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.