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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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Packers had a masterful game plan

Posted Oct 15, 2012


Hans from Front Royal, VA

Vic, early in the game, I was surprised the Texans were trying to run to the edges so much, instead of up the middle, especially with Raji's absence. Were the Packers showing something that invited this type of attack?

No, that’s the stretch play I featured in my Friday story that quoted Defensive Line Coach Mike Trgovac and Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers on the need to stop Arian Foster on that particular play. They talked especially about the need to remain disciplined in the gaps because loss of gap control would provide Foster with the cutback lane he wants to hit. The Texans’ offense is built on that stretch play. They want to get you going sideways, and then use play-action to hit passes over the middle. They love that drag route to tight end Owen Daniels. The Packers stopped the stretch play and that was one of two keys to victory. The other, of course, was winning on the outside on offense.

Dan from Waupun, WI

Good morning, Vic. Rodgers made it sound like he could play as good as he wanted to when he wanted to. Was this team just not trying before? Is the NFL getting like wrestling? I know both are just entertainers. Will we see more complete games? Very nice win.

Come on, Dan, it’s a win. It’s a chance to feel good for a week. Does the misery have to continue? Last week wasn’t fun. Let’s have some fun this week.

Justin from Tampa, FL

We have finally seen a complete game from the Packers. How can we make sure we stay on track with this and continue to have complete games?

You can’t. You can’t make sure of anything. All you can do is prepare to play your best. One of the mistakes fans make is they’re looking for guarantees that don’t exist, and that frustrates them. Accept the fact that there are no guarantees.

Tom from Fairborn, OH

Hope the price we have to pay injury-wise is not too high. We were dropping like flies out there.

I fear the Packers paid a stiff price in this win. D.J. Smith and Brandon Saine appear to have sustained significant knee injuries. Smith was really starting to come on. He’s going to be difficult to replace. It won’t make Coach Capers’ job easier.

Nick from Water Mill, NY

You and Mike were spot on with your final thoughts. Any final final thoughts?

This was a strategic masterpiece of coaching by Mike McCarthy and his staff. McCarthy challenged his wide receivers to beat the coverage, to gash the coverage, as McCarthy said, and that’s exactly what the Packers’ wide receivers did. McCarthy and Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements devised a game plan that would challenge the wide receivers to win their one-on-ones, and the wide receivers answered the challenge. The Texans opened in press coverage all over the field. Shortly after Jordy Nelson opened the scoring with a 41-yard touchdown catch, Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph was already dropping off at the line of scrimmage and softening his coverage dramatically. The result? Just as McCarthy predicted, space opened for Packers receivers and they ran free in the Texans secondary without much threat of getting whacked after a catch. Meanwhile, Capers did what no other defensive coordinator had done to the Texans. He put together a game plan that stopped the stretch play and forced the Texans to be what they’re not, which is to say a team that had to live by the pass. The best part of the two strategies is they worked in concert with each other. Of course, players made them work by executing the design.

Paul from Burlington, WI

“McCarthy credited Rodgers for keeping the offense in clean plays at the line of scrimmage with the run calls.” What does McCarthy mean by a “clean play?”

A clean play is one that can be executed as planned against the defensive look that’s presented. For example, six in the box is an invitation to run the ball.

James from Carlsbad, CA

As much as I enjoy watching the Packers games every week, I must say that reading this column the day after is almost as enjoyable. The fans go from panic to pure bliss in record time. I find it hysterical at how quickly everybody wants to abandon ship because the team had a bad game or, in the case of the Indy game, a bad half.

My inbox makes Sybil look dull.

Greg from Danbury, CO

This is the Packers football that has been missing. What's different? What changed?

The big play returned; that’s the difference. Instead of having to take what the defense gave them, the Packers took what they wanted. They imposed their will.

Josh from Kunming, China

You told us all to relax. Is that because you saw this win coming?

No, I did not see this win coming. I told you to relax because worry is a waste of time spent on feeling bad. Worry is paralyzing. A team can’t play its best football consumed by worry, and fans can’t fully enjoy the season by spending it in angst.

Adam from Superior, WI

I’m starting to think our offensive line is coming together. Is our offensive line deserving of the credit for our improved and effective running game?

I saw holes, big holes, in the Texans’ defensive line last night. I think Alex Green will see them in film study today and he’ll think to himself that he left some yards on the field. Green’s biggest achievements last night were ball security and endurance. He proved he can hold onto the ball and his knee is strong enough for him to be the Packers’ featured ball carrier. The Packers offensive line was fantastic. I saw Josh Sitton push J.J. Watt across two gaps. Watt got two sacks and that’ll advance his campaign for defensive player of the year, but Aaron Rodgers stepped into one and an adjustment caused Watt to come free for the other one. I didn’t see him being chipped a whole lot. I won’t say that definitively because I couldn’t focus on him the whole game, but when I did focus on him, it appeared he was being blocked by one man, not two.

Tim from Duluth, MN

With the way the offense performed last night, what can we expect to see in the upcoming weeks?

Softer coverage schemes. I suspect the Rams will play a lot more cover two than the Texans did.

Daniel from Los Angeles, CA

Rodgers through six games in 2011: 17 TDs/3 INTs. Through six games in 2012: 16 TDs/4 INTs. Maybe he'll be all right after all.

Aaron Rodgers was never the problem. He is almost always the solution.

Nikhil from Highland Park, IL

Well, Vic, the emotional roller coaster is over for me. At some point during the awesome win over the Texans, I finally realized there's no credible way to predict what's going to happen on any given Sunday and I have no control over the outcome of the game. Was this win a turning point for the Packers? Who knows? But it was for me. It's time to stop worrying.

I think it is a turning point for the Packers because that kind of offensive explosion will cause fear in every defensive coordinator the Packers will face. More than anything else, defensive coordinators fear the big play. They’ll do anything to avoid it. The Packers are going to begin finding more open spaces in their opponents’ secondaries, as a result of last night’s win.

Chris from Emmitsburg, MD

Do you think the team turned a corner last night? Or is this an aberration and the sloppy Packers are the reality?

What I think isn’t important. Aaron Rodgers said he believes the Packers turned a corner or experienced a turning point in their season last night. I don’t think he would’ve said something that bold if he didn’t believe it.

Chris from Del Rio, TX

So much good to bring up, but you have to give the receivers a ton of credit. They were making a lot of tough catches.

I think they were the real story last night. I think the receivers were the catalyst to this victory.

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