The Green Bay Packers have announced that the glorified practice that they charge people money to attend — Family Night — will be August 2, this year. What’s more interesting is they’ve decided to ditch the traditional scrimmage.
Packers Family Night will now be a regular practice — full pads, 11 on 11. You’ll still have to pay $10 to attend though.
So what’s the difference between this practice and a regular practice? Well, you get to pay to watch it, and it’s in Lambeau Field. Oh, and fireworks! Those will totally be worth your $10, even though you could sit in the Lambeau Field parking lot and see them just the same.
“As the team has continually assessed its preparation methods in recent years, it was determined a full practice is necessary to accomplish its preparation goals for the regular season,” the team said in a statement.
“The full practice will include 11-on-11 sessions that will feature live contact.”
Notice that says live contact and not tackling. What a bunch of PR hackery.
“Accomplish its preparation goals for the regular season.” Riiiiiiiiiight.
What the Packers want to do is make sure no one suffers a season-ending injury. During last year’s Family Night scrimmage, tackle Bryan Bulaga tore his ACL and was lost for the season.
Wes Hodkiewicz was quick to note this.
After Bryan Bulaga tore his left ACL at the 2013 event, #Packers are changing this year's "Family Night" from a scrimmage to a practice
— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) June 5, 2014
So why not call the thing off altogether and just have a regular practice where people aren’t charged to attend? Why, money of course!
Now, the Packers give the money from ticket sales to charity and that’s a nice write off for the organization. But you’re there in Lambeau, you might as well buy some beers and brats and stop in the Pro Shop and buy a new Packers shirt. Are the Packers giving all THAT money charity?
We highly fucking doubt it.
Gotta keep that bottom line looking robust, so all of us stockholders remain happy! Oh, wait, we don’t actually get anything other than a worthless piece of paper for being stockholders…
It’s a business, and your the dumbshits that bought “stock”
Jesus Christ, Monty!
I never see a game in Lambeau Field or a Packers Family Night, but i suppose that the GB Packers organization don’t force anybody to buy a new Packers shirt or to be a shareholder?!!
yeah i don’t know who pissed in your cereal monty but this article is bullshit
I agree with Dave. Never thought somebody could be so upset with paying $10 for charity and preserving the players health for games that actually matter.
Well lets see, Bulaga got injurd last year and Rodgers got his colar bone broke…tough decision to not do a scrimmage
Don’t see why this needed an announcement. Anyone paying attention the last couple years has noticed that it has basically become a glorified practice.
Having been there with the family last year, I would actually say that seeing the fireworks INSIDE the bowl IS worth the $10 alone. It is pretty spectacular.
id pay $10 to go, shit a beer in some bars is $10 these days.
Id pay $10 to get out of Tucson
it seems the more outrageous Monty can be the better he rinks his journalism is…hahaha…hey, your not Hunter Thompson, your gonzo aint got the cred…
Boo fuckin hoo. Pessimistic much?
I recall a certain someone who did nothing but bitch about family night, the people that attend it, and the “greedy” organization that puts it on every year. That was until he actually went to one for himself and wrote an article about what a nice time he had. Looks like he’s back to his old ways..
I wrote that article, not Monty, which might explain some things for you.
I went to family nite once, it sucked. This asshole kept yelling ” I fucked your mom, I fucked your mom”. I said “dad your drunk!” Long story short he was to trashed to drive and mom had to pick us up.
I stopped going to profootballtalk because of their pathetic attempts to interject senseless left wing rhetoric into sports stories. This site is no different. Congrats on losing a viewer. I’ll be reading content from credible writers now, which is refreshing.
Oh please let the season come sooner than later so we can discuss real football.