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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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Point, counterpoint: Are you in favor of the coach's challenge system?

Posted Oct 9, 2012

Vic KetchmanPackers.com Editor Vic Ketchman says no.

Coaches have enough to do to guide and manage their teams. They shouldn’t be expected to officiate the game, too.

It’s an unfair expectation that coaches should be responsible for correcting mistakes made by the game’s officials. It’s not that we should expect officials to be perfect, it’s that we have the means for an observer in the press box to detect those mistakes and get the call right. So why do we saddle coaches with that responsibility?

Problem No. 1—The coach’s challenge system is structured in such a way that a coach can be penalized for using it. In other words, the more mistakes the officials make that the coach needs to correct, the more likely it is the coach won’t have a challenge left to correct a mistake late in the game that might decide the outcome. In that structure, the coach is being penalized twice for having his game officiated poorly.

The coach has to ask himself: Should I challenge this obvious mistake, or should I allow my team to be penalized by it so I’ll have a challenge to use later in the game on a bigger mistake? What if there isn’t a bigger mistake later in the game? Do coaches have to be clairvoyant, too?

Why not correct both mistakes, the little one and the big one? Isn’t that the whole intent of the replay review system, to correct mistakes? College football has a replay guy in the press box. When he thinks something needs a quick look, he stops the game and takes a look. Sensible approach, right?

Problem No. 2—Before the coach knows whether he should spend a challenge, he usually has to wait for a member of his staff to have seen a replay of the play in question. Meanwhile, the coach’s counterpart is rushing his team to the line of scrimmage to snap the ball before the challenge flag flies. It’s a blatant attempt to cheat the system. That’s a good system?

Throw the flag blindly? Risk losing a challenge you’ll need later on a fishing expedition now? In effect, the coach’s challenge system becomes a game of “chicken.”

Again, isn’t the intent to get the call right?

Problem No. 3—A bad coach’s challenge record or misusage of the coach’s challenge system will draw the fans’ ire and land the coach on the hot seat. Fire the coach because he was out of challenges when the big challenge arrived? In other words, fire the coach because he used his challenges?

I wonder what Lombardi would’ve thought about this? No, I think I know.

Mike SpoffordPackers.com Staff Writer Mike Spofford says yes.

I like the coach’s challenge system because it requires a potential error to be significant enough for a head coach to stop the game, but I would tweak the current system a bit. I would change the rule that limits a coach to two challenges and gives him a third challenge, only if he’s right on his first two. I think the limit should be two only if the coach is wrong on both.

Don’t punish a head coach for being right. If he challenges a call and is right, he should still have two challenges left. If he gets one wrong, he can only be wrong one more time. The limit should be two “wrongs,” not two challenges.

Mike McCarthy ran into this in Week 4 against the Saints. He mistakenly challenged a Jordy Nelson catch in the first half and was wrong. In the second half, when it appeared Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had not caught a pass that was ruled a reception, McCarthy was in a tough spot. If he challenges the Graham catch, which was early in the third quarter, whether he’s right or wrong he’s out of challenges for the rest of the game.

It turned out the Graham catch was upheld (though I still think McCarthy was right), but even if it had been overturned, McCarthy still wouldn’t have had a challenge on the Darren Sproles kickoff return non-fumble in the fourth quarter. That just doesn’t make sense to me.

Now, my proposal might cause some (Vic?) to howl that it’s only going to lead to more challenges and more delays. Probably, but to that I’ll make a couple of points.

First, if the technology exists to get the call right, let’s get it right. Some might say turn everything over to the booth upstairs and take the coaches out of it, but I don’t want a 3-yard pass on second-and-10 holding up the game. If a coach thinks the play is significant enough and there’s been an error, he can challenge it. If not, play on.

Second, the NFL can easily do something about the delays by ending the lunacy of the referee going “under the hood.” If the official in the booth is fully trained and qualified, let him look at it and make the call. That way, everyone in the stadium and at home doesn’t have to watch the referee announce the play is being challenged, then jog 80 yards down to the other end of the field where the hood is, and then finally start watching the replays. Or maybe the TV audience uses that time to hustle to the fridge, I don’t know.

OK, so the guy in the booth in Seattle was supposedly not a replacement and he still botched it. I get that. But maybe the guy in the booth should be seen as the equivalent, experience-wise, pay-wise, etc., as the referee, and then qualified officials would aspire to the job. The league would be better for it, as long as the fight over money doesn’t lead to another union lockout.

Anyway, my point is most decisions can be made by the guy upstairs by the time the ref on the field gets to the hood. Make the call and move on.

I’m not interested in seeing the refs put on a show. I’m interested in the important calls being correct and the game continuing in an efficient manner.

I don’t think the coach’s challenge system needs to be scrapped to accomplish those goals. It just needs some modifications.

Cast your vote in the poll on the right, please.

 
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