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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


Randall Cobb could be headed for big year in 2014

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Top five quarterbacks never to win a Super Bowl

Phil from Ardmore, OK

I know I am looking a little ahead, but I must admit that when I first saw the schedule of Packers vs. New England, I was instantly excited. Of all games on the list, that is the one I am most excited about. I am hoping for some heavy snowfall, mild winds, a heavy dose of the run game and, of course, the aerial attacks by signal callers. What type of weather conditions do you prefer to watch a game in, Vic?

I like classic fall weather. I like the sun peeking out of the clouds, temperatures in the low 50s. It’s the kind of day that smells like football. It’s the kind of day that makes me think of Grantland Rice, who penned what is possibly the greatest lede in football history: “Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again.”

Chris from Coquitlam, BC

Vic, do you think there’s any chance the starting safety duo is Hyde/Dix? Hyde seems like a strong fit at strong safety and if Dix performs well in camp, Burnett could be the odd man out.

I’m getting a lot of this, and I think it’s unfair to Morgan Burnett.

Erik from Anchorage, AK

Vic, based on your email and personal conversations, do Packer fans truly understand how fortunate they are to enjoy a run of success experienced over the last 12 to 13 years?

Yes and no. I think they understand a lot of fan bases haven’t had nearly as many opportunities to cheer as Packers fans have, but the mania to win the Super Bowl has become so intense that anything less than winning the Super Bowl is viewed as failure. That’s very unfortunate because it means most of the seasons of our life are viewed as failures. In my opinion, last season is one of the great success stories in Packers history.

Will from Oswego, IL

Five players from last year’s draft are likely going to be key contributors to our team this year, one of which was the rookie of the year. That’s looking like a pretty good draft, huh? Do you think this year’s class can be as impactful?

I can see each of the Packers’ first five picks being major contributors this season.

Paul from Green Bay, WI

Vic, I would like your thoughts on the running backs of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s vs. more recent backs. Maybe it’s my selective memory, but it seems the earlier running backs could flat outrun the secondary, even when the defense had an angle.

The backs of yesteryear were bigger, stronger, faster than today’s backs. Last year’s rushing champion, LeSean McCoy, would’ve been a utility back in the old days. Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson and Franco Harris were big, fast men. Today’s backs are being asked to do more. They’re play-in-space backs with more wiggle than wallop. The old guys were between-the-tackles pounders that possessed the speed to take it the distance if they broke the line of scrimmage.

Joe from Shenzhen, China

Vic, you’ve caused me to look up a lot of past players and football jargon that I didn’t know. My question is why did eastern Ohio/western Pennsylvania used to be such a hotbed for finding football talent?

That’s where the mills were. Football has always been a game played by hard-scrabble men from hard-scrabble places. The area to which you’re referring was known by recruiters as the “Fertile Crescent.” My high school plays in a league that’s produced Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Tony Dorsett, Darrelle Revis, Mike Ditka, Sean Gilbert, Paul Posluszny, Jimbo Covert, Mercury Morris, Russ Grimm, Bill Fralic, Joe Schmidt, George Blanda, Johnny Lujack, Chuck Muncie, Jack Ham and on and on. I played in a game against Tom Clements. Two African American players – Willie Thrower and Sandy Stephens – hold significant places in football history. Thrower is the first African American quarterback in Big 10 and NFL history. He won a national championship at Michigan State while playing with six of his high school teammates. Stephens led Minnesota to the national title. The old-timers consider Stephens to be one of the great athletes in football history; he’s an interesting read.

Ryan from Platteville, WI

The poll on the home page asks which receiver will lead the Packers in touchdown receptions. What’s your guess? I think Nelson, with Cobb leading in yardage.

I think Randall Cobb could lead the league in receptions this season. Why do I think he could do that? Because he plays in an offense that is going to use him in multiple ways. He was headed for a big year last season when he got hurt.

Joe from Decorah, IA

In retrospect, how much should John Madden be held accountable for the devastation of Jack Tatum and others like him?

Madden shouldn’t be held accountable because Tatum was playing by the rules. Coaches of that era allowed Tatum-like hits because that’s the way the game was played.

Nate from Rice Lake, WI

Vic, I hope that, as fans, we haven’t forever changed your positive outlook towards us.

Nothing could change my opinion of this fan base. It’s the most well-mannered and friendly fan base in the league.

Ryan from Greenfield, WI

I’m too young to know, but was there talk of building a new Lambeau before the renovations?

When I came here in 1983, there was talk around the league of something needing to be done about Lambeau Field. It was not up to league standards. There was speculation the franchise needed to be moved to Milwaukee and into a new stadium.

Mike from Chicago, IL

Vic, you’ve said at least twice that Unitas invented the game. I watched Packers-Colts a lot and realize he had ice in his veins, but some other guys of his era, like Jurgensen, could also throw it around. Please explain.

Johnny Unitas ushered in the modern passing game. Previous to Unitas, the NFL played what I like to call “lob ball.” The ball was thrown for receivers to run under. Unitas gave us the precision passing game. He gave us the sharp down and out, which gave birth to the two-minute drill that’s still used today. An “Ask Vic” reader recently attributed the creation of the back-shoulder pass to Unitas. Otto Graham was a great quarterback, but his game would not have fit in today’s game. Unitas, on the other hand, could’ve stepped right out of the 1958 title game and into last winter’s Super Bowl. I have no doubt he would’ve played better than Peyton Manning.

Justin from Milltown, WI

Who are your top five quarterbacks to never win a Super Bowl?

1) Dan Marino, 2) Jim Kelly, 3) Fran Tarkenton, 4) Dan Fouts, 5) Warren Moon.

John from Logan, UT

I watched “A Football Life” with Ditka the other day. That guy was a jerk to reporters. Do you have any good press room or interview stories about him?

He was great for reporters because he was always a story. I remember interviewing him in 1992. He expressed regret that he didn’t get more Super Bowl wins out of his great Bears teams, and he talked about his team getting old and needing to rebuild. He then spoke of regretting that he didn’t start the rebuilding process earlier, and blamed that on being too loyal to his players. What I remember most is that he said Lombardi did it the right way. He left. Mike Ditka is a treasure for reporters.

Russ from Tarpon Springs, FL

When are you going to answer my question(s) about No. 4? Third request.

You’re lucky. When I came to work this morning, there were only 928 emails in my inbox. It’s a slow day, so this is your big chance. Unfortunately, I don’t know what your question(s) is/are. Sorry, I deleted it/them.

Pablo from Oak Creek, WI

Vic, I took the time to read up on the rules changes of 1978 and compared the game footage. You’re right, it felt like I was watching two different sports. What was football like for you right after the changes?

I wrote a story that the Steelers defense had gotten old and lost a step, and a certain guy known for being mean informed me that it wasn’t age, it was the rules.

Spencer from Richmond, VA

Did the Peyton Manning-era Colts run a spread offense?

They used a lot of spread concepts. They were a thick-playbook team that employed a lot of scheme in their offense, but not when they got inside the 10-yard line. That’s when they tightened down and got real predictable. They ran trap, they ran trap pass. Everybody knew what was coming, but nobody could stop it.

Don from Long Lake, WI

No question, Vic, just a short comment. What makes a name like Redskins derogatory is when you’re a young native boy in the 1970s and boys of a different color put you up against a wall and call you names: redskin, squaw, chief, etc. You never forget that.

Dash 30 dash.






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