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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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Aaron Rodgers clears air, turns attention to football

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Packers quarterback touches on subjects with media following opening practice of training camp

GREEN BAY—Aaron Rodgers wasn’t going to pick apart the disparaging comments made by former teammate Greg Jennings, but he’s taking the words of Ryan Braun very much to heart.

Following the first training camp practice on Friday, Rodgers spent a good portion of a 10-minute media session in front of his locker processing the aforementioned pair with very different emotions.

As for Jennings, Rodgers’ former No. 1 receiver who signed with the Vikings as a free agent and has since publicly questioned the quarterback’s leadership skills, the translation of Rodgers’ words boiled down to this: Jennings is no longer a teammate and, therefore, what he says doesn’t matter to him.

“At this point, I don’t have a whole lot of time or energy to spend worrying about things that are said outside the building,” Rodgers said. “Those are stories for you guys (in the media) but, personally, I’m focused on this team. Obviously, you hear about them, but I’m not going to spend a lot of time and energy on them.

“To me, I’m concerned with the opinions of the guys in this locker room and the guys we have here.”

Receiver Jordy Nelson confessed to being both surprised and disappointed by Jennings’ comments, while Randall Cobb simply said Jennings’ opinion isn’t his own. Cobb also defended Rodgers’ leadership of the team, and the quarterback’s approach won’t be changing.

“I’m very confident in my style,” Rodgers said. “I think the guys respond well to it. It’s fun being the oldest, longest-tenured guy on the team.

“I’ve seen a lot and been around a lot and learned a lot of lessons, and one of the lessons you learn is you can’t control everything, and you shouldn’t worry too much about the things that are said outside the building. You worry about the opinions of your teammates and how they feel about you.”

Regarding Braun, Rodgers feels betrayed, though he didn’t use that exact word. The Milwaukee Brewers star and close friend was suspended for the remainder of the baseball season for using performance-enhancing drugs less than 18 months after having a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test overturned on a technicality and then vociferously proclaiming his innocence.

Immediately after the first suspension was overturned in early 2012, Rodgers took to Twitter and, with an attitude similar to Braun’s, defended his friend, only to be “shocked” by Braun’s acceptance of the new suspension this past week.

“I was backing up a friend who looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations, said they weren’t true,” Rodgers said. “It doesn’t feel great being lied to like that, and I’m disappointed about the way it all went down.

“I trusted him. That’s the thing that probably hurts the most.”

Rodgers and Braun are in the restaurant business together, and Rodgers wouldn’t say what’s next with that relationship, but he sounded as though he’d be keeping the personal issues separate from the business ones.

“I don’t regret backing a friend up,” Rodgers said. “Obviously in hindsight, a more measured approach next time would be a better course of action. People make mistakes. I definitely believe in forgiveness and moving forward.

“Right now, I’m focused on football.”

That focus has been there throughout the offseason for Rodgers, who said he was especially dedicated to his nutrition and conditioning over the past several months. Head Coach Mike McCarthy praised Rodgers for one of his best offseasons to date, while Rodgers joked about “turning heads” by walking through the locker room in a cut-off shirt.

All kidding aside, Rodgers appears as mentally tuned in as ever, and McCarthy perhaps helped get him there with a pre-camp speech to the team about “protection, connection and reflection.”

It was the “reflection” piece that stuck with Rodgers, as McCarthy showed the team a video of the Super Bowl ring ceremony from June 2011. Rodgers reflected, and is once again re-dedicated.

“You get a little choked up,” he said. “That was a special moment, kind of frozen in time, being all together there for the last time, that group, thinking about what we’d accomplished.

“I think when you reflect back, you realize how special those moments are, and it gives you that desire and that want to have those moments again. I think Mike does a great job of weaving the past and the future together to get us focused on the present.”

Additional coverage - July 26

 
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