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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.


  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.



Mike Spofford

Mike Spofford has worked as a sportswriter in Wisconsin since 1995 and has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006. He has covered the Packers' last two Super Bowl appearances, XXXII and XLV.


Packers wary of winless Rams

Posted Oct 15, 2011

Mike McCarthy reminded his players of the scenario at the start of this week.

Two seasons ago, the Packers were facing a winless team coming off a bye. With Josh Freeman making his first NFL start at quarterback for Tampa Bay, Green Bay suffered a maddening 38-28 road loss to the 0-7 Buccaneers.

It might have been the worst loss in McCarthy’s six seasons as head coach.

This week, it’s the 0-4 St. Louis Rams coming off a bye and into Lambeau Field. The Rams have their up-and-coming quarterback in Sam Bradford, and a chance for a new start.

“Anybody in this league that has two weeks to prepare for you definitely creates a bigger challenge,” McCarthy said. “That’s the message and that’s the focus.”

The message appears to have gotten through despite the Rams’ woeful rankings of 31st in the league in total offense and 27th in total defense.

“What we’re watching on film, they’ve had a chance to sit back and watch themselves, as well,” receiver Greg Jennings said. “They’ve evaluated themselves and said ‘We have to fix these things.’ They’re going to come out with some fresh, new ideas. We have to be on high alert.”

McCarthy no doubt also reviewed with his club exactly how they lost to a winless team two years ago – via self-inflicted wounds.

  • Tampa Bay returned a blocked punt for a touchdown when a missed assignment allowed a punt-rusher to run free right up the middle.

  • Immediately after the Packers had taken a 28-17 lead early in the fourth quarter, Green Bay allowed an 83-yard kickoff return that jump-started the Bucs’ comeback, which featured 21 straight points to close the contest.

  • Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw three interceptions, one of which was returned to the Green Bay 8-yard line to set up a TD and another was returned for a score to end the game.

In other words, the Packers must be on alert with regards to themselves as much as with their rested opponent.

“They’re going to have a special plan for us,” Rodgers said. “I think our preparation, keeping that the same is how you prevent whatever you call it, a letdown or overlooking a team.”

Just for kicks, it’s interesting to note that the Buccaneers wore their throwback orange creamsicle-colored jerseys that day in Tampa. The Packers are wearing their 1929 historic replicas on Sunday.

For a throwback player, look no further than the one guy who may have a chance to slow down Green Bay’s prolific passing attack – former Packers cornerback Al Harris.

Recovered from a devastating 2009 knee injury that would have ended a lot of careers, Harris is back for a 14th NFL season as one of four former Packers returning to Lambeau Field. The others are linebacker Brady Poppinga, cornerback Josh Gordy and running back Quinn Porter, who was in training camp with the Packers as an undrafted rookie last season.

Harris is the one likely to have the biggest impact on this game. The Packers receivers know exactly what to expect from the bump-and-run technician.

“Lots of press coverage,” receiver James Jones said. “Watching him on film, he’s playing well, running well. His strength is bump-and-run, and he’s over there telling those guys he knows us a little bit and knows how we play.”

For more Packers-Rams stories from the past week, click here.

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