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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 two-thirds of the way to playing

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Will it be Rodgers or Matt Flynn under center on Sunday?

GREEN BAY—Aaron Rodgers wasn’t putting any percentage on his chances of playing Sunday, but either way he doesn’t believe it’ll be a game-time decision.

“I think by Friday or Saturday at the latest there will be a decision,” Rodgers said on Wednesday, after continuing his rehab by doing individual drills in practice.

In a short media session at his locker, Rodgers reiterated what he said on his radio show earlier in the week, that he’s in essence two-thirds of the way toward medical clearance to play. Two parts are good, the strength and range of motion in his left shoulder. But the third part, the latest scan of his broken collarbone, did not show what he was hoping for.

“It’s tough not to be out there with the guys, that’s where the frustration lies,” he said. “It’s tough to see us not winning football games, but I need to take some of my own advice – worry about the things you can control. I can’t control the healing of my bone. That’s frustrating.”

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he’s taking it day by day, hoping Rodgers can do more in practice on Thursday. In the meantime, Matt Flynn is preparing to start against the Falcons and help the offense atone for one of the worst performances of the McCarthy era last Thursday in Detroit.

Job one is to get the passing game going to pull the opposing defense out of eight-man fronts designed to stop the run. McCarthy said the Packers began seeing that a month ago against Philadelphia, and it hasn’t changed much.

Conventional wisdom says that if an offense can connect on a couple of deep shots downfield, the defense will have to adjust, but Flynn said it’s not necessarily about making big plays.

“I don’t think the mindset is we have to throw the ball deep,” Flynn said. “We just have to make them respect the pass, whatever that is, take what they give us. Whether it’s quick throws, deep throws, whatever it is, you have to make people respect the throw again.”

The Lions never did and, as a result, never stopped attacking the line of scrimmage. Green Bay’s running backs produced just 20 yards on 13 carries, Flynn was sacked seven times, and nothing resembling an offensive rhythm ever materialized.

“That’s kind of an empty feeling,” Flynn said. “It’s one of those feelings where the harder you keep trying, the more you keep digging yourself a hole.”

An actual week of live practice snaps should help, as opposed to the abbreviated preparation during Thanksgiving week that consisted almost solely of walk-through work. Receiver Jordy Nelson said Flynn was joking with him during Wednesday’s workout that “it’s actually kind of nice to run the plays that we’re going to run in the game.”

It would also be nice if the offensive line could stabilize health-wise, but that effort hit another potential snag when center Evan Dietrich-Smith rolled his ankle and couldn’t make it through practice. Other than that, the Packers are as healthy as they’ve been in a while, with only front-seven defenders Mike Neal and C.J. Wilson missing practice entirely.

Dietrich-Smith went down with a knee injury in Detroit in the second quarter, but he said that felt fine after the long weekend off.

“Good times, just keep piling them on,” Dietrich-Smith said with equal parts sarcasm and annoyance regarding his ankle. “You’re getting right back to where you’re feeling close to 100 (percent), and it’s one thing after another.”

That’s been the story of the Packers’ season, and Dietrich-Smith followed Rodgers’ lead in not assessing his odds of playing on Sunday, either.

The week of preparation will continue with Flynn for now, though the backup QB will be the last one to count Rodgers out. He recalled during his rookie season of 2008 when he took every practice rep during the week with Rodgers nursing a separated shoulder.

Coincidentally, Atlanta was coming to Lambeau Field then, and Flynn was told 90 minutes before kickoff when the gameday inactive list needed to be turned in that Rodgers was playing.

This situation is quite different, given that Rodgers didn’t miss multiple weeks of practice time back then, but forgive Flynn if he’s not exactly buying Rodgers’ line about deciding a day or two before the game. Like all backups, his approach is to be ready for anything.

“You can never tell with that guy, so we’ll see,” Flynn said. “I know he’s doing everything he can and wants to be out there so bad.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 4

 
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