100 reasons the Packers are the greatest sports franchise of all time
Someone once joked that God put a "G" on the Packers helmets to let the world know he was rooting for Green Bay.
We're not laughing, because it just might be true.
Unless you're a Steelers or a Bears fan, you have to admit that the Packers are an extra special franchise. As a non-profit, community-owned team in a city with a population of only 100,000, the 91-year-old Packers are an anachronism in modern-day sports.
Never mind their NFL-leading 12 championships (and counting), or the fact that the Super Bowl trophy is named after "Saint" Vince Lombardi. Never mind legendary moments like the Ice Bowl or some guy named Brett Favre and all of his many records. The current Packers are also loaded with talent, too. And they do it in a stadium that has been sold out since 1960, which has nothing to do with the fact that face-value tickets are among the lowest priced in professional sports.
Overall, there might be teams with more fans, but per capita, and in Wisconsin overall, the Packers are nothing short of a way of life. Do you have any doubt that if Ron Wolf ever ran for governor of Wisconsin, he'd win?
If the New York Yankees and Manchester United are everything that's wrong with sports, the Packers are everything that's right.
We're obviously taking a light-hearted "homer" attitude in this article, but here at OnMilwaukee.com, we're as swept up with green and gold fever as you are.
And we know you'll agree that based on these 100 reasons, in no particular order, that the Packers are the greatest sports franchise in the history of the universe:
- We won Super Bowl I
- We won Super Bowl II
- We won Super Bowl XXXI
- Three words: No Jerry Jones (or any other rich owner)
- "G" on the helmets proves God is a Packers fan
- Fuzzy's #63 Bar & Grill
- There's always something for TV stations to talk about; Packers' victories keep newspapers in business
- Only indisputable fact that proves Wisconsin's superiority over Illinois
- Tailgaters create the world's finest cuisine in Lambeau's parking lot
- Only Green Bay could make a jerk like Brett Favre seem like a nice guy (for a while)
- Lambeau Field's inexpensive season tickets, assuming you're not one of the 83,000 people on 90-year season ticket waiting list
- The only football team with a Broadway play about our coach
- Mark Chmura's sweet keggers
- Parking on lawns boosts local economy
- Blaze orange is the third team color
- Forgot your flask? The guy next to you probably has one or two
- Packers bars, all around the world
- It's hard to beat the sight of a 300-pound lineman a on kid's bike
- Shirtless fans in sub-zero weather
- You can't buy stock in the Seahawks
- Gilbert Brown's grave digger burger at Burger King
- Reggie White's direct line to God
- Charles Martin body-slamming that punk Jim McMahon -- who ended his career playing for Green Bay (and still got booed)
- Clay Matthews' flowing locks
- Barry Sanders held to -1 yard in playoff game on Dec. 31, 1994 ...
- ... and Yancey Thigpen's dropped touchdown on Christmas Eve the next year
- The Monday Night Miracle
- Don Freakin' Beebe
- Brett's changing the play at the line of scrimmage ... Rison is wide open ... touchdown!!
- Bart Starr made Rawhide Boys Ranch a household name
- The Instant Replay game
- The Raji shake
- Most storied franchise in NFL history despite Randy Wright
- Tony Mandarich (just kidding)
- Esera Tuaolo, one of the few players in the NFL to admit he's gay
- Fritz Shurmur, may he rest in peace
- Vern Biever's legendary photographs
- Season tickets are family heirlooms
- Domes are for Vikings (and Minnesotans)
- Packers gave Green Bay something to talk about other than toilet paper
- One more football team than Los Angeles
- The Packers Hall of Fame
- Lee Remmel
- The franchise that justified the construction of I-43
- Zubas and mustaches
- Stadium full of snowmobile suits
- Mike Holmgren: we still miss ya, coach
- The muted sound of 146,000 mittens clapping
- Reggie White / Sean Jones sandwiches
- Packers Sundays boost state's entire economy
- Lil' Wayne loves 'em
- Singlehandedly keeping the Schnapps industry afloat
- Our bench warmers are other team's franchise players
- Chris Farley was a Packers fan
- The Lambeau Leap ...
- ... invented by the beloved LeRoy Butler
- The only team that could make make "Bang the Drum" cool
- Thirty years of awful teams, and Lambeau was still sold out
- Reasonable scalpers
- Back to back to back MVP
- Someone has to beat the Bears every year
- Jim Irwin
- Max McGee, may he rest in peace
- Larry McCarren
- In the unlikely event of a water landing your cheesehead can be used as a flotation device (true story)
- Fandom stretches into UP and Minnesota ... and beyond
- Only meat packing-related team name in pro sports (we think)
- Renovated Lambeau still feels like Lambeau ...
- ... and explaining to visiting fans that they finally made it to heaven
- World's largest wide receiver statue
- 20 years, two quarterbacks (except for Matt Flynn)
- Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge, Mike Holmgren Way, Lombardi Avenue, Brett Favre Pass
- Da da dat, da dada dat, Go Pack Go!
- Titletown has a nice ring to it
- Tickets so sought-after that disputes over them can tear families apart
- It's the Lombardi trophy
- Starr, Dowler, Touchdown!
- Lambeau Field is so awesome it's in two cities at once
- Even though Lambeau only held 52,000 at the time, over 120,000 people claim to have been at the Ice Bowl
- Sitting in the same seats our grandparents sat in 60 years ago
- The "Bears still suck" chant
- Priests end Mass early so everyone can make noon kickoff, and it's acceptable to wear Packers jerseys to church (even in the off-season)
- Bob Harlan used to answer his own phone
- We even watched during the Lynn Dickey era
- Fickle, but focused and fanatical fan base
- Old-school jerseys and merchandise among best sellers in NFL
- Wayne "There is your dagger!" Larrivee left Chicago for Green Bay
- Donald Driver, a stand-up guy
- Kroll's burgers before the game
- Desmond Howard's Heisman pose
- Buying a beer for a visiting fan and watching the look of amazement on their faces
- No professional cheerleaders to distract players
- Chester Marcol brought tailgating inside Lambeau
- More NFL championships than any other team
- High standards: even legends like Paul Hornung, Willie Davis and Jim Taylor do not have their numbers retired
- John Facenda made Lombardi seem even more bad-ass
- Aaron Rodgers could turn out better than his predecessor (who we shall never speak of again)
- Super Bowl XLV Champions (trust us)
I certainly don't believe everything the media puts out. But apparently you're easily able to discern between what is to believed and not to be believed. Based on what has been a pattern for Favre apologists, my guess is that you believe what you want to believe regardless of those darn media folks report. Previously, you said that someone always tries to defame a great person. What does that have to do with Brett Favre's love of playing football? Wait, let me ask that again...WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH BRETT FAVRE'S LOVE OF PLAYING FOOTBALL? You love the all caps so I thought I put that in there for you.
I would never presume to argue with SOMEONE that believes EVERYTHING the MEDIA puts out! As far as his retirement thing...the man LOVES playing FOOTBALL ...what's wrong with that?
I didn't realize the media forced him to retire and unretire 3 times (after years of discussing retirement after every season), orchestrate his way onto the Vikings, leave inappropriate voicemails for a woman who is not his wife, and sext that same woman. Thanks for clearing that up!
In Favre's case, he defamed himself so that worked out pretty well.
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