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Cheese Curds, 7/25: Don’t tell us our stock is worthless

Owning shares in the Packers goes far beyond a piece of paper, something that people on the outside just can’t seem to understand.

NFL: Green Bay Packers Shareholder's Meeting Green Bay Press Gazette-USA TODAY Sports

Every year in late July, people come out of the woodwork to share their opinions on one of the Green Bay Packers’ most cherished traditions and unique qualities. The Packers’ shareholders meeting is a chance each summer for the thousands of people across the world who own a piece of the team to get together in their shared commitment to the organization and be treated to presentations by the primary operators of the franchise.

It’s also a chance for national columnists and fans of other teams to bash Packers fans as stupid for paying for a glorified piece of wall art.

Well, those people can shove it.

For us shareholders, it’s not a potential investment return that made us buy in; it doesn’t bother us that we can’t buy more shares and round up a voting majority in one place. It’s the feeling of connection that we have to our football team that other fans can’t have that drove us to make the investment. It’s knowing that by voluntarily buying in, we helped to ensure the financial stability and viability of the team in the long run.

And that, my friends, is priceless.

Packers shareholders meeting: Game day-like celebration | Packersnews.com
The annual meeting on Monday was a chance for fans to get together and celebrate their love of the franchise, and to join in with fellow shareholders in their support of the team. It should come as no surprise that the morning air in the parking lots around Lambeau were filled with the smells of charcoal and bratwurst.

Green Bay Packers see an 'energized' Ted Thompson at GM - ESPN
Although Ted has appeared to be slowing down a bit in recent years, Mark Murphy suggests that the Packers GM is still as vigorous as ever. He went farther to say that Ted could get another contract extension after his current deal ends two years from now -- if Ted wants to keep working and still enjoys doing it.

Packers president primes fans for Super Bowl run | NFL.com
And why shouldn’t he? Mark Murphy made a comment that sent the shareholders into a frenzy. “It’s going to be a lot of fun for all of our fans to drive across the state for the Super Bowl,” he said, referencing the fact that this year’s game is being held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Donald Driver's 'amazing' story never gets old | Packers.com
Driver flashed his trademark toothy grin this weekend when he was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame by the GM who drafted him, Ron Wolf. The Hall of Fame GM even told a story about Driver's draft day, saying that he was graded as a fourth-rounder on the Packers' board but lasted until round seven.

LaDainian Tomlinson predicts a monster year for Packers RB Ty Montgomery | Packers Wire
LT says he thinks Montgomery could go for 1,500 total yards and 15 touchdowns. Sign us up for that.