Coming Up
  • 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.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • 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.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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'Ask Vic' goes to Lambeau

Posted Feb 18, 2011

First days are always a little awkward, but this wasn’t your typical first day because this wasn’t your typical workplace I was entering. This was Lambeau Field, a football Fatima, if you please, and as I was walking up the steps toward the statues of Vince Lombardi and Curly Lambeau that guard the entrance to their 72,928-seat memorial, I felt my heart beat faster. Did I mention that the team that plays inside Curly’s and Coach Lombardi’s house is the reigning Super Bowl champion?

This was intimidating stuff, folks. I kind of felt Curly was pointing as if to say, “Get outta here, pal,” but, of course, it’s just a statue and Curly points like that for everybody that walks between his and Coach Lombardi’s, so, I soaked in the emotion of the moment, steeled myself and entered the third and likely final phase of my life as a football writer.

Hi, folks, I’m the new “Editor/Producer, Packers Media Group.” As a rather comely female Packers fan said to me moments after the team’s win in Super Bowl XLV: “Pinch me so I know it’s real.”

Tuesday was my first day and it was, of course, all about new things: a new parking lot, new office, new coffee machine, new bathroom, new computer, new codes and security procedures and lots and lots of new faces. That’s always the toughest part because you know you won’t remember one person’s name one minute after you’ve been introduced to them.

First days were a lot easier when they truly were my first days: They gave you a desk, a typewriter and a stack of typing paper. The most demanding task you faced was cleaning up the ham and cheese mess the desk’s previous tenant left in the top-right drawer.

In those days, all the men seemed to be named John and all the women were Mary. You’d get a Joe, a Bill, a Bob and you’d meet a few Sues and a Betty. Tuesday, I met my first-ever LaFawn.

I also couldn’t help but notice that I have ties older than most of the people I met and I think I detected a collective giggle when the IT girl with the cute smile delivered my Blackberry. Turning it on won’t be a problem because I can’t even turn it off.

I did my best to hide my terrible Pittsburgh accent, but I heard it rear its ugly head a few times and I know that as I drop my guard the problem will become more pronounced, especially considering that the Wisconsin accent is the antithesis, the absolute counter culture, to the affliction of the tongue I possess.

Anyhow, I reported back to work for day two and I began the day by penning these words to you because, after all, the Packers aren’t paying me to recite in alphabetical order the names of my co-workers; they’re paying me to write for you.

Let’s talk about that, please.

I’m going to begin my work on packers.com by launching, in a very humble way, a column I did for jaguars.com entitled “Ask Vic.” It’s a mailbag Q&A jaguars.com readers came to enjoy and it developed a rather robust and loyal following during its 10-year run.

The rules are simple: You ask a question and if that question is selected to be answered, it and the answer will appear in “Ask Vic” on packers.com. We’ll identify you only by your first name and hometown.

My promise to you, just as it was to jaguars.com readers, is that I will read every question submitted. Obviously, I won’t answer them all, but I will read, in some part, every question I receive. Your effort is deserving of mine.

You may ask any question on any subject. If there’s something you wanna say, say it. I’m likely to select questions that are topical – next week I’ll be at the scouting combine so that’ll likely be the topic of next week’s columns – but offbeat questions often capture my fancy. I also love football history. Hey, it’s one of the reasons I’m here.

Here’s what I don’t want: venom. I invite playfulness, but leave that double-chinstrap-pull bravado for the message boards, please. I want readers who can give a shot and take a shot, but do each with a smile. Hey, let’s have some fun, huh?

Some years ago I had a reader from Thousand Oaks, Calif., rip into me. I mean the guy was really angry at me and the mailbag had been getting a little too edgy for the column’s good in recent days so I decided to cut off a couple of the guy’s oaks and from that point on he was identified in the column as having been from 998 Oaks, Calif., if you know what I mean. It was all in fun, of course.

Well, he resurfaced for my “Ask Vic” farewell tour on jaguars.com recently and wrote of how he had continued to read the column every day and loved it, and it was a proud moment for me and the column because it was the perfect example of what the column is intended to be: a passionate, emotional and sometimes edgy exchange between fans and a sportswriter who owns old ties and loves to talk, write and debate football, but we never, ever lose our respect for each other.

Did I mention that we had an “Ask Vic” golf tournament in Jacksonville? Yeah, filled it up every year. “Ask Vic” truly became a family.

Having said all of that, it’s now time to launch “Ask Vic” on packers.com. We’ll start slow, and then the next day we’ll let it rip.

 
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