A lot of attention has been given to the rather large drop in attendance at Family Night this year. On the surface, after two straight weather disasters (both by mother nature and the Packers) it would stand to reason I suppose. But, (and I can hear the rants already) nowadays, quite honestly, I would rather stay home.
Shocking you say? How dare I even suggest that going to Lambeau is sometimes far less superior than the comfort of my HD television? The sad truth of the matter is, home is now trumping the stadium.
Take last night for instance. When I woke up in the morning I decided not to take any chances. I drove into Wisconsin and hit my buddy’s house to ensure viewing on a large television. By the time game time came around, I hardly had a need to be there.
Thank god for Twitter and LIVE blogging, because the pre-game of Family Night pretty much sucks. The only thing remotely interesting was the trampoline show, which every single station seemed to miss for the most part. After that, it was a barrage of commercials, introductions, and for the most part poor commentary. Let me be CLEAR here. This is not the stations fault, it is the Packers entertainment people. From the crappy jock-jams music of 1989, to 25 minutes of the Oneida Nation dancing in circles, and of course eight million introductions, the whole thing was completely unwatchable.
I get that it’s for the fans and all, but judging by the aforementioned attendance drop, the fans aren’t really digging it either.
I see this trend continuing as we move forward too. And many fans feel the same way:
It’s great to hit Lambeau a couple of times a year. There is nothing like the atmosphere. But in truth, the view isn’t always great, the food is expensive, and generally something ends up being a royal pain in the ass. However, if the Packers don’t sit down and seriously figure out how to re-vamp their entertainment both pre-game and post-game, they are going to suffer more than they need to.
I can name ten people without even thinking that could do a better job than the Packers are doing. You see them around the blogosphere everyday. What you don’t see are the Packers, and their illiteracy was obvious at the shareholders meeting when Mark Murphy talked about their social media efforts and came off sounding dumber than a box of rocks.
The Packers entertainment department needs to wake up and smell the now.
Bumping Two Unlimited all night just makes you look stupid.
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