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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: Super Bowl rematch it’s not

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Packers, Steelers have different rosters from three years ago, different teams from even a month or two ago


GREEN BAY—Judging by the personnel, Sunday’s Packers-Steelers showdown at Lambeau Field is no Super Bowl rematch.

That has nothing to do with the Packers’ quarterback situation, either.

Three years is practically an eternity in the NFL. As far as Green Bay and Pittsburgh are concerned, three years has meant turnover of more than half of each roster from Super Bowl XLV.

The numbers are remarkably similar for the two franchises. Whether that says something about the makeup and philosophies of the two organizations, in addition to the nature of the league in general, is a discussion for another day, but here’s the data:

Of the 53 players on Pittsburgh’s roster for Super Bowl XLV, 20 are on the Steelers’ current 53-man roster. That includes 10 players who started in the Super Bowl (four offense, six defense), two who left Pittsburgh and returned (TE Matt Spaeth, S Will Allen), and four who came off the bench in the Super Bowl and start now.

For Green Bay, 21 players from the Super Bowl roster are on the current 53-man, including 11 Super Bowl starters (five offense, six defense), one who left and came back (QB Matt Flynn), and four Super Bowl reserves who start now (aside from Flynn).

Only one position group of starters for either team remains intact, and that’s Pittsburgh’s secondary of cornerbacks Ike Taylor and William Gay, plus safeties Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark.

“You’re talking about two different teams now,” said Packers guard T.J. Lang, one of those non-starters from three years ago turned current starter. “They’ve got a lot of veteran guys on their team, but each of us have a bunch of young guys who weren’t even here when we played in the Super Bowl.

“This is a new team this year, they’re a new team, and it’s going to be a whole new battle.”

The battle will also be quite different from what it might have been just a month or two ago.

The Steelers have changed significantly in 2013, showing progress as they retool at key positions with youth. They lost their first four games and averaged 18 points per game in their first seven contests. But they’ve won four of their last six to get to 6-8 and stay on the fringe of the AFC playoff race while averaging 28 points per game since the start of November.

The Packers’ biggest change has been more recent, and it’s had to do with the fourth quarters of games.

Even when Aaron Rodgers was starting, the fourth quarter was a trouble spot. The team struggled late in early losses at San Francisco and Cincinnati, and it didn’t finish strong in victories over Washington, Baltimore and Minnesota.

Then after Rodgers’ departure from the lineup, the fourth-quarter collapses were even more pronounced, as the Bears and Eagles both put together clock-killing nine-minute drives to protect leads and the Giants snagged a pick-six with the game still in the balance late.

But Flynn’s emergence has coincided with stronger finishes by the team overall. As he has put together late rallies against the Vikings, Falcons and Cowboys, the defense has come up with three key fourth-quarter turnovers in the last two weeks, plus two additional big stops late against Atlanta.

“You really don’t want to play bad in either half, but if you’re going to play bad in one and good in the other, I’d probably do it the way we did it,” Lang said of the franchise record-tying comeback from a 23-point deficit at Dallas.

“At least give yourself a chance late in the game to win. That’s something we always talk about. The game is 60 minutes for a reason.”

The season is also 16 games for a reason. Its length has provided the Packers enough time to get the help they’ve needed to be in control of their playoff fate, while they’ve also continued to work toward playing a complete game, start to finish.

“It’s very fortunate the way it’s turned out,” receiver Jordy Nelson said. “Now we have the opportunity to control our own destiny, and we need to make the most of it.

“You have to play good football. It’s about quality of play, and everything will take care of itself.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 20

 
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