The Packers are no longer the Little Engine that Could.
The release of the 2011 Packers financial data confirmed what most of us already know: The Packers are freaking rich.
This is no longer a franchise clawing and scratching to compete financially with large markets like New York and Dallas. Football rakes in a lot of cash in Green Bay, just like it does in Chicago and New England.
As Packers fans, we like the feeling we get cheering for a “small-town” team. People love the underdog, and Green Bay’s market size always made it seem like an underdog. If you still think the Packers are “small town” or an underdog, you have much different standards for both than I do.
The Packers are one of the big boys now (and have been for a while). And that’s great. Packers fans should be proud.
Thanks to community support, good management and an excellent product, the Packers have grown, and grown, and grown…
They might be not be the underdog any more, but there’s more to cheer for than ever before.
Whether it’s businesses or individuals, we have a tendency to dislike and/or distrust people or large organizations that are freaking rich. No doubt, that dislike and distrust is warranted in many situations. But not always. It’s far too easy and completely unfair to simply dismiss a person or an organization because they have a lot of money.
I see no reason to feel this way about the Packers. Sure, they are not perfect. Nobody is. But they are a real success story, something to be genuinely proud of.
It’s always more fun to cheer for the little guy. But sometimes, little guys grow up. They win Super Bowls, renovate stadiums, sell more merchandise, raise ticket prices, generate additional revenue and keep on growing. It doesn’t mean we should feel guilty cheering for the grown-up version of the little guy.
After all, why would The Little Engine That Could keep plugging along if it didn’t one day hope to become the lead car on the train?
Packers News and Links
- Mike at Packerpedia.com combs through the archives and gives us a nice profile on P Tim Masthay. It’s amazing how much better your special teams look with a good punter, explosive returner and a kicker who has finally come around. Yes, the coaching staff deserves some credit for the special teams improvement last season, but just those three positions being good to great makes a world of difference.