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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.

     

Hall of Famers

Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau - Class of 1963

Founder, Head Coach, Vice President, Player (1919-49)

Somewhat by chance, Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun joined together in 1919 to form what is now the Green Bay Packers. Lambeau was an outstanding athlete at Green Bay East High School and after enrolling at Notre Dame and making varsity under Knute Rockne, he was back in Green Bay after severe tonsillitis forced him to miss the spring semester.

Then, Lambeau ran into Calhoun, the sports editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, who had covered Lambeau as a prep. The two got to talking and decided to start up a football team. On Aug. 11, 1919, Lambeau, Calhoun and a group of young athletes gathered in the editorial room of the old Press-Gazette building on Cherry Street and organized the beginning of the Packers.

At the time, Lambeau was a shipping clerk for the Indian Packing Company, a war-time meat-packing industry in Green Bay. Because he somehow persuaded his boss, Frank Peck, to donate $500 of company money for team uniforms, the new squad had its namesake, "Packers."

Lambeau was a player and the team's first captain. And in their first season together, the Packers went 10-1 playing local foes.

In the meantime, the Indian Packing Company fell on hard times and was bought out by the Acme Packing Company. But in 1921, based on the success of the team, Lambeau persuaded Acme owners John and Emmitt Clair to back the Packers and apply for membership in the new American Professional Football Association (renamed the NFL in 1922). The Clairs agreed and on Aug. 27, 1921, the Packers became an official professional football franchise.

Not long after, poor finances and the illegal use of college players forced the team to be forfeited, but Lambeau bought it back at a league meeting in Canton, Ohio, for a franchise fee of $250, including $50 of his own money, in 1922.

Financial problems continued however, and with the team teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, Lambeau received aid from Andrew B. Turnbull, the general manager of the Press-Gazette, who forwarded money to Lambeau to help keep the team afloat in 1922, before rallying local businessmen to purchase stock and turn the Packers into a nonprofit organization in August 1923.

One of seven NFL coaches ever to win 200 games, Lambeau's 212-106-21 (.667) Green Bay record -- including postseason -- doesn't even include 1919 or 1920 before the team joined what is now the NFL. He guided the Packers to six world championships: 1929-31, 1936, 1939 and 1944.

The Packers didn't play an official postseason game until 1936 -- their first three championships were decided by league standing until the playoff system was added in 1933 -- when they defeated the Boston Redskins 21-6 for their fourth NFL title.

Green Bay was back in the title game in 1938, but fell to the New York Giants by the score of 23-17. In 1939, the Packers got their revenge, blanking the Giants 27-0 to win their fifth crown after a 9-2 campaign. And in 1944, the Packers won their sixth and final title under Lambeau, defeating the Giants 14-7.

Seven Packers played under Lambeau en route to a spot in the Pro Hall of Fame: T Cal Hubbard (1929-33, 1935), HB Johnny 'Blood' McNally (1929-33, 1935-36), FB Clarke Hinkle (1932-41), G Mike Michalske (1929-35, 1937), QB Arnie Herber (1930-40) and E Don Hutson (1935-45).

Lambeau's tenure as head coach included some pioneering developments: implementing daily practice (late 1920s), bringing Rockne's "secret weapon" of the forward pass to the pro game (1919), implementing pass patterns (1930s) and flying to road games (1940).

However, Lambeau's decision to purchase the Rockwood Lodge north of Green Bay at a price of $25,000 to make it the Packers' training facility didn't go over well with members of the executive committee and contributed to an internal power struggle that helped end his 31-year tenure with the team.

On Jan. 31, 1950, Lambeau resigned and was replaced by Gene Ronzani, who would coach the Packers until 1953. Lambeau finished his coaching career at the reins of the Chicago Cardinals (1950-51) and Washington Redskins (1952-53).

Lambeau was 21 years old when he became player-captain of the Green Bay Packers in 1919. The Packers didn't join what is now the NFL until two years later, so his official Packers playing career ran from 1921-29.

Listed in Total Football at 5-foot-10, 187 pounds, he appeared on the roster as a halfback. But in those days, with the passing game in its infancy, the halfback received the snap from center, so in reality Lambeau was the Packers' first field general.

In Green Bay's first official league game, Oct. 23, 1921, Lambeau threw both of the Packers' two passes in a 7-6 win.

Earl Louis (Curly) Lambeau, born April 9, 1898, in Green Bay, Wis., died June 1, 1965, at the age of 67.

YearPlaying RecordGRush TDPass thRec. thPATFGPoints
1921 Green Bay 6 2 1 0 7 3 28
1922 Green Bay 8 3 2 0 3 1 *30
1923 Green Bay 10 1 3 2 0 0 18
1924 Green Bay 11 0 8 1 0 1 **10
1925 Green Bay 11 0 5 0 5 1 8
1926 Green Bay 12 0 3 0 4 0 4
1927 Green Bay 10 2 1 0 0 0 12
1928 Green Bay 8 0 1 0 0 0 0
1929 Green Bay 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals (nine years) 77 8 24 3 19 6 110

YearCoachingWLTPctFinishPlayoffs
1921 Green Bay 3 2 1 .600 T6-National Football League -
1922 Green Bay 4 3 3 .571 T7-National Football League -
1923 Green Bay 7 2 1 .778 3-National Football League -
1924 Green Bay 7 4 0 .636 6-National Football League -
1925 Green Bay 8 5 0 .615 9-National Football League -
1926 Green Bay 7 3 3 .700 5-National Football League -
1927 Green Bay 7 2 1 .778 2-National Football League -
1928 Green Bay 6 4 3 .600 4-National Football League -
1929 Green Bay# 12 0 1 1.000 1-National Football League -
1930 Green Bay# 10 3 1 .769 1-National Football League -
1931 Green Bay# 12 2 0 .857 1-National Football League -
1932 Green Bay 10 3 1 .769 2-National Football League -
1933 Green Bay 5 7 1 .417 3-NFL Western Division -
1934 Green Bay 7 6 0 .538 3-NFL Western Division -
1935 Green Bay 8 4 0 .667 2-NFL Western Division -
1936 Green Bay# 10 1 1 .909 1-NFL Western Division 1-0
1937 Green Bay 7 4 0 .636 2-NFL Western Division -
1938 Green Bay 8 3 0 .727 1-NFL Western Division 0-1
1939 Green Bay# 9 2 0 .818 1-NFL Western Division 1-0
1940 Green Bay 6 4 1 .600 2-NFL Western Division -
1941 Green Bay 10 1 0 .909 T1-NFL Western Division 0-1
1942 Green Bay 8 2 1 .800 2-NFL Western Division -
1943 Green Bay 7 2 1 .778 2-NFL Western Division -
1944 Green Bay# 8 2 0 .800 1-NFL Western Division 1-0
1945 Green Bay 6 4 0 .600 3-NFL Western Division -
1946 Green Bay 6 5 0 .545 3-NFL Western Division -
1947 Green Bay 6 5 1 .545 3-NFL Western Division -
1948 Green Bay 3 9 0 .250 4-NFL Western Division -
1949 Green Bay 2 10 0 .167 5-NFL Western Division -
1950 Chi. Cardinals 5 7 0 .417 5-NFL American Conference -
1951 Chi. Cardinals 2 8 0 .200 6-NFL American Conference -
1952 Washington 4 8 0 .333 T5-NFL American Conference -
1953 Washington 6 5 1 .545 3-NFL Eastern Conference -
Totals (33 years) 226 132 22 .631 3-2
Green Bay (29 years) 209 104 21 .668 3-2