Magazine article Tablet Magazine

So, Packers or Steelers?

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

So, Packers or Steelers?

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I supposed last week that the Green Bay Packers are slightly more deserving of Jew-love than the Pittsburgh Steelers. On the other hand, I yesterday published a feature about the fundamental and crucial Jewishness of the American Football League, the defunct federation whose 10 teams were absorbed into the American Football Conferencewhose representative, this year, is the Steelers. On the other hand, the Steelers (like the Packers) are of course an old-line NFL team that existed decades before the AFL; they were merely one of three teams that moved to the AFC after the 1970 merger (can you name the other two? Answer* after the jump).

Before you make up your mind, consider two excellent recent JTA articles. In one, we learn that Curly Lambeau, who in 1919 founded the Packers (whose legendary field bears his name), had a good friend who was a Jewish cattle rancher, Nate Abrams, who helped him and even played on the squad. In the other, top Jewish-sports blogger Ron Kaplan talks to Randy "The Rabbi" Grossman, the Jewish tight end of the legendary 1970s Steelers squads that reached four Super Bowls, and won 'em all.

So: Who's your team? I'll be rooting for the Packers, as will Rabbi Andy, as will, apparently, James Besser of New York Jewish Week (a Bears fan, no less! …

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