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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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Aaron Rodgers likes the way it's lining up

Posted Dec 9, 2012

Packers' win over the Lions wasn't pretty but it has the Packers quarterback feeling good

GREEN BAY—Everything about the picture TV broadcast to America on Sunday night was pretty. Lambeau Field, the snow, hearty fans bundled against the cold and warmed by their enthusiasm; it was football on a Christmas card.

“When it was 14-0, I was thinking this would be the waste of a beautiful day,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers explained to a media that was struggling to understand how the Packers could have been so dominated by the Lions statistically, and still have won the game, 27-20.

“I feel real good. I kind of did some foreshadowing. This is how some of these games are going to go. They’re going to be ugly from time to time. It’s about the win,” Rodgers said.

If you like stats, and you’re a Packers fan, this wasn’t your kind of game. The Packers were outgained, 386-288, allowed 27 first downs and gained only 15, and possessed the football 14 ½ minutes less than the Lions did.

It gets worse.

Rodgers’ 35-game Lambeau Field touchdown-pass streak ended and the best quarterback in the game today didn’t even reach the 200-yard passing mark. Sunday night, you didn’t want him on your Fantasy team.

This was a bad game if you like pretty games, but it was a great game if you like winning games. That’s what the Packers did. They won a game the old-fashioned way, which is to say with grit and determination.

The team that moved the ball in effortless, big chunks of yardage last season is gone, for now. This team is struggling to score, yet, its quarterback and its coach were in their comfort zones as they addressed the media following the win over the Lions.

Why?

Rodgers talked about the disappointment of last season, which teased us with a 15-1 record that quickly became 0-1. The bitter taste of that one-and-done is clearly still on Rodgers’ lips.

“The numbers and the wins are nice, but it’s all about championships,” he said. “We’d like to be a more explosive offense, but we’re going to have to win some games like this.”

They’re winning with timely heroics. Rookie defensive lineman Mike Daniels’ 43-yard touchdown return of a Matt Stafford fumble was the turning point in Sunday night’s game. Until then, the Lions were dominating the action.

“It’s all about keeping them out of the end zone and we did a good job of that tonight,” McCarthy said of his defense, which did a very bad job of that in the first quarter, when two trips out into the snow resulted in a 14-0 Detroit lead.

The Lions would not score another touchdown.

The more it snowed, the more Rodgers took over the game. He didn’t do it by burying the Lions in a drift of completions, he did it with disciplined game management.

“Aaron did a very good job of keeping us in clean plays,” McCarthy said. “He’s our guy. He’s our ace. It’s built around him.”

Interestingly, the Packers’ ace made a point of singling out young, journeyman running back DuJuan Harris during the quarterback’s postgame TV interview. Rodgers even used the word “special” in speaking of Harris.

So what’s so special about a 5-8 running back from Troy that spent time with two other teams and wasn’t special enough to stick with the Jacksonville Jaguars?

“I think he brings something extra there,” Rodgers said. “He has unique agility. He’s able to make those jump cuts.”

Maybe Harris is the missing link? Maybe he’s the guy who’s going to give the Packers the running-game threat they need to bring that eighth defender up into the box.

It happens that way for hot teams. Late in the season, they find weapons they didn’t know they had. Here’s something else that happens to hot teams: They get healthy.

To that end, it’s important to note that the following announcement was made to the media prior to McCarthy stepping up to the podium: “There are no injuries to report for tonight’s game.”

The Packers need Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews and Jordy Nelson to return to action. They will, and the sum of those returns will also help make the Packers a hot team.

“Everything is lining up the way we want it,” Rodgers said.

The stats sure don’t tell that story.

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