An announcer yesterday referred to the Dallas Cowboys as ‘America’s
Team’. Well, that just isn’t right. If any team is going to be designated as
‘America’s Team’, it should be the Green Bay Packers.
When you buy a ticket for a Dallas Cowboy game, you are merely
lining the pockets of billionaire Jerry Jones. The only connection
with Dallas is that his team happens to be located in Dallas.
The Green Bay Packers, however, are owned by the community, and
income derived by the Packers benefits the entire community. And
the entire community supports the Packers. If you ever want to see
what a ghost town looks like, visit Green Bay during a game. The
streets are empty; everyone’s either at the game, or in the house
watching the game. And this is true whether the Packers are having
a good year, and in the race for the playoffs, or they’re having an off
Many years ago I was in Green Bay and happened to drive by the
stadium, and the Packers were gathered around a couple of buses
that were taking the Packers to Chicago for a game against the
Bears. I parked my car and freely wandered among the players,
discussing football with them. Even today, you can go to Green
Bay during football season and watch the Packers practice, for
free, and talk to the players as they go back and forth from the
stadium to the practice facilities. Try doing that in Dallas.
I will give the Cowboys one credit: their cheerleaders ….um….inspire