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What do the Cubs have to do with this???[:(!]
The same situation exists with Bears and Packers fans along the WI/IL border. Always has and always will. I wonder, too, if the allegiance of some of the older Packers fans in the Twin Cities dates back to before 1961, when the Vikings joined the league. Prior to that Green Bay was the closest NFL city.
Not to worry on the cheese issue, MFL. That won’t happen![;)]
Spring training starts next month. Then I can redirect my Packers hatred toward the Cubs…[}:)]
Brad, next thing you’ll tell us is that you prefer Vermont Cheddar and California Swiss![:D]
Seriously, it’s been a fun year that went far better any imagined and if it ends Sunday, so be it.
We have a lot of die hard cheesehead Packer fans in Minneapolis/St. Paul in the heart of Viking territory mainly because there are a lot of Wisconsin born and raised people that sought employment opportunity in Minnesota. They will never convert. I am a native Hoosier and University of Cincinnati grad but got out of those states before the existence of the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals so have no allegiances to those teams. I grew up a die hard Cleveland Browns fan but even that tenuous connection got broken with the original Browns departure. So now I am a Vikings fan but enjoy Packer success as well and will root for them. Do I hate any team? Not really but I used to hate the Chicago Bears because that seemed to be the only game you could get on TV in Indianapolis when I was growing up. Now I guess they can be hated because they are in the same division with the Packers and Vikings. [:D]
I’ve been a Seahawks fan for 30 years and I dont hate the Packers.
Now, the Steelers,,,,
Nice article, thanks![8D]
What makes Packers special?Posted By William Wenzel
Seattle Post Intelligencer
GREEN BAY, Wis. It s easy to hate the New York Yankees if you re a Boston Red Sox fan, and vice versa. The same goes for the Dallas
Cowboys and Washington Redskins, Michigan and Ohio State and those originators of the shotgun formation, the Hatfields and McCoys.
But who hates the Green Bay Packers?
Steeped in tradition and often viewed through a prism of sepia-tone nostalgia, the Packers have succeeded against all odds in a tiny and
remote market, in a 50-year-old (albeit renovated) stadium with aluminum bench seats, in an era of unfettered free agency and corporate greed.
OK, if you re a Seahawks fan, you re not feeling all warm and fuzzy about Brett Favre and Al Harris right about now. We want the ball
and we re going to score! might be old news, but the sting lingers.
Really, though, do you hate the Packers?
Not if you know anything about the history of the National Football League. Not if you ve seen those grainy images of the 1967 Ice
Bowl and Bart Starr s fateful quarterback sneak on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Not if you admire the principles on which
Vince Lombardi built a dynasty.
Not if you pull for the underdog.
In Wisconsin, there is no other option. You are born into Packerdom here. Your great-grandfather cheered for Curly Lambeau and Don Hutson, your grandpa for Paul Hornung and Willie Wood, your dad for James Lofton and Lynn Dickey. Every kid on your block owns a No. 4 jersey.
What makes the Packers special? Start with the fact that there are 112,015 owners, the vast majority of whom hold one share of stock.
Formed in the NFL s primordial mist in 1919, the Packers became a non-profit entity four years later and remain the only publicly
owned team among the major professional sports.
The most recent stock sale, in 1998, netted 106,000 new owners who paid $200 per share (and sent $24 million straight to the team s
bottom line) for certificates that are basically worthless. The stock never pays dividends or appreciates in value. But the emotional investment is priceless. When general manager Ted Thompson signs a free agent, the fans can thump their chests and say, I helped bring that guy to Green Bay. And it s true.
Of course, Bob Harlan, who has run the Packers for 19 years, first as president and CEO and more recently as chairman of the board, has
a stake in the team. He, too, owns exactly one share of stock.
I paid $25 for my share when I became president, said Harlan, who is retiring after the postseason. When fans call me, they start out by saying, Bob, I m a fan and a shareholder. They always point out that they re shareholders. I say, Well, I am, too, so let s talk.
Did we mention that Harlan answers his own telephone? There is no administrative assistant to run interference, no automated maze to
negotiate. You ve got a beef with the injured cornerback or the price of tickets, you go straight to the top dog.
The fact that the Packers can even exist in a city of 100,000 is a minor miracle, due in equal parts to fan loyalty throughout the state and revenue sharing in the NFL. Los Angeles can t support a team but this little frozen outpost can? It s one of the mysteries of the universe.
It helps that not much ever happens in Green Bay, other than what occurs at 1265 Lombardi Ave. Lambeau Field notice, no naming
rights is the city s corporate and social epicenter, its source of civic pride, its very heart and soul.
The nearest NCAA Division I football team is 2 � hours away at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Milwaukee is 115 miles to the
south, so the Packers are the only game in town.
Their reach extends north into Michigan s Upper Peninsula, south into Chicago Bears turf and west clear to the Dakotas (the team had a 40-year head start on the Minnesota Vikings). And that doesn t count the fans who have reloc,25,360017,0,3264,184.108.40.206
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