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    “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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

     

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Point, counterpoint: Division games

Posted Nov 27, 2012

Should the bulk of division games be played late in the season?

Vic KetchmanPackers.com Editor Vic Ketchman says yes.

I can think of several reasons for not loading the late-season schedule with all-important division games, but I can think of only one reason for doing it, and it’s for the best reason of all: It creates good theater.

That was a favorite line of Pete Rozelle’s when he was commissioner. It was also the intent of the NFL’s long-time director of broadcasting and schedule-maker, Val Pinchbeck.

Pinchbeck was a master at crafting a schedule that delivered to the league’s fans and TV partners alike a schedule that seemed to heighten in drama with each passing week. With playoff berths on the line, the final weeks of the season, of course, are the days of greatest drama.

That’s why loading the schedule with division games late in the season is a good idea. It’s a good idea because division games represent a two-game swing in the standings and because they go directly to the tiebreakers. In most cases, they also represent games between teams playing where they live, which means dealing with weather conditions that shouldn’t be foreign to them.

A 9-4 team playing at a 10-3 division rival can move into the division lead and clinch the No. 1 tiebreaker with a win that sweeps the two-game series between the two teams. How’s that for drama in Week 15?

In contrast, the 1997 Packers played their second game against the Bears that season in Week 7, which meant no chance of such late-season drama between the two rivals existed. In fact, only one of the Packers’ final seven games that season was against a division rival.

Loading the late-season schedule with division games is done with one goal in mind, to create drama and excitement for the fans and the league’s broadcast partners, because happy fans and broadcast partners are good for business.

Mike SpoffordPackers.com Staff Writer Mike Spofford says no.

I realize it makes for great drama and good theater but, frankly, I just don’t think it’s fair.

The six division games should be spread out over the schedule, which would put just as much importance on teams being able to play well in meaningful games early as well as late. It’s a more balanced approach that wouldn’t allow a team to go in the tank for a whole month without losing at least one division game.

I think if the division games were more spread out, you’d get a truer division champion because a team is tested by its fiercest rivals throughout the long season, not just at a bunch of times at the end.

This year, it has created the drama in the NFC North that the NFL seeks. The Bears, Packers and Vikings are all within two games of one another with five to go, and plenty of head-to-head clashes remain. Had the Vikings beaten the Bears last Sunday, it would be a three-way tie right now.

But how this was scheduled, I don’t like. It took until last week for the Bears and Vikings to meet for the first time, and now they’re going to meet again next week. This Sunday, Dec. 2, is the first Packers-Vikings game of 2012. To wait until December to see a division rival is too long. Last year, Thanksgiving Day was the first time the Packers and Lions met. Again, too long.

Here’s the other part I don’t like: the injury factor. With all these division games bunched together – the Packers play three straight starting this week and four in the last five weeks – if a team loses a key player to injury at the wrong time, its fortunes can sink.

There’s enough dumb luck involved with injuries in the NFL. We don’t need to be adding an element to the schedule that makes the timing of injuries paramount.

The Bears recently lost QB Jay Cutler for two games, but the Bears are fortunate those two games weren’t in Weeks 14 and 15, against the Vikings and Packers. They were much better off that he missed games against the Texans and 49ers instead.

The same could be said for the Packers’ Greg Jennings. If he returns this week, as expected, he will have missed seven straight games, but just one division game. If there’s anything lucky about Jennings’ injury, that’s it.

Back in 2010, the league mandated that all Week 17 games be division contests, across the board. If the league wanted to amend that policy to feature the final two weeks – one home and away division game for each team – I could go for that. It would help avoid what happened to the Packers in 2009, when their two games against the Vikings were done by Week 8. That wasn’t right, either.

Other than the last week or two, the rest of the division slate needs to be spread out from September through November. Playing four division games in five weeks, as the Packers are doing, or the same division opponent twice in three weeks, as the Bears and Vikings are doing, just seems out of whack.

Cast your vote in the poll on the right, please.

 
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