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Happy Thanksgiving! It's the big day

Tonight's game is a celebration for the ages


Andrew from Los Angeles, CA

What will Thanksgiving be like in the Ketchman house today?

I got up at six and began writing this "Ask Vic." When I'm done, I'll relax with a cup of coffee for a couple of hours before I write "Ask Vic Extra." Then I'll relax for a couple of hours with a cup of something else, before I shower, shave and head to the old ballpark in the front-wheel drive sleigh. When I get to the ballpark, I'll do a segment on the pregame radio show, then go to the press box for Thanksgiving dinner, and then comes the game. I'll write the first quarter update, spend the second quarter writing "Ask Vic Halftime," write the third quarter update and then head down to the media auditorium, where I'll write the fourth quarter bulletin story before participating in Mike McCarthy's and Aaron Rodgers' postgame press conferences. When those are done, I'll go to my office and write a full game recap and editorial. At about one a.m. on Friday, I'll leave Lambeau Field and return home in the old front-wheel drive sleigh, where I'll unwind with a cup of something else for a few minutes before I go to bed. The traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin.

Ben from De Pere, WI

I just read some stats on the latest Packers vs. Bears infographic released by The Packers rank tied for No. 1 in most passing plays over 25 yards, and No. 7 for 20-plus-yard touchdowns. Do you still think we need a deep threat to emerge? Clearly, what gets this offense going is a run game and a kickoff return. Thoughts?

The run fixes everything. I sincerely mean that. It creates balance that helps open the passing lanes. It gives the play-caller more flexibility. It wins time of possession, which helps keep your defense off the field and limits the opponents' opportunities to score. I could go on and on. The run helps offensive linemen in their pass blocking and it sells play action, which helps receivers make big plays. A successful running game is at the heart of football strategy because it impacts nearly every element of the game.

Maximillian from Sydney, Australia

Vic, I feel the Packers will score a special teams touchdown this week. Thoughts?

I've never known a player of such limited playing time to excite a fan base the way Jeff Janis has.

Curtis from New Ulm, MN

I can give you three reasons we are afraid of losing: the '50s, '70's and '80s.

Every team has periods of losing in its history. You make it sound as though Packers fans have suffered some kind of cruel and unusual punishment.

Craig from Eagle River, WI

I can see your point about the Packers-Seahawks rivalry, however, what I surmise is what everyone is saying from a historical perspective. Packers-Bears is a rivalry and it has been going on for decades. It's a Wisconsin-Illinois thing. I'm really looking forward to the moment when the Packers tie up the all-time series. It'll put a huge smile on my face.

Packers-Bears is a regional rivalry built on history and tradition. Packers-Seahawks is national rivalry built on now.

Jeremy from Grande Prairie, Canada

Vic, did you cover the game when Dungy came in as an emergency QB? If so, what was the reaction in the press box? Do you foresee it ever happening again?

It was 1977 in Houston and, yes, I covered the game. I don't remember any kind of special reaction. We all wanted to know what the verdict was on Bradshaw's wrist injury and how long he would be out of action. I think it was the next day we got the answers to our questions: It was broken but he wouldn't miss any playing time; he would play with a cast on his wrist, which he did. Could it happen again that an emergency quarterback would be forced to play? Absolutely, it could happen again, and it would likely produce the same result: the team would lose, as the Steelers did.

Terry from Harvester, MO

Only a Packers fan knows this math is correct: 4 12=15.

Cute is OK today.

Jake from Franklin, WI

Vic, I'm hoping for a close, edge-of-my-seat-game tonight. Winning it on a deep ball would be a great end to Thanksgiving and make sense on Favre's night.

The Randall Cobb touchdown in the 2013 season finale was the football equivalent of "The Natural." I expected the lights to explode. I think I heard the music.

Leo from Columbus, OH

If Cutler doesn't click against the Packers, do you think there are question marks on him being the Bears' quarterback for next season?

Every player has to be productive or he knows his days are numbered. Jay Cutler is playing well. In a perfect Bears world, he'll continue playing that way and the team will be successful in restructuring his contract during the offseason. It's difficult to find a quarterback in college football today that possesses Cutler's talent.

Nate from Naperville, IL

How has Fox's coaching been more effective than the last coach?

Every coach builds his program on the same message: This is what we're going to do and this is how we're going to do it. The ability to sell his message to his players defines the difference between coaches. John Fox has been very good selling his message. His players have bought into it and I think we can see it happening with the Bears.

Tom from Estero, FL

I'm with the guy from West Bend. Your snarky, stupid answers get old in a hurry.

Happy Thanksgiving!

John from Las Vegas, NV

Vic, that was a brutal and unnecessary comment you wrote in your column about the squirrel who was running on the field last week. Cover it with a coat and hit it with a hammer? Wow! Even if you were being facetious, your comment was uncalled for and way out of line. Sadly, there's cruelty and harm done to animals throughout the world on a daily basis, none of which can be justified or tolerated. Comments like the one you made don't help. You should know better and be ashamed for writing what you did.

'Tis the Christmas Vacation season, John.

Scott from Neenah, WI

Vic, on the eve of Thanksgiving, I have an addition to my list of things I'm thankful for. When you arrived, I thought who gives a rat's backside what this guy from elsewhere thinks? After reading your column for a while, I thought this guy has a really sarcastic tone; who cares what he thinks? Being a homer, I continued to read your column, and finally started to catch on: 1.) I don't need a homer reporter, I need the straight stuff. 2.) Some of us deserve the sarcasm.

It's all part of the experience, Scott.

James from New York, NY

Vic, I imagine you're a bit of a celebrity around Green Bay. What is the best thing about being recognizable? What is the worst?

The best part is meeting someone new. The worst part is seeing the disappointment on their face.

Don from Stevens Point, WI

Vic, we are a close family and football has been a component of that togetherness. Applied for season tickets in 1969 and received them in 2001. Started out in the bowl and now we are located in the south end zone. Our oldest son passed away about a year before we became season-ticket holders, but he will be there in the form of two of his sons who are avid Packers fans. Our other son and I will be there with them. To be able to share with them the ceremony for the strategist, the gunslinger and the surgeon is going to be a memory I will cherish.

It's your story I'll cherish.

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