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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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Adrian Peterson's comeback sparks Vikings' recovery

Posted Nov 28, 2012

The Minnesota Vikings can move into a second-place tie with a win at Lambeau Field this Sunday

Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson rushes against the Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY—With a month to play in the season, the Minnesota Vikings are more than just spoilers, they’re contenders for the NFC North title. At 6-5, the Vikings can pull into a second-place tie with the Packers with a win at Lambeau Field this Sunday.

“We play each other in the second half of the season almost every other week, so it’ll clear itself up real soon. It seems like whoever can win games on the road will be a major factor in this race,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier told Packers media on Wednesday when asked for his thoughts on the final five weeks of the season.

It’s a finishing stretch of schedule that’ll see the Packers play against NFC North foes four times, while three of the Vikings’ final five games will be within the division. Two of those three games will be against the Packers. Clearly, the two teams’ postseason fates will be determined by the outcomes of those games.

For the 7-4 Packers, playing for the division title in December is as expected. For the Vikings, a team coming off a 3-13 season with a young quarterback and a star running back in a comeback season from knee reconstruction, this was not expected. Nobody predicted the Vikings would be playoff contenders in December.

“He’s just special,” Frazier said of running back Adrian Peterson, the league’s leading rusher and the player that has led the Vikings through this resurrection season.

“I’m really amazed. All of us were hoping he’d come back and be a good player, but to come back and in Week 13 be the best running back in the NFL in terms of yards, it’s an amazing feat when you consider the impact an ACL can have on a guy’s career, especially a running back,” Frazier added.

Peterson leads the league with 1,236 yards rushing. He’s responsible for a third of the Vikings’ yards from scrimmage, has the third most rushing attempts in the league and, by far, the league’s top yards per carry average, 5.8.

One of the league’s unsolved mysteries is: How has he done it?

“Just staying focused on my goals and working hard. The main thing is just believing; that’s the main ingredient. Going through this ACL is the most serious injury I’ve had. It made me hungrier than I already was. I definitely learned how to take it to a different level,” Peterson said.

He’s one half of the Vikings’ recovery. The other half is on defense, where one of the league’s worst secondaries a year ago is now one of its best, on a defense ranked 11th overall.

The one piece of the puzzle still needing to be put into place is at quarterback, where second-year man Christian Ponder continues to show promise. Ponder has thrown 13 touchdown passes, nine interceptions and has an 82.0 passer rating, but the Vikings’ passing game is a lowly 30th in the league in total yards. Of course, most would say the Vikings lack passing yardage for a good reason: Peterson is running with the ball, and rightfully so.

“He’s made tremendous improvement in a lot of areas. He’s much more confident as a quarterback. He’s still growing; he’s still a young quarterback. The growth should bode well for us in the future,” Frazier said of Ponder.

Ponder would be greatly aided by the return of star receiver Percy Harvin, who’s missed time with an ankle injury.

“We’re all hoping we get him back. We need him. Percy is in a league of his own. It definitely affects how we call plays,” Frazier said.

Translation: No Harvin, more Peterson.

The Packers’ defensive game plan will likely focus on more Peterson. Can they stop him? The Packers didn’t stop Peterson in the first meeting between the two teams last year, as Peterson rushed for 175 yards and a whopping 7.3 yards per carry.

“This offense starts by running the ball. When we match up against those guys, we have to beat them,” Peterson said.

He was asked how he would tackle Adrian Peterson.

“I don’t know,” he said, then pausing. “That’s a good question. I’ve never been asked that question before. It’s a good one. I’ll tweet it.”

Peterson is one of the great unanswered questions of this season. How has he done it?

Additional coverage - Nov. 28

 

 
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