06/04/2004: Thought for the Day:
The 1960s [Green Bay] Packers were a nice mix of glitz and grit coached by the fiery New Yorker. (Lombardiís East Coast background surely led to a lot more glorification of him and the team than if he was from, say, Omaha.) They were a terrific team, for sure, but I believe that if they had come along a decade earlier, before NFL Films was able to capture the smeared eyeblack on their faces beneath yellow helmets coated with tundra, they would have been just another great team, not THE team. TV made the Packers the Packers. Ironic, isn't it, to think that the team in the smallest media market in the country owes its lore and allure to the very factor that would ruin it today without the NFL's revenue sharing system?
Len on 06.04.04 @ 07:45 AM CST