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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.


Ask Vic


Micah Hyde will be a player to watch in 2014

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Packers cannot change alternate jersey until 2015 at the earliest

DB Micah Hyde

The regular writer of "Ask Vic," packers.com Editor Vic Ketchman, is out of the office on Monday. Staff Writer Mike Spofford is temporarily filling in to answer your "Ask Vic" questions.

Kris from Rhinelander, WI

Oh, no … is today another “Lost Vic”!?

No. I was thrown into substitute mode at the last minute, so the column is a little delayed today. In the interests of time, it's also a little shorter than normal. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Neal from Hayes, VA

Are we going to address the defense problem in the secondary?

Mike McCarthy has already said Micah Hyde deserves an opportunity to be an every-down player, which I take to mean he’ll be given a chance to start at safety in the base defense. He already played plenty of nickel and dime and likely will have a role there regardless. Casey Hayward is expected back from injury after a lost second season. And with nine draft picks, I would imagine at least one if not two will be defensive backs.

David from Cable, WI

A theory about motivation. Players and their agents will tell you that money motivates them. The more the better. I think a player who is cut because he makes too much will be more motivated to prove his old team wrong. I believe that DeMarcus Ware will do more for Denver than he would have for Dallas. That does not mean that cutting them was a bad move. I think that a player has to go through the process to get the edge you talk about. Which is why T.T. can look for bargains later.

I like the way you think, and I think Vic would, too. But I also like the fact that by signing two players who were cut (Julius Peppers and Letroy Guion) and not technically unrestricted free agents, Thompson will still come out ahead in the compensatory pick calculations for next year because Peppers and Guion won’t count against the Packers.

Thomas from Milwaukee, WI

Have there always been compensatory picks?

They’ve existed since 1994, the year after free agency entered the NFL in 1993. In the early years of the system, compensatory picks could be traded like any other draft pick, but now they cannot be traded. Greg from Red Wing, MN, asked about whether the player selected with a compensatory pick can be traded, and I believe the answer is yes, but I don’t know if that player would have to be signed to a contract first.

Jeff from Albuquerque, NM

Vic, this year seems to be the most boring offseason, not because of the minimal Packers movement, but the long lag and delay until the draft ... moreso than previous years. How do we overcome this long lag?

It does seem to be taking forever to get to the draft, I hear you on that one. But the Peppers signing was the biggest offseason move by this team since Woodson eight years ago. That has to tide you over at least a bit. The schedule should be coming out within the next couple of weeks. Will that help?

Eric from Saint Jacob, IL

Second-season Gold Package season-ticket holder here. Does the NFL take the Packers' split season-ticket holder base into account from season to season? Last year I got Lions and Eagles. Who will we likely see in home games two and five this year?

I can’t imagine the league schedule-maker takes any considerations like that into account. I know back when the Packers first started playing all their home games in Green Bay, Bob Harlan used to ask the league to not make the second or fifth regular-season home game a night game for travel reasons for the Milwaukee fans. But that only lasted so long. The Packers have had a Gold Package night game three of the last six years.

Luke from Marietta, GA

My wife says you probably fell on your face as a kid chasing a soccer ball. That is why you hate it.

I can’t imagine Vic ever chased a soccer ball in his life. If he saw one rolling by, he would just watch, but only briefly.

Greg from Wausau, WI

Vic, every year the Packers play on the weekend of deer rifle season in Wisconsin. What are your thoughts on a different jersey involving camouflage or blaze orange for the home game closest to this date?

Speaking for Vic can be dangerous in my position, but I don’t think he’d mind if I said we need to give this whole uniform thing a rest. I think all the blaze orange in the bleachers on the opening weekend of deer hunting is one of the neatest sights of the season. I wouldn’t want to change anything related to that tradition. As for any other alternate jerseys or uniforms, technically, the Packers can’t develop another one until 2015 (and I’m not saying they even will), because league rules permit a team to develop an alternate jersey only once every five years, and the current 1929 throwbacks were unveiled in 2010.

Brian from Hamilton, NJ

I'm with Ryan from St. Charles, IL, regarding my "dislike" of the Harbaugh-Kaepernick tandem. Aside from the fact that we can't seem to beat these two guys (which prevents us from getting back to the Super Bowl), I really have no idea how you can distinguish Kaep's "taunt" of kissing his bicep from Rodgers' "celebration" of doing the belt. They're both having fun and their fans seem to enjoy it. Why all the disgust?

With regard to anyone’s celebration, I don’t really care. I just try to find the humor, and to me they’re funny when players mock other players’ stunts. Remember when Terrell Owens did the Ray Lewis dance once? That was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

Connor from St. Paul, MN

I completely agree that BAP is the way to go in the draft. My question is whether position is used to help determine the value of a player. For example, teams appear to value quarterbacks (big impact, long career) more than running backs (less impact, short career). If so, to what extent?

I think quarterbacks fall into a different category altogether, for obvious reasons. I think your comment about running backs speaks to why it seems fewer and fewer are drafted high every year.

Cory from Franklin, WI

Vic, love the column! My question is are you sure you want Eric Ebron? I agree a playmaking tight end would be a luxury but doesn't Aaron really make everybody look good? The needs on defense make the lack of a tight end on offense seem tiny, especially when you realize the depth at running back to help Aaron even more.

If Eric Ebron is there at 21 and he’s the best player on your board, you take him. Given the uncertainty with Finley, it could be the perfect mesh of need and value. Are there more needs on defense? Sure. But you still have eight more picks after the first round. That’s what BAP drafting is all about.

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