Nov 6, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Packers to get their schedule on today

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Clay Matthews and the rest of the Packers and their fans might be yelling with excitement and anticipation today as the NFL schedule is released today. Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Yes, it’s Tuesday, April 17. Not an unusual Tuesday from any other, unless you’re a fan of the National Football League and most specifically a fan of the Green Bay Packers.

You see, today is the day that everyone is saying the league’s and the Packers’ regular season schedule is to be released.

So, you see, it’s not just ANY day for Packers fans … it’s the scheduling day of all scheduling days.

Churches schedule their winter’s events around late Sunday and Monday night games, Lions clubs organize their fundraisers around Packers games, hosting tailgate parties and raffles that most times include Packers themes and prizes. Weddings are scheduled – sometimes even taking place at Lambeau Field.

So, you see it’s just not any day. It’s the day when benchmarks are set for happenings not only at the family level, but across the state and nation.

It’s a time when calendars and scheduling books are poised and smartphones and computers await instructions about calendar imports to fill the upcoming several months.

Ready to hear the good word from the league’s offices, fans are wondering if the Packers will open on Monday night against the Detroit Lions as at least one mock schedule showed a couple of weeks ago, or whether they will open at home against the NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers.

Whatever the schedule, expect the high profiled Packers to land a gob of nationally televised games. No doubt the team’s fans should expect to see at least one Sunday night, one Monday night, possibly a Thursday night and a handful of late afternoon Sunday games.

Though Packers head coach Mike McCarthy likes the ease with which Sunday noon games make life, he’s also got to be realistic when it comes to the schedule – the team will have a hectic schedule thanks to their 15-2 record last season and the popularity of the team across the nation and world.

Either way, this is an exciting day. You might want to have your computer dialed into Facebook and Twitter today as breaking news and leaks about the schedule may be coming out right up until the final minute before it’s officially released.

Oh yeah, don’t forget to stop back here later on as we take a closer look at the Packers schedule and might even take a stab at how the team will finish this season based on what’s released.

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