If you've come anywhere near a television, computer, newspaper, or Union member any time in the past week, you're probably aware that the great state of Wisconsin has recently voted to disallow collective bargaining for public employees. This is not going to be a political rant, nor a statement on the legality of such a move, so please feel free to follow the jump.
***Author's note: Yes, I realize the bill hasn't been passed in the state Senate yet. I realized my error on my way home this morning, but was more interested in getting to bed than I was getting back on here. My apologies.
If you've come anywhere near a Packer fan (which can be a challenge in itself) at any time in your life, you're certainly aware that the fabled Green Bay Packers are a publicly owned team. They're only too happy to sentimentally gush on about it to anyone who'll listen. They prattle on and on as if it actually means anything to them, like they have a say in the franchise, but that has nothing to do with my point.
Since the Packers are publicly owned, wouldn't that make them all public employees? And wouldn't that mean that they're not allowed to have a collective bargaining contract? And since NFL teams are required to abide by the NFLPA's CBA (whenever that comes to frution), does that mean the Green Bay Packers can no longer exist?
I think that's exctly what it means. Actually, I don't think that at all, but it's certainly a pleasant idea. How fun it would be to laugh at those bloated little sausage-monkeys as they cry and eat dairy and cry about their lost franchise and Britfarv and Lombardi and Ray Nitschke who they're still upset with for all that "God is Dead" stuff (not here in the Heartland he's not, doncha know). Maybe Los Angeles has finally found its team. Ahh, the L.A. Packers; do the pejorative implications get any better than that?