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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.

     

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‘Nothing exotic’ in offensive turnaround

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Eddie Lacy, Andrew Quarless among many who made big plays for Matt Flynn

RB Eddie Lacy

GREEN BAY—The Packers offense went from borderline dysfunctional in the first half to practically unstoppable in the second half in Dallas on Sunday, but there was no wave of a magic wand or deep dive into the playbook to get things turned around.

“We just played clean football in the second half,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday. “I didn’t run any trick plays, didn’t run any deceptives, we didn’t do anything exotic. We just wanted to get after them fundamentally, and that’s what we did.”

The Packers had less than 100 yards of offense before running back Eddie Lacy’s 34-yard catch and run against a prevent defense on the final play of the first half.

In the first quarter alone, there were five negative plays, plus a penalty. Dropped passes, off-target throws and an interception didn’t help matters in the second period.

In the Packers’ mind, it wasn’t the Cowboys’ defense bogging them down, it was their own execution. Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements said there was no discussion of replacing Matt Flynn at quarterback, though.

The onslaught began with Lacy’s 60-yard run out of a full-house backfield set on the first snap of the second half, a call McCarthy referred to as “going back to the basics.” Over their next 37 snaps, the Packers scored five touchdowns, piling up more than 300 yards on those five possessions.

“That just kind of ignited us, and we were able to score on that drive, which was big,” Clements said of the way the second half started. “You hit a couple passes, you start feeling good, you start moving the ball, and it’s a snowball effect.”

Early on, Flynn was getting stuck on his first read too long, but once he started playing faster, the receivers started making plays, Clements explained. Jordy Nelson’s touchdown grab over top of cornerback Orlando Scandrick preceded other big catches, including Nelson tipping the ball to himself on a crossing route and Jarrett Boykin making a superb adjustment to haul in a back-shoulder throw along the sideline.

Tight end Andrew Quarless also came up big with a trio of third-down grabs to move the chains. Quarless has six catches for 66 yards and a TD in each of his last two games and is becoming something of a go-to guy for Flynn.

“The last two weeks, he’s starting to look like that guy we all felt was going to be a dynamite player,” McCarthy said. “He’s getting back. When you overcome a major injury, some guys don’t ever get back to the way they were moving or feeling prior to that injury. A lot of it’s confidence, a lot of it’s opportunities. Matt did a great job attacking the middle of the field with Andrew.”

Lacy also kept pounding away, rushing for 50 more yards after his long run to finish the game with 141. That kind of effort on a bum ankle will only add to the “credibility,” to use McCarthy’s word, that the rookie running back has in the locker room.

“Eddie was outstanding,” McCarthy said. “He’s a hell of a football player having a great year. I can’t say enough about the way he’s performed.”

The Packers also got a strong performance from their special teams for the second straight week. Other than Davon House’s penalty for interfering with a fair catch, the special teams had no glaring errors.

Rookie Micah Hyde’s 26-yard punt return late in the third quarter, helped by a key block from tight end Ryan Taylor, set the offense up with a short field for a score, and kicker Mason Crosby was good by plenty on a 57-yard field goal early in the game.

“Anytime we’re indoors like that with no weather conditions, he’s plus-60. I thought he hit a very good ball and had quite a bit of distance left,” Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum said of Crosby, who also hit five of seven kickoffs for touchbacks.

“In pregame, he was striking the ball well, and I think he’s just continued to get more and more confidence in how he’s doing it. Yesterday was one of those days I think he could have made any reasonable kick that we tried.”

The Packers didn’t need Crosby for any more field goals, though, as the offense went 5-for-5 scoring touchdowns in the red zone – after not taking a snap within a dozen yards of the red zone the entire first half.

“Hopefully, I’m talking about this a month from now or so, but I think these types of games and these types of experiences that we’ve been through over the last five or six weeks are something you can definitely benefit from as a football team,” McCarthy said.

“Our guys just kept battling.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 16

 
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