The ring is worth a private showing

The ring

The announcement this past week that the NFL had given the Packers an exemption for the players and management to come together for a special presentation of the championship rings was met with glee and gratitude by all Packers fans.
But when that announcement came down it wasn’t clear whether the presentation would be held in the public arena.
That was until the team announced last week that past practice would be followed … In other words, it was to be a private affair.
My first reaction was that of anger and disappointment. How could the team owned by the fans lock out (pardon the term) the best fans on the planet?
How could the fans not be upset?
But after some careful thought, it became clear that the team’s decision was probably the correct one.
Consider that this will be the last time this group will be together in the same room … Including those who have already been let go (like Al Harris) and those who may never be with the team again (Cullen Jenkins and Nick Barnett?).
Needless to say, it will be a special moment the players and management will cherish for the rest of their lives and as much as members of the media feel they should have the right to be in attendance, it’s not about them.
This is a special night designed for those who have fought together so they could earn one night as a team once more without the glare of the lights and zoom of the camera lenses.
We can allow them that one opportunity, can’t we?
Consider the fans will have the opportunity to celebrate with the team at Lambeau when they hoist the championship flag, and they will have the chance to watch Charles Woodson give his jersey to Barack Obama at the White House. Both those presentations will be public affairs for the entire world.
Giving the team the opportunity to accept their rings in a private setting where they might hug their buddies and maybe even shed a tear or two in private is a small sacrifice for Packers fans.
Be proud of this team … There may never be one quite like it.

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