Green Bay Wisconsin, the smallest city of any NFL team, is now at the top of the football world, having returned the Lombardi Trophy to its namesake's home. Furthermore, not only is the city of Green Bay easily the smallest city in terms of population of any in the entire National Football League, but it the only team in professional sports in this country that is own by the citizens of the city. For comparison purposes, Green Bay's population is around 150,000 while Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has over twice that many, or around 300,000 people.
It would have been funny if when the Super Bowl trophy is presented to the owner of the winning team, if some plain citizen had been able to accept it from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The "shareholders" vote in a Board of Directors who run the team, making the same decisions, such as the coaching staff, etc., that any single proprietary owner would do.
Each resident of Green Bay who owns a share of the Packers has a certificate saying so, although that certificate is not worth much more than the paper it is written on. They cannot sell, trade or cash in their stock, but they can proudly display it for all to see, which would be pretty cool to me if I could be a part "owner" of the Baltimore Ravens.
So congratulations to the citizens and owners of the Green Bay Packers, who have earned the respect and envy of at least 30 other teams in the NFL save for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Like New Orleans the prior year, who deserved to feel the excitement and pride of winning a Super Bowl as much as any city in this country, Green Bay is as deserving as any city and should revel in their pride of what is definitely the classic definition of the "home team."