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PHOENIX (AP) — As part of the celebration of its 100th season Blake Martinez Jersey , the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers vs. the Bears in its season opener Sept. 5.Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019. None fits better than Chicago-Green Bay. The teams have met 198 times since 1921, when the Bears were the Chicago Staleys. Green Bay leads the series 97-95-6, including the clubs splitting two postseason games.Staging the Thursday night game at Chicago’s Soldier Field — even if it is a modernized version of the stadium — adds to the theme. There will be a free fan festival and concert in nearby Grant Park and, for the first time, the league has approved a free viewing event of the game in the park.“We see that around other sports,” said Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s executive vice president for league events. Such viewings, for example, have been a staple of the World Cup for decades, and hockey also has adopted the practice. “It will create a big festival environment.”This will be the first time since 2003 the Super Bowl champion has not played in the opener. New England instead will open at home in the prime-time game Sunday night, Sept. 8. The opponent has not yet been determined. The full schedule will be announced next month.“With the 100th season Womens Mason Crosby Jersey , we want to do something to kick it off in a special way,” said Hans Schroeder, the league’s chief operating officer of media. “We’re celebrating the Bears, one of the original member clubs, in their 100th season, and the Packers are in their 101st. It’s an iconic matchup.”Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invoked the name of George Halas, the team’s founder, in welcoming the news.“George ‘Papa Bear’ Halas and the NFL’s co-founders probably didn’t imagine the federation they established 100 years ago in cities and towns across the Midwest would one day be the most successful professional sports league in the world,” Emanuel said in a statement. “But that’s what their vision achieved. Chicago — the most American of American cities — is the perfect venue for this game.”Schroeder and Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer, outlined other plans for the 100th season: NFL Films will produce a series that selects the 100 greatest teams, plays, games Justin McCray Jersey White , characters and game changers; an all-time team is being chosen and will be featured in a TV series; and Peyton Manning will talk to fans around the country about the history of the NFL for another television series.The league also disclosed plans for next month’s draft that will supplement the proceedings in Nashville. Teams will make selections in eight of the original 13 towns that comprised the NFL for its first season. In Dayton, Ohio, the field used back then, Triangle Park, still exists, and a selection will be made there. The NFL also has committed to installing new turf on the field.“This is a really special moment for our city,” Dayton mayor Nan Whaley said. “We’re excited that the NFL is recognizing the places that were there in the very beginning and that they are celebrating Dayton’s special history in paving the way for the league with a donation that will leave a lasting impact in the community.”Each of the 32 clubs will stage a “Fantennial Weekend” during the regular season in which it will work in conjunction with local high school football teams on a Friday, stage a fan festival on Saturday, and then have former players from the NFL club at the game on Sunday. The home team also will reveal the greatest moment or play in its history that day.Rolapp said the league is talking to DIRECTV about expanding the digital presence for its popular Sunday Ticket option that makes available all out-of-market games. The NFL could opt out of its contract with DIRECTV after next season.“The world has really changed and how people consume games has changed,” he said. “How do we broaden these rights, deliver more easily to digital platforms?” Reports came out about the Green Bay Packers’ first two interviewees for their vacant head coaching job on Wednesday, and it seems that the reaction from fans was a unanimous “ugh.” Indeed, Chuck Pagano and Jim Caldwell are not young Marwin Evans Jersey , exciting candidates, and both were fired by their previous teams a year ago.But in today’s curds, let’s look at why it makes sense for the team to talk to these two. First, their options are limited at this point, at least in terms of coaches currently working in the NFL. That alone takes out a large pool of individuals who might be possibilities later on in this process. People like Josh McDaniels are not eligible to interview until at the earliest the postseason, with exact timing depending on their teams’ playoff seeding and success.Meanwhile, the team certainly could have interviewed some college coaches during those individuals’ breaks before bowl games. However, with the early signing day taking place last week, any coaches they did talk to would want to keep their interviews as quiet as possible to avoid scaring recruits away.Thus, Pagano and Caldwell are probably some of the better unemployed options for the Packers to talk to at this point. If nothing else, they may be guinea pigs for the Packers as they define what the interview and evaluation process looks like for Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst. Just don’t get too worried about either of them coaching the Packers in 2019.Packers interview Chuck Pagano, Jim Caldwell for coaching vacancy | Packersnews.comBoth former Colts coaches interviewed already, which makes sense since they are currently unemployed and are free to talk to any team. Pagano hired Joe Philbin after he was fired in Miami Nick Perry Jersey White , while Caldwell is a native of Beloit.NFL reminds teams of procedures for interviewing employees who have resigned or retired – ProFootballTalkThose interviews aren't moving the needle much for Packers fans, judging from the general reactions on social media. However, the league's rules about who can interview and when are worth remembering when we see names like this come across the wire. Also, I think a provision here may apply to Reggie McKenzie, who resigned from his position before his contract ran out; the Packers may need to ask the Raiders' approval before interviewing him.‘Rocky, crazy road’ culminates in Jake Kumerow’s first NFL touchdown | Packers.comKumerow has spent a pair of stints on injured reserve and was mostly a practice squad player until this season, and specifically the last few games. Now he has a touchdown under his belt -- a 49-yarder to boot -- after starting Sunday's game, the first start of his career.Tight end Robert Tonyan gives Packers a glimpse of his potential | Packersnews.comBig Bob converted a fourth and one with a big 11-yard reception while lined up in Jimmy Graham's normal spot. That play in particular suggests that Aaron Rodgers is gaining trust in him as he develops his game.Packers submit unsuccessful waiver claim on S D.J. Swearinger | Packers WireIt's good to see that Brian Gutekunst was interested in Swearinger, who has bounced around with four teams in his brief NFL career but settled into a good role and good play for Washington. However, Arizona -- one of the teams Swearinger played for previously -- had the top waiver ranking and they got him instead.US explorer Colin O'Brady completes first unaided, solo traverse of Antarctica | The GuardianThis Portland native did something that is either completely awesome or complete insane, depending on your point of view: he made it 930 miles across Antarctica by himself while pulling a sled with 350 pounds of gear the whole time.
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