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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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Power football has returned to NFL

Posted Jan 21, 2013

Teams will be trying to copy styles of 49ers and Ravens

Arthur from Eau Claire, WI

Do you agree with me that Donald Driver should be hired as a receivers coach? With his experience and intelligence, I think he would someday make a very good head coach. Now would be the perfect time for him to start learning.

Green Bay is the best place in the league to be a player; they never get blamed and they are forever loved. This truly is a special place for players. Be that as it may, coaching is a craft that has to be learned. I have no doubt Donald would tell you as much. If he wants to be a coach in this league, there’s a process for making it happen. He knows the process and he knows it would require climbing the ladder and spending more time away from his family than he ever did as a player, and for less money than he ever earned in his playing career. I can’t imagine why he would want to do that, but if he does, I have no doubt that opportunity will be available to him.

Matthew from Hiawatha, IA

I just had a conversation about the likelihood of Green Bay wanting Montee Ball. What are your thoughts on him?

He’s a cutback runner who would fit perfectly in the Packers’ zone-blocking scheme. Personally, I would like to see the Packers draft or acquire a different kind of runner. I prefer a pounder, a big, hairy, ugly pounder. I want a guy with a two-day growth, bad breath and a hell-for-leather personality. I want a guy who seeks contact, a guy who when he sees daylight looks for one more guy to run over. I believe the running game determines a team’s degree of toughness, and I believe that if you’re not running the ball with power, you’re not running the ball. Why do I believe that? Because the other kinds of runners can be schemed with schemes; power runners have to be schemed with personnel, and that’s exactly what you want your running game to accomplish.

Peter from Hamilton, Ontario

I see the defensive line as the Packers’ biggest need. Can this draft class help?

It’s loaded with defensive tackles, which is exactly what a 3-4 team wants. In a 3-4, all of the linemen are defensive tackles. The short ones are nose tackles and the taller ones are ends. There are several defensive tackles in this draft that are expected to be able to transfer their talents to a two-gapping scheme, which is what applies to 3-4 ends. I’m going to see some very good defensive tackle prospects at the Senior Bowl this week, guys like Sylvester Williams of North Carolina and Georgia’s John Jenkins, a massive 6-3, 358-pound player who has nose tackle written all over him. You can never have enough big guys, and when they’re available, as they are this year, you better take them because you don’t know when they’ll be available again.

Scott from Lincoln City, OR

It seems Ted Thompson’s strategy is to draft and develop young players at a bargain price so they can replace veterans that are looking for a pay raise when their contracts are up. Can we honestly say this is working?

Every team wants to do that. It’s the only way you can maintain a healthy salary cap. It’s also the only way you can maintain a young, healthy roster. If you could spend this week in Mobile and see the kind of intense effort every team in the league is spending on the players in this week’s Senior Bowl, you would understand the critical importance for doing exactly what you’re questioning. The draft is where the bargains are, and you must find them because the salary cap won’t allow you to build a roster by overpaying.

Paul from Roseville, CA

How does the departure of John Dorsey impact the Packers?

First of all, I’m looking forward to seeing John at the Senior Bowl so I might congratulate him on his new job as Chiefs GM. He deserves this shot at the top. Yes, it’s a loss for the Packers, but all successful franchises experience these losses and I’ve always felt it’s one of the things that helps keep successful franchises successful. Change is good. It requires growth. A new person will join the team and he’ll bring with him new expertise and contacts for that region of the country that has been his domain. A new man can open new ground for a team.

Lucas from Menasha, WI

I was recently told it was cheating to intentionally hit a player late. I say it could serve as a calculated temporary loss of yards. If it makes a player like Kaepernick think twice about running, I say it’s short-term loss, long-term gain.

I am completely opposed to what you’re suggesting. The culture must be changed. I’ve changed, at least until next September.

Mike from Fort Wayne, IN

I know you keep reinforcing the fact it’s a young man’s game, a game of replacement, and the Packers employ the draft-and-develop system, but it seems we are always young and developing. Other teams, like the Patriots, have experience and more age. I know they roll over players, too, but they’ll go for experienced players. Not sure, but shouldn’t we go after some proven talent once in a while? Woodson turned out OK.

In New England today, fans are complaining that the Patriots need to stop signing older players and start bringing in young players that can be developed, so they can provide long-term roster stability. Just win, baby.

Steven from Fresno, CA

Why is everyone calling for someone’s head?

Because it’s easier to do than having to be patient, calm and thorough.

John from Chesapeake, VA

This year is over and it’s time to look to next year. The Packers will be playing (in my opinion) the three toughest divisions in the league: AFC North, NFC North and NFC East. The team looks to have a very challenging year against teams that know how to be tough at the line of scrimmage. Will this coming year push the Packers even more to find a franchise running back and help on the lines?

Power football has returned. That’s the fallout from the 49ers’ and Ravens’ victories in their respective conferences. As a result, every team in the league will be trying to copy the 49ers and Ravens. Yes, I think this team needs a feature running back, a player who gives the running game an identity, and all teams are looking for big guys all of the time.

Randall from Zarczyce Duze, Poland

Vic, I've been thinking over a couple of your comments. You mentioned that the physical guys tend to get grabbed up early in the draft and the Packers consistently get a later draft due to their playoff appearances. Do you think maybe the Packers are caught in a draft trap, so to speak? I mean, with Rodgers at QB and the good talent the Packers draft relative to their draft positions, this is a team that’s going to win a lot of games and get to the playoffs consistently, and can’t ever draft early enough to get those big, physical guys to really anchor a dominant defense. Am I oversimplifying things?

You’re not oversimplifying it at all. It’s the whole intent of the reverse-order draft system. It’s meant to punish the winners and reward the losers. If you draft at the bottom long enough, you’ll eventually move toward the top. It caught up with the Steelers this season.

Koigi from Lynchburg, VA

Vic, I find it very interesting how the 49ers played the Falcons. No quarterback runs? I know the 49ers defensive coordinator spent eight years with Coach Capers. Do you think he had a very good sense of what his tendency would be and attacked it?

I’m a little confused by your question. If you’re referring to the fact that Colin Kaepernick didn’t beat the Falcons with his feet, then I would say the Falcons made Kaepernick be a passer and he was successful at it. He proved to everyone he’s the total package. Kaepernick is special and he first flashed his specialness at the Senior Bowl two years ago. He was the star of Senior Bowl practices; he did it all. So why did he last until the second round? Well, he had a quirky throwing motion that dropped his stock. Isn’t it funny how nobody mentions that any more? Sometimes we can look too hard for things that are too small to really matter.

Thomas from Hopewell Junction, NY

Joe Flacco has had an interesting journey from being a Pitt transfer to an FCS runner-up with Delaware, to a sometimes maligned starter, and finally a Super Bowl participant. He’s been on big stages, but does he have all the tools necessary to beat the 49ers secondary?

He had all the tools necessary to beat Tom Brady.

Jake from Sacramento, CA

Ted Thompson’s ability to scout and draft should not be questioned. He is always on the road evaluating college players, and he puts more effort into the process than any other executive in the league. Following Wednesday afternoon’s East-West Shrine practice, most scouts and personnel men headed home for the weekend, with the real action wrapped up and only unpadded practices left. At Thursday’s afternoon practice, there were only eight NFL representatives in attendance. It was pouring rain and there was Thompson, sporting a rain poncho and closely monitoring every individual drill.

By title, he’s a general manager. At heart, he’s a scout.

Tony from Saint Paul, MN

Atlanta couldn’t stop the run, either.

It had been a problem for them all season. In the end, they were true to their identity. They’ll have a chance in this year’s draft to fix that. Thomas Dimitroff is a needs picker and this draft class will fit his needs perfectly. The Falcons are going to get better. They’re going to be around for a long time.

Tony from Roanoke, VA

I remember earlier you said this wasn’t a good postseason for uniforms. Is it just me or does it look like all the Baltimore players are wearing stretch pants?

It’s the worst uniform I’ve ever seen, but it looks good on them.

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