I like my tailgate brats hot off the grill, a little crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, served on a Sheboygan hard roll with brown mustard and grilled onions.
I enjoy a good gameday debate about the beer soak and various condiment options, but I don’t need to know how the sausage is made. I find such talk unseemly.
I feel the same way about my team.
I understand that professional football is a business that requires periodic contract negotiations, and that, when signed, those contracts will contain numbers and clauses I will find compelling. But, I don’t need to know how the contract was made and I think the current saga involving the indisputably valuable Aaron Rodgers and his apparent dissatisfication is distasteful.
I’m not a fan of strategic leaks or public pandering, especially regarding a storied franchise that has managed to maintain its dignity for more than 100 years.
I still believe in the kind of quiet diplomacy that happens when sincere professionals have honest conversations without crowdsourcing their options. I’m a fan of the old fashioned kind of negotiations that happen behind closed doors in which people set aside their egos, admittedly necessary in other aspects of the job, to achieve a mutually beneficial goal.
That goal here in Green Bay has always been a Super Bowl Championship and, at 13-3 last year, we were thisclose to bringing that Lombardi Trophy home. Why isn’t that the conversation heading into the 2021 season?
I’ve heard lots of speculation about what Coach Lombardi would think of the Packers current situation and I’m pretty certain he’d side with me.
“There is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give everything,” he said. “I do and I demand that my players do. Any man’s finest hour is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle… victorious.”
I don’t need to know how Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are going to make that happen, I just want to know that they did.
Go Pack Go!