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  • 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
  • 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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Tramon Williams’ game-saver sets off wild celebration

Posted Dec 15, 2013

Second try with replay seals Packers’ historic comeback

DALLAS—When the replay review with less than 90 seconds left on Sunday reversed the call of incomplete pass and gave Tramon Williams the game-saving interception, the Packers sideline was up for grabs.

“I haven’t felt this way in a long time – I feel like we won a Super Bowl,” said linebacker Clay Matthews, echoing the comments of several of his teammates who compared the jubilation of Sunday’s wild comeback for a 37-36 victory over the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium to the Packers’ only previous visit here, three seasons ago for Super Bowl XLV.

“Our sideline was jumping,” receiver James Jones said, “like we did win the Super Bowl.”

It was a comeback for the ages as the Packers rallied from a 23-point hole, tying the largest deficit overcome in team history 31 years ago.

Strangely enough, the replay booth not long before appeared to quash the Packers’ hopes, when Williams’ diving interception early in the fourth quarter was overturned. Referee Walt Coleman said the ball hit the ground between Williams’ arms, nullifying the turnover and Williams’ weaving return to the Dallas 7-yard line with the Packers trailing 29-24.

Dallas went on to score a touchdown on that drive, but the Packers still managed to score twice more and regain the lead by one point, needing one more stop on defense.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who had been intercepted by Sam Shields on the previous drive to set up the Packers’ go-ahead TD, threw wide of receiver Cole Beasley, and Williams snared the ball as he dove and spun onto his back, preventing the ball from ever touching the ground. Two series, two picks for the defense, and almost 3-for-3 on the earlier close call.

“The one that I didn’t get credited with, I thought I caught it,” Williams said. “But the one I did get credit with, I’ve never felt more sure about a catch in my life.”

As a result, Williams gestured manically for replay to take a look at it, and he wouldn’t give the ball back to the side judge who ruled the pass incomplete. As Dallas hustled to try to run another play, the Packers called timeout just as the replay official buzzed Coleman.

“The referee was calling for the ball, and I refused to give it to him,” Williams said. “He might have asked me about four or five times, and I didn’t give him the ball. I saw Mike (McCarthy) running up the sideline and I knew we were going to try to do something.”

The Packers did something all right, turning around an abysmal first half that saw them trailing 26-3 with their season on the brink.

The offense came to life, scoring five touchdowns in five second-half possessions, jump-started by Eddie Lacy’s 60-yard run on the first snap of the third quarter. From then on, there was seemingly no stopping backup QB Matt Flynn and the offense, as it put together consecutive scoring drives of 80, 80, 22, 80 and 50 yards.

“More or less, we were just saying one play at a time,” center Evan Dietrich-Smith said. “We weren’t really looking for one guy to make a play, we were just making sure we were making the play on that one play. That just led one thing to another, and we started making a lot of big plays, and the next thing you know we take the lead at the end of the game.”

That lead was set up by Shields’ interception, which came against a crossing route by receiver Miles Austin. Matthews, whose sack inside the 5-yard line earlier in the fourth quarter set up Micah Hyde’s strong punt return for a short field, barely missed sacking Romo a second time.

Shields recovered after getting beat off the line of scrimmage to snare the pass at midfield, giving the Packers a chance, down 36-31 with 2:46 left.

“I tell you what, I was pretty upset within that .5 second of missing the sack and Sam’s interception,” Matthews said. “But yeah, it was a huge play I think to get him off the spot, get him uncomfortable, let him know someone was coming after him, and then Sam made a heck of a play. Ultimately, that was the difference in the ballgame right there.

“I’m happy we won the game. I’m upset I missed that sack, but who knows, it might have turned out different had I got it.”

The Packers will take a nod from the football gods after all they’ve been through the last two months, and especially the last two weeks.

Down by 11 at halftime to Atlanta a week ago, the Packers rallied. Facing a deficit more than twice as large on Sunday, nobody quit.

“We came into halftime, 26-3, most guys would have packed it in, ‘OK guys, it’s not our season, let’s just go home and get ready for next year,’” Williams said. “Not that vibe here.”

Instead there’s now a sincere vibe of belief that the season holds promise. Whether or not QB Aaron Rodgers comes back next week, the Packers will be in control of their own postseason destiny if the Lions lose on Monday night to the Ravens. If the Lions win, the Packers still can win the division with two more wins and one more Detroit defeat.

“When you give a team confidence, especially with the team we have and all the players we have and the ability we have, when we believe we can win down by that many points, in any game, we never think we’re out?” Jones said. “Look out.”

Unsaid by Jones is how far the Packers have come in 2013. A team that couldn’t finish strong in the fourth quarter for the first half of the season, even with its starting quarterback, suddenly has come through big-time late in back-to-back games with everything at stake to keep breathing in the NFC playoff chase.

“The adversity we went through, last week, this week, guys continue to fight, continue to fight, continue to fight,” Williams said. “You have to feel it’s never over for us, truthfully.”

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