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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.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

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Aaron Rodgers wants to play defense against Adrian Peterson

Posted Dec 26, 2012

Jordy Nelson among those back at practice, but Randall Cobb’s status remains up in the air

GREEN BAY—Aaron Rodgers feels he has as much responsibility as anyone for helping prevent Vikings running back Adrian Peterson from breaking the single-season rushing record.

“We need to make them one-dimensional, and that’s going to be done through scoring some points early, trying to take the crowd out of it a little bit,” Rodgers said on Wednesday as he previewed Sunday’s NFC North showdown. “We have to try to make them throw the ball to beat us.”

That’ll be easier said than done in the raucous Metrodome, with the Vikings’ playoff fate at stake and Peterson 208 yards from breaking Eric Dickerson’s 1984 mark of 2,105.

Rodgers has a lot of respect for Minnesota’s defense, which held the Packers to just 23 points in the first meeting four weeks ago despite Green Bay rolling up 435 yards, a Packers’ season-high at the time.

The combination of defensive end Jared Allen’s pass rush with cornerback Antoine Winfield’s and rookie safety Harrison Smith’s coverage abilities stalled a handful of promising drives, as the Packers attempted four field goals (making three). Smith had an interception, the last one Rodgers has thrown.

“He’s really coming on,” Rodgers said of the first-round pick out of Notre Dame. “He’s a guy who has the potential to be a star in this league, I think. He’s a young player right now but he’s picking it up fast.”

The key defender, though, could be the veteran Winfield, of whom both Rodgers and Mike McCarthy spoke highly. Rodgers ranked the aggressive, tackling cornerback among the top four or five slot corners in the game and labeled him “the toughest pound-for-pound guy in the league.” McCarthy called him one of his favorite players on an opposing team. Winfield is expected to play with a cast to protect his recently broken hand.

The difficulty of the Vikings secondary’s job could depend on the Packers’ health. Receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the last three games and was a full participant, but fellow receiver Randall Cobb is dealing with both ankle and knee injuries and will have to pass a test on Friday in order to play.

If Nelson plays, the Packers would at least have Nelson and Greg Jennings on the field together, which has been a rarity this season. Not counting Week 4 against New Orleans (when Jennings departed at halftime), and the first Minnesota meeting in Week 13 (when Nelson left early), those two receivers have played only two full games together this season – in Weeks 1 and 3.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Nelson said. “We want to be full strength come playoff time. That’s our goal.”

Running back Alex Green (concussion) and tight end Tom Crabtree (hamstring) were also back at practice as full participants, and McCarthy said he’s hopeful right guard Josh Sitton, who missed Wednesday’s workout due to a concussion, will be cleared as soon as Thursday. New starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee) is also on the injury report as a limited participant in practice, but McCarthy said he’s been given no reason to be concerned.

So there are signs the offense is returning to full health, but depending on Cobb, the wait may last until the postseason.

“I think that’s what you want. That’s what you’re asking for,” said running back Ryan Grant, who filled in admirably for Green last week with 114 yards from scrimmage (80 rushing, 34 receiving) and two TDs. “You want to go into your most important football games with the most players and the best players you have.”

The Vikings’ best player – one of the league’s best – is Peterson, and as Rodgers reminisced about growing up and watching Detroit’s Barry Sanders in 1997 become just the third player in league history to top 2,000 yards rushing (he finished with 2,053), he’s not interested in seeing history made on Sunday at the Packers’ expense.

Rodgers will take his role in that very seriously, as he did last time. When Peterson rushed for 210 yards against Green Bay in the first meeting, he did it in three quarters, and the Packers’ 18-play, 11-minute drive for a field goal is what shut Peterson out in the fourth quarter.

“Adrian has had an incredible year, and it’s fun to watch, it is, from afar,” Rodgers said. “We don’t want him to break the record this week, because if he does, it probably means they’re playing the way they want to and they’re ahead in the game. But he rushed for 200 last time we played them and we beat them, so.

“He’s tough to stop. You just try to slow him down a little bit, and if the offense can get going, and make them throw a little more, that would slow him down.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 26

 
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