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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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Vic Ketchman

Vic Ketchman is a veteran of 40 NFL seasons and has covered the Steelers and Jaguars prior to coming to Green Bay.

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Neal 'day to day,' Gurley has big practice

Posted Aug 17, 2011

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy has listed defensive end Mike Neal as “day to day,” following a medical examination of Neal’s injured left knee. McCarthy said the injury will not require an MRI exam.

“No, just a doctor’s examination,” McCarthy said when asked if Neal will undergo a scan on his left knee.

Neal sustained the injury early in Tuesday’s practice, during a defensive line drill that involved a blocking bag. He went to the ground clutching his left knee but later left the field under his own power.

“He got his knee in a bad position and torqued it. He hit the bag with his other foot and planted funny. He seems to be doing fine,” McCarthy added.

McCarthy spoke to reporters following a two-hour-plus practice, the Packers’ final “long” practice before Friday’s preseason game against the visiting Arizona Cardinals. McCarthy plans to conduct a 48-minute practice on Thursday.

“We didn’t look the way we need to look,” he said in evaluation of Wednesday’s practice. “We’ll try to clean up some things schematically and get ready to play on Friday night.”

If there was an offensive star of Wednesday’s practice, it is undrafted wide receiver Tori Gurley. After a blatant drop of what should’ve been a touchdown catch early in practice, Gurley went on a pass-catching tear. He used his 6-4 height to make a leaping touchdown catch over undrafted cornerback Brandian Ross in a red zone drill, then followed with a diving catch of a low pass over the middle.

“Every time you line up it’s important. Every snap is evaluated. You’re looking for ability. You’re looking for performance. You’re looking for fit and, from a culture standpoint, does the person fit?” McCarthy said when Gurley’s strong performance on Wednesday was mentioned.

Another player who would seem to be on the rise is Erik Walden, who’s in a battle with Frank Zombo and Brad Jones for the right outside linebacker job. Walden was running with the ones on Wednesday, the significance of which is that it marks the first time in this camp that one man has run with the ones at ROLB two days in a row. It likely means Walden will get the start on Friday.

“I think he clearly looks better than he did when he came to us midway through (last) season,” McCarthy said of Walden.

Another linebacker, undrafted Vic So’oto, is getting a lot of playing time and a similar amount of attention from outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene. Early in practice, So’oto was with the ones during a brief “screen and deceptions” drill.

A little later, he followed a play in which he was blocked to the ground by tight end Andrew Quarless during a running play, by bulling through first-round pick Derek Sherrod and “sacking” quarterback Aaron Rodgers. So’oto clearly appeared motivated by his failure on the previous play.

“He’s going through a little bit of what Bryan (Bulaga) went through,” McCarthy said of Sherrod, comparing his learning curve to that of the Packers’ 2010 first-round pick. “He’s not playing as fast as he’d like to.”

Zombo, meanwhile, created two loud noises in a one-on-one pass-rush drill. The first sound was the smack of Zombo’s pads onto tackle Marshall Newhouse’s. The second sound was the cheer Zombo got for “walking” Newhouse back to the quarterback.

Suffice it to say the competition at right outside linebacker is fierce and growing.

“My number one priority is to get a personnel evaluation of the team,” McCarthy said of Friday’s preseason game, the Packers’ second following a 27-17 loss in Cleveland last Saturday.

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