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  • 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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What are good reasons for firing a coach?

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Lots of points on Sunday; lots of hitting in San Francisco


Aaron from Eau Claire, WI

Going to the game really lets you see the human confrontation you always talk about. I feel like some of that is lost watching on TV. You see the players get hurt and see the angst and despair. It truly is a different game to watch when you are at the game, compared to TV.

You feel the game when you’re at the game. If you had been sitting on one of those metal bench seats at Lambeau Field on Sunday, you would’ve felt the cold and how it made everything those players did more difficult. If you were sitting in the cold, you would’ve felt the hits those players absorbed. You would’ve felt the icy ground as they landed on it. Being at the game makes the game real. It gives us an appreciation for the moment. You feel the wind, you hear the cheers and the boos, and you identify faces with each. TV only shows you what TV sees. When you go to the game, you see and hear so much more.

Adam from Superior, WI

Vic, what in your mind qualifies the firing of a coach?

Ultimately, it’s a decision that is made by the owner or the person in charge for making those decisions. If that person loses confidence in the coach, a change is likely to be made. If I’m making the decision, I’m looking for examples of my coach’s impact on his players. Are they prepared? Are they giving great effort? Are they disciplined, committed and unified? I watched last Thursday’s Texans-Jaguars game. When the young defensive back from South Carolina experienced his emotional meltdown, which resulted in a drive-sustaining taunting penalty, followed by subsequent damaging penalties, I thought to myself: The kid just got Gary Kubiak fired, and he did. Firing a coach to placate the fans is nuts. Bad franchises do that. There’s only one thing that satisfies the fans, winning, and winning is temporary.

Tim from Sarasota, FL

Vic, we fans have this opinion that some elite coaches have the magic formula for halftime adjustments, while others don’t. I was listening to Brian Billick the other day and he said that’s way overblown. Thoughts on that and Billick?

Billick is a straight shooter. He talks to the media at the combine every year and I like what he says in his press conference. I especially like his line: “If a player tests positive at the combine, he’s too dumb to play for me.” I agree with him that halftime adjustments are overblown. I’m not saying adjustments aren’t made, I’m just saying they aren’t nearly as sophisticated as fans think, and they are adjustments that can be made on the fly along the sideline. What happens at halftime that I think is important is the reset a coach gives his team in the way of perspective. He makes it crystal clear as to what his team has to do in the second half to win the game.

Mike from Shoreview, MN

Vic, according to ESPN, there were 90 touchdowns scored on Sunday, the most on a single day in NFL history. We are officially in the video game era.

That’s why I liked the Seattle-San Francisco game so much. They just knocked the heck out of each other. I like hitting more than points. I really like hitting. It makes me feel warm inside, which is sick and twisted. I’m trying to change my culture, but it’s not working.

Melissa from Madison, WI

Hi, Vic, I sincerely enjoy your column and your commentary. I’d like to make a point of clarification. I was at the game on Sunday and, I too, was booing at the end of the first half. But this was by no means directed toward the players. It was aimed squarely at Mike McCarthy. The fact that he was playing out those last few seconds, with zero potential for impact on the score of the game (his team was to receive the ball to start the second half), but dramatic potential to impact the health of the team negatively was appalling and unconscionable of him. As I suspected, Lacy was injured on the final play of the half and walked off limping. What was the sense in that? Vic, can you help me understand what Mike was trying to accomplish?

He was trying to win the game. He did win the game. When you win, everything you do and say is right. Just win, baby.

Marcio from Porto Alegre, Brazil

Vic, do you think Gronkowski’s injury proved Meriweather right?

Yes.

Troy from Clayton, WI

I didn’t boo, Vic.

You’re winsome, Troy. Winsome is not about weakness, it’s about self-control and respect for others. Those are virtues. They speak of your dignity and character.


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