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  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

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Did the Packers find that missing piece?

Posted Aug 25, 2012

If ever there was a time Mike McCarthy might tell us it’s OK to look beyond the next game, this would be it. It’s OK to look past the Packers’ preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs and look ahead to the Packers’ regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

It’s another opening-day beauty, a matchup similar to last season’s “Kickoff” game against the Saints, in that it’s a game between two NFC heavyweights. Some might even suggest, as they did a year ago, that the Packers’ season opener could be a preview of the NFC title game.

The reserves will mop up what’s left of the preseason next Thursday; preparation for the 49ers has already begun. It’s OK to look ahead. The Packers are already doing it.

“We need to be 1-0 when the regular season starts,” McCarthy said following the loss to Cleveland in preseason game No. 2.

No one will blame you if you attempt to attach too much importance to the opener against the 49ers. You may say it’s a game that could determine home-field advantage in a later meeting between the two teams, and you might be right. Yeah, it could turn out that way.

Exaggerating the importance of this game will be common among Packers fans. Packers fans are intense. They love their team. They fret over the potential for defeat. It’s only natural.

If you are one of those fans, then I would ask only that you remind yourself of this fact: The Packers defense is a work in progress, and the defense that would face the 49ers a second time in the 2012 season, would almost certainly be a lot better than the unit that’ll confront Alex Smith and company in the opener.

Though worry is a natural emotion, it must not override logic. Patience must not yield to passion. Be sensible about this. The defense with which the Packers ended last season was last in the league and getting worse. You don’t fix something like that in the space of one offseason and no games.

The Packers defense that’ll open the 2012 season will be dotted with draft picks from the last two years, and one of the key picks from those drafts, Davon House, might not even play. I’m not suggesting Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers is in a rebuilding job, but it would certainly qualify as major remodeling.

Indications of how the finished product might appear are already evident. Young talent in the secondary is emerging and developing. Competition at outside linebacker, the most critical of positions in Capers’ 3-4 defense and a position that was undermanned when last season ended, is surfacing. The defensive line has a couple of young lions.

The expectation is that, with time, those players will create roles for themselves that will allow Capers to blend those players into the kind of mix the Packers had on defense when they won Super Bowl XLV. Truth be known, that was not a great defense; it just had a lot of pieces with which Capers was able to paint a pretty picture.

Last year’s defense lacked a major piece. It lacked the pass-rush piece, and that missing piece created a trickle-down effect that couldn’t be reversed. The more the Packers didn’t rush the passer, the more opposing offenses attacked without fear of being sacked. It’s not good not to be feared.

So, as we approvingly look ahead to the opener against the 49ers, the question Capers’ defense is facing is this: Did the Packers find that missing piece? When the answer comes back yes, all will be fixed, but before we can know the answer, we must suffer patience and logic.

 
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