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originally posted by: AblyEnergy
a reply to: KnightLight
Thank you for the replies & videos people, maybe you Americans do value the sport the way we do too.
However it still doesn't look the same to me, although those are unbelievable celebrations & thousands of people, it looks more like a riot or an excuse to act crazy. Football celebrations are more singing, thousands of people in the street singing, and it's like a giant family party. Those celebrations in the video actually look a bit dangerous & problematic.
originally posted by: Nechash
a reply to: AblyEnergy
Sports in America are elitist. Poor schools without resources cannot afford football (american) equipment or practice fields and rural schools have all of their strongest students working on farms early in the morning and after school so they don't have time to participate. Only generally rich urban schools are able to afford and maintain a quality football program which reinforces the social stratification that supposedly doesn't exist in America. Football for us is like parliament for England. It lets us separate the alphas from the betas and establish a "meritocratic" social hierarchy from a very early age.
Soccer, being relatively affordable can be played by poor people, minorities and females and strips away the fundamental advantage that wealthy white alpha males currently enjoy under the American football teams.
Basketball is kind of our soccer. The facilities are relatively cheap so poorer schools can at least afford a half-court, and poor minorities and females are much more prevalent in that sport.
One unspoken truism: even though black people have been embraced and brought into football, you will almost never see a black quarterback, because the quarterback is seen as the intelligent, brave, protagonist on the field and Americans would not currently tolerate allowing a black person to fill that role. I think when 80% of quarterbacks are black, that will be a bigger sign that racism is waning in America than the fact that we've elected a black president.
Sorry, I'm sure I offended almost everyone reading this post, but this is my unfiltered opinion on the matter.
The Packers are the only NFL team owned by their fans -- 36,000 of them from all around the world own 5 million shares.
The money allows the Packers to remain competitive with large-market teams, and most important, to remain in Green Bay.
"We're committed to the Green Bay Packers and they're committed to the city of Green Bay," Schmitt said. "And there's not a better marriage out there."
He said the franchise is there to stay.
Keep in mind this is a city of 104,000 people, with a waiting list for Packers' season tickets of 112,000.