Well there is a couple of things actually. First, it sucks that WI Governor Scott Walker basically swooped into the limelight and stole the Packers glory from the media headlines. In my eyes the Packers Super Bowl victory should still be front page news. Not the political bias that is going on in Madison. I’m not going to share my views on it, because this is by no means a political post, but I realized this last night.
I was out for my traditional Thursday night beverages with a friend and the majority of our conversation was about what was going on in Madison. He’s the one that brought this idea to my attention. We basically had one week to celebrate the Packers victory, and then those of us who live in Wisconsin were blindsided by Gov. Walker’s bright idea. I can’t remember who said it on Twitter, but someone had a great idea. They said “no major political decisions can be made within 6-months of a Packers Super Bowl win so we can soak it all in”. Brilliant idea to me.
You what else sucks? The pending lockout in the NFL. Once again, I’m not going to get into which side is “right or wrong”, but this is my opinion as a resident of the great city of Green Bay, WI. The lockout sucks because it could lead to a delayed start to the 2011 NFL season, or God forbid, the cancellation of the entire season.
It sucks because the Packers Super Bowl victory is going to be a huge boost to our local economy. You could argue that the Packers popularity is at the highest point it’s been at since the mid-90’s, if not higher. If there is a shortened season, the city of Green Bay will be cheated out of reaping the benefits of it all. In my opinion, Packers training camp could potentially see all time highs for the number of people attending those practices. And not everyone there will be from the Green Bay area. Most of those people will be coming from out-of-town. And some of those people will be spending more than a day or two in town to watch practice. The stores, restaurants, hotels, and bars will all suffer because of the lockout.
As a small business owner in the Green Bay area, this bothers me. I know how hard people work in our area to make ends meet. People that work around Lambeau Field rely on the Packers season (training camp and the regular season) to earn a living. If the season is delayed, shortened, or cancelled they won’t be able to rely on that money. And that sucks. I’ve worked in the service industry for 10+ years. I’ve relied on making tips. I know what it’s like to scramble to pick up shifts from co-workers because money was tight at the end of the month. It’s not a pleasant feeling.
My hope is that the NFL owners and the NFLPA come to their senses and hammer out a deal before the season is delayed. I don’t know if it’s realistic to think a deal can be agreed upon before the March 4th deadline. I do however think that something can get done before training camp is supposed to begin at the end of July. Here’s hoping the they can agree on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement so the City of Green Bay, and Packer fans, can enjoy everything that is supposed to go along with winning a Super Bowl.