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Old 01-05-2017, 09:56 AM
 
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Not a Green Bay fan, not even a fan of the NFL any longer, it's such a crock.


Anyhow, Green Bay is one of those teams that has a national fan base along with Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Oakland. Those seem to be what I call the "Big Four". It's not a daily occurrence to see someone wearing a Vikings hat outside of Minnesota, or a Rams hat outside of... wherever the Rams are this year.


I've lived all over the country being a military brat and a veteran myself who has moved around the country as my job dictates. Pick a place anywhere in the USA and you'll run into fans of those four teams. Many of whom have never set foot in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California or Texas.
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Old 08-23-2021, 08:15 AM
 
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When I was 8 years old my old man turned on a football game. It was the Packers vs. I can't remember. He spent the first two quarters explaining the game to me (I was 8) and then he offered to bet me near the end of the second half. I didn't even know what betting was so he explained it to me. The other team had 6 on the board and Greenbay had 0, but I decided to longshot it and I bet $1 (the world to 8yo me) vs. a week of doing the dishes (Eternal hellfire and damnation to 8yo me). GB came back in the second half and won the game with four TD's. I have been a Packers fan ever since. I don't really care about or watch any sports, but if the Packers are on I will watch. He never did pay me that dollar, so when he passed some years ago I took a dollar from his wallet.
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Old 08-23-2021, 11:04 AM
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Novelty, nostalgia, I guess?
Just some ideas:
The Packers are a remnant of a bygone era when small towns could have NFL teams. Surely some fans are intrigued by that.
Now, it's Wisconsin's team, Green Bay is only a couple hours from a huge portion of the populace, so the local fan base is there.
They built a winning reputation years ago, probably pulling in a lot of fans who have no idea where Green Bay is.
So, a small-town team and a winning reputation, people seem to relate to that.
As a transplanted Chiefs fan, that's my best guess anyway.
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Old 08-23-2021, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Isanti County, Minnesota
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Don’t know if anyone’s mentioned this yet, but half of both Minnesota and Michigan are Packers fans. I know because I’ve lived in both states…..and all you have to do is go to a game in Minneapolis or Detroit to see how huge the GB fan bases are there. Probably has a lot to do with the Lions and Vikings being perennial failures for as far back as anyone can remember, but it is what it is…..Cheeseheads are everywhere in those places.
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Old 08-26-2021, 12:07 PM
 
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I've met people in Canada and California who were Packers fans. If you travel through Wisconsin, you'll see Packers merchandise displayed just about everywhere, no matter how far away from Green Bay you might be.

I recently found myself in the vicinity of Lambeau Field on Packers Family Night and there were thousands of people milling the streets, trying to find places to park for miles out. The people in the surrounding neighborhoods took advantage, allowing parking on their lawns (charging a nominal fee) and it was very palpable, the excitement people had. I drive past Lambeau Field every week and am amazed by the turnout for home games. You have to time your travels around the games if you don't want to be stuck in after-game traffic. I used to plan when I would do my errands because during Packers games, stores would be virtually empty.
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Old 08-26-2021, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Portland OR
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I have found GB Packer fans in Shanghai and in Nuremburg Germany. We are literally EVERYWHERE.

I was walking on the beach here in Oregon a few years ago. Had a Packer sweatshirt on.

Two guys were walking toward me, one guy had a Seahawks hat on. (A large fanbase here as Seattle is only 3 hrs. north.)

The other guy, seeing my sweatshirt; opened his jacket to reveal a packer t-shirt. We laughed and high-fived each other.

The other guy - seeing us do that - swore and said something like: "You guys are everywhere. After the thermonuclear war, there will be only two things left on this planet: 1.) cockroaches and 2) Packer fans."


We agreed.
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Old 08-26-2021, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Doesnt the city and the people of green bay literally own the team?
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Old 08-26-2021, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Rural Wisconsin
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Doesnt the city and the people of green bay literally own the team?
Interesting article!

https://www.sportscasting.com/who-ow...n-bay-packers/
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Old 08-27-2021, 04:05 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Doesnt the city and the people of green bay literally own the team?
We have a winner!..A miserable team in the 50s, they were about to fold but then offered stock to the public. Everyone in GB bought a share or two to save the team...

Then in the 60s, they became the almost invincible force, winning 6 of 8 West Conf titles and 5 World Championships (also came close in '63 despite their biggest star sitting in the corner for one season for misbehaving.)

Personally, as a native Chicagoan, I became a Packer fan in '59 when the Cardinals left the city--just couldn't bring myself to be a Bears fan...Now retired to WI just in time to see the NFL become another propaganda outlet for the communists. ..I'll never pay attention to them again.

...not to mention, it's become such a sissified game...What's up with this using your hands to block and not leading with your head? Why, when I was young, we used to go helmet to helmet all the time , and,,,and,,and..what was I just talking about again?
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Old 01-28-2022, 03:20 AM
 
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In 1875, Keokok, Iowa, had a major league baseballl tean, in a league with New York and Chicago. They paid the $20 league franchise fee, went 1-12, and folded. The New Yorkers tool a train all the way to Keokuk, and beat the Westerns, 1-0, who then fold, but really appeared to be fairlycompetitive.

Keokuk is now the size of Reedsburg, Tomah or New Richmond
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