Many years ago I decided to stop watching Packers games and only watch any NFC Championship games and Super Bowl games they play in.
Watching regularly was too stressful (all those Favre interceptions) and I just gradually lost interest in watching men play a boy’s game and get paid millions for it.
Besides, living in Wisconsin, I’m usually all too aware of what the Packers are up to, even when I don’t watch.
But a recent New Yorker article listed some cool things about the Packers and why they are the only team worth paying attention to:
* The Packers are the only football team owned by their fans (112,000 of them, to be precise).
* They are located in Green Bay, which has a population of only 101,000, and not in the larger, hipper, shinier city of Milwaukee.
* The Packers GM gets to make decisions without a millionaire owner breathing down his neck and has had the freedom to do things like ditch Brett Favre in favor of Aaron Rodgers.
* Volunteers work the concession stands at home games and 60% of the proceeds go to charity.
* Volunteers remove the snow from the field before home games (imagine the response Jerry Jones would get if he asked for volunteers).
* The beer is cheaper than at other stadiums.
* Every home game has been sold out for two decades.
* Unlike other NFL teams, which tax their local communities and then keep the profits for themselves, the Packers actually aid their local community by not draining it of resources.
Now that I know these cool deets about the Packers, and now that I’ve seen how Aaron Rodgers doesn’t throw interceptions like Favre did, maybe, just maybe I’ll let myself watch a few more Packers games now.