The best, worst, and still-available Packers and Brewers novelty license plates
Wisconsin takes its professional sports teams quite seriously.
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There is a 30-year wait list for Packers fans to be granted the right to purchase face value tickets. Many of those people eagerly threw down $250 in exchange for a non-transferable certificate proclaiming them part owner of the publicly owned franchise. Citizens of Milwaukee County and four other surrounding counties have been paying an additional 0.6 percent sales tax since 1996 (and could be through 2018, at the latest) to fund a stadium, which finds approximately 3 million ticket holders passing through its turnstiles annually—regardless of the team’s play. Honest to god, some people even own a Milwaukee Bucks jersey.
In recent years, the Wisconsin Department Of Transportation has given legions of devoted sports fans throughout the state another way to show their support for the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers: license plates. In addition to regular registration fees, drivers can get plates with Packers or Brewers logos for a $15 issuance fee and a yearly $25 “contribution” that’s allegedly put towards operation and maintenance costs at Lambeau Field or Miller Park. Moreover, Packers and Brewers plates can be personalized for an additional $15 fee, incurred annually.
Astoundingly, Wisconsin drivers have not only taken to team-specific plates en masse, countless drivers throughout the state gladly add $15 MORE to their yearly licensing fees so they can personalize their Packers and Brewers plates. Others pay extra to personalize standard plates in the name of local sports. The A.V. Club took our eyes off the road and captured some of our favorite sports plate tributes we’ve seen so far.
Plates Professing Allegiance
You’d think doling out a $15 issuance fee and $25 annually—on top of the increasingly expensive license stickers—for a thin piece of identifying metal imprinted with a sports team’s logo is enough of a gesture to the home team. Think again. Without plates like CRWGAL and PCKRS1 (since PCKRS must already be taken), how can strangers on the road be entirely sure of your rooting interests? Letting people know you saw Robin Yount’s 3,000th hit—or that you were one of the dozens of people who sat through that abomination Mr. 3000?—is an equally good way to do this.
We all have our favorite player. But only a few people can be his or her favorite player’s biggest fan. Shelling out extra money for a plate reading ROLLIE or GOAROD is a good start to making your fellow fans seem like disloyal pieces of shit. Better yet, use those available characters to honor three players, like this Brett Favre/LeRoy Butler/Reggie White homage. CHMURA is available, and it would look great plastered on the front end of a 17-year-old model. We’re also partial to something more along the lines of CRILL0, JORDY87, 85SUX, SEGURA9, UECK3R, G0G027, LUUUUC, and GY4CLY (all available).
To many Brewers fans, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages are part of the team. This sentiment especially comes out when players like Scooter Gennett, Khris Davis, and Caleb Gindl are regulars on the roster. CHRIZ0 and ITAL1N are already spoken for, but relax—there are still three more meats to choose from, not to mention spelling variations thereafter.
Sure, your team-issued plates that support your beloved franchise will clue people in to the fact you’re a “sports head” (a term we call ourselves). But sometimes a well-placed sports term goes a long way to hammering home the “I like sports” point. DBLPLY is an obvious variation of “double play,” and—unless someone out there really loves both the Brewers and the network that “has the movies”—FXGEEK is a personalization related to tracking the location of pitches during an at-bat. The “GEEK” part is redundant. A quick search indicates IFFLY (infield fly), 3RUNHR, and 4THN26 (too soon?) are available.
If you’re handing your hard-earned money to a government agency for some stupid-ass novelty plate with a logo of your region’s preferred team on it, you might as well go all in and choose an obscure, random, and seemingly non-sports-related terms. Hope you didn’t want JEBUS or ZORBO, though.