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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.




Point, counterpoint: Are prime-time games good or bad for a team?

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Mike SpoffordPackers.com Staff Writer Mike Spofford says they’re good for a team.

We’ll find out in the next couple of weeks how many prime-time games the Packers get in 2012. Notice I said how many, not if. The Packers getting prime-time games is a given these days, so everyone might as well embrace it.

And why not? Sure, there’s a little downside to getting the players’ routine jostled around for the occasional Monday or Thursday game, but the adjustment is worth it. Sixteen games make for a long season, and if there are a few in the spotlight that re-energize the players and fans along the way, that’s a good thing. The routine isn’t significantly disrupted for a Sunday night game anyway, except if it’s on the road and there’s that late-night flight home.

Mike McCarthy has always used the occasional Thursday game to his team’s advantage, giving the players some extra rest for the next game following the short week of preparation. It’s worth noting McCarthy is 5-0 following an extended break after a Thursday game over his six seasons (the Packers played back-to-back Thursday games in 2007, losing the second of those in Dallas on a “regular” week but then winning the following game after a break).

As for the short week following a Monday night game, McCarthy has adjusted fine then, too. He’s 6-2 on Sundays following Monday nighters, including 4-0 dating back to Week 17 of 2008.

There are always exceptions, but most players love playing in prime time. They know their peers around the league are watching, and that puts a little extra bounce in their step. These guys crave the big stage and, until playoff time, the biggest stage is in prime time. It provides environmental prep for the postseason.

It’s a bonus for the fans, too, especially Packers fans. This team boasts a truly nationwide fan base, and prime-time games allow all of the team’s fans to tune in live without having to pony up the cash for a satellite package or a trip to a sports bar. There’s nothing wrong with those pursuits, of course, but Packers fans become much more connected to their team when they see it play on national TV under the lights. It drives interest, which builds the brand and that pays off down the road.

Maybe I’m pushing the point too much, but I still think there’s something special about playing in the only game of the moment, when the whole country is watching.

And here’s the best reason. Playing in prime time means your team is worth watching, because the league and the networks don’t showcase duds. The Packers once went six consecutive seasons (1987-92) without a single Monday night game. The number of playoff appearances those years was a big fat zero, as well.

Vic KetchmanPackers.com Editor Vic Ketchman says they’re bad for a team.

Give me 16 kickoffs at noon on Sunday and I’ll see you in the playoffs. Nothing beats routine.

Don’t believe me? Then why are coaches obsessed with maintaining routine? They schedule flights for road games to leave at the same time as often as possible. Routine promotes consistency.

It also promotes good sleeping habits. Postgame ritual involves the winding-down period, and late-night games tend to produce sleepless nights and that often results in a day or two of catching up on the sleep and probably a sluggish day or two of practice.

What teams want a lot of prime-time games? Teams that need to expose their brands. Clearly, as evidenced by the Packers fans the Packers draw wherever they play, the Packers brand is not in need of exposure.

Let’s look at next year’s road schedule: Hey, that game in Seattle is a strong candidate to be played at prime time. Wanna fly back from Seattle in the middle of the night as you turn your watch forward two hours? Try it sometime and let me know whether it’s Thursday or Friday that you begin feeling human again.

That rematch with the Giants? It has prime time written all over it. Let’s see, game over at 11:30 ET, followed by an hour or so of postgame locker room, then a pleasant drive down the New Jersey Turnpike before a flight back to Green Bay that would likely land at about three in the morning Central Time. Now rush home from the airport, jump in bed and stare at the ceiling until you fall asleep an hour before it’s time to wake up and go to work.

It’s the penalty high-profile teams have to pay. The Packers are good for TV ratings and TV ratings are good for the league, so the Packers have a pretty good idea they’re going to be served a full plate of prime-time games when the schedule is released.

The way I figure, at least two of their division games will be at prime time. Home games against the Saints and 49ers are also candidates for the national TV eye.

Fans love it. National TV makes the fans’ team one of the darlings of the league. I would also agree that prime-time games harden a team emotionally for the postseason.

OK, a few won’t hurt, but too many can wear a team down. All of those hours spent walking around trying to kill time on a Monday afternoon, or sitting in a hotel room watching other teams play on a Sunday, are hours wasted. They’re hours players would love to be able to spend on sleep in the rushed hours following the conclusion of a prime-time game.

I won’t be offended if the schedule-maker decides that other brands are in need of exposure, too.

What do you think?

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