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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 ready to reveal new weapons

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Mike McCarthy instructs his team to ‘keep calm and carry on’

GREEN BAY—Aaron Rodgers won’t have Randall Cobb to throw to this week, and he may not have James Jones.

But that doesn’t mean Rodgers believes all he’ll have to attack the Cleveland Browns through the air is Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley.

If he can go to his proven veterans, he will, but whether it’s fourth receiver Jarrett Boykin, fourth tight end Brandon Bostick, or former practice-squad players Myles White and Jake Stoneburner out there running routes on Sunday at Lambeau Field, Rodgers won’t hesitate to get them involved.

“I think it’s exciting that those guys get their opportunity,” Rodgers said. “I remember when I was a young player working on the scout team, my biggest thrill was to see those guys raised up to the active roster, because I knew what they could do in practice. I’ll be throwing them the football if they’re out there, and they’ll be ready to play.”

Rodgers recalled from his early years how young unknowns like running back Samkon Gado and receiver Ruvell Martin got their chances to shine, and did. Perhaps the spotlight finds someone like that on Sunday.

With Jones’ status iffy – Mike McCarthy said more will be known on Friday – and tight end Ryan Taylor now out at least a couple of weeks after unexpectedly undergoing knee surgery, the Packers very well could need a key play from an aforementioned new guy.

They got one last Sunday from Boykin when he took a quick screen and weaved through traffic for 43 yards. That came after some struggles getting on the same page with Rodgers, including a third-down drop, but Rodgers kept going to Boykin.

“It helped me bounce back a little bit, confidence-wise,” Boykin said.

It’s that kind of faith from the quarterback that could pay off. Rodgers reiterated that all players are expected to be mentally prepared and ready for their chance, and McCarthy volunteered that White made a “big-time catch” in the red zone in practice on Wednesday on a back-shoulder throw from Rodgers.

“This is an offense where you want to be at the right place at the right time, because Aaron is going to find you,” said White who, like Stoneburner, is on the active roster for the first time but was with the team all through the preseason and knows the system.

“You don’t have to shorten your routes or do anything sporadic. You just do what they tell you, and it’ll all work out.”

Stoneburner could be called upon to fill Taylor’s role on special teams moreso than on offense, with three healthy tight ends in front of him. Either way, he says he’ll be ready.

“It’s not necessarily seamless, because now you’re on the big stage. The team is depending on you,” Stoneburner said. “But I’ve been here for awhile. I’ve got a good feel. I don’t feel like I’ll be overwhelmed when I’m out there.”

Rookie outside linebackers Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer said the same thing. They were the only two healthy players at their position in Wednesday’s practice, with Clay Matthews and Nick Perry out, and Mike Neal resting a bruised shoulder.

McCarthy said Perry may be out only a couple of weeks, while Neal isn’t expected to get any on-field work until Friday at the earliest.

The thinning ranks among the pass catchers and pass rushers have made it difficult to game plan and prepare so far this week.

“It was not a lot of fun,” McCarthy said of the roster shuffling the past couple of days. “It’s been a busy 48 hours, clearly. A lot of planning for different scenarios and things like that. Obviously, personnel groups on both sides of the ball are stressed.

“No one is overreacting.”

Amidst the difficulties, McCarthy mixed seriousness with humor in front of the media, explaining the team’s theme for the week is to “keep calm and carry on.”

“For you historians, you’ll probably appreciate that,” he said of the mantra. “It’s (from) 1939, issued by the British government right before World War II in anticipation of the bombing of major cities.

“I practiced it like all night.”

He also took off the wall from his house a framed sign featuring the theme, which he showed to the team in their Wednesday meeting. Consider the message read and understood.

“It’s during these tough times that your character is revealed,” Rodgers said.

Additional coverage - Oct. 16

 
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