1. The Packers are the only publically owned, not-for-profit team in U.S. sports. One hundred and twelve thousand cheese heads are the proud owners of the Green Bay Packers. In 1923 when the team was going broke shares were sold to community members for a few dollars each. Stocks are now capped to ensure that no individual can gain control of the team. For Clay Matthews this can create problems if he doesn’t play his best. "That's the thing that's a little different here," says the linebacker. "If you mess up here, the lady at the grocery store will let you know."
2. Volunteers man the concessions for home games with 60% of the profits going to local charities. For snowstorms like the one that hit Wisconsin earlier this week, the team puts out a call to volunteers to help shovel out the stadium
3. The Packers are union. Aaron Rodgers is not only a union member but a key union representative. Recently elected by his peers in the National Football Players League Association, Rodgers will play an active role in upcoming contract negotiations. Rodgers recently told the Boston Globe that “it's an honor to be voted in by my peers and my teammates. That means a lot to me. It gives me another opportunity to speak for the team.”
4. The Packers have won more championships than any other team in NFL history. Green Bay won the first two Super Bowls in 1966 and 1967. They currently hold 12 championship titles.
5. Thousands of fans will flock to Green Bay this weekend for a game that is being played in Dallas, Texas. There is nothing better than watching a game with fellow Packer fans and many will make the pilgrimage to witness the Super Bowl victory.
Win, lose, or draw Wisconsin will be proud of the Pack come Monday. So give your fellow union members a cheer and Go Pack Go! After all, when is the last time you saw a Pittsburgh fan cheering for his team with a foam steel beam on his head?
(Articles that contributed to this post include: Rick Reilly’s Pack Mentality, an ESPN Commentary that ran on 2/2/2011 and can be found at http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=6079827. Those Non-Profit Packers by Dave Zirin, published in The New Yorker on 1/25/2011 which can be found at http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2011/01/those-non-profit-packers.html and the Super Bowl and Championships section of packers.com)