Throwball Playoff Division Championship Day 2 Evening: Seahawks @ Packers

The Green Bay Packers are 100 years old this season and are called “The Last Small Town Team”. I’ve been in Green Bay, it’s not big.

Alone among Major League Franchises in any sport, the Packers are not owned by an individual or a syndicate, but instead by a public corporation which, if not a perfect model of Anarcho-Syndicalism (bring on those Commies, I’ll kick their ass), is at least an exemplar of corporate democracy and with strict limits on share concentration about the farthest thing from a normal company.

The Packers are the only community-owned franchise in North America’s four traditional major leagues. Rather than being the property of an individual, partnership, or corporate entity, they are held in 2014 by 360,584 stockholders. No one is allowed to hold more than 200,000 shares, or approximately 4% of the 5,011,557 shares currently outstanding. It is this broad-based community support and non-profit structure which has kept the team in Green Bay for nearly a century in spite of being the smallest market in all of North American professional sports.

There have been five stock sales to fund Packer operations over the team’s history, beginning with $5,000 being raised through 1,000 shares offered at $5 apiece in 1923. Most recently, $64 million was raised in 2011–2012 towards a $143-million Lambeau Field expansion. Demand exceeded expectations, and the original 250,000 share limit had to be increased before some 250,000 new buyers from all 50 U.S. states and Canada purchased 269,000 shares at $250 apiece, approximately 99% online.

The original “Articles of Incorporation for the Green Bay Football Corporation”, enacted in 1923, specified that should the franchise be sold, any post-expenses money would have gone to the Sullivan-Wallen Post of the American Legion to build “a proper soldier’s memorial.” This stipulation was included to ensure there could never be any financial inducement for shareholders to move the club from Green Bay. At the November 1997 annual meeting, shareholders voted to change the beneficiary from the Sullivan-Wallen Post to the Green Bay Packers Foundation, which makes donations to many charities and institutions throughout Wisconsin.

Even though it is referred to as “common stock” in corporate offering documents, a share of Packers stock does not share the same rights traditionally associated with common or preferred stock. It does not include an equity interest, does not pay dividends, can not be traded, has no securities-law protection, and brings no season ticket purchase privileges. All shareholders receive are voting rights, an invitation to the corporation’s annual meeting, and an opportunity to purchase exclusive shareholder-only merchandise.[62] Shares of stock cannot be resold, except back to the team for a fraction of the original price. While new shares can be given as gifts, transfers are technically allowed only between immediate family members once ownership has been established.

Green Bay is the only team with this form of ownership structure in the NFL, which does not comply with current league rules stipulating a maximum of 32 owners per team, with one holding a minimum 30% stake. The Packers’ corporation was grandfathered when the NFL’s current ownership policy was established in the 1980s. As a publicly held nonprofit, the Packers are also the only American major-league sports franchise to release its financial balance sheet every year.

So there you go. They could totally suck, season after season (like the Giants, my other favorite team- please don’t be stupid enough to hire Tom Brady) and I would still love them.

But they don’t, even if it’s time to start thinking about the next Aaron Rodgers who is the last of the Naughty Aughty QBs still standing; 13 – 3 is nothing to sneeze at considering they started terrible and have barely squeaked through a lot of games they should have won handily.

Unfortunately they face the 11 – 5 Seahawks who are another team I like if only because they eliminated the Iggles las week. The Seahawks could be hampered by the weather a trifle, it’s always cold at Lambeau Field (named after a guy, not a corporation) and it has snowed and is predicted to some more. Too bad the 9ers won, could use some more games there.

Packers are 4.5 point favorites and should cover in spades.

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  1. The Seahawks won the toss deciding to kick off to the Packers. The Packers scored a touchdown after seven plays.

    Packers 7 -Seahawks 0

  2. Packers kick off to Seahawks for a return to Seahawks 30.

    Wilson pass to the right to Jacob Hollister for 11 yards to the Sea41.

  3. Seahawks 2nd & 10

  4. Seahawks QB sacked. 3rd & 10

  5. Seahawks 4th down on an incomplete pass.

    53 yd punt to Packers to Packers 5 and a return to Packers 11.

    Packers 1st & 10

  6. Packers 2nd & 10 on incomplete pass

  7. Packers 3rd & 9

  8. Packers 4th down after 3 plays

  9. Packers 55 yd punt to Seahawks

    Seahawks 1st & 10 at own 33

  10. Seahawks 2nd & 2

  11. Seahawks 3rd & 1

  12. Seahawks 4th down on incomplete pass.

  13. Seahawks punt to Packers 15

  14. Packers 2nd & 7

  15. Packers 3rd & 3

  16. Flag on play 10 yd penalty. Packers 3rd & 13

  17. Packers 4th down after incomplete pass.

    Punt to Seahawks 1st & 10 on own 42

  18. Incomplete Seahawks 2nd & 10

  19. Seahawks 1st & 10 on Packers 30

  20. Seahawks 2nd & 10 on Packers 30

  21. Packers 3rd & 7 on Packers 23

  22. 4th down. 45 yard FG is GOOD

    Packers 7 – Seahawks 3

  23. It’s 24° F in Green Bay with snow on the way

  24. Packers 1st & 10 on own 25

  25. Packers 1st & 10 on own 35

    End of the 1st quarter

  26. Packers 1st & 10 on Seahawks 46

  27. Packers ball on Seattle 31
    1st and 10

  28. Packers 2nd & 2

  29. Packers 2nd & 12 on Seahawks 22. after 10 yd penalty

  30. Packers 1st & 10 on Seahawks 15

  31. Packers 2nd & 7 on Seahawks 12

  32. Defense 5 yd penalty 2nd & 10 on Seahawks 6

  33. Packers 1st & goal on 1 yd line

  34. Packers 2nd & Goal

  35. Packers 3rd & Goal

  36. Packers TOUCHSOWN.

    Packers 14 – Seahawks 3

  37. Packers 14 – 3

  38. Seahawks ball on own 18 after kick off

    1st & 10

  39. Seahawks 2nd & 7 on own 21

  40. Seahawks 1st & 10 after 31 yd pass on 50 yd line

  41. Seahawks 2nd & 7 on Packers 47

  42. Seahawks 1st & 10 on Packers 34

  43. Seahawks 2nd & 4 on Packers 28

  44. Seahawks 3rd & 8

  45. Seahawks 4th & 8

    50 yd FG missed

    Packers ball on own 40. 1st & 10

  46. Seahawks came away empty.

  47. Packers 1st & 10 on Seahawks 42

  48. Packers 2nd & 7 on Seahawks 39

  49. Packers 1st & 10 on Seahawks 29

  50. Incomplete 2nd & 10

  51. 1st down after personal foul on Seahawks player

  52. Packers 2nd down on Seahawks 13

  53. Packers 3rd & 1 on Seahawks 6.

    2 minute warning for end of the half

  54. 2 minutes. 1st and Goal Packers.

  55. Packers 1st & Goal 2 yd line

  56. Packers 2nd & Goal on the 1 & a half yd line

  57. Packers 3rd & Goal inside the 1

  58. Pack 21 – 3 1:30 to Play in the Half.

  59. Packers Touchdown

    Packers 21 – Seahawks 3

  60. Halftime

  61. Mason Crosby kicks off to the Sea0. Travis Homer return for 24 yards to Sea24. Tackled by Jake Kumerow and Ty Summers

    1st&10 at Sea 24

    Russell Wilson pass to the left to Tyler Lockett for 14 yards to the Sea38. Tackled by Darnell Savag2nd&7 at Sea 41
    (0:57) Russell Wilson sacked at Sea39 for a loss of 2 yards by Kenny Clark..

    3rd&9 at Sea 39
    (0:25) Russell Wilson rush up the middle for 13 yards to the GB48.

    1st&10 at GB 48

    Halftime

  62. Seahawks from their 31

  63. At the start of the sescond half Packers kick off to Seahawks with a return to their own 31 1st & 10

  64. Seahawks 2nd & 10 on an incomplete

  65. Seahawks ball on own 35
    3rd and 6

  66. Seahawks 1st & 10 on Packers 43

  67. Seahawks 2nd & 6

  68. Seahawks 1st & 10 on 24 yd pass packers 14

  69. Seahawks 2nd & 10 packers 8

  70. Seahawks 3rd down on packers 8

  71. Seahawks 4th & 1

  72. Seahawks 1st & Goal with inches

  73. Seahawks TOUCHDOWN

    Packer 21 – Seahawks 10

  74. Seahawks TD. Packers 21 – 10

  75. Seahawks kick off to Packers end zone for touchback

    Packers ball on own 25
    1st and 10

  76. Packers ball on own 25; 2nd and 10

  77. Packers 3rd down on gain of 4

  78. Packers 1st down on own 45

  79. Packers 2nd down with gain of 4

  80. Pack 28 – 10

  81. Packers TOUCHDOWN !!!! 40 yds

    Packers 27 – Seahawks 10

  82. Seahawks from their 16

  83. Seahawks 2nd & 5

  84. Seahawks 1st doen on own 26

  85. Seahawks 2nd down on own 28

  86. Seahawks first down on own 41

  87. Seahawks first down on Packers 49

  88. Seahawks first down on Packers 34

  89. Seahawks first down on Packers 23

  90. Seahawks 2nd down on Packers 17

  91. Seahawks 3rd down on Packers 16

  92. Seahawks 1st down on Packers 11

  93. Seahawks TOUCHDOWN

    Packers 28 – Seahawks 17

  94. Seahawks TD. Packers 28 – 17

  95. Pack from their 27

  96. Packers ball on their own 26 after kickoff

  97. End of the 3rd quarter

  98. Packers ball on own 34; 2nd and 2

  99. Packers ball on own 32
    3rd and 4

    1. 4th&4 at GB 32
      (14:12) JK Scott punts for 47 yards to Sea21. No return.

  100. Seahawks ball on own 21 after 47 yd punt
    1st and 10

  101. Seahawks from their 21

  102. Packers 28 – Seahawks 21

  103. Seahawks ball on own 40
    1st and 10

  104. Seahawks ball on Packers 46
    1st and 10

  105. Seahawks ball on Packers 26
    1st and 10

  106. Seahawks ball on Packers 21
    2nd and 5

  107. Seahawks ball on Packers 5
    1st & Goal

  108. Seahawks ball on Packers 1
    2nd & Goal

  109. Seahawks TOUCHDOWN

    Will try for 2pt conversion

  110. Wilson sacked

    Packers 28 – Seahawks 23

  111. Seahawks TD. 2 Point Conversion Failed. Packers 28 – 3.

  112. Packers from their 27

  113. Packers ball on own 27; 1st down

  114. Packers ball on own 27; 2nd down

  115. Packers ball on own 27; 3rd down

  116. Packers ball on own 38 1st & 10

  117. Packers ball on own 40; 1ST DOWN

  118. After penalty Packer 1st down on Seahawks 41

  119. Packers 2nd & 9 on Seahawks 40

  120. Packers 3rd & 9 on Seahawks 40

  121. Packers QB sacked; 4th down

  122. After punt Seahawks ball on 23; 1st down

  123. Seahawks from their 23

  124. Seahawks ball on own 35
    1st and 10

  125. Seahawks ball on own 35
    2nd and 10

  126. Seahawks ball on own 40
    3rd & 10

  127. Seahawks QB sacked 4th & 11, 64 Punt into the end zone

    Packers ball on own 20

  128. Punt. Pach from the 25

  129. Packers ball on own 20
    2nd and 10

  130. Packers ball on own 22
    3rd and 8

  131. Packers ball on Seahawks 46
    1st & 10

  132. Packers ball on Seahawks 46
    2nd & 10

  133. 2 Minutes to Play

  134. Packers ball on Seahawks 45
    3rd down

    2 minute end of game warning

  135. Packers 1st down at Seahawks 36

  136. Packers ball on Seattle 37
    2nd & 11

  137. Packers ball on Seattle 37 3rd & 11

  138. Packers ball on Seattle 38
    4th and 12

  139. Pack 28 – 23 Final.

  140. Packers 28 – Seahawks 28

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