Sunday, February 06, 2011

Did NSC 68 address football?

I really would love to be a fly on the wall if and when the Trib editorial board reads Gene Collier’s piece today: Socialism serves fans and billionaires well. There really is something to think about in the way the NFL operates, but even more in the different models of Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

We can argue details and some like to rationalize that this isn’t the case, but Green Bay may be organized as close to the collectivist ideal as is possible in the United States. If you think about it, the Green Bay organization operates as a collective even more so than most any non-profit you can think of. What is more interesting than the fact that the citizens of Green Bay wanted to take on and keep ownership of their team is that we don’t know how unique they would be if other communities were allowed to buy their teams. The NFL no longer allows community ownership which is kind of remarkable for a lot of reasons.

Then there are the Steelers.  Art Rooney by all accounts pretty much exemplified the risk taking entrepreneur.  Maybe more weighted toward the risk.  Then his son Dan pretty much exeplifies a certain business efficiency. Yet yin and yang both are playing the Super Bowl, and both have a consistency at doing well that many teams envy. 

So is this a football game, or a clash of civilization?  That is all just an excuse for me to put up what may be one of the more remarkable images of an era. The symbolism works.


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