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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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Packers hope they sent message: Come on down

Posted Dec 10, 2012

Revival of running game might force future opponents to change defensive strategy

GREEN BAY—Maybe the Packers were trying to send a message to future opponents.

“It shows we have the ability to move the ball running,” Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements said of the Packers’ seven-play, all-runs touchdown drive that produced the winning points in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Lions.

“The more a defense has to defend against, the better it is for the offense. If teams want to play us in two-shell, we have to be able to run them out of it,” Clements added.

Two-shell is terminology for a defense that employs two safeties in the middle of the field, a strategy a defense would use when it is more concerned with defending against the pass than against the run. It’s a strategy of which the Packers have seen a steady diet this season.

The Bears have traditionally been a two-shell defense, and the teams in the NFC North have used that strategy against the Packers because they know the Packers are built on the pass and quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ strong right arm. It’s everybody else on the Packers’ schedule that has identified what the rest of the NFC North already knew.

As a result, the Packers haven’t enjoyed the kind of prolific passing stats they produced last season. Rodgers threw for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns in 15 games last season. Through 13 games this year, Rodgers has thrown for 3,297 yards and 29 touchdowns.

They’re good numbers, just not the equal of last season’s. Rodgers’ whirlwind season in 2011 would seem to have caused a concentration among opponents to stop the Packers’ passing attack in 2012.

So with Sunday night’s seven-play touchdown drive, in which a pass-catcher was replaced by an extra offensive lineman, the Packers hope they’ve sent a message that will cause opposing defenses to focus more on stopping the run and less on stopping the pass.

“Teams don’t like to get run on, so one of the things they do is bring a safety down. Teams with great running backs, like Adrian Peterson, don’t see anything but one high,” Clements said.

The Packers unveiled a three-headed monster in the seven-play touchdown drive. Alex Green started the drive, Ryan Grant came in for a carry, and DuJuan Harris finished the drive with a 14-yard touchdown burst.

Harris became a player of interest as a result of the darting style of running he brings to a stable of big power backs. He’ll offer a change of pace.

“Alex and Ryan are more power runners. DuJuan, because of his size, has looked to make things happen when they’re not there,” Clements said.

A season-long desire to improve the running game seemed to blossom in that drive against the Lions. All of a sudden, the Packers’ running game couldn’t be stopped.

“The line is blocking better and the backs are seeing the holes,” Clements said. “It was a good drive. I’m sure the linemen were fired up. It’s a good feeling.”

Will it send a message to future opponents?

Additional coverage - Dec. 10

 
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