wild went on to lose Monday night, dropping the team to 3-6-1 in its past 10 games. It’s unlikely the outcome of any NHL game in the dog days of January will be of any comfort to devastated and dejected Packers fans, though.

In fact, the guy already tweeted out a clever response to any Packers fans hating on his sign.

Well played.

(top image via The Cauldron/Twitter)