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We’re Real Fucking Impressed With Your Record Profits, Packers

Every year, the Green Bay Packers trot out old Ginger Gap Tooth to report their financials. Every year, that Alfred E. Neuman lookalike tells us the Packers have set a new record for revenue, profits or both.

What, me worry?

This year was no different.

  • $48.9 million profit
  • $222.6 million in national revenue
  • $186.2 million in local revenue (which is astounding, by the way)
  • $408.7 million in total revenue

The Packers have reported an increase in revenue every year since 2003. It’s a formality at this point. That’s why we could give a shit.

And that’s why Gingy Gap has the easiest goddam job in football.

The fact of the matter is, NFL football is the most popular sport in the United States. Each new TV contract is going to eclipse the last. Since that revenue is split between all 32 teams, everyone benefits equally.

On the local front, the Packers’ popularity isn’t decreasing. It mirrors that of the NFL.

They expand the stadium, they sell more tickets. They expand the Pro Shop, they sell more merch. They offer more sponsorship opportunities, they sell more sponsorships.

Here’s a perfect example.

During training camp in 2015, the Packers decided it was time to capitalize on the bike riding tradition.

If you’ve followed the Packers for any amount of time, you know there’s a tradition of players riding local kids’ bikes from the practice field back to Lambeau Field.

This is something that started during the Lombardi era. Innocent, cool and something that was quintessentially Green Bay.

And then the Packers decided to make it a bike path, name it Dream Drive and let American Family insurance sponsor it.

Maybe you’ve heard of this phenomenon.

It’s called supply and demand.

They churn it out, everyone laps it up.

The Green Bay Packers are the only NFL team to publicly report their financials.

This is interesting for two reasons.

It’s interesting to the national media because it’s the only glimpse they get into the financial condition of anything in the NFL. Thus, they can make projections about the worth of other NFL franchises and the league as a whole. They can also discern exactly what the league’s TV contracts are worth.

It’s interesting — or perhaps maddening is a better word — on a local level because the Packers are publicly owned. Owned by people like you and I.

And what do people like you and I — shareholders — get for these record numbers?

Jack shit.

Even though we’re shareholders, we have no shareholder rights.

We have no say in what goes on in the company, we earn no dividends from the record profits of our company and we don’t even have a say in who runs our company.

Each year, shareholders get a packet in the mail outlining who the Packers have selected for their board of directors. The number of potential directors equals the number of open seats. So, you see, you can either vote for those people or not vote at all.

There aren’t options. You can’t submit a write-in candidate. You just vote for the people the Packers have hand picked or you don’t.

Does any other publicly-owned corporation get away with this sort of bullshit?

Not to my knowledge. I have yet to discern how the Packers can legally get away with it.

So what do they do with all this fucking money?

Well, you’ll hear vagaries like “put it back into the community” and “put it back into the team.”

Sure.

Of course, they also threaten to sue people. People like us.

That link right there is an example of the annual cease and desist letter we get from the Packers or whatever law firm is representing them. You know, because it’s illegal to be a news organization reporting on a football team.

And you’re not doing your job in creating record profits if you don’t threaten your fans and supporters with bullshit lawsuits.

RIGHT?!

Do exactly what we say, funnel your hard-earned money directly to us and don’t ask any questions or expect anything in return! Got it?

Hey, I knew what I signed up for when I bought that useless piece of paper known as Packers stock. I was probably high when I did it.

I really see no other plausible explanation.

So really, go shove your record financials up your ass, Mark.

You’ve literally got the easiest fucking job in the world. Maybe you could put a few hours of it to better use next year and not threaten to sue your own fans and shareholders.

I mean, in the absence of any actual dividends or voting privileges, I don’t feel like that’s asking too much.

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Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

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23 Comments

  1. Deepsky June 25, 2016

    Actually the Packer stock is very similar to other stock.

    For that you get the right to vote on the board of directors, just like every other publically traded stock. If you own Microsoft, that would largely be the extent of your rights, just like Packer stock. Microsoft shareholders don’t vote on the CEO or whether they are buying up companies like LinkedIn.

    Not all stock pays dividends. Not all stock is traded. The Packers are required to submit their financial records to the SEC.

    Now you have one great right that other fans of the NFL don’t have. It’s in the charter of the Packers that the only way they can move is if the shareholders vote to move the team. Rams fans in St. Louis who paid $5000 for personal seat licenses don’t have that right and the team moved to Los Angeles.

    1. Killer June 26, 2016

      The problem with the Packer stock is, as follows:

      1) The organization rich cats have the majority of shares so, if it came to a vote, the team could move. Now, obviously they won’t and are successful but the theme that the stock prevents the team from moving is basically false.

      2) As Monty points out, the voting for the Board of Directors is a mockery. A waste of paper and resources. They fulfill some legal requirement technically but in reality thwart it with impunity. It is an insult to Packer fan intelligence and that is normally a very difficult feat. In fact, it does not even work to insult all of them. You, for instance, are below that intellect/factual awareness threshold.

      3) Packer fans love to say it is owned by the people or that they own part of the team. But it just is not real. I have no stock and I get no say. Someone with stock gets no say. I get no share of the profits. Someone with stock gets no share of the profits. In short, there is no difference between a stock holder and a non-stock holder.

      4) The origination of the stock sale, to raise money to pay legal bills, is nothing to brag about. It was not for or by the people. It was a scam to get money. Gullible Packer fans swallowed the hook, line, and sinker. When Packer fans celebrate the stock thing they are really celebrating the team scamming gullible Packer fans long ago to pay bills the team accrued. Over time this shameful event has morphed into “bragging rights” by the Packer fans who always lack self-awareness.

      5) Here is the biggest thing though: Where does all this profit go? There is no owner and the “shareholders” get none. So, where does it go? Last year 408.7 in total revenue. Over 100 of that spent on players. Maybe 50 more on staff and facilities and upper management. Then what? 20 million to each Board member as “salary” and “bonus” for keeping the scam going? All those rich bastards slapping each other on the back for another year of pulling it off, giggling that the Packer fans brag about having the best stadium in the NFL when it is the cruddiest and does not even have real seats?

      In summation: YOU FOOLS!

      1. Deepsky June 27, 2016

        1) You have no proof of a “rich cat” majority. There are 5 million shares and no one can own more than 200k shares. There are 364K owners. Every stock sale, of which there were 5, limited the number of shares a single person could purchase. The stock can ONLY be sold back to the team, so selling to an individual acquiring stock is impossible.

        2) The Board of Directors was once very powerful – in fact too powerful. They meddled all the time in the 50s, 70s and 80s. Only in the 60s did they leave Lombardi alone and then again after Bob Harlan asked them to stop meddling in the late ’80s. Now a point that one might be able to make is that only Wisconsin elite get to be voted to the board.

        3) Are you even aware that every year Packer shareholders get a mailing to vote on the board? YOU don’t get to vote on the Board of Directors, but I do. I also got to vote on the last stock sale. I also have been to the shareholders meeting. You bitter Bears fans get nothing. Like I stated, not all stock pays dividends or shares profits.

        4) Yes, the first 3 stock sales were to save the franchise. So what? County Stadium in Milwaukee was built to hold both football and baseball because at one time Milwaukee was making a bid to acquire the Packers and the 1950s stock sale prevented that. I view it as a great thing that the people of northern Wisconsin stepped up to save the team.

        5) You ask where does the money go? This statement indicates you really don’t follow the Packers. The Packers are acquiring land around Lambeau Field to create a vacation destination spot and become financially independent in the event TV revenues drop. The last two stock sales were specifically issued for improvements.

        1. Killer June 27, 2016

          Well, you went to some trouble and you used some thinking power and possibly did a little researching so I do hand it to you there. That said, you are wrong in many ways and show a willingness to make rash assumptions and a naivete in not thinking things through.

          I will first address your most offensive assumption. No, I am not a Bears fan. In the sports world that is the third most offensive assumption behind only assuming someone is a Cowboys fan or a Packers fan. So… take it back!

          1) I concede your point here. However, you did not catch my drift. The team is zero risk for moving. The idea that the public holds shares and thus prevents the team from moving is not relevant or factually accurate. It is not preventing something no one is trying to do. There is nothing to prevent.

          2) Here I think you missed what Monty wrote:
          “Each year, shareholders get a packet in the mail outlining who the Packers have selected for their board of directors. The number of potential directors equals the number of open seats. So, you see, you can either vote for those people or not vote at all.”
          In fact, if there were several more it still would not matter. It would still be the rich elite choosing the candidates that you must choose among. A totally meaningless vote. Except it means you paid money for the opportunity to waste some of your time and paid money to make a scam look more legit.

          3) The fact no other team has stock does not represent people power as the “shareholders” have no power at all. It does not represent an enterprise by and for the people as Packer fans like to pretend (or, even more sadly, actually believe). Other teams have not done this because they were not in financial failure. These stock sales are a record of failure by the franchise, nothing else. Except, of course, the gullibility of the fans buying — literally — into a scam.

          4) Read #3 above.

          5) Well, no duh, of course they don’t just say we all pay each other 21.2 million per year. Just like the mafia does not report their total income from illegal betting and loan sharking. Wisconsin officials are none too sharp but you still need to make some effort and have a cover. Exactly what the mafia does. You know what is the best scam to do it is? You guessed it! Ding ding ding!!! Real estate! Here is how it works: Real estate is worth whatever someone is willing to pay and the other person is willing to sell for. That is the total value. Now, if they go to buy citizen Fred Smorebelly’s house worth $150,000 they pay $150,000. How is that a scam? It isn’t. Why not Fred? He can’t be trusted by Richie Rich to keep a secret. No, the real money is with the large plots of industrial and undeveloped and commercial properties. So, just like the mafia, here is what they do = property with the old tires is maybe worth 1 million. They agree with the owner, another rich real estate mogul (maybe,as you’ll see below…), to give them three million. But they actually give them two million. Wait, what happened? The owner knows the property is only worth one million. They are thrilled to get two even though they pay taxes as if it was three. Meanwhile, the Board just got another million to line their pockets, tax free. Now, it is much more complex than this with money laundering, fronts, false names, moving money between the buyer and seller in such a way it looks like the three was paid in full. Basically, pay the 3 million as “proof” but then another company under the seller sends 1 million back to the Board member only it is actually to one of his shell companies allegedly for something like “property reclamation” to clean up the various used tire covered properties only they are actually still covered in used tires. Real estate is the surest bet because the worth is so flexible and hard to prove. If the local government — assuming they are not part of the scam or otherwise bribed — somehow manages to question a purchase of a one million dollar property for three million (while miraculously finding their own butt with both hands) then the Packer Board has the perfect set up. They are not acquiring the best deals they are buying very specific areas of land so they must pay the asking price even if it is above market value. Any piece of property is worth whatever they are willing to pay for it.
          Even better, how this is usually done is they know what is to be purchased and they decide what to purchase. So they actually years ago had a friend or shell company buy the “one million dollar property” for half a million. A couple years later they are receiving 2 million in the purchase and then the other one million kicked back. A six fold profit.
          They have a huge scam that is almost unstoppable and almost can’t be proven.
          Ah ha! I can’t prove it you say! Good point, even if I had to make it for you. But, think about it. Use your common sense. Muster it up. Scrape it together as well as you can’t. About 250 million a year in net profits AFTER the players, coaches, light bills (etc.), and board are paid. That is enough to buy the house and property of 1000 quarter million dollar value houses. 1000! Each year! They should own about a fourth of Green Bay and surrounding lands by now. Do you see it? Where is it?
          A “vacation destination spot”? Do you know what that is? It could be anything! Could be a small cabin in the woods. But, let’s say they wanted to build a Disney World with an Epcot Center. They would have had enough land probably in less than two years.
          If they were really using this money on legit real estate deals they would have half of Green Bay in their pocket by the end of 2025. Oooo, thrilling. Yay, the Packers own your town while you go about pretending you own them! And that — that what they are saying is actually the truth as unlikely as that is– is your best case scenario! High comedy!

          For more on what a scam Packer stock is there is plenty on the net — not bloggers, articles from well-respected financial magazines.

          For instance, this from the Wall Street Journal. You may have heard of that publication?
          http://blogs.wsj.com/totalreturn/2012/01/13/are-the-green-bay-packers-the-worst-stock-in-america/

          1. Deepsky June 29, 2016

            I have this year’s Packer proxy sitting right in front of me. The layout is taken almost exactly from the SEC recommended layout. When voting for directors you vote all, none, or not a certain individual. It may seem meaningless, but that’s the way all other stock voting proxys are set up, which means the rights the Packers offer are the same as all other stocks.

            https://www.sec.gov/spotlight/proxymatters/vif.htm

            As for your example as to how the board of directors may gain from the Packers, I don’t disagree, I think there have been conflicts of interest where directors gain from having insider Packer information. There were articles written about when Lambeau field was being built how members of the board bought up the farmland around Lambeau field using insider information as to where the stadium was going to be located and then gained by selling the land to the Packers for a profit.

            Now as to the level fraud you suggest, I don’t think that can happen because if the Packers are publically owned they may be required to submit to audits as required by SAS-70 (now SOC?) or Sarbanes-Oxley. I know that besides having to submit info to the SEC, the state periodically audits the Packers also as does the NFL.

          2. Harry Hood July 1, 2016

            Nice back peddle on #1!

      2. Harry Hood July 1, 2016

        ” It was a scam to get money. Gullible Packer fans swallowed the hook, line, and sinker.”

        Either trolling or dumb as fuck. If you got “scammed” by the stock sale, you deserve everything that ever happens to you.

        I didn’t have the money at the time, or I would have been glad to say that I supported the team.

  2. ferris June 25, 2016

    The local revenue might have something to do with the $80 sweatshirts, like the one my mother bought last year on her first trip to Lambeau. Really Packers, it’s a sweatshirt, a local hooker half and half is probably only $50.

  3. Howard June 25, 2016

    Every business wants to make money. The better the product the more money they make. So produce a great product and reap the benefits. I endorse that business model.

    If anyone thinks any BIG business cares about their customers or fans and not the customer or fans money they are mistaken. Sure there are exceptions to the rule but mainly we are just their minnions. Yes Gru and Dr. nefario may have some favorites who kiss their asses such as Dave, Stuart, Kevin or Tim. They benefit from the table scraps. Most of us though are just a giant mass of yellow.

    Just remember if your one of the giant yellow mass of Minnions and you irritate the big G you may become an experiment. Right Monty?

    1. Empacador June 25, 2016

      You know, I don’t understand all the butthurt over Packer stock. Another website I frequent constantly bitches about the faux Packer stock as well. Look, nobody was forced to buy Packer stock. Not like the extortion going on in some locales to get new stadiums built. The Packers are unique and as a Wisconsin resident, if I was ever faced with losing the Packers, I would probably donate just to keep them around. WITHOUT requiring the silly certificate. It would suck having to live through what Cleveland, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Oakland, Baltimore, etc. had to in losing their teams. Fortunately, they seem to be doing just fine without my cash contributions at the moment.

      The Packers sold pieces of Lambeau Field in boxes as I recall back in the mid 90’s. Did anyone bitch because they didn’t receive an entire playing field? The money went to the organization, same as the proceeds from the stock sales. Anyone buying stock should have known what they were getting from the beginning. Bitching about it after the fact? Seriously? You got a nice certificate proclaiming you are an owner so you can brag to your Bear and Viking fan friends. Did you think they were really going to ask your opinion on things regarding the Packer Organization? You want to make decisions on how to run the football operations now? Please.

      Worth far more than any stock certificate is seeing the Packers thrive. Knowing it drives both my neighbors, who are transplanted Illinois residents flying their Bears flag, or the Viking fan at work who is a real douche bag and talks so much shit for a team that has never won anything, completely and irrationally insane over the success the Packers have. Hearing Paul Allen lose his shit and wondering how salty his tears are from Favre’s 2009 interception during NFC championship game or last year’s missed field goal. Or Beating the Bears to get into the playoffs then beating them again to advance to the Super Bowl and win it, these things are priceless and the returns are endless. That’s the “return” for the stupid “stock”.

      Maybe the Packers can put up a GoFundMe page so everyone will stop bitching about worthless stock. Then they can call out any dumb asses who would be willing to contribute to keeping the Packers viable. I want to see the Packers remain viable and entertaining. And I would be OK with voluntarily donating funds so it remains so. Call me one of those dumb asses then, I don’t care. Like some people voluntarily donate funds to local casinos, watering holes, their dealers, strip clubs, or anything else they spend a significant amount of money on for seemingly no return. What return are they getting on “their” investments? Entertainment. Addiction. An STD? Maybe all of the above.

      1. Killer June 29, 2016

        Em-pack-a-door.

        So this “butthurt” you speak of is because many Packer fans view the stock as a reason for bragging rights that their team is special or superior or for the people and by the people. The stock is a scam in which the Packer organization got lots of money to spend on things they could not buy due to mismanagement and failures and possibly wide-scale fraud. Packer fans are victimized, relatively poor people giving their money to the rich to cover their failure all in exchange for a piece of paper and wasting their time. Then these same fans rejoice and brag about their victimization. It is sick sick sick.

        You are right the fans do this voluntarily. However, a masochist also hurts themselves voluntarily. Does that mean it is OK and healthy? No, it is even more sick. If a fan wants to be financially masochistic, that is their right, but they should be private and humble about this and not brag about it. I don’t want a masochist showing me their wounds and telling me how great it is that they are harmed.

        When thousands and thousands of fans are scammed and and lick it up like it is a good proud thing this leads to a phenomenon known, at least to you, as “butthurt”.

        This weird scam worked in Green Bay, WI but I honestly doubt it would work most other places. Most other locations have other sports options and places like Minnesota have a much better education system that prevents this kind of wide-scale duping.

        1. Harry Hood July 2, 2016

          *holds up piece of paper*
          See this here? I own our team. And you don’t. You know what else, I supported our team, something I love. You know what supporting our team did? You named one, that there is no possible way the greatest organization ever created will ever leave. The other being that I didn’t selfishly push the cost of something I love onto others that do not. And that makes me a better person than you.

  4. Lizbeth June 25, 2016

    The Packers are a non profit organization. Hope that clears it up for ya.

    1. Killer June 29, 2016

      Lizbeth, that is meaningless. If you are scammed for a profit or for a nonprofit, you are still scammed. If a private tour bus (for profit) runs you over or if a church bus on a goodwill mission run you over, either way you are just as flat.

      Non-profit organizations that must spend all the money are actually much easier to steal from. They have to get rid of all the money.

  5. John Galt III June 26, 2016

    The author writes as if the NFL will be the most popular sports franchise forever. Sorry, nothing is forever. Baseball used to be Number One – well, it isn’t anymore. NASCAR has lots of empty seats these days. Formula One, the most watched auto racing series on TV in the world has lost 150 to 200 million viewers in the last (5) years depending on the source.

    In the 1920’s the same number of people would show up to watch polo on Long Island as the would show up 30 miles away to watch Babe Ruth play at Yankee Stadium – 60,000. Look it up. Polo?

    There is a move afoot to get rid of football. It is very politically motivated. One political party in the US does not like football. It prefers soccer. I like watching paint dry to watching soccer.

    Anyway, today the NFL is on top. It may not be 50 years from now.

    I am a Packer shareholder and a Harvard MBA. I wanted a share of stock knowing full well it is a piece of paper on the wall and not much more. The “F” word is childish by the way. You sound like a Viking fan.

  6. Green Beans June 27, 2016

    The league took away the ability for any other team in the NFL or any new team joining the NFL to use the same model as the Packers. Every other NFL team has to be set up to make a Profit. This is why people complain about billionaire owners feeding off of taxpayers and moving their teams so states (the people) have to flip the bill for new stadiums that the billionaire owners get richer off of. The packers, on the other hand, don’t have a billionaire owner with his/her own agenda and have fans more than willing to basically donate money to ensure the success of the franchise.

    1. Killer June 29, 2016

      Green Beans, the league saw how the the Packer fans were scammed, realized systematic duping of fans was bad for the sport, and said, “Never again”. You are right, the league took a stand to prevent such abuse in the future.

      Sadly, for the poor (pun intended) Packer fans, they could not put the toothpaste back in the tube…..

      1. Green Beans July 1, 2016

        Actually I’m pretty sure the league put an end to it because if other teams were able to do this then it would completely change the system (business) of the NFL entirely – revenue, personnel, trades, salaries, etc. The entire model and the way things work would have to change. Roger Goodell would not have a job.

        And the selling of stock first happened in the 1950’s when Milwaukee was still housing Packer games at County Stadium (shared with the Brewers). With plans for Miller Park in the works (which was planned to just be constructed for baseball) “stock” was sold in order to raise money, build a stadium, and keep the team in Green Bay. New City Stadium was built off of money raised from this first stock sale. Nobody was “duped” and I would argue that Packer fans are far from poor; we all seem to be able to afford giving away millions to ensure the future success of our team.

  7. Draymond Green June 29, 2016

    Hey guys, you fucks should also be impressed with how the 73-9 Warriors did this year. I’m a big Warriors fan.

    1. Harry Hood July 2, 2016

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  8. rebelgb July 1, 2016

    Dear Killer, please stop talking about shit you obviously do not have the mental capacity to understand.

    The Packers have not sold stock due to “mismanagement” or poor financial handling. The Packers do not have a private owner with deep pockets capable of securing loans in the 8 figure range which are required to do the type of renovations the Packers have done several times to improve the fan experience but also to increase revenue. The stock sales allowed them to generate enough revenue to make those improvements. Again as a team with no owner, the Packers must always be looking for ways to increase revenue so they can improve their “slush fund”. Unlike a team with an owner, if the collective bargaining agreement ever expired and due to an impasse between players and the league, unrestriced free agency became the norm for even a few years, the Packers would have to rely on their savings to sign free agents and keep their own players. An extremely costly endeavor for a publicly owned team and a potential franchise killer.

    Unlike you, most Packer fans recognize this reality and thats why we have supported our team by buying your so called “useless” stock. Anyone who claims Packer fans were “duped” is an idiot or a troll. To be duped Packer fans would have had to buy their stock actually believing it was worth anything financially, or gave them any power in regards to operation of the franchise. NOONE bought it with those assumptions, and to look the stock sales in any other way is again, just trolling for the sake of trolling.

    I find it funny that a financial publication like the Wall Street Journal would waste everyones time writing an article that is so “duh”, its amatueristic. Of course the Packer stock is a poor investment, financially. If your looking at the numbers your missing the point. Packer fans buy Packer stock because they love the Packers. The value in the stock is watching our team thrive and be successful year after year. Its Packer Sundays that Packer fans care about. If having a useless peice of paper framed on a wall in a “Packer Room” brings warmness to some Packer fans hearts, then thats worth more dividends than you can count.

    Go ahead and keep spewing your hate. As Packer fans we are used to people like you; people jealous of not being part of something so special, so angry because you keep wanting us to fail yet year after year we succeed.

  9. Larry July 3, 2016

    A Packers way of life (through the eyes of a fan)

    For some people the Packers are a way of life. They eat, drink, sleep, and dream packers 24/7.

    I’m so glad I’m not one of them.

    Who cares that I have boxes and boxes of packers stuff ( I think of george carlins skit stuff when I think of my packers paraphernalia.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac&feature=youtube_gdata_player)

    and even more stuff hanging on my walls. Nobody cares that I host 4 groups on Facebook and I have a presence on twitter. Nobody cares that I see a yellow Volkswagen beetle driving on the street and smirk as I think of it as my boys chasing a bears running back to tackle it. I find it a little strange that everytime i visit my mother i want to jump into her lap or when my kids do well on a school test i want to headbutt them, and smack their butt while dancing around like an idiot in public.

    I went through my closet a few days ago and counted 18 packers jerseys, most never worn, ranging in numbers from 4 to 66. I also have about 8 other team jerseys from legends that played the game. I found 3 packers sweats and 23 shirts that were packers related. After further review I found coke cans and 20 something boxes of wheaties all packers related. I also came across 3 packers jackets.. Where did I get 3 jackets from? I live in florida!!!! I’m not even going to get into my baseball collection!!!

    Nobody cares that I eat cheese because everyone eats cheese, don’t they? It’s the crazy thoughts that run through my head while eating it that bothers me sometimes. What also bothers me is the making up of words like packtastic and packtacular when wishing a person well or creating diseases like packeritis. Who the hell wants a disease like packeritis?? I do for one!! is that sick or what?? I Also created a slogan, “don’t blame the game, blame the disease” WHAT DISEASE? I even created a facebook page called “packeritis, the good epidemic” There’s no such thing! Why the heck should I fear the cheese? I also find it strange that I have 3 sponge bobs in my house, I’m a grown man for crying out loud!! What makes it worse, I dress them up like packers fans!! I shouldn’t be playing with toys!!! To add insult to injury, I have 4 foam cheese wedges that I wear on my head, is this normal? I also have a hat that looks like a monster, making me look more bizarre.

    Am I sick?

    I created a few song parodies as well that I sing once in awhile

    My children run away from me yelling to each other “daddy’s at it again” what’s wrong with dressing up in the green and gold singing “I’m a cheesehead baby”. Who cares that my ringtone is “go pack go”? It doesn’t hurt anyone!! Why do I get so upset when the ringtone occasionally resets to something else?

    My friends laugh at me stating I purchased a useless piece of paper from the packers.. Is it useless? I don’t think so. It’s a matter of pride owning part of a professional football team, isn’t it? It is my favorite team too.

    Am I sick because I’ll spend 2000 on a trip to lambeau to see a football game that i can watch for free at home? My friends think so, I don’t!! Why do I feel the strange almost surreal feeling when I enter the stadium? I’ve been in numerous stadiums across the US. When I see the football field I get chills running through my body too. Is this normal? It’s not even cold out!!

    Walking through the city is another thing. All these crazy people walking and talking packers.. Street signs, trash bins, businesses all packers colors, major department stores with large sections put aside carrying packers clothing and souvenirs and even food that we all consume decked out in packers colors. Grown men and women walking around in cheese heads or jester caps and painting their faces MULTI colors. Are these people crazy too? How about people’s houses or fences painted green and gold? Seriously, who paints a house or a fence green and gold? They must be crazy right? Is it really possible to place 100,000 people in one area that’s all nutz? That’s what my friends think!! I feel at home when I visit there, that I belong there and the people are all packtastic. I find it to be a great city with extremely nice people. I find at times the city is calling my name!! Surely I must be crazy if I’m hearing voices in my head, especially from a “CITY” wouldn’t ya think? Cities don’t talk!!! I see nothing wrong with large sections of department store space dedicated to football stuff, or food in green and gold.. What’s wrong with the people who’s houses or fences are painted green and gold and what’s wrong with the people painting their faces MULTI colors, women have been doing it for years!! Who cares that street signs are team colors? it only adds color to the city. Who cares that I own a worthless piece of paper that has the teams name on it?

    HOLD ON A MINUTE!!!

    I do!! It’s not worthless to me!! To me it’s a great honor to own a part of a football team that I grew up loving. It’s a piece of paper that I’m proud of as is other people that own it. So what if I don’t get a dividend or discounts on merchandise or even a soda at the snack bar.. To me I’m part of a special group of fans that can call themselves owners. We literally cover the globe!! No other team can say that in any sport.

    So here I am an hour later still writing about something that don’t exist.. Does this make me sick? does this mean I have OCD? I actually enjoyed writing this!!

    Packeritis, catch it

    FEAR THE CHEESE

    EVERYTHING IS BETTER WHEN IT’S COVERED IN CHEDDAR

  10. mjtrescher July 3, 2016

    Exactly right Larry, I am a fellow shareholder and lifelong Packer fan. My stock means a lot to me and most people, including the writer of this article, are not qualified to do Mark Murphys job and it is certainly not an easy one. Go Pack Go!