July 28, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy looks on during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field in Green Bay, WI. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
Tonight is the annual Packers Family Night. It's an event that has always underwhelmed me a bit in the past, but at the same time has held my interest long enough to get me excited for the preseason games to start (which really only keeps me satisfied for the regular season games to start). The Family Night scrimmage is a nice time for those lucky enough to have tickets, featuring dancers, a parachute troupe, and fireworks at the end of the night. Throw in the events earlier in the day, the inflatable football activities, animals from the Wildlife Santuary, and other events happening around Lambeau, it could be a rather nice day with the family. Throw in a chance to win a jersey worn by one of the players and you get a pretty good bang for your buck. Right now the tickets are sold out, but if you want a full list of what is happening for a trip next year (or if you are in the area and you want to swing by events open to the public, check out the facts sheet offered by the Packers for the event.
I happen to prefer more of the football more than the spectacle, and so when I cuddle up to my TV to watch this tonight I'll be looking for more fireworks on the field rather than off of it. Family night is an interesting event to help the team prepare for football. It's been an event that has opened the door for some notable Packers. Tramon Williams made his break out at Family Night a few years ago, and turned the buzz surrounding him after the event into a job and eventually a starter's role. Sam Shields had a similar story in 2010, turning an impressive Family Night performance into a starting job after every one around the Packers were waiting for Brandon Underwood and Pat Lee to step up. Most of all Family Night is a dress rehearsal for the players and coaches. The team can practice substitutions and game time situations in an environment that is closer to what will be happening on Sundays (and Thursdays and Mondays).
For those who are in Wisconsin, the broadcast starts at 6:30 PM. In Green Bay it will air on WLUK-TV Fox 11. Around the state it can be seen on WITI-TV in MIlwaukee, WMSN-TV in Madison, WFXS-TV in Wausau, and WLAX-TV in La Crosse.
Some things to what for tonight:
- Davon House and Casey Hayward. Cornerbacks tend to have their break out with this event and I think one of these two might be next on that list. Both have had a pretty good camp, and a good night could go a long way in this endless CB battle.
- B.J. Coleman. I said it earlier today, he's growing on me. It will be interesting to watch what he can do. Most of all I'm looking forward to watching him at the line of scrimmage and how he carries himself in a game like situation.
- The transitions and substitutions. Are the Packers going to look crisp and ready to go, or will they look like they are doing a Keystone Cops routine?
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