Green Bay Fans' Joy Is a Lesson for All Americans

Monday, 12 Sep 2011 01:25 PM

By Jon Friedman

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I love the legacy of the Green Bay Packers, the greatest small business success in history.

By far, Green Bay is the smallest big-sports franchise in the United States, making Buffalo positively look like downtown Los Angeles by comparison.

So, I was happy to see so many proud, cheerful Packers fans last Thursday night, as their favorite sons dismantled the New Orleans Saints on opening night of the 2011-12 National Football League season.

It was heartwarming to see those devoted Cheeseheads as well as the Lambeau Leap (which occurs when a Packer player scores a touchdown and then promptly leaps into the stands, to enjoy the fans' loving embraces). Truthfully, the Lambeau Leap actually seems a bit played out, as if it had jumped the shark. But so what?

Across the U.S., President Barack Obama was delivering an impassioned jobs speech. (Guess which broadcast was more fun to watch?).

Before the night was over, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, flanked by his top cop Ray Kelly and an FBI official, warned the citizens of his city that the authorities had received a "credible" terrorist threat, credible enough, anyway, to prompt the mayor to hold an impromptu press conference and make everyone even more jittery, heading into the weekend marking the 10th "anniversary" of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the U.S.

It was nice to see Americans getting so worked up over something as relatively trivial as a regular-season pro football game. It points to the enduring popularity of the NFL in these United States.

Jon Friedman writes the Media Web column for MarketWatch.com. Click here to read his latest column.





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