“The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.” William James
Football is a favorite American past-time and a rallying cry for fans and observers to gather and celebrate the best teams in football sports as they battle each other for a championship ring. Tomorrow, February 6, 2011, will mark the 45th National Football League’s (NFL) championship game aka Superbowl XLV; pitting AFC champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers, against the NFC champions, the Green Bay Packers, for NFL champion of the 2010 season. The winner takes home the Vince Lombardi Trophy and each player gets a championship ring. One thing that stands out when we consider the event is that it represents the power of community. The powerful support a community provides its members, serves as the foundation for all to succeed and accomplish their dreams. CONGRATULATIONS GREEN BAY PACKERS: 31-25 = AARON RODGERS MVP! NEXT YEAR STEELERS.
As per Packers’ head coach, Mike McCarthy‘s Dope Sheet, between them, the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers have won 18 world championships; Green Bay’s 12 titles tops any other team in NFL history. Pittsburgh’s six world championships tops any team in the AFC. Additionally, the Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowl titles and the Green Bay Packers’ clinched three Super Bowl championships which makes both teams rank – #1 and #4 in the league.
One can look to sports teams in general as microcosms of the larger community and note that the actions and effort of each individual, coupled by the support and contributions of the community, assures the success of the whole. Every successful community needs the consent and committed support of its members to grow and thrive. Tomorrow, we will see this premise in action as five critical facets of community building; community, common aspirations, the team/leaders, the fans and the team record come together to strengthen the efforts of the players.
For effective Community Building, we need:
The Community: This can be interpreted as both the smaller community of family and the larger one of locale. Without the support of the community in a give and take fashion, groups and individuals have great difficulty accomplishing their goals. Both teams, the Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin and the Steelers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, like others in the sport, are heavily invested in the communities where they are located. The support and energy that comes from that goodwill helps them flourish during the season, when things go wrong, and continues off season. Both teams give generously to their community both in donations, foundations, community activities and investments. The Packers community effort can be gleaned here and the Steelers here
The Common Aspirations: A group cannot survive without common goals or aspirations. The teams, be it the Steelers, the Packers or any other effective and dedicated team for that matter, rally around the fundamental goal of improving their games each season, ensuring the whole team is ready and able to honor the commitment, and winning the ultimate price as – Superbowl champions. When there are mixed messages in the common goals of a group, be it a business entity, a sports team or even a writing group, the group cannot be fully effective or rise to its strongest place of excellence. The aspirations must be a united one. Below are Stats** of both teams. They are reviewed constantly, by the teams, their managers and owners to find ways to improve.
The Team/Leaders: The team plays a critical role in that each member has a responsibility to contribute to the larger group. Each person plays a key role that impacts the endgame; winning or losing. In the team, there are leaders who rise above the rest and their role is to ensure that every man on the team looks his best. For the Steelers, 2010 Leaders are: Passing-Ben Roethlisberger & Charlie Batch, Rushing-Rashard Mendenhall & Isaac Redman, Receiving-Mike Wallace & Hines Ward. For the Packers, 2010 Leaders are: Passing-Aaron Rodgers & Matt Flynn, Rushing-Brandon Jackson & Aaron, Receiving-Greg Jennings & James Jones. Leadership also comes from the coaches and managers, as well as the owners. The rest of the team provide the buffer and strength that will bring the championship ring home. In addition, the team members show their loyalty and leadership by creating foundations and businesses to give back to the larger community; specifically to those who have supported and helped them. They set an example by showing their communities that they are appreciative of the support. They also set an example for rookies and new members who join the team.
The Fans: The fans are the fuel that keeps the teams energized and eager to go out again and again to prove, one more time, that they appreciate the love and support of the fans, and that the belief in their ability is not mistaken. Sports fans are some of the most dedicated supporters we know. They turn out for their teams every season; win or lose. They buy the merchandise that goes with their team, they defend their team in wins and losses, and they show up at the beginning of a new season ready to go through the process again. The fans demand answers when team members misbehave in public life and expect the best behavior from them. The fan base is necessary to the teams survival; they serve as a lifeline and keep the stadiums full and the energy levels high. Both teams have their fan houses that share vital information to keep all in the loop. The Packers Fans, known for their famous cheese-heads, have come to their team’s financial rescue on several occasions and are financially invested in this publicly traded team. For more on the fan-base for the teams, look at Packers here and Steelers here
The Record: When all is said and done, the record is what holds all the teams accountable for their effort and eminence. It reminds them of where they need to improve and why it all matters in the first place. The goals and aspirations of each team member is reflected in their game history and record. The goals and aspirations of the owners, the coaches, the fans, the community are reflected in the pride they show in their teams record. For those with a less than stellar record, it is the raison d’être to keep going back to the game every season to prove that, once again, they are up to the task. And that makes all the difference. In a Steelers fan poll: What is the key to beating the Packers? Fan Poll – 59% says Pressure Aaron Rodgers. May the best team win tomorrow! What are your thoughts? See Stats Below**
Green Bay Packers FACTS
• Owner: Green Bay Packers, Inc.
• Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
• Established: 1919
• Website: http://www.packers.com/
• Stadium: Lambeau Field
• Division Champions: 1936, 1938, 1939, 1944, 1967, 1972, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007
• Conference Champions: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1996, 1997
• Super Bowl Champions: 1966, 1967, 1996, 2010
Pittsburgh Steelers FACTS
• Owner: The Rooney Family
• Head Coach: Mike Tomlin
• Established: 1933
• Website: http://www.steelers.com/
• Stadium: Heinz Field
• Division Champions: AFC Central: 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001 AFC North: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008
• Conference Champions: AFC: 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1995, 2005, 2008
• Super Bowl Champions: 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008
• 9th Grade Nation
Who/What are you rooting for? What other elements are important for a community to thrive and succeed? Do you belong to a successful community?
Positive Motivation Tip: Connect with a community that supports and empowers you; wake up & seek your die-hard fans – they are as close as your breath.
- Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers: A Look Back at Super Bowl History (football.rawsignal.com)
- Steelers, Packers bring mystique and tradition to Super Bowl (tsn.ca)
- Super Bowl XLV: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers (arkhilario.com)