Fans truly making our world 'Packers Planet'
Is there a more universal football team than the Green Bay Packers?
Well, since NFL Films wrote the copyrighted phrase "America's Team" for the Dallas Cowboys in 1979, that phrase is (sadly in the minds of Packers fans) legally attributed to the silver-starred empire of Jerry Jones.
Never mind the fact that the Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers have good-naturedly competed for the title in spirit over the last three years - particularly during and following their good guy vs. good guy matchup in Super Bowl XLV, inside Jerry Jones' overgrown sandbox.
We're finding that perhaps, the more appropriate phrase is Packers Planet.
Consider all these groups we're finding across the globe - five continents worth.
Of course, Packers fans fill North America, and compete neck-and-neck with Cowboys and Steelers fans groups for the continental championship.
Right, not long until @packers_uk first meet in Sheffield. We want to see as many as possible... Who is coming Green Bay v San Fran on tv— UK Packers (@packers_uk) August 20, 2013
Then, across the English Channel, is Packers France.
Entraînement du jour : pas de Randall Cobb (prudence avec son biceps) mais Datone Jones et Casey Hayward sont de retour ! #Packers— Packers France (@packers_fr) August 19, 2013
(Another one of our Packers contributors, Raymond T. Rivard, did a fascinating writeup on these two fan groups.)
Additionally, Packers bars filled the Abbey Theatre pub in Rome for Super Bowl XLV, even as a Steelers pub was two blocks away from this Packers bar.
We don't know if this guy is a native of Russia or a world traveler, but someone painted Red Square green and gold, too.
Packers fan Ryan – touchdown at Red Square in Moscow. pic.twitter.com/ETgah7qpHr— Packers Everywhere (@packeverywhere) May 29, 2013
So that's two continents on Packers Planet. But there's got to be more.
Well, another nation that bleeds green and gold has a Packers fan base - the very busy sports nation of Brazil.
In the land of Pele and other soccer stars that go by one name, "Packers Brasil" goes double on the green and gold love.
CONFIRMADO: A Estréia do Packers na temporada regular terá transmissão da Espn. O jogo é contra o 49ers.— PACKERS Brasil (@PackersBR) August 20, 2013
Green Bay Packers of Australia has taken to Facebook to spread the Titletown gospel. Additionally, we happen to see a Packers helmet in a bar run by a Packers fan in Jamberoo, Australia - an hour and a half from Sydney.
Thousands of miles north of there on the Pacific rim, a Packers fan group in Japan has set up what they call "Packer Zone."
JSOnline shows Packers bars in Cambodia, China and Thailand as well.
That's five continents worth.
Are we claiming there are monstrous fan bases in these nations that love their sports more than the world's version of football (read: Manchester United & Barcelona), Aussie rules and rugby?
Of course not, but there's definitely Packers representation across the world.
Admittedly, there isn't much evidence of a fan group in Africa, and Antarctica is not exactly populated enough - though the frozen tundra there would lend itself to a fan replay of the Ice Bowl.
Still, I think it's safe to say the Packers fan contingency has spread worldwide, and that's only appropriate for the franchise with the most world championships.
Packers Planet, it is.