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  • 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
  • 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.

     

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Who will replace Jeremy Ross as Packers return man?

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Mike McCarthy has that and other questions to answer in bye week

WR Randall Cobb & Shawn Slocum

GREEN BAY—Whether the Packers’ new return man is already in house or on his way to Green Bay during the bye week remained uncertain as of Monday afternoon.

Neither Head Coach Mike McCarthy nor Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum committed one way or the other following the release of Jeremy Ross earlier in the day.

“The roster is a constant conversation,” McCarthy said. “We always have an idea.”

The in-house ideas could include receiver Randall Cobb re-assuming the return duties full-time and/or a couple of rookie draft picks taking over. Cornerback Micah Hyde and running back Johnathan Franklin got brief auditions for the punt-return and kick-return roles, respectively, in the preseason and have been listed behind Ross and Cobb on the depth chart since training camp ended.

“We’ll put someone out there that can function and do the job the right way,” Slocum said. “Randall has always been part of the mix and that hasn’t changed.”

What also didn’t change, unfortunately, were Ross’ ball-security issues. In his eight games with the team, dating back to Week 15 of last season, Ross mishandled the ball three times – trying to catch a backwards pass from Cobb on a trick play at Chicago, fielding a punt in San Francisco in the playoffs, and running up to catch a short kickoff on Sunday in Cincinnati.

All three miscues led to pivotal scores for the opposition.

“What happened to him yesterday was unfortunate, but we’ve got to be better than that,” said Slocum, who absolved the other return-unit members of any responsibility for catching the shorter kick, saying it was Ross’ play all the way. “I thought he made a delayed decision to go play the ball, and he missed the catch.”

An equally game-changing decision came on fourth-and-short with four minutes left from the Bengals’ 30-yard line and the Packers trying to build on a three-point lead. Saying he “had plenty of time to think about it,” McCarthy didn’t second-guess his choice to go for the first down, nor his call for a handoff to Franklin.

McCarthy said it was a “solid call,” and Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements didn’t have a problem with Franklin trying to go airborne to convert.

“It’s not a called leap; it just depends on how the front plays it,” Clements said. “Usually they try to stay low, and that’s usually a good option.”

It wasn’t in this case, as Franklin fumbled and the Bengals returned it for the game-winning touchdown, sending the Packers into their bye week to lick their literal and figurative wounds.

Already banged up in the secondary and at running back, the Packers lost tight end Jermichael Finley, linebacker Clay Matthews and running backs James Starks and Franklin to injuries during the game and couldn’t overcome it.

McCarthy briefly compared what unfolded in Cincinnati to the game at Washington in 2010, when an injury-depleted team saw a handful of additional players go down while a potential last-second, game-winning field goal clanked off the upright and a turnover in overtime doomed the Packers to defeat.

Considering the next game three years ago was another overtime loss, to Miami – one of only two regular-season losses at Lambeau Field dating back to mid-2009 – the timing of the bye week probably couldn’t be better despite its early slot.

“We’ve been without some guys here,” Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said. “We’ve had some hamstring issues, and how with Clay’s situation, so hopefully it comes at a good time for us. We have to make the most of it, get ready to go out there and get ready for the Lions.”

None of the coaches who spoke to the media on Monday were making predictions as to whether any injured players would return for Week 5 vs. Detroit.

Whether or not the team’s health changes over the bye, its 1-2 record won’t, and it didn’t make McCarthy feel any better to know that only five teams in the NFC – one less than the number of eventual playoff qualifiers – were above .500 through three weeks.

“No, it’s not encouraging, because I don’t pay any attention to it,” McCarthy said. “Let’s be honest, to worry about the race Week 3, I think that’s wasted focus. We’re really focusing on the things we need to do better to win games.

“That’s one of the last things I told our team. It’s not OK that we’re 1-2, by no means, but let’s be realistic. We’ve played three games. … Our focus is about being 1-0. That’s all we’re really concerned about, and we’ll get after that when these guys get back.”

 
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