Step right up, everything has a price

by - February 24, 2009 - Posted in Offseason

From pieces of the field goal uprights ($75) to stadium seat backs ($50) to restroom signs ($100) to plastic sideline stars ($1000), everything was for sale and everything had a price.  Even autographs were for sale ($25).  For $10, you could get your picture taken with Mel Renfro, as long as you brought your own camera.  The bill is probably in the mail for the fresh air and sunshine enjoyed.

Surely we fans were forking over our hard-earned paychecks on artifacts from a recent Super Bowl winner, or even a playoff victory… But no, we’re expected as fans to spend this kind of money on a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game in 12 seasons.

Since when have we as fans been defined not by our passion but by our possessions?  When did this fundamental shift occur?  You guess in a free market, something is only worth what someone else will pay for it.  It’s the law of supply and demand.

It’s time we demand more!  In this current economic environment there were hundreds of people shelling out their cash for trinkets, posters, mementos.  But that’s not what they need or crave.  They want to be part of something bigger.  They want to feel the exhilaration of the big play going their way, of the last minute score that sends their team to victory, of the pure and unadulterated joy of winning.

GM Jerry must realize that the fans do not owe him anything.  They do not need to keep footing this bill of futility.  Jerry, you cannot have it both ways.  You cannot act like, promote, and charge us for a superior product when you are fielding a disaster.  You owe us a decent chance at winning.  You owe us to get out of your own way.  You owe us, and we’re ready to collect.

6 Responses to Step right up, everything has a price

Ryan

February 24th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

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If last year had honestly gone better, I might have considered the $100 chunk of metal that was once a field goal post…

Mike

February 24th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

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If ANY OF THE PAST TWELVE SEASONS had gone better it might even be imaginable. GM Jerry is screwing Owner Jerry again.

CowboysNation.net

February 24th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

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I disagree. People bought that stuff in spite of Jerry Jones. That place has a history from before JJ that is still more prevalent today than anything since he bought the team. Even the Super Bowls of the 90's struggle to compare with the history before Jones came along.

Jones should be applying the sentiments in this article toward the new stadium. He took an “if you build it, they will come” mentality towards it, and while it's nice to have that stadium opening this year, he's asking Steelers prices for a Raiders performance. Hopefully 09 will be different than 08 though.

KDNet

February 24th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

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Steelers prices for Raiders performance – I like the description! I think you just coined a new phrase

CowboysNation.net

February 25th, 2009 at 1:39 am

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I disagree. People bought that stuff in spite of Jerry Jones. That place has a history from before JJ that is still more prevalent today than anything since he bought the team. Even the Super Bowls of the 90's struggle to compare with the history before Jones came along.

Jones should be applying the sentiments in this article toward the new stadium. He took an “if you build it, they will come” mentality towards it, and while it's nice to have that stadium opening this year, he's asking Steelers prices for a Raiders performance. Hopefully 09 will be different than 08 though.

KDNet

February 25th, 2009 at 2:39 am

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Steelers prices for Raiders performance – I like the description! I think you just coined a new phrase