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Packers tell fans to plan on Thursday night opener

Mark Murphy, Al Toon AP

The Green Bay Packers are telling their fans to expect the season to start on time — which means Lambeau Field will host the traditional Thursday night game that’s regularly awarded to the defending Super Bowl champion.

“We appreciate your continued support of the Packers, and I look forward to seeing you back at Lambeau Field this fall for another thrilling season,” Packers president Mark Murphy said in a letter to Packers season ticket holders. “As defending champions, we’re especially excited to host the NFL’s season opener Thursday night, September 8. We have some tough issues to resolve between now and then, but I’m confident that we will be able to find a resolution that works for the players, owners and fans.”

By telling the fans to be ready to go to Lambeau on the Thursday after Labor Day, Murphy is expressing more optimism than many people in and around the NFL are feeling right now. Murphy also told the season-ticket holders that “we know that we will have a collective bargaining agreement with the union at some point.”

For the sake of Packers fans who have already marked their calendars for Thursday, September 8 — and for everyone who wants the NFL season to start that day — let’s hope Murphy is right.

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49 Responses to “Packers tell fans to plan on Thursday night opener”
  1. vdaigglesfan says: Apr 5, 2011 12:49 PM

    As if people in Green Bay have anything else to do but count caribou and wait for packer home games.

  2. greengayfackers says: Apr 5, 2011 12:51 PM

    even if there is no game the refs will find a way for GB win.

  3. citizenstrange says: Apr 5, 2011 12:52 PM

    What are they going to say? Stay away? If the game isn’t played it’s no skin off the owner’s nose.

  4. pervyharvin says: Apr 5, 2011 12:56 PM

    Grant gets stiffed and Murphy talks out the side of his mouth. What next on As the Cheese Turns? Aaron gets a pedicure? Yawn…

  5. evpimp says: Apr 5, 2011 12:58 PM

    At this point I hope he is wrong.

    Both owners and players make way to much. The fan is always the one to be left out and forgotten about.

    Maybe a few missed games will open both sides eyes just maybe….

  6. medtxpack says: Apr 5, 2011 12:59 PM

    Murphy has expressed alot of optimism in this whole ordeal and i feel like i can trust him, he has one of the more unique perspectives being a former player and now on the other end….
    good thing he aint out stealing 8 beers, shooting at people with family members, or dealing liquid codiene.

  7. p4ck3r5 says: Apr 5, 2011 1:04 PM

    all these packer haters commenting lol..dont forget we won the last damn SUPERBOWL!

  8. zoxitic says: Apr 5, 2011 1:09 PM

    “…..but I’m confident that we will be able to find a resolution that works for the players, owners and fans.”

    And fans? What the hell will be negotiated for us??? Nothing. Higher prices is what’s in it for us..that’s it.

  9. radrhatr says: Apr 5, 2011 1:12 PM

    “good thing he aint out stealing 8 beers, shooting at people with family members, or dealing liquid codiene.”

    There are only 3 cops and a crossing guard in Green Bay. Just because Barney Fife and Festus Hagan haven’t caught him, doesn’t mean he’s innocent!

  10. fourthand20 says: Apr 5, 2011 1:14 PM

    So if there are no games on opening week, can the cities with publicly owned stadiums sue for non-performance of contract?

  11. cruells says: Apr 5, 2011 1:25 PM

    I guess tomorrow will be a good indication if there will be a opening game??

    It still amazes me why they waited until the 11th hour (last minute) to start talking.. They had a whole freaking season to talk..

  12. packerrube13 says: Apr 5, 2011 1:28 PM

    Haters gonna hate. I love it. As if the refs had anything to do with the Packers winning anything.

    I love the bitterness. 2011 world champs. That’s all that matters.

  13. 1mge says: Apr 5, 2011 1:30 PM

    Packers 14-6 Superbowl Champs…Again

    Vikings 6-10

  14. blaz0037 says: Apr 5, 2011 1:32 PM

    The Pack obviously ended the season on quite a run, won the SuperBowl, and Aaron Rodgers proved himself to be a stud…..

    ….but is anyone else concerned about Rodgers concussion problems? With the league stepping up its safety efforts, (and you can be sure it will get worse…) does anyone honestly think he can last very long in this “new” NFL?

  15. huskerguy says: Apr 5, 2011 1:35 PM

    fourthand20 says:
    Apr 5, 2011 1:14 PM
    So if there are no games on opening week, can the cities with publicly owned stadiums sue for non-performance of contract?

    __________________________________

    My guess would be “no” otherwise the cities of Cincy, Cleveland and Buffalo would have already won lawsuits!

    I love the Packer haters! All the glory for being WORLD CHAMPS! KMA

  16. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 5, 2011 1:35 PM

    Frazier picks up Favre at the airport. Ted Revenge Epic Fail Part III begins Labor Day weekend. Tracy Porter sings the national anthem to Favre. Adrian Peterson uses a bicycle tire pump to inflate the roof and check the Epoxy paste on the sewed-up ceiling cloth.

    Ted, Mike, and Aaron raise their shiny new bling on their middle digits and don’t give two craps what anyone thinks.

  17. blizzard01 says: Apr 5, 2011 1:41 PM

    There are only 3 cops and a crossing guard in Green Bay. Just because Barney Fife and Festus Hagan haven’t caught him, doesn’t mean he’s innocent!

    —————————————

    By my count, that would mean GB has more super bowl trophies than cops.

    Nice.

  18. nflguru12 says: Apr 5, 2011 1:44 PM

    The Packer won the Super Bowl with 15 guys on IR, the only thing people hate is getting beat by backups.

    Dont lock that trophy case, there’s more coming.

  19. laeaglefan says: Apr 5, 2011 1:46 PM

    There is plenty of pressure to get a deal done quickly, that no one has really talked about….but is a real motivating force. The longer this lockout goes on, the more NFL players are going to end up in jail. If they wait too long to end the lockout there may not be enough players available to take the field and play the games!

  20. mrcowpatty says: Apr 5, 2011 1:58 PM

    And starting at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, Scab McThrow.

  21. sfsaintsfan says: Apr 5, 2011 2:02 PM

    The most likely opponent would be the Saints.

    The two most recent Super Bowl champs to kick off the 2011 season.

    Enjoy, Green Bay fans. I know I enjoyed the opening day win over the Vikings 14-9 to start the 2010 season.

  22. 3octaveFart says: Apr 5, 2011 2:12 PM

    What else are they supposed to say?
    They have tickets to sell…

  23. flipadelphia says: Apr 5, 2011 2:21 PM

    Hopefully the Lions will play GB that game and destroy them. KO Aaron Rodgers again.

  24. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 5, 2011 2:25 PM

    “Enjoy, Green Bay fans. I know I enjoyed the opening day win over the Vikings 14-9 to start the 2010 season”.

    Agreed. That was nice, but I must say that no one enjoyed the NFC championship game Saints win over the Vikings more than I did.

    Well, except maybe Ted Thompson. Too funny, the way karma works when selfish players bite the hand that feeds them, and think that they know more than the GM does, when it comes to building a team.

  25. buckybadger says: Apr 5, 2011 2:32 PM

    Will be the Saints or the Bears since those are really the only good teams they play at home. Probably the Saints.

  26. jakek2 says: Apr 5, 2011 2:37 PM

    To all you non-GB fans crapping on the Packers, hex to all your teams! Green Bay fans are the nicest, most knowledgeable fans that I have ever had the pleasure to be around. All you dregg fans should learn a lesson from them!

    I am a Giants’ fan and was lucky enough to attend the 2007 NFC Championship game at Lambeau. If it had been at any other stadium, especially after the road team wins one of the most important games in the home team’s history, I would have been assaulted.

    Instead, these classy fans shook my hand, hoped that I enjoyed their stadium and wished my team luck in the SB. During the game, they were just as classy. Kudos to them all, they get it!!

    By the way…congrats Pack fans on beating those full-of-themselves Steelers! Hopefully my Giants can straighten themselves out and we can see you all again for the NFC title!

  27. bradjames33160 says: Apr 5, 2011 2:43 PM

    I trust Mark Murphy! I do think he’s telling the truth. With that said, my college copy editing teacher would not approve of his grammar. According to him, Murphy should have said the Packers plan TO have their Thursday home evening game September 8 game intact, not that they plan ON it. Otherwise, nice message Murph!

  28. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Apr 5, 2011 2:48 PM

    3octaveFart says: Apr 5, 2011 2:12 PM

    What else are they supposed to say?
    They have tickets to sell…
    ==============
    No. Tickets are sold out for the Packers and have been for years. If not, there are 70,000 other people that will gladly buy season tickets.

  29. jakek2 says: Apr 5, 2011 2:51 PM

    bucky – it will be the Giants. Book it.

  30. bradjames33160 says: Apr 5, 2011 2:52 PM

    Packers fans are classy but they have the right to talk junk if they want. For instance, their quarterback doesn’t rape girls in bathroom stalls, among other bad things. He just wins and puts up impressive stats. Plus, the Pack picks up kids off the street and wins with them on a regular basis. For instance, one of those “kids off the street” was a kid who grew up in my neighborhood in Manti, Utah, Devin Frischknecht, who didn’t pan out but was given a chance. GB isn’t a team of scabs but it’s amazing how resourceful they are. With that said, GO BRONCOS!!!

  31. saintsfan1111 says: Apr 5, 2011 2:57 PM

    Packers / Saints

    My money is on that. Can’t wait!

  32. whoknowsnothing says: Apr 5, 2011 3:07 PM

    Packers tell fans to plan on Thursday night opener with replacement players!!!

    pay top dollar to watch …… wait for it…….wait for it……….the replacements!

    I wonder if prices on tickets will drop if the owners go with replacement players.

  33. bigd9484 says: Apr 5, 2011 3:15 PM

    greengayfackers says: Apr 5, 2011 12:51 PM

    even if there is no game the refs will find a way for GB win.

    wow… jealous much? at no point in the superbowl did the packers have questionable calls like the steelers/seahawks superbowl, or even all the packer/cowboys games of the mid-90s when the ref’s handed every game to dallas.

  34. bucforever says: Apr 5, 2011 3:33 PM

    I have always liked the Packers even when the Bucs were in the black and blue division with them . Our defense always gave them a fight and Farve usually wound up on his tail alot. I hope Mr Murphy is correct in his prediction and we can all put this nonsense behind us.

  35. dwhitehurst says: Apr 5, 2011 3:38 PM

    vdaigglesfan says:
    Apr 5, 2011 12:49 PM

    As if people in Green Bay have anything else to do but count caribou and wait for packer home games.
    ———————

    Either you know nothing about the Green Bay area, or you are a Vikings fan from Minnesota who does know, but doesn’t want anyone else to know that it is no different than their own state (with the exception that WI has more trees and hills and less flat praries and blistery winds than MN.) Heck, if the Green Bay area were about nothing than counting caribou as you say, then why the heck does half of suburban Chicago flee to their condos and golf courses in Door County every summer?? (i.e., the county next door to Brown county where Green Bay is located). It’s FIB heaven, and understandably so. For sure, the winter months are tough, but it’s an awesome area in the summer months. Not that you’d ever care to see that….

  36. pervyharvin says: Apr 5, 2011 3:43 PM

    What does Johnny Jolly think??

  37. JimmySmith says: Apr 5, 2011 3:49 PM

    I know its probably not going to happen but I hope the opening game is against the Vikings.

    Green Bay would greatly appreciate the Football Gods serving up an easy first week Win and who knows, maybe BrINT will re-appear for what is likely to be billed as his very last game in GB. No really, this will be his last season, honest to God.

  38. pizzon says: Apr 5, 2011 4:19 PM

    If you are one of those people who grips on this board everyday about how ridiculous this lockout is and how millions and biliionaires shouldnt be fighting over all of this money well just a suggestion. stop buying tickets and merchandise and to those season ticket holders stop paying and see if you dont get the attention of the league and the owners. otherwise shutup please.

  39. vegas691 says: Apr 5, 2011 4:34 PM

    @Jakek2 “bucky – it will be the Giants. Book it.”

    —————
    Don’t believe it will be against the Giants on September 8th. Strong rumor has it Jets vs Giants on Sunday Night September 11th.

  40. dell52 says: Apr 5, 2011 4:45 PM

    Call me Naive, but why do people hate on the Packers. Seriously, you don’t hear about the Packers (with a few rare exceptions) getting in trouble with the law, many of their star players organize and attend many charitable events, and to top it all off, they don’t talk trash.

    9/10 Men would have lost it by now if they would have had to go through what Rodgers went through. The years of maybe taking over at qb, then the whole Favre Fiasco. Most would have finally said something stupid, but he did not. He is a professional.

    What do people have against the Packers. The fans, yes some of us can be a little boastful, but we have been blessed with mostly good teams over the last two decades. Many of us under the age of 22 don’t remember an extended period of time where the Packers were a “bad team.” But the Franchise in general, all i got to say to the users who bash on them is, Jealous Much?

  41. wafflestomp says: Apr 5, 2011 4:49 PM

    Just want to say that I appreciate some of the nicer comments on this post.
    Packer fans are used to stepping through a minefield of bitter and angry viking posts.

    About the season opener, I believe the Bear/Packer rematch of the NFC Championship will be tough for the NFL to pass up.
    Especially with the “Cutler quit” storyline.
    I’m not throwing stones, I just think the controversy would make for a juicy opener.

  42. evolmonkey says: Apr 5, 2011 5:44 PM

    It is going to be Bears vs Green Bay and this time the Bears are going to smash Green Bay!!!!

  43. shieldsisland37 says: Apr 5, 2011 5:46 PM

    The classiest organization in the league.

  44. howsaboutit says: Apr 5, 2011 5:57 PM

    I can’t wiat for some football!

  45. mick730 says: Apr 5, 2011 6:10 PM

    dwhitehurst is 100% correct. Wisconsin is beautiful. Every season in Wisconsin offers everything anybody could want. For those of you who don’t know Wisconsin, you should come for a visit. Avoid Door County though in July and August, because it is packed to the gills with people from Illinois and Chicago.

    And Jake is also right. Fans of visiting teams are always shown a good time in Lambeau.

  46. stairwayto7 says: Apr 5, 2011 6:26 PM

    1st game of season will be in mid-october, Packers will play at Chiago and at Det, be 0-2 then open at home in November with a loss!
    By the way Packer fan, win 6 then talka nd also your team still can’t order their rings! Cancer survivors are rejoicing!

  47. 1mge says: Apr 5, 2011 7:13 PM

    Packers won 13 Championships but you should be very happy with your teams 6 Championships as thats really good, just ask a Vikings fan!

  48. claymath52 says: Apr 5, 2011 7:35 PM

    Best thread of comments I have read in a while. I haven’t had this big of a smile in a long time. Man it feels good to be the Champs and have everyone gunning for you.

  49. cleonslamminsalmon says: Apr 6, 2011 2:44 PM

    I like when Vikings fans talk about not ordering rings. Like that takes away from winning the Super Bowl. I can understand why you wouldn’t get it because you’re team is terrible.

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