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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT Aaron Adams appearance Aaron Adams will make an appearance at the Ohio Valley Regional Event in Pedersen Park in Marinette, WI on Wednesday, July 23, from 8-9:30 p.m.
  • 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.

    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.

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Great players 'beg for the ball' in big games

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Time to pause and collect ourselves for Sunday’s "final act"


James from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Vic, I feel as if with the return of Rodgers, everyone automatically thinks this game goes to Green Bay. I disagree. Like Jordy and James said, it’s still up to everyone to be responsible for their own job. My keys to the game are run early and set up play action, take care of the ball and get off the field on third down. You agree? What are your keys? I predict a Packers win, but I do not take Chicago lightly. Who do you think wins?

I don’t have a strong feel for who wins the game, but I do have a strong feel for what the challenges are that each team faces. The Packers defense, in my opinion, has to play above the X’s and O’s. Not having Clay Matthews is going to stress the Packers defense in the flats. I think the Bears are going to dump the ball to Matt Forte in the flat and force the Packers linebackers to run laterally. If the Packers can’t cover in the flat, Dom Capers will be forced to make critical decisions. Involve the corners in the screen game and you run the risk of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery running by you. The same risk applies to getting the eighth man in the box against the run. The Packers offense needs to sustain long drives and dominate time of possession. This game will not end well for the Packers if the defense is on the field for much more than 26-28 minutes. Special teams will be every bit as big as they were in the Steelers game; cold weather and less-than-ideal field conditions often allow for big plays on special teams. Those are my thoughts.

Don from Torrington, CT

Have you ever covered an athlete as confident, competitive and prepared as Aaron Rodgers appears to be?

Sure I have, and they’ve all been great players. Terry Bradshaw immediately comes to mind. He never wilted. As the games got bigger, he played better. Bradshaw was 4-0 in Super Bowls and Roger Staubach was the opposing quarterback in two of those games. Imagine what it must be like to have a guy on the other team entertaining the media at the Super Bowl all week by telling them you’re so dumb you couldn’t spell cat if you were spotted the c and the a. Imagine then going out and turning in a record-setting performance. That’s what great players do. They respond to challenge. Aaron Rodgers is that kind of player. He never wilts. This is another example of his grit and determination. It’s the biggest game of the year, he’s on nearly two months of inactivity and he begged for the ball. I am in awe of these men.

Rich from Chicago, IL

Vic, this Chicago-born, life-long Packers fan can’t help wondering what a screen pass is all about. I thought a screen pass was a tactic to thwart an imposing pass rush and help keep the quarterback healthy.

Screens and draws are plays used to cause hesitation in a team that’s pinned back its ears to rush the quarterback, but a screen pass is also a play a team will use to test the range of an opponents’ linebackers. There’s an old axiom: You don’t screen against good linebackers. With Clay Matthews out of the game, the Bears are going to test the Packers’ linebackers with screen-type passes. Finding support without exposing yourself somewhere else will be a challenge.

Adam from Madison, WI

My plan to watch the game in the airport was hosed by flex scheduling. Can the drama be over by the end of the third?

I think you know the answer to that, Adam. This is one of those games that you have to watch for three hours to find out if the final minute of the game is going to make your life better or worse. Remember, “The Natural” had two endings. The book ended one way and the movie ended another way. Which will it be on Sunday, the book or the movie? In two days, we’ll have our answer. Now, it’s time to relax and wait.

 

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