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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • 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

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You want defense? OK, here are some names for you

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Tony Pauline likes C.J. Mosley, Calvin Pryor and Louis Nix

Notre Dame DL Louis Nix

GREEN BAY—The oohs and ahhs at the Senior Bowl are usually reserved for the one-on-one passing drills, but not this year. I can’t remember hearing an ooh or an ahh during any of the passing drills, other than for a mild attempt at each on the first day of practice, when Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews made a pleasant-looking over-the-shoulder catch along the sideline.

This wasn’t a passing camp. This was a stage for blockers and tacklers to perform, and they did.

By now, you know all about Aaron Donald and Chris Borland, the stars of this week’s Senior Bowl practices. They were, by far, the most dominant players. They’re also the most size-challenged players in this year’s Senior Bowl, and that begs the question: Has the game’s pendulum swung so far to one side that it’s now favoring a full swing back to the other side? Is smaller, faster, stronger about to replace bigger, stronger, faster on the defensive side of the ball, or are Donald and Borland accidental aberrations?

Here’s another question: Is the game now being played so completely with hands and arms that it’s all of a sudden favoring two old-school guys that play with their shoulders and hips? I don’t know the answer that question; I’m just asking it.

Donald and Borland aren’t the only guys that made an impression in the run-and-hit department. You want defense – I really didn’t need to ask that question, did I, Packers fans? All right, here are some other guys I think you’ll like:

  • Jordan Zumwalt of UCLA—He got my attention on day two, when coaches told him to ease up a little bit after a couple of big hits were a little too big. I fell in love with Zumwalt on day three, as we did a walk-and-talk following practice. Something about the blood on his forehead excited me. Yes, I need help, but so do the Packers and I think this guy could give it to them. Zumwalt is a run-and-hit linebacker who can rush and drop.

  • Christian Kirksey of Iowa—In blitz pickup, when nearly everybody else was trying to run around the block, Kirksey ran through it. Bang! OK, baby, show me more. He did. Kirksey flows to the ball and arrives with force. He’s not L.T. but he can rush a little. He’s not Jack Ham but he can cover a little. Kirksey is a well-rounded prospect that offers play-right-away potential.

  • Dee Ford of Auburn—Yeah, I know, he’s a one-trick pony, but isn’t that why we have coaches? So teach him some more tricks. This guy might have the best speed rush in the draft, and his knee is only at 90 percent. He was hidden by that knee injury all season. He’s a tweener playing defensive end, which means we didn’t see whether he can drop into coverage, but there’ll be time for that down the road. Ford is a natural speed rusher, which is what playing linebacker in a 3-4 is all about.

  • Jeremiah Attaochu of Georgia Tech—He was a lot better during the season than he was this past week, but this is a natural defensive end making the move to outside linebacker and he deserves time to learn his new craft.

Hey, what do I know? So I asked Tony Pauline: What would you do to fix the Packers defense? Is there one player in this draft that could do it?

“Forget about the safeties,” Pauline said, suggesting in rather strong terms that the crop of safeties this year is of a much lesser caliber than last year’s crop. “The one guy, linebacker, that can line up in multiple positions and provide impact is C.J. Mosley. They’d probably have to trade up. He’s a complete linebacker. He’ll play any position.”

Mosley was originally on the Senior Bowl roster, but later opted out. He was replaced by Alabama teammate Adrian Hubbard, who at 6-6 has the length scouts and moved with the grace of a power forward, but he never went bang! I need to hear bang! I like bang!

“Tony, what about safety? There must be one worthy of picking, right?”

“The guy that’s going to make a late move is Calvin Pryor; very explosive and sudden,” Pauline said of Pryor, an underclassman from Louisville.

American Athletic Conference, right? Isn’t that what’s left from the old Big East, which wasn’t very good when it was a whole conference?

“The guy to consider at 21 is Louis Nix of Notre Dame,” Pauline said, giving a less than 50-50 chance of being available when the Packers are scheduled to pick at 21. “If he had entered the 2013 draft, he’d have been a top 10 pick. He gained a lot of weight and never got on track.”

So, did somebody force him to eat?

“Hey, you asked,” Tony said.

You say Donald and Borland will be available at 21, huh? Maybe they could just pick one of them.

 
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