Saturday, February 05, 2011

Super Bowl XLV, the working mans Championship 2011


Are you ready for some football!



There's gold in them there seats...

I am not talking just the coins that will be spent on tickets, food, beverages, souvenirs and more that make any one in marketing smile. 
But the color of Gold!
As in Green and Gold or Black and Gold. Gold will be the dominate color shared amongst all the fans in the stands and watching everywhere, at home or local sports hub. 
Call it a Title towel or a Terrible towel, they will be shaken, tossed, wrung and wiped on many a sweating or slobbery brow.



 A working class Super Bowl
    
  This Sunday, Feb. 6, two of the most storied franchises in professional sports, the Packers and the Steelers, will stand off at Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl XLV. Take into consideration these parallels  A) Cowboys Stadium, which features a sports bar through which both teams will have to pass as they come onto the field, is an unlikely of a stage for a game between these two pioneers of the gridiron. B) A game that is hustling outrageous ticket prices will be played by two teams that spent periods of their histories in financial crisis.

“These two types of teams to be in the Super Bowl is just phenomenal,” said Art Rooney Jr., one of the Steelers patriarch’s five sons. “It’s a tribute to the NFL and what’s possible; the poorest teams can compete and end up in the Super Bowl playing each other.”

The Packers and Steelers, of course, long ago stopped being two of the league’s poorest teams. The Packers will be trying to win their 13th NFL title; the Steelers are going for Super Bowl title number seven and their third in five years. Super Bowl XLV represents the most league titles possible, 18, in a Super Bowl match-up.

Both teams share the color of gold, but more importantly they share a rich football history and heritage of a fan base of the average working class man or woman. Green Bay still holds the title of smallest city for a franchise, but with Pittsburgh it shares roots with the common hard working, hard playing man. One who has dirty hands, calluses, bumps and bruises of a hard earned dollar. Not high, white collar, business suits that can afford the best of everything and the ease of fetching a game day ticket. These are real everyday people! People, like you or I, who know what it feels like to make a living, scratch day to day and have that hope of a better tomorrow. And many times that hope is braced by watching their home teams battle it out on the gridiron and bring glory home for the fans. A common fellowship, a common goal.



  The fifth-oldest franchise in the NFL, the Steelers were founded on July 8, 1933 by Arthur J. Rooney. Originally named the Pittsburgh Pirates, they were a member of the Eastern Division of the 10-team NFL. The other current Eastern NFL teams in existence at that time were 4, the Chicago (later to Arizona) Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and New York Giants.The Steelers owner Art Rooney bankrolled his franchise in a more different sporting way. He did it at the horse track, most notably known on an opening day at Saratoga in the mid-1930’s. The Rooney family is still the majority owner of the franchise.
In 1940 Rooney changed the team name to the Pittsburgh Steelers, representing the heritage of Pittsburgh. The first winning record in the Steelers history came in 1942 when head coach Walt Kiesling led the Steelers to a 7-4 finish with the help of league-leading rushing rookie Bill Dudley.
The Steelers became the first NFL franchise to capture six Super Bowl titles when they defeated the Cardinals, 27-23 in 2009.


  One of the two oldest franchises is the Green Bay Packers. Established in 1919 by Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun former high school football rivals. Lambeau solicited $500 from his employer, The Indian Packing company (absorbed by the Acme Packing company the following year) for uniforms and equipment with a condition that the team be named after its sponsor. The Packers are the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team in the United States. J.E. Clair of Acme Packing Company was granted by American Professional Football Association (renamed NFL in 1922) a franchise for Green Bay Packers (Aug. 27, 1921). Todays "Green Bay Packers" is the oldest team-name still in use in the NFL, both by its nickname and by merit of remaining in its original city.

Who owns the Packers ? 

The public owns the Pack. Green Bay Packers are the only NFL team to not have an "owner". All money earned goes back into the club.  "Green Bay Packers, Inc.", has been a publicly owned, non-profit corporation since Aug. 18, 1923. 


One of the more remarkable team/business stories in American history, the team is kept operative by its shareholders, its unselfish fans. The Packers incredibly have survived during the current age, money and financial shortages, invaded by free agency and the NFL salary cap. In large part to WI. Brown County's passage of the 2000 Lambeau Field referendum, the club will remain solvent and highly competitive well into the future due to its redeveloped stadium, which is truly beautiful in atmosphere and design.
 

The Packer Fans have come to the team's financial rescue on several occasions, including four previous stock sales: 1923, 1935, 1950 and 1997. A total of 4,750,937 shares is owned by 112,120 stockholders, none of whom receives any dividend on the initial investment. To protect against someone taking control of the team, the bylaws prohibit any person from owning more than 200,000 shares. The team bylaws are from the Curly Lambeau era. Each shareholder votes for the board of directors annually. And if the Packers were to dissolve, the proceeds from the sale would go to the Green Bay VFW.
 
How is that for small town spirit and loyalty. If you are a Packer fan, you most likely already know this. Add to that fact that every home game is sold out ahead of time. There is a many-years long waiting list for season tickets. Much longer than fellow loyal Fans from Pittsburgh for their Steelers. Just another thing these teams/cities have in common.


Green Bay vs Pittsburgh
  • When the Packers and Steelers take the field for Super Bowl XLV, it will be the first time that two of the most fan loved teams in NFL history have met in the playoffs.
  • By advancing to this year’s Super Bowl, Green Bay and Pittsburgh now have a combined 13 Super Bowl appearances between them, five for the Packers and eight for the Steelers (tied with Dallas for the most in the NFL).
  • The Packers and Steelers have won 18 world championships between them, with Green Bay’s 12 titles more than any other team in NFL history (the reason they earned the nickname Titletown, U.S.A.) Pittsburgh’s six world championships are the most by any team in the AFC.
  • Pittsburgh’s six Super Bowl titles are the most of any NFL team, with the Packers’ three Super Bowl championships tied for No. 4 in the league.
To a Packer fan or a Steeler Fan we have a lot in common. Including the pleasure of "It Does not matter the weather, the opposing team, the location, we travel well and have a history of pride in our players and team !"



  Good luck to both teams!
I will, of course, be pulling for the Packers, being born and raised in Wisconsin, I bleed Green and Gold, plus I could easily be lynched for breathing another teams name from my lips!

Lambeau Field will again be closed on Sunday for its many employees to be able to enjoy the game with friends and family. The team is expected to arrive home on Monday afternoon, and many will plan to welcome them home, as victors or not. When the Packers win, there will be the "Return To Titletown" celebration! Which will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Lambeau Field, from 4 to 5 p.m. Stadium gates will open at 2 p.m.

Who do you think will get to bring home
 the Lombardi trophy prize?
Do you have any score predictions?



 until next time,
from your not so sports reporter
(what I miss in actual facts and knowledge,
I try to make up with team spirit and humor)


all logos and team/NFL images photo credit from NFL.com, packers.com

9 comments:

  1. As usual great stuff Mom. Can't wait till kick off. I'm sure it's going to be a close one and we'll be on pins and needles the whole time. I hope The Pack brings the Vince Lombardi trophy home where it belongs once again. Da da da da da Go! Pack! Go!

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  2. We're cheering for the Packers as well. Happy Super Bowl!

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  3. Anonymous10:48 AM

    I have a fever... Green & Gold fever!
    Go Packers! Bring Lombardi back to it's rightful home.

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  4. I'm a Chicago fan, truth be told, but I'm rooting for the Midwest team here. Go Pack!

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  5. TerryLynn12:00 PM

    I am wearing my "antique" packers sweatshirt, players= White, Favre, Butler, Chmura, Bennett,Dotson, Brooks, Just to name a few! With this omen, we can't lose!!!! Aaron (my favorite quarterback) will beat their butts!!!!! Now lets get on with it!!!!

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  6. Enjoy every minute. :)

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  7. I'm gonna be at work, but we're gonna tune in there!

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  8. Oh I am so glad that the Packers won! What a tight game! I was really getting nervous in the fourth quarter but they were able to pull it out even after losing two key players!YEA!! Just found your blog and so glad I did. Look forward to reading more of your posts.

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  9. It's on here this morning and maybe again later but on pay TV as not many people here are interested. Sounds like you're a fan!

    Thanks for your kind words about Au. He is still eating a little several times a day so I'm crossing paws he's getting better.

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