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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake 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:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • 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

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Lacy, Bell in showdown of rookie running backs

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Ben Roethlisberger says Aaron Rodgers should play if ready

GREEN BAY—Eddie Lacy just as easily could be playing for the Steelers this Sunday, against Le’Veon Bell and the Packers. Instead, it’ll be the reverse.

They are rookie running backs that have each become the featured ball carriers for their respective teams. The Steelers made Bell the 48th pick of this year’s draft; the Packers selected Lacy 13 picks later.

“We thought Bell was the guy for us, just like Green Bay probably thought Lacy was the guy for them. Those are all the decisions we all go through. There’s no right or wrong; it’s about what’s right for you and Le’Veon Bell was right for us,” Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said during a conference call with Packers media on Wednesday.

Lacy has had the more productive rookie season, rushing for 1,028 yards, eight touchdowns and likely offensive rookie of the year honors. Lacy has also caught 31 passes.

Bell was injured early in the season and missed several games. Since then, he’s rushed for 646 yards and six touchdowns. His real strength has been as a receiver, catching 43 passes for 388 yards.

This Sunday at Lambeau Field, Lacy and Bell square off in a showdown of rookie running backs. More importantly, it’s a game critical to the Packers’ division title and playoff hopes.

“We wanted a running back at that spot and obviously Eddie Lacy was in the conversation. Not only did we interview him in Indy, we brought him in for a trip here prior to the draft,” Tomlin.

There have been reports that Lacy was the Steelers’ guy until they were scared off by a toe surgery Lacy had undergone. It has also been said the Packers had a fondness for Bell.

Oh, well.

“I like the growth and development of Le’Veon. He’s getting better every week and developing into a guy we can count on in just about every situation that’s important. In preparation for Green Bay, I’ve had an opportunity to look at Eddie Lacy. He’s a tough guy to tackle. He’s got good feet through contact and doing an awesome job of running the football for them, but I would be remiss if I also didn’t mention that Starks is doing some really good things running the football as well, John Kuhn is doing good things as well from a lead block and a blitz pick-up standpoint, and I think largely as a group their backfield is doing an awesome job and we have to work hard to minimize all of those guys,” Tomlin said in summarizing what has become a mini-controversy.

The Steelers are trying to win a game that will allow them to avoid a losing season. After an 0-4 start, they can get to 8-8 with a win on Sunday and one at home against Cleveland the following week.

“We’re not worried about moral victories, to be honest with you,” Tomlin said.

The Steelers cling to slim hope of a playoff berth, but that hope might be extinguished by kickoff time on Sunday.

When the Steelers were 0-4, all appeared hopeless. At 6-8, the Steelers are starting to identify players for their future.

“We’re just really focused on what’s required for us to win this week. Obviously, in the midst of that, maybe we’re doing some of those things but that’s not our achieved goal, or even a minor goal from that standpoint. Working with the guys we’re working with, we try to put the pieces together to give ourselves a better chance to win this week,” Tomlin said, keeping the focus on the present.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continues to give the Steelers the best chance of winning now. He’s having another outstanding season, having thrown 25 touchdown passes and accumulated a 94.3 passer rating, despite having been sacked 40 times and spending much of every game avoiding sacks.

What does Roethlisberger remember from Super Bowl XLV, when the two teams faced each other in Dallas?

“We lost. That’s pretty much all. I’ve been fortunate enough to win two and lose one; that’s all you remember when you lose,” Roethlisberger said.

The Steelers’ motivation this week?

“To win the game; that’s always the motivation. The motivation is to always come out and give it our all and try to win the game you’re playing that week,” he said.

It’s a game that could be defined as the return of Aaron Rodgers.

“Just as kind of the quarterback fraternity, I’m a big fan of Aaron’s and I know him, so I want him to be healthy. If’s he’s ready to come back, then he should,” Roethlisberger said.

One team is trying to win a third consecutive division title. The other one is trying to get back to its customary place in the playoffs, though that’ll likely be in another year. Each team’s rookie running back will go a long way in defining this season.

Additional coverage - Dec. 18

 
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