I brought this topic up earlier in the Morning Minute. With an uncapped year looming, is 2010 the last real shot for the Green Bay Packers? I think it just might be.
I'll admit I don't know the finer details of what is going on. What I do know is that this is another case of professional sports getting greedy at the expense of the cities and the teams. That's enough knowledge for me.
I have suffered through the small market blues my entire life. As a Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks fan, I have repeatedly watched team after team not be able to compete with the big money franchises. I don't expect the Packers situation to be any different. Granted, any team in any given year will have a shot; but the reality is, the Packers will always be scrambling to find young inexpensive talent on the rise that ultimately will end with that player leaving for better money once they hit their prime.
It's the unfortunate reality in my opinion. I have seen history repeat itself over and over and over again. Hopefully the Green Bay Packers can weather the storm better than some other of the Wisconsin franchises, but I certainly don't hold much hope.
History in tow, this may make 2010 the biggest season and perhaps the last real shot at a Super Bowl title. This is Ted Thompson's moment. If he is smart, he will go balls to the wall this off-season and try to establish an obvious contender. The pieces are almost in place, but come 2011 those pieces will quickly leave for bigger paychecks in high market venues.
Now is the time to hit free agency with authority, draft an impact player over a developing tackle, and assemble as many high quality veterans to bring smart football to the locker room. If we don't, rest assured that the playing field will never favor the Packers for years and years and years to come.
I'm scared, and I think I have every reason to be.
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