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Copy the business plan of the Green Bay Packers. Sell the meaningless stock of the Vikings to fans who will swoon over being “shareholders.”

It’s been a sure fire winner of a plan for the Packers. They have won 13 NFL championships while the Vikings have won wait for it, wait zero.

Green Bay is the only publicly owned NFL team. It has sold almost 5 million shares to more than 100,000 stockholders.

And it’s currently selling another 250,000 shares to finance a $143 million improvement of Lambeau Field. wholesale jerseys from china In the first two days, it sold 185,000 shares at $250 apiece.

Given the team’s success, you may think this is a wise investment. It would be, except the shares are worthless other than for bragging rights about being an “owner” of the world champions. That’s because the stock never increases in value and dividends are never awarded. All profits are reinvested in the team; there’s no billionaire owner taking his cut to finance a jet with mink seat covers.

Even though it’s a worthless piece of paper, the stock certificate means bragging rights, which have high value in our brash society. Besides, ownership means they honestly can use the word “we” when talking about the team. They honestly can wear team jerseys with their last names on the back.

And they don’t have to worry about a carpetbagger named Zygi taking ownership and then blackmailing locals to pay for a stadium. It’s better to have stockholders willfully subsidizing the team.

Based on a poll of the Vikings diehards/rubes in the newsroom, there is a hearty appetite for buying shares to pay for a new stadium and for a defensive back that can stay in the same area code as a receiver.

Green Bay is the only publicly owned NFL team. It has sold almost 5 million shares to more than 100,000 stockholders.

And it’s currently selling another 250,000 shares to finance a $143 million improvement of Lambeau Field. In the first two days, it sold 185,000 shares at $250 apiece.

Given the team’s success, you may think this is a wise investment. It would be, except the shares are worthless other than for bragging rights about being an “owner” of the world champions. That’s because the stock never increases in value and dividends are never awarded. All profits are reinvested in the team; there’s no billionaire owner taking his cut to finance a jet with mink seat covers.

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The Dingwall men’s first shot on goal came in eight minutes when clever footwork from Brewster set up a chance for Sean Higgins 25 yards from goal and his drive only cleared Kevin Cuthbert’s bar by a few feet.
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Morton were starting to impose themselves on the game and they were almost gifted the lead when Andy Downie’s back header sneaked past Derek Soutar and the visiting goalkeeper had to dive backwards to stop the ball as it squirmed towards the goalline. Russell missed another opportunity in 28 minutes when Jim McAlister skipped down the left and picked the striker out as he ran in on goal. However, Russell’s diving header went well wide of goal. Soutar kept the scoreline blank in 33 minutes with a fine one handed save when he stretched to turn round a net bound 20 yard shot from the luckless Russell.

The second half started bathed in sunshine. The home side again looked most likely to open the scoring when Ryan McGuffie broke forward to send a looping header towards goal from 10 yards out and Soutar tipped over as the ball looked set to dip in.

Brewster’s footwork created another opportunity as he released Mark McCulloch, only for the midfielder to send a tame shot wide. However, this venture forward inspired the Dingwall men and they took the lead shortly afterwards in 55 minutes.

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Police on Wednesday mourned a decorated police dog that was killed just after it sunk its teeth into the forearm of a robbery suspect it had tracked by scent for a half mile.

The suspect, 20 year old Skyler Robinson, swung his arm and the German shepherd named Schultz into the path of a car on Tuesday evening as the dog’s handler, Gloucester Township Police Cpl. Mark Pickard, watched. The car struck the dog and grazed Robinson.

The man escaped across the highway only to be caught more than three hours later in a manhunt joined by about 100 police officers from several surrounding towns. wholesale nfl jerseys The Philadelphia Police Department sent a helicopter to join in the search even though windy, wet weather was grounding other department flights.

“Officer Schultz gave his life for Cpl. Pickard and all the other officers,” Gloucester County Police Chief Harry Earle said at a grim news conference Wednesday.

Schultz, a 3 1/2 year old, joined the force in 2008 and was given his name as the result of an essay contest in a school in the Philadelphia suburb. http://www.cheapnfljerseysonsale.top/ The winning entry, from a fifth grader, said the dog should be named after Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, a tough hockey player for the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s.

The dog lived with Pickard, his wife and three children. Their awards together included a 10th place finish in a national police dog competition in October in Hammond, La.

Chief Earle said the dog, like the two others on the force, did police work daily and once tracked down a shotgun used in a shooting in the town.

On Tuesday evening, the call was a robbery. Two men had taken about $300 from a Chinese restaurant called Lucky Dragon.

Schultz followed their odor to bushes near Route 42 and pounced on Robinson, Earle said.

Robinson was arrested later that night and charged with inflicting harm on a law enforcement animal, which is punishable in New Jersey by up to five years in prison. He’s also charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, resisting arrest and cruelty to animals. He had puncture wounds on his arm where Schultz bit him, and injured an ankle in his getaway, Earle said.

A second man, 19 year old Evan Scotese, was arrested Wednesday and charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and resisting arrest.

Both are from Washington Township and each was being held in the Camden County Jail on bail of $150,000. It was not clear whether either man had a lawyer.

Earle said police were seeing if the two might be linked to other robberies.

Meanwhile, it was a time of mourning for police in Gloucester Township, where the flag in front of the municipal building was at half staff on Wednesday.