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with an 11:30 a.m. lunch. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception. Cost per person is $30 (tax included). Wed., Jul. The meeting will take place rain or shine. Thu., Jul. 25, 2013 10:00AM – 10:30AM CDT Live McCarthy’s season-opening press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthys season-opening press conference Fri., Jul. 26, 2013 8:20AM – 10:20AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice.

Aaron Rodgers Talks New Contract: ‘I’ve Felt Like I’ve Had To Justify Myself Every Year’

Its more so trying to play the best and if I can get a chance to play against Aaron Rodgers, that right there in itself is a motivation. You want to play against the best. Just like when I was playing for Green Bay, the games I cherished the most were playing against the Vikings because I got a chance to play against Adrian Peterson. “So little stuff like that, thats my mindset. I want to play against the best and it was an opportunity to play against Aaron Rodgers two times a year. That was kind of unique and something I really liked, but thats just the kind of person I am. Thats just me. After meeting with Leslie Frazier, Bishop believed the Vikings were a good fit. And repeating what he said the day of his release in Green Bay, Bishop pointed to his crowded position and the fact that his torn hamstring tendon is rare. The Packers, he explains, chose to be cautious. It was really just a numbers game, I suppose,” he said. “Its a lot of uncertainty with me coming back off this injury and the two guys who played, A.J.

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Its humbling and silly at times to think about it , Rodgers said. But money doesnt change people, I dont think. I think it highlights characteristics in your personality that maybe werent so visible when you didnt have as much. So Ive tried to remember that and stay true to who I am as a person and as a teammate. “The guys have been great. Theres jokes every now and then, but Im trying to be the same person in the locker room that I was when I was a backup and working on the scout team. It gives you an extra responsibility that you take care of the people that are important to you and realize that you have an opportunity to make an even bigger difference in your community and in your world. Rodgers isnt worried about having to live up to the contract and he shouldnt. The Packers paid him for future performance but they did so using a strong body of work to make a judgment. You know, Ive felt like Ive had to justify myself every year, so this is nothing different, he said. I wouldnt look at it as a burden.

Soon after the departure of the 38-year-old Driver, the Packers let go of 36-year-old defensive back Charles Woodson for financial reasons. A short time later, standout receiver Greg Jennings, 29, also was on his way out as a free agent. Take away three key pieces from the Packers’ Super Bowl-winning team of just three seasons ago, and it’s little wonder why what’s left of the relative old guard has been singing a “put up or shut up” tune this offseason. “Guys know there’s a short window for a team to be as good as we are, and you have to make the most of those – and that’s by winning championships,” sixth-year wideout Jordy Nelson said. “We know we’ve been close (the last two years), we know we’ve had the team (to contend for more titles), but came up short.” The notable personnel losses since the end of last season notwithstanding, the Packers remain the team to beat in the NFC North and should be in the conversation for conference-title contenders. The reshaped offense still is formidable with Rodgers at the controls and may finally have some balance to it with the additions of highly regarded running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin in the draft. The Woodson-less defense also has some young reinforcements in the wake of the horrific 45-31 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Strengths: Rodgers inflicted most of his damage on opposing defenses last season – 4,295 passing yards, 39 touchdowns to only eight interceptions, league-best 108.0 passer rating – without an injury-riddled Jennings and a sparingly used Driver on the field. “It was me, Jordy and Randall (Cobb),” James Jones said of the guys who gave Rodgers a trusted and productive receiving corps in 2012. Those three playmakers are ready to break out even more in the coming season.

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Desmond Bishop looking forward to facing Aaron Rodgers

The sixth-year linebacker’s “biggest motivation” was to play for Minnesota, though Bishop added he harbors no hard feelings toward Green Bay. There is one specific thing he is looking forward to — facing Aaron Rodgers. “A lot of people called and texted, You want to get back at the Packers,'”Bishop said. “Its not about that. Its more so trying to play the best and if I can get a chance to play against Aaron Rodgers, that right there in itself is a motivation. You want to play against the best. Just like when I was playing for Green Bay, the games I cherished the most were playing against the Vikings because I got a chance to play against Adrian Peterson. “So little stuff like that, thats my mindset. I want to play against the best and it was an opportunity to play against Aaron Rodgers two times a year. That was kind of unique and something I really liked, but thats just the kind of person I am. Thats just me. After meeting with Leslie Frazier, Bishop believed the Vikings were a good fit.

Clay Matthews, Packers agree on long-term extension

Clay Matthews Contract Extension: Packers Sign Pro Bowl Linebacker To New Deal

He has finished in the top five in the league in sacks in two of the last three seasons, with 13 1/2 in 2010 and 13 in 2012. He was fourth in the NFL in sacks last season after missing four games with a hamstring injury. Matthews has three 10-sack seasons, third-best in Packers history, and nine games with two or more sacks. The son of Clay Matthews Jr., who played linebacker for 19 NFL seasons in Cleveland and Atlanta, and nephew of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews , Matthews is the only player in Packers history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons. Matthews also has four interceptions in 58 games, including two that were returned for touchdowns. He’s forced seven fumbles and recovered three, one of which was returned for a score. “Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success. We look forward to the rest of his Packers career.” So does Matthews, who will take on a greater leadership role following the Feb. 15 release of eight-time Pro Bowl defensive back Charles Woodson .

“It’s funny, because not a whole lot has changed. I’m happy about it but for me, it’s nice, it’s very humbling and it’s a blessing, but it’s business as usual for me. I’m glad that they have put their trust in me and belief in me in awarding me this, but at the same time you’re going to get the same type of unwavering perseverance on the field and dedication that I’m going to bring day in and day out. I feel good but not much has changed. Matthews posted a picture of himself on Twitter signing the deal, saying, “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” The Packers did not announce terms of the extension, reported to be for five years, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the deal is worth $66 million. That would put Matthews on par with Dallas outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, whose contract also averages $13 million per year. “Clay has been a productive member of our team and we are pleased to be able to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career,” general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. With Matthews’ deal done, the Packers can turn all of their attention to Rodgers, whose extension is expected to make him the highest-paid player in the league. Agent David Dunn represents Matthews and Rodgers, as well as defensive tackle B.J. Raji. “Hopefully, that’s the next order of business,” Matthews said about Rodgers’ extension.

Clay Matthews On Cameras In Locker Rooms: ‘I’m Not A Fan Of That’

The individual teams will have the option to use the video on replay screens and mobile apps. “The reality is that this already exists. Clubs have been doing this. We already do this in winning locker rooms, so this is not unique. What’s unique is that everybody will do this in their own way,” Grubman said, per Clark Judge of CBS Sports . “There’s not going to be one way of doing this. There will be 32 ways of doing this, running the gamut from one end of the spectrum where somebody is not going to want to show anything to the other end of the spectrum where someone’s going to want to show everything.” Matthews isn’t the only one wary of TV cameras in the locker room. Former Buccaneers star Derrick Brooks and Cardinals kicker Jay Feely expressed displeasure of the NFL’s decision. Don’t Like decision to put cameras in locker room. i think this decision may back fire on the nfl.

Clay Matthews signs extension, becomes highest-paid linebacker

Packers make Clay Matthews the NFL’s highest-paid linebacker

He has finished in the top five in the league in sacks in two of the last three seasons, with 13 1/2 in 2010 and 13 in 2012. He was fourth in the NFL in sacks last season after missing four games with a hamstring injury. Matthews has three 10-sack seasons, third-best in Packers history, and nine games with two or more sacks. The son of Clay Matthews Jr., who played linebacker for 19 NFL seasons in Cleveland and Atlanta, and nephew of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews , Matthews is the only player in Packers history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons. Matthews also has four interceptions in 58 games, including two that were returned for touchdowns. He’s forced seven fumbles and recovered three, one of which was returned for a score. “Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success. We look forward to the rest of his Packers career.” So does Matthews, who will take on a greater leadership role following the Feb. 15 release of eight-time Pro Bowl defensive back Charles Woodson . “With the loss to some of those key defensive players, especially with Charles (Woodson) on the defensive side and with them putting a new contract in place for me, it definitely shows their belief in me in being a leader and kind of a stalwart in this defense,” Matthews said.

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(AP Photo) Matthews shared a photo of the deal being signed deal on Twitter (@ClayMatthews52). “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” Matthews tweeted. “It feels good,” Matthews said Wednesday during a news conference. “It’s funny, because not a whole lot has changed. I’m happy about it but for me, it’s nice, it’s very humbling and it’s a blessing, but it’s business as usual for me. I’m glad that they have put their trust in me and belief in me in awarding me this, but at the same time you’re going to get the same type of unwavering perseverance on the field and dedication that I’m going to bring day in and day out. I feel good but not much has changed.” Matthews, who turns just 27 in May, was worthy of being locked up for a lucrative reward. In just four seasons after being drafted 26th overall by the Packers in 2009, he has wreaked havoc as an edge playmaker in their 3-4 scheme, with 43 sacks, 203 total tackles and four interceptions in 58 career games. The 2013 season was scheduled to be the last under Matthews’ original five-year, $9.9 million deal.

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Cameras won’t be installed in the visiting locker rooms. The league installed the policy without input from the NFL Players Association, which may raise questions on the grounds that workplace changes were made and not collectively bargained. When the NFL’s plan became public in April, an NFLPA official called for players to provide feedback, but it is unclear whether that resulted in a significant amount of expressed opposition. Union officials have yet to respond to requests from USA TODAY Sports for comment. Recently, Sports Business Journal polled nearly two dozen teams and reported that many don’t have a plan for the cameras. Conceivably, teams might show only a locker room snippet on the video board moments before the team heads to the field. Some players maintain that the cameras would not matter, that their routines which could include listening to music on headphones or stretching on the floor would not change. Would Matthews alter his routine? “If there’s a camera, absolutely,” he said. Matthews said he would tone down some of his high-energy habits.

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It’s a damaging blow for the Knicks, who loaded up on veteran big men this season but have now lost two of them for good in Kurt Thomas and Wallace, and have gotten almost nothing from Marcus Camby. Also, Amare Stoudemire’s status for the postseason is unclear as he recovers from right knee surgery. The Knicks added another big man Wednesday by signing Earl Barron. Wallace, 38, ended a two-year retirement this season to join the Knicks and play for Woodson, who was an assistant in Detroit when Wallace helped the Pistons win the 2004 NBA title. Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. will leave the Wolverines early for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 junior is the second Michigan player to declare for early entry to the draft this year. National player of the year Trey Burke announced his departure Sunday. Florida Gulf Coast hired a men’s basketball coach to replace Andy Enfield, who left this month to become coach at USC.

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“Brad was up, so they had to make a move with him, and I guess they went with the sure bet . . . which is understandable from a business standpoint, so I don’t hold nothing against them,” Bishop said. Bishop signed a one-year contract with the Vikings after being cut by the Packers. Bishop said part of the reason he signed with the Vikings was the opportunity to play two games a season against Rodgers. “And if I can get a chance to play against Aaron Rodgers, I think that right there, in itself, is a motivation,” Bishop said. “You know, you want to play against the best. “When I was playing for Green Bay, the games I cherished . . .

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“I believe we have three 1,000-yard receivers in this (locker) room,” Jones added. “I believe me, Randall and Jordy, if we all stay healthy, we can all reach over 1,000. It’s exciting.” … All-Pro outside linebacker Clay Matthews is enthused for the season ahead. Not only did Matthews, like Rodgers, cash in with a big contract extension in the offseason, but the fearsome pass rusher (16 sacks in 2012) has some help in getting after the quarterback. Versatile defensive end Datone Jones was the team’s first-round draft pick this year, and his arrival prompted the coaches to give end Mike Neal a long look as a stand-up linebacker opposite Matthews during the offseason workouts. Weaknesses: While Datone Jones figures to give a lift to a pass rush that has been almost exclusively Matthews’ domain the last couple seasons, the powerful and quick rookie could be of greater help to the defense as a run stopper. Green Bay was exploited on the ground to virtually no end late in the season by Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson and then 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who ran for a playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ season-ending game. The Packers face Kaepernick and the 49ers in Week 1. … Green Bay’s firepower on offense and ability to outscore opponents amid letdowns by the defense was mitigated far too often last season because of erratic kicker Mason Crosby.

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This will allow Capers disguise his looks defensively and confuse opposing offenses on a regular basis. Perry is penciled in as a starter this coming season with last years first-stringer opposite Matthews in Erik Walden now a member of the Indianapolis Colts . Going up against left tackle Bryan Bulaga in practice will help Perry to refine his pass rush moves and learn quickly to accelerate into the upper echelon of edge rushers in his second NFL season. Theres no doubt that he has one of the best possible coaches a player at his position could ever ask for in arguably the first of the stand-up edge rushers in should-be Hall of Famer Kevin Greene with his 160 career sacks. As the outside linebackers coach with the Packers, Greene told the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel following the playoff loss to the 49ers that he expected big things from Perry in 2013. Greene said of Perry: He can be physical. He can rush the passer. He can do the whole spectrum of this position. He just needs to come back with a good mind-set and go get it. If Perry can stay healthy in 2013, there should be no worries in Green Bay about any similar debacles to what took place in last years postseason. His potential is still very much untapped, and the Packers are just waiting for him to come into his own as a pass rusher.

Was talking about this the other day with someone. The Packers have been so good at developing young talent that their castoffs are more than worth sifting through. When the Packers release someone or let them leave via free agency, it doesn’t mean they can’t play anymore. It just means the Packers have younger and/or cheaper players they want to use instead. Mike (Wisconsin) Referring to my earlier comment, Thompson had [Aaron] Rodgers and [Mason] Crosby to replace [Brett] Favre and [Ryan] Longwell. They’re still trying to find a guard to replace [Mike] Wahle/[Marco] Rivera and a pass rushing 3 down DE like [Cullen] Jenkins. Nick Collins also effectively replaced [Darren] Sharper who also had a few good years left. The career ending injury was more of a fluke thing but you can’t deny Packers had Collins to replace Sharper. Kevin Seifert (2:26 PM) There’s a difference between having good players to replace departed veterans, which the Packers did, and letting players go when you judge their careers to be done, which the Packers did not. They have released players who still have some tread on the tires.

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This puts the Packers fourth in the NFC, with the other three teams who played in the NFC Divisional round of the playoffs ahead of them. The only AFC team ranked higher than Green Bay is the Denver Broncos , who come in at the third spot. NFL.com’s Top 5 4: Falcons 5: Packers We can debate whether the Packers deserve to be lower on the list, but I don’t really see much of an argument for ranking them higher than 5th. Perhaps some people would rank the Baltimore Ravens or the Houston Texans higher, but I think the Packers probably would bottom out at around the 7th spot at this time. They are a consistent winner, and while those regular season successes have not translated to sustained playoff success over the past two Clay Matthews Nike Jersey years, the defense and running game should be better and they should contend for a Super Bowl berth once again in 2013. While I have no major quarrel with the Packers’ rank, I do however take issue with what Harrison said in his description of the Packers. Here is what he says: Oh, Greg Jennings and Aaron Rodgers — such funny guys. But when Jennings says he’d take Brett Favre over Rodgers — even if it’s all in good fun — this predictably sparks the tired debate over who is the better Green Bay Packers quarterback. My question to Packers fans: Is either the greatest Green Bay QB of all time? Bart Starr went 9-1 in the postseason, people, winning five NFL championship games and two Super Bowls. Excuse me?!

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Theyre reselling them for a lot more. Check out StubHub . The tickets are available for, at the low end, $18. Whats the high end, you ask? You can get a 50-yard line seat in the second row for $179. For a scrimmage So, all of you high and mighty asshats who suggested I was less than a real fan because I may have insinuated that Family Night is bullshit, what do you have to say now? That person reselling his 50-yard line tickets for $179, is he a real fan? Must be a better fan than I am because he went and got Family Night tickets. Probably was out there waiting in line at 5 a.m. Probably was displaying his real fandom by doing so.

Where Can the Green Bay Packers Improve Most in 2013?

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He just does it much differently. Unlike the days of Vince Lombardi, these Packers rarely run the football. On defense, its no longer about shutting the opponent down, but it is about creating takeaways. McCarthys pass-happy, ball-hawking approach has helped the Packers dominate the passing battle better than any team in football. The Packers have led the league in passer rating differential in each of the last three seasons. They finished second in 2009 behind New Orleans , who won the Super Bowl. Even in 2008, which was Aaron Rodgers first year as a starter and one season before the team signed Dom Capers as defensive coordinator, the Packers finished second. We are used to seeing this team produce great statistics and play a competitive game on a weekly basis. There were however some cracks in the machine last year.

Aaron Rodgers’ Consistent Impact On the Packers’ Running Game

Aaron Rodgers has been a threat to run the ball as well as pass it over the past few years, and despite not being thought of as a dual-threat quarterback, he has consistently had success escaping the pocket and scrambling for solid yardage in his career as a starter. Rodgers’ ability to throw on the run also helps his running ability, as defensive players must respect his arm while he is on the move but still behind the line of scrimmage. Here are Rodgers’ raw rushing numbers over his five years as the starting QB for the Packers. Year 4.8 2 These statistics show remarkable consistency on Rodgers’ part in escaping the pocket and making things happen with his legs. In each season as a starter, he has also had at least one run of 21 yards or more, so he is not necessarily just limited to picking up small amounts of yardage at a time; he is also capable of breaking the occasional big play with his legs. Now let’s take a look at how much of the team’s rushing load Rodgers has been responsible for. Year 2 22.2% Note that these percentages do not take into account the two games Rodgers did not start – namely the New England game in 2010 and the Week 17 Detroit game in 2011. What does this tell us? Well, one thing I interpret from Rodgers’ raw numbers is that he is running on a consistent number of plays, and that this is almost certainly due to scrambling rather than called running plays. Obviously, the Packers are not going to put Rodgers at risk by using the read option or other deliberate running plays, so this is no surprise.

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Holler: Packers defections 80% successful

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But Green wore down as the season progressed due to scar tissue build-up in his surgically repaired knee. Green’s 2012 campaign basically ended with two games to go in the regular season, as he either didn’t get a carry or was inactive after that. That also included the two postseason games. It may come down to either Green or Starks for one job at running back. The good news for Green is that he’s younger than Clay Matthews Jersey Starks, plus he catches the ball better. But none of that will matter if he can’t show his abilities on the field. C.J. Wilson Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images C.J. Wilson started seven games for the Packers in 2012. Wilson shouldn’t be worried about keeping a spot on the 2013 roster, right?

Packers awaiting big things from Nick Perry

The reaction from Packers fans has been typical. As has been the case with the Spielman Era, each of the Fab Five of former Packers that came over to Minnesota have all been vilified by those with the rare GNG (Green-N-Gold) Negative blood type. As with his four notable predecessors that Spielman and the Vikings invested in, none of them were the high-profile free agent raids made in recent years. In each instance, the player was available because the Packers said they werent interested in moving forward an NFL colloquialism of Hit the road, Jack, and dont you come back no more, no more, no more, no more. If it was a relationship, the Packers always made the decision that they wanted to see other people. Dump City, Population You. For the reasons of clarity, Robert Ferguson is included in the Gang of Five. Much like the Vikings scorched-hand policy of trying to make something out of former Bears receivers (Bobby Wade, Devin Aromoshodu and Hollywood fashion plate Bernard Berrian come immediately to mind), Ferguson earned the hushed nickname Turd Ferguson a tip of the hat to a Saturday Night Live sketch in which Norm McDonald as Burt Reynolds was looking to fluster Alex Trebec (Will Farrell). From the perspective of Vikings fans, the comparisons and the hushed nickname were appropriate. He was a swing and a miss. Darren Sharper was the first Packer to make an impact, and in a strange way may be the reason why the Vikings traded back into the first round of the 2011 draft to take Harrison Smith .

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(Photo: Dave Martin, AP) Desmond Bishop’s search for a new team is over. The inside linebacker agreed to a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, a week after he was released by the Green Bay Packers. Bishop’s agent, Blake Baratz, confirmed the signing via Twitter on Monday. “(Great) player but a better person,” Baratz wrote. “Bizarre week to say the least, but great addition (for) all.” Bishop was a starter for the Packers in 2010, when Green Bay won the Super Bowl, and 2011, but missed all of last season with a hamstring injury. He was released June 17 when he and the Packers could not agree on a restructured contract to reduce his scheduled salary of $3.464 million. Now he will get a chance to start for a a former NFC North division rival, where he is expected to compete with Erin Henderson. Bishop also visited the Kansas City Chiefs and had interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bishop wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday about needing to make a decision on his future. “Decisions decisions!!!

Former Packers LB Desmond Bishop stays in NFC North

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His eyes are different. His gaze is different. I can just look at his face and look at in his eyes and know he’s not happy with what transpired last year and he’s determined not to let that happen again this year.” Perry played only 198 snaps in six games before his injuries, a modest average of about 33 (or roughly half) per game. But in looking back to that relatively short stint, Greene said he felt confident Perry had made progress — most notably in the unfamiliar realm of pass coverage. Greene pointed to the Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts as evidence. Perry, of course, had one sack in that game and lost another due to penalty. But what caught Greene’s eye was an effort in pass defense against Colts receiver Reggie Wayne . “He carried Reggie Wayne vertical up the field in a Cover 2 concept and it was as good as I can coach it,” Greene said. “He carries an All-Pro vertical up the seam in a hip-trail position. That tells me: You know what, he can do everything coverage-wise. He progressed during his time last year as a player.” Proficiency in pass coverage will keep Perry on the field in 2013.

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20, 2013 7:00PM – 10:00PM CDT Packers Hall of Fame Induction Banquet The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. will induct former Packers players Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Chris Jacke, and contributor Emil Fischer at the 43rd Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held Saturday, July 20, 2013, in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Tickets for the banquet, which begins with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. with a cash bar, and dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m., are $135 each. Tables of 10 also are available for $1,300 and are assigned in the order in which they are purchased. Early reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, call Gwen Borga at (920) 965-6984, or e-mail her at gwenb@packershalloffame.com. No refunds are available 30 days prior to the event. Tue., Jul. 23, 2013 11:30AM – 5:00PM CDT Ask Vic Day “Ask Vic Day” will include a tour of Lambeau Field, a Packers Hall of Fame visit, lunch, an Ask Vic Live, and a few other surprises along the way.