On Now
Coming Up
  • 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


Circumstances, conditions favoring the Packers

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Stamina, resolve will decide the outcome of this game

The Cenex question of the month is from Steve from Burlington, WI

Looking ahead to the draft, what will be the Packers’ biggest area of need?

I think linebacker is a position of need, as evidenced by how thin the Packers are at that position right now. When you play a 3-4 defense, linebacker is always your position of greatest need because it’s the position at which you need the most players. On top of that, linebackers are the featured players in a 3-4. Teams that play the 3-4 are constantly drafting linebackers. You almost need to draft two every year; the Packers have drafted six in the last three years and they still need more.

Joel from Hebron, KY

Everyone is picking the 49ers, everyone. I love this for the fact that it creates an edge for the players on the Packers. Have you seen coaches use predictions by NFL experts as motivation?

I have no evidence of coaches motivating their players with media predictions, and “everyone” is not picking the 49ers. I’m picking the Packers and I saw that my buddy Pete Prisco also picked the Packers to win this game. I think Packers fans have a case of 49ers on the brain; they’ve been traumatized by the last three games between the two teams. Given Aaron Rodgers’ return, the Packers’ homefield advantage and the dire weather circumstances the 49ers will be facing, I can’t imagine why anyone would think this game would be a cakewalk for any visiting team, including the ’78 Steelers, ’84 49ers or ’93 Cowboys.

Brian from Stantonsburg, NC

Vic, weather forecasters are calling for colder-than-Ice-Bowl temperatures for Sunday’s game. Is the stadium taking extra precautions to ensure fan (and player) safety?

As I’ve written through the week, this is a developing story. The cold, in my opinion, will be the big story of the weekend and it’s likely to continue to be a big story in the aftermath of the game. The crybabies are going to come out of the woodwork. The teams will have all of the sideline heating equipment permitted by NFL rules, and hand warmers will be passed out to fans that have outdoor seating tickets.

Tim from Phoenix, AZ

If the playoffs were expanded to eight teams for this season, the additional games this weekend would have been Pittsburgh at New England, Baltimore at Denver, Arizona at Carolina and Chicago at Seattle. I don’t know a football fan in their right mind that wouldn’t want to watch those games.

You’re absolutely right; I’m assuming your information is accurate. If it is, not one of those teams would’ve been undeserving of a playoff berth. Pittsburgh and Arizona finished the season as two of the hottest teams in the league.

Chargers at Bengals, 1981 AFC Championship

Ezra from Frederick, MD

Vic, I’d love to think the 49ers won’t be able to handle this kind of cold, but if it’s going to be as bad as they’re saying, I don’t see the cold favoring anyone.

The Packers are practicing in this weather. It was -14 when I came to work today. The high in San Francisco today is to be 67. I can’t imagine why anyone would think this is a non-issue. Was it a non-issue for the Chargers in the 1981 AFC title game?

Jacob from Ogden, UT

Are you ready, Vic?

Isn’t that what Lee asked Pickett right before the charge? Hey, I’ll be sitting in a warm press box sipping on hot coffee. I’m ready.

Walesh from Two Rivers, WI

Do you think Cutler was past the line of scrimmage when he threw?

Yes, he was across the line of scrimmage, but I don’t think all of his body was past the line of scrimmage, and that means the pass was legal.

Lewis from Lewiston, ID

So if the Packers don’t get the job done on Sunday, is it time to get rid of coaches or players? You always talk of plays, players and schemes. In the end, the last three consecutive games have made the Packers look bad and it is high time for some consequences.

Lewis, I want you to go to the store, buy some refreshments and snacks, invite some friends over to watch the game with you, and have a good time.

Craig from Earlville, IL

Vic, we just are not talented enough on defense to win. You said above the X’s and O’s. Yeah, right. They would have to play so far above them that you would not recognize our team. Just plain facts: Harbaugh has no edge. He is a stinking baby with a team so talented my wife could win with them. Please quit saying he is a good coach. Several articles have come out how he is not liked at all in SF by players or some other coaches. He is a man child and I am sick of hearing how good he is. He is a joke. He just happens to have a very talented team due to them getting high draft picks because they sucked for so long. We have no chance. Please quit spreading false hope. Game will be over by halftime. I guarantee it.

Craig, call Lewis. He’s looking for friends to invite over to the house for the big game. I have a feeling you two will hit it off.

Daniel from Fond du Lac, WI

How much better is the team prepared for the adversity of the postseason after playing the latter part of the regular season without Aaron Rodgers?

The Packers are battle hardened. They are playoff-tested and playing at home in front of their fans and in their weather.

Super Bowl XLVII

Chase from Minnesota City, MN

I’ve noticed there are a lot of 49ers fans that are complaining about having to play an away game against an inferior opponent. They don’t like it when told they should have won their division.

Did they complain when the lights went out at the Super Bowl? Fate is a fickle friend. One day he’s your friend, and the next day he’s the other guy’s friend. As Chuck Noll was fond of saying, “We don’t always like the cards we’re dealt, but we never, ever complain about them.”

Dan from Stellenbosch, South Africa

I’ve got my tickets to my first Packers game all the way from South Africa. I’m a little worried this bizarre weather will keep me in Pittsburgh. Let’s hope not! Incredibly excited to come to Lambeau and watch Aaron. Also loving how everyone is writing us off. Underdogs are always the best wins.

I just don’t see the underdog thing. I think Packers fans are enjoying the “poor us” role.

Richard from Milwaukee, WI

What is the point of having a TV blackout? Is it to punish the locals for not buying and supporting the team in purchasing tickets?

The point of the blackout policy is to protect ticket sales. I think it’s very fair. It gives fans a chance to buy the tickets and put the game on TV locally. In this case, the Packers even requested and were granted a blackout deadline extension. The Ice Bowl was sold out but it was blacked out because in those days all home games were blacked out, period. Was that fair? We’re spoiled.

Sarah from Miamisburg, OH

Vic, I’ve asked several people and read many articles on other writers’ opinions of playing football in cold weather. Do you think the temps expected for Sunday’s game will have any effect on how San Francisco will play, given they are not used to such cold conditions?

If the 49ers can beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field in below-zero temperatures, they are one helluva team and the great respect I have for them will grow.

Matthew from Louisville, KY

With the kind of weather that’s expected in Sunday’s game, I get the feeling it’s going to be a defensive play that wins the game. I fully expect the Packers defense to come up big and take this game for us.

Stamina and resolve will win this game. Extreme cold saps a team of its strength. It shows itself the most in the second half when it has to come back out and do it again. I think the cold got to the Falcons in the second half. I think they lost their focus. They didn’t run as hard. They didn’t catch as well. The team that wins this game will be the team that wins the fourth quarter.

Have a question for VIC?

blog comments powered by Disqus
Vic Ketchman

Join Vic Ketchman as he answers the fans' questions.

Do you have a question for Vic? Your question could be posted on packers.com. Vic has covered the NFL through 42 seasons, including 23 years covering the Steelers and 16 years covering the Jaguars.

* Required Field