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Green Bay Packers: Trials, Triumphs, and Tradition

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    I have to start out with an acknowledgement of where I am coming

    I have to start out with an acknowledgement of where I am coming from. I do not live in Wisconsin, although I visit it often. I am not a football fan but there is something special about the Green Bay Packers. When I have visited Packers’ summer camp, the only one I have ever attended, I keep reminding myself, this is not just a football team, these are the Green Bay Packers. Wow!

    Today the Packers is the football equivalent of the New York Yankees. They are America’s team, a reminder that a small city franchise can still compete with the representatives of any megalopolis. Such has not always been the case. The Packers’ story is truly one of trials, triumph and tradition.

    Originally sponsored by the Indian Packing Company whence they drew their name, the Packers played their first organized game September 14, 1919 and in 1921 joined the American Professional Football Association that would become the National Football League the following year.

    Author William Povletich puts stories to the names and places the trials and triumphs into perspective. He tells the origin of the intense Packers-Bears rivalry. We have all heard of Lambeau Field. This book tells of the crucial role played by Curly Lambeau in bringing the APFA to Green Bay and keeping the NFL there. At one Trivia Night a question was “For which team did Don Hutson play?” After some thought I asked: “Isn’t his name on the practice facility in Green Bay?” That night I got one point. Now I know why he is such an important part of the Packers’ tradition that his name belongs on the facility. Paul Horning, Jim Taylor, Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, Reggie White, Bret Favre and Aaron Rogers are only a few of the names that endured the trials and won the triumphs that made the tradition.

    We now tend to think of Packers’ success as natural, almost an entitlement. This book recalls how triumph has been interspaced with failure. Povletich records many losing seasons and disappointing games, even for the heroes. Lambeau eventually left Green Bay and Bart Starr was an unsuccessful coach. The greatest Packer of them all, Vince Lombardi, took over a losing team and molded into a dominating juggernaut before retreating to the front office and then moving on to the Washington Redskins. How could the inspiration for Lombardi Avenue and the Lombardi Trophy leave Green Bay? Read and find out. Bob Harlan, who engineered the most recent Packer resurgence, provides a foreword and is a major subject in the later sections of the work.

    Football is not just a sport, it is also a business. Povletich, as do the Lambeau Field tour guides, shows how the business aspect impacts the sport. Green Bay has not always been the unique small market team, it is merely the survivor. In the early days of the NFL Portsmouth, Pottsville, Providence, Rock Island, Evansville, Sheboygan and Oshkosh were just a few of the small town teams that competed and either moved to larger markets or went out of business. What is unique about the Packers is that they survived. Although they played some home games in Milwaukee for 42 years, all the pressures from the league to relocate to Milwaukee or outside of Wisconsin were rebuffed, but the Packers still confront the challenge of remaining competitive in an environment in which the surge of money keeps rising. The role of their public ownership structure with no controlling shareholder, unique in major professional sports, is another factor that makes the Packer story so endearing.

    William Povletich’s writing does justice to the Packers’ history. He skillfully blends game highlights with trophies and defeats and profits and losses. He the weaves the ups and downs into a tale that commands respect. Read and follow the Pack through the decades.

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    Posted April 8, 2013

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