Packers Nation's reach means two 'G' logos in Georgia
Jay Hodgson, Packers contributor
CREATED Sep. 14, 2013
I grew up near Green Bay as a die hard Packers fan before my career took me to the picturesque city of Savannah, Georgia.
My address may have changed, but my football allegiance has not. My blood runs green and gold.
Despite living in Georgia, I don’t consider myself living in enemy territory. In fact, this neck of the woods is quite Packers-friendly.
The Atlanta Falcons do not have a monopoly on the fanbase. To my initial surprise, they aren’t even the most popular football team in Savannah.
It’s a close call, but the University of Georgia Bulldogs are the most popular.
You may be surprised, but the Packers are not a distant third place preference. They may even be the second most popular team in town.
Savannah is a true melting pot community. We have a large military presence, a shipping port, the aviation industry, and two state universities.
These likely bring many Packers fans to the area. They brought me here. I feel right at home while living so far away from my homeland of Wisconsin.
The Packers first donned their famous “G” helmet logo in 1961.
The University of Georgia licensed the Packers “G” logo for their helmets in 1964.
The logos are similar except for some color differences. Both fanbases are just as loyal and express great pride in their “G”.
I see “G” logos all over town. While walking around my neighborhood, I usually wear some sort of Packers apparel, proudly showcasing the original and true “G” logo.
Since it is so similar to the Georgia logo, it frequently gets confused by those crossing my path. I often hear a friendly, “Go Dawgs” chant from them.
Not wanting to be rude to my new acquaintances, I’ll give a generous smile or perhaps a thumbs-up.
Since I am not a Georgia Bulldogs fan, I don’t make the same friendly mistake when I see their logos.
But, I see and correctly acknowledge many Packers “G” logos around town.
I also see many Packers jerseys, especially around game day.
The Aaron Rodgers #12 and the Clay Matthews #52, both in green and pink varieties, are clear fan favorites down here.
Super Bowl XLV championship hats and t-shirts are extremely popular.
We Packers fans are great at recognizing each other. I have several, albeit brief, conversations in parking lots or the shopping mall about the current state of the Packers, the roster, and predicted upcoming wins.
We also say our battle cry, “Go Pack Go” and conclude with a handshake or high-five.
The Green and Gold is well-represented in Savannah. There’s even a “Packers” bar not too far from my home.
The Atlanta Falcons, however, are not as well-represented. Individual game tickets are frequently available on trader sites and from brokers.
Also, there’s a new television ad campaign being broadcast in my market. The message is subtle, but it is essentially asking the viewers to please root for the Falcons.
That sort of thing would be unthinkable in Wisconsin.
The Packers season ticket waiting list is over 105,000 people long and newly added people will get their tickets in 105 years.
Also, we would never see any sort of television ad asking for us to root for them.
Packers fans are born. It comes naturally. We know a good thing when we see it.
Season tickets are closely guarded family treasures that are passed on as prized heirlooms.
Hotel rooms are booked a year in advance by fans traveling from all over to see the games played on hallowed Lambeau Field ground.
Packers fans travel well. I’ve not been able to get a game ticket for whenever the Packers visit the Georgia Dome.
Being a Packers fan is a way of life. We live it wherever we venture. Our bond is unified in all corners of this great country.
While the Dallas Cowboys may have trademarked the “America’s Team” moniker, the Packers influence is truly more far-reaching.
The United States is most definitely a Packers Nation.
In my case, there are definitely two “G” logos proudly flying over Georgia. The frozen tundra thrives in the southern heat.
Fly your Packers “G” logo with pride. It will be recognized wherever you go. You won’t be alone.