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Popular Packers jerseys may soon be hard to find
Madison.com ^ | 12-29-11

Posted on 12/29/2011 7:36:43 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

A new supplier combined with the Packers popularity might make favored jerseys like Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews scarce over the next three months and then more expensive.

In April, Nike and several other new vendors will take over from Reebok. Retailers say Reebok ordered conservatively going into the season. Their plans also were also affected by the NFL lockout, which still was in effect when buying decisions were made.

Brian Swallow, with online retailer Fanatics, says sales of their Packers items are up 170 percent. He says retailers have to predict sometimes a year in advance.

Mike Walters, manager of the Jersey Store in Ashwaubenon, tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette ( http://gbpg.net/tDtvzE) the cheapest Nike jersey will be $100, up from $75. Authentic jerseys will be $250, a $60 to $75 increase.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Sports; The Guild
KEYWORDS: fans; loyalty; packers
People will wear their old Farve jerseys. I still wear my favorite sweatshirt from the 1996 Division Championship several times a month this time of year. LOL

We are NOT fashionistas around here. No $2000 sundresses are flaunted in Wisconsin, although I noticed that the Altar Boys wore some pretty outlandish tennis shoes at Christmas Mass!

1 posted on 12/29/2011 7:36:47 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; TaMoDee; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ..

Wisconsin Packer Ping!


2 posted on 12/29/2011 7:38:18 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Good heavens, I love the Packers!


3 posted on 12/29/2011 7:44:24 PM PST by Lando Lincoln (But that's just me.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

4 posted on 12/29/2011 7:46:24 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I wonder how many people will be assaulted for their jerseys now? LOL!


5 posted on 12/29/2011 7:47:34 PM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I still do not understand such allegiance to a pro team. Here in the South college football rules. Come to think of it, I had the same experience in Pennsylvania. Raised a Penn St. fan. Graduated from Auburn, now a Tiger. WDE! Really, someone explain it to me. My Grandpa and Dad are both PSU men. I have an Auburn degree. I like pro football, but a loss or win by my team does not have the same impact.


6 posted on 12/29/2011 8:00:54 PM PST by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: aliquando

I would agree with what you said before I moved to Wisconsin. The Packers are different. They are not owned by some rich play boy. They are owned by the people of Wisconsin, and stadium improvements are financed by occasional “stock sales”. The stock is worthless and cannot be transferred, or re-sold, but people line up to buy it at $250 a copy so they can call themselves “owners”.


7 posted on 12/29/2011 8:11:09 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Jimmy Taylor No. 31. Bart Starr No. 15 Paul Hornung No. 5 Best backfield ever! All 3 HOF. All 3 great jersey numbers! Go Pack!


8 posted on 12/29/2011 8:11:09 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: bobby.223

My husband is outdoors right now in the cold getting 2 cars ready to donate to Bart Starr’s Rawhide Boy’s Ranch. Nothing like leaving it to the last minute. (end of year)LOL.

I hope I’m the one home when they come to pick them up, ‘cause I’m going to ask if they take bulldozers! Maybe next year.


9 posted on 12/29/2011 8:14:58 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Good deal! Roman Gabriel, Sonny Jurgenson, John Brodie, Fran Tarkenton, Lenny Dawson, Jack Kemp, Darrel Lamonica, Joe Namath, John Hadl, Norm Snead or Johnny U.,(well, okay Unitas....maybe!!!), never saw the day they could carry Bart’s HUGE QB jock in the ‘60’s!!!! (just a bit of an old guy’s prejudiced blast from the past for my fave guy Bart!!). GO PACK!!!!


10 posted on 12/29/2011 8:31:08 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: bobby.223
For Bart Starr fans, lookee here:

Rawhide Boy's Ranch

11 posted on 12/29/2011 8:37:46 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: bobby.223

If you (or anyone here) hasn’t read Instant Replay by Jerry Kramer, about a year with the Packers in the Lombardi era, I recommend it highly. Great book, really gets into the nitty gritty of football in that time, shows a lot of why Lombardi was such a winner.


12 posted on 12/29/2011 8:48:18 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: bobby.223

You bet Unitas was the 1 and only. Sorry. ;-)


13 posted on 12/29/2011 8:56:35 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: aliquando

The Packers are as close to a community team as any college team could be. They are part of the fiber of Wisconsin as much as Auburn is part of Alabama. There’s no owner, just a bunch of folks who shelled out for stock and season tickets.

I have a co-worker who’s an Auburn alum and I’d say my connection to the Packers is greater than her connection to Auburn even though she spent four years at the school.


14 posted on 12/29/2011 8:58:23 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: aliquando

Well, for 1, there are only a small # of teams to keep track of, and they all are in the same exact league.

There is only 1 goal, not 75 watered-down meaningless goals.

The guys are there for a long time, not big changes every year, and every 4 years. No turnstiles constantly turning. People you can warm up to rather than wave goodbye when they were becoming familiar.

College is supposed to be for collegiates (LOL), not old people!

Some of us don’t get the other way around!

(And we’ll remain silent on the PSU thing...)


15 posted on 12/29/2011 9:01:44 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“They are owned by the people of Wisconsin,”

What I want to know is this:

TAXPAYERS,

or genuine fans only?

Because even if it’s local, if I couldn’t care less about football I wouldn’t want to be funding this with $1, either!


16 posted on 12/29/2011 9:03:39 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Fans. I suppose the taxpayers kick in on traffic control, etc. It’s a zoo in Green Bay on game days, but everybody is really well behaved. They start their games telling the assembled fans that there will be NO SWEARING. It makes a memorable day, and I don’t even particularly like football. Going to Lambeau Field is like going to Disneyland for Football Freaks.


17 posted on 12/29/2011 9:15:44 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I like the Packers since they've had Rodgers. He's a class act.

Imagine how many Super Bowls they might've won if they'd dropped Favre, the Interception King, and put in a real quarterback, the one that was sitting right under their noses. Mostly Sherman's fault in my opinion, but I'm guessing he didn't really have the pull to dump Favre.

Glad the franchise is back on it's feet to stay, and Favre retired in shame for pulling a Weiner. Things do work out for the best in the end.

18 posted on 12/29/2011 9:50:38 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: aliquando
Pro football is superior because of the consistency of the competition. People like college football because of all of the traditions that have little to do with the actual play. The college memories, the mascots, the rivalries, Touchdown Jesus, War Eagle, Bevo, the 12th Man, Chief Osceola, the Wold's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, etc.

But when it comes right down to it, the vast majority of college games are just downright boring. The average margin of victory in pro football is in the mid single digits. The average margin of victory in pro football is around 30 points. Most games are blowouts, and even the good teams spend 2 or 3 games a season playing terrible competition, like FCS schools or teams that barely field a squad.

Even teams that are supposedly well matched can end up in a blowout, case in point the PSU/Wiscosin game at the end of the season. There's several Texas Tech fans in my family, and the unranked Red Raiders beat #1 Oklahoma on the road 41-38, then 3 weeks later lose to Oklahoma State 66-6 at home. 66 points? Seriously? Who wants to watch blowouts all day?

Stuff like that doesn't happen in the pros, and in regular season college football, in any given week you're lucky if you get 1 or 2 games that are even competitive. The Bowl Games are usually much better, but the whole BCS Bowl system is so corrupted by the sponsors that we'll never be able to get the real playoff system that everybody wants because there's too much corporate money on the line. And don't tell me that you can't have a playoff in college football because the FCS/Division II/Division III teams have been doing it for decades. You can keep the bowl system as consolation games for those that don't make the final two.

In the pros, you can watch every game with the Sunday Ticket, line up a good fantasy team with some friends and a friendly buy in, and nearly all of the games are competitive. The traditions and history might not be there, but the quality of the football is much, much better.

You also won't find two teams from the same division of the same conference playing in the Super Bowl that's for sure. In college football, the championship game is an SEC West division rematch. Whoop dee friggin' doo.

19 posted on 12/29/2011 10:25:09 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: aliquando
The average margin of victory in pro football is in the mid single digits. The average margin of victory in pro football is around 30 points.

Should read:

The average margin of victory in pro football is in the mid single digits. The average margin of victory in college football is around 30 points.

20 posted on 12/29/2011 10:29:18 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
The Packers are relatively unique because fans can actually buy shares in the team, kind of like stock. They don't pay dividends, but to answer your question, it's a truly fan-owned team.

You can buy shares on the Packer site and they'll send you an ownership certificate:

Packer Shareholders

Green Bay Packers, Inc., has been a publicly owned, nonprofit corporation since Aug. 18, 1923, when original articles of incorporation were filed with Wisconsin’s secretary of state.

A total of 4,750,937 shares is owned by 112,158 stockholders none of whom receives any dividend on the initial investment.

The corporation is governed by a board of directors and a seven member executive committee.

21 posted on 12/29/2011 10:37:05 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Bought a #12 at Shopko when I was there in July, and I have my Reggie White Jersey (vintage 1994 or 1995) that I wore to Lambeau when I got to a game in ‘09....We also have a chunk of the frozen tundra and are owners as well...

We are set....GO PACK GO!!!


22 posted on 12/30/2011 5:38:32 AM PST by Shady (The undeniable truth of the Obama Administration...The numbers do not lie.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My #66 Ray Nitschke Jersey was a Birthday Gift from my husband last September to replace my #4 Jersey. There is NOTHING like going to a game at Lambeau. BTW, a note to other team’s fans - you are welcome at Lambeau and you will be treated like our guest. No sympathy when we beat you.

The 6 seats in front of our 6 seats are always filled with the opponent’s fans and they are always amazed how much fun they have with us.

This sums up “flyover” country to the snobby elites on the left and right coasts. We are middle America, proud, hard working and loyal and polite. We love our Packers and win or lose we’re loyal Packer Backers. Always note the stands are always filled at the end of each game. No leaving at half time. No way!!


23 posted on 12/30/2011 6:06:04 AM PST by WaterWeWaitinFor (If we don't help make a change, then who will? It starts with us.)
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To: WaterWeWaitinFor

I’ve only gotten to see one Packer game in person since they left Milwaukee. We sold a bunch of scrap to a dealer, and he forgot to pay us. When he sent our check, he enclosed 4 tickets to Lambeau as an apology — Box seats right in front of the glass enclosed area. This was several years ago. What an experience. We are still talking about it.

It was a first class day all around. We had a parking ticket right in the tailgate area. We didn’t bring our own food, but made reservations at Curley’s which offered great food at a very good price We took old friends. One of them was in a motorized scooter. We went up to the stands in the elevator, and the ushers found a place to park her scooter.

6 seats in front of us were occupied by young men - 19-24. This was a couple of years after Favre left, and they were all wearing #4 jerseys in various colors. Evveryone was in good spirits and we all had a great time.


24 posted on 12/30/2011 6:24:56 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: GunRunner

Maybe the fact that my pro team is Atlanta does not help my enthusiasm for the pro game. I truly love attending a college game. You nailed the reason, it is the tradition. It is my way of life vs. your way of life. My diploma vs. yours. I just do not get that feeling in a dome with players who have no real connection with the area. I had players(not many since I was a Biology major) in classes with me. To each his own I guess. It is still only football(did I really write that?).


25 posted on 12/30/2011 8:09:50 AM PST by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: aliquando
That certainly does not help (being in Atlanta). The Falcons are one of the most milquetoast teams out there. I can see why it's hard to get excited about a team who are regular season heroes who always blow it in the playoffs and have a quarterback with a personality that makes Al Gore look like an interesting person.

People get excited for Green Bay because from what I've heard, the atmosphere is almost like a college atmosphere. On the other side of the spectrum you have a team like the Dallas Cowboys with a billion dollar stadium that charges $26 for a double Jack and Coke, but there's still reason to get charged up for your favorite pro team, and you know that the competition isn't ever going to result in a 66-6 score or some other nonsense.

And the Pros have the playoffs, which is where it really gets fun. It's hard to get excited about the Champs Sports Bowl and the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. Who cares? I care because I'm a Texas and Florida State fan, but why else would anyone who doesn't have a stake in the teams that are playing care? But you can bet I'll be watching every single NFL playoff game.

26 posted on 12/30/2011 9:53:15 AM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: FreedomPoster

Agreed, great book. As a pack fan I bought it and read it the week it came out. His sequel to it was good also


27 posted on 01/02/2012 1:57:05 PM PST by bobby.223
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