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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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One last look: Fitzgerald, Peterson must be contained

Posted Nov 3, 2012

The Cardinals have been headed the wrong direction for the past month, but there are two players the Green Bay Packers know could suddenly turn Arizona’s fortunes around beginning Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Halfway through 2012, punt returner Patrick Peterson and receiver Larry Fitzgerald haven’t come close to repeating their superb seasons of 2011, and their lack of explosive plays is one factor of many in the Cardinals’ current four-game losing streak.

It’s up to the Packers, who are pointed the other direction with three straight wins, to keep them quiet at least one more week. It could be the key to stretching Arizona’s losing streak to five, but that’s not a given, not with these two.

Peterson, a cornerback on defense, quickly made a name for himself as a rookie a year ago by tying a league record with four punt returns for touchdowns. Of all the players to accomplish that feat – the list includes Chicago’s Devin Hester in 2007 – Peterson is the only one whose four return TDs were all 80 yards in length or better.

This year he has yet to break loose, however. Of his 30 punt returns thus far, his longest is 26 yards, the only one longer than 20. His 8.1-yard average this season is barely more than half of last year’s 15.9 mark, which ranked second in the league behind Hester.

The Packers have watched as much, if not more, of Peterson’s 2011 film than his 2012 tapes, and they aren’t counting on the fact that his “sophomore slump” will last all season. Earlier this week, Mike McCarthy called Peterson the “starting point” for the scouting report against the Cardinals.

“All it takes is that one play,” linebacker and special teamer Jamari Lattimore said. “The whole league isn’t changing their opinion of him, just because he hasn’t broken one or several. It doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

“He can make things happen any time in the game. You can be in the last second of the game, and he can make something happen. That’s why you see snaps of him on their offense.”

The more dangerous offensive player, though, is Fitzgerald, a sure Hall of Famer, who has set every major Cardinals franchise receiving record through his first eight seasons.

But his ninth year hasn’t measured up, at least not yet. He’s ranked eighth in the league with 45 receptions, but his 511 yards are just 18th because he hasn’t made the big plays he’s accustomed to making.

Fitzgerald’s 37-yard TD catch against the Eagles in Week 3 is his only reception this season of at least 30 yards. His current average of 11.4 yards per catch is barely above his single-season career low of 11.3.

It’s not just a quarterback issue, either, because even though Fitzgerald doesn’t have Kurt Warner throwing to him anymore, he posted a 17.6-yard average last year (second in the league among players with at least 80 catches) with the same two QBs he has this year, Kevin Kolb and John Skelton.

He also has just a single 100-yard game this year compared to six a year ago.

All that said, the last thing the Packers will do is let their guard down against Fitzgerald. Players have said this week they’ve looked back at film from the 2009 NFC Wild Card game, when Fitzgerald physically outmuscled the Packers for two TD catches, making six grabs for 82 yards in all.

“He’s a veteran receiver with crafty skills, so you can’t really relax,” said safety Morgan Burnett, who wasn’t with the Packers yet in ’09 but knows all about the game. “We’ve seen it on film where guys think they have him covered, and he’s still able to catch the ball. You just have to trust your techniques and finish.”

Another issue is the Packers’ ups and downs this year against top-flight pass-catchers. Back in Week 2, with cornerback Tramon Williams leading the way, the Packers held Chicago’s Brandon Marshall to just two catches for 24 yards. But in Weeks 4 and 5, New Orleans’ Marques Colston (nine catches, 153 yards) and Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne (13-212) had huge games.

Those kinds of days are old hat to Fitzgerald, and the Packers must prevent Fitzgerald from returning to his old ways. Their own current streak may depend on it.

“He’s capable of making a big play whether it’s a deep pass or catching a screen and taking it 60, 70 yards,” Burnett said. “You have to know where No. 11 is on the field.”

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