A Violent Femme’s View – Taking Stock
Dear Darren Rovell, Michael Schottey, any other NFL teams fans who don’t get this & you general haters:
Today I made a statement.
Today I paid a sum of money for what you all appear to deem a worthless piece of paper. It’s anything but worthless to me.
It’s a piece of paper that allows me to attend a meeting once a year where I can actually talk to Ted Thompson, if I should so desire. It is a meeting that allows me to talk and share thoughts with fellow fans that have chosen to make a financial sacrifice for the betterment of my team. Based on how many people I know who bought stock today, it might very well be a chance to catch up with some friends. It’s a meeting where I can learn of the future plans for my team and get an update on how things are going directly from those in charge. And yes, now I can call it my team.
It’s a piece of paper with my maiden name listed as a part of the registration, so that when I frame and hang it in my pool room my Dad is with me, reminding me where my original love of the Green Bay Packers came from. He’d be shaking his head at me, and laughing a little, but he would get why I did it.
It’s a piece of paper that allows me to contribute more directly to the team’s continued financial health. Yes, I’ve bought tickets to games and memorabilia, but I know very well that the tickets only generated a much smaller amount of money for the Packers to begin with due to the markup on the resale. I’ll continue to buy shirts, hats, etc., but they wear out and are somewhat transitory. In addition, unlike a local taxpayer who often supports a team through paying property or other taxes, at this point in my life I don’t support the team in that fashion. This allowed me to make a direct contribution to continued viability of the team, its competitiveness and the quality of the facilities the team practices and plays in. These things all lead to future championships.
I love the Green Bay Packers. Today I bought a piece of paper that makes it official on the Packers’ books. If you are a fan who couldn’t or wouldn’t buy stock, it doesn’t make me better than you. This is just a way I chose to support my favorite team. Alternatively, if you’re someone who thinks I’m an uneducated idiot who was taken advantage of by Mark Murphy and his band of henchmen, so be it.
I know what I bought today. I bought a sense of ownership and a feeling of pride. It made me feel good. That feeling is pretty priceless.
A Packers Fan, and Shareholder
Go Pack Go.