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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.

     

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An offseason was spent preparing for this game

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Season opener offers Packers defense chance for redemption

GREEN BAY—No one can accuse his defense of being unprepared for this game.

Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers spent an offseason preparing for Sunday’s season opener. He traveled to Texas A&M last winter to learn more about read-option football. He spent painful hours studying tape of last January’s playoff loss in San Francisco, when one of the premier defensive coaches in the game over the last 20 years was forced to swallow the bitter taste of 579 yards allowed.

The Packers used “579” as an offseason theme. They scouted college talent specifically for this game before they even knew when it would be played, and they drafted for it shortly after finding out this game would be their season opener. With that in his mind, Capers then dedicated a period early in every training camp practice to defensing the read option. Now, there’s nothing left to do but to do it.

Can they?

“We’ve invested our time. Hopefully, we’re prepared,” Capers said on Friday, as the Packers were putting the finishing touches to their plans for Sunday’s rematch with the 49ers at Candlestick Park, the scene of the crime last January.

Capers was harshly criticized for not having his defense schooled in the read option for that game. The 49ers had used it previously, since having installed Colin Kaepernick at quarterback in the second half of the season, but the Packers got an extra dose of it. So did the Falcons a week later, and then the Ravens in the Super Bowl, as Kaepernick rose to stardom in the 49ers’ postseason run to the Super Bowl. Nobody stopped him.

“There was a lot more than what we had done. They had two weeks (to prepare),” Capers said.

The Packers have had seven months to prepare for this game. The only question remaining is: Does 49ers Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman have more to show?

“In the opener, you normally see a third of unscouted looks. You have to focus on what you do and fit that into what they show you,” Capers said. “They’re trying to get an element of surprise.”

Last January, they succeeded.

“Our first two games are against teams … they both have mobile quarterbacks. They do a lot more than that. Everybody focuses on that. The 49ers have a heckuva running game,” Capers said.

Capers’ defense will be facing a 49ers team whose running back, Frank Gore, twice topped 100 yards rushing against the Packers last season. The Packers will be facing a young quarterback known for his running skills, but who posted a 100.9 passer rating in the postseason.

Ironically, Capers gave Roman his start as an NFL coach, and now Roman is his former mentor’s tormentor.

“He’s a very bright guy and he really understands football. He’s worked his way up and he’s one of the top minds in football,” Capers said.

“You can’t let these things get personal. If you do, you’re making a big mistake.”

Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements would like to see his unit move the ball as well on Sunday as it did in that playoff loss in January.

“We only had 56 plays in the game,” Clements said.

This time around, Clements will have a rookie left tackle, David Bakhtiari, making his pro debut against no less a pass rusher than Aldon Smith.

“It’s a challenge for him. We have to mix it up, not let them know what we’re doing, so they don’t tee off on the passer,” Clements said.

That’s where rookie running back Eddie Lacy enters the picture. The Packers need to establish the run to be able to mix their plays and keep the 49ers off balance.

“We’re comfortable with it. The line has blocked well for the run. Eddie is an instinctive runner. He sees the holes pretty well. We’re pleased with it,” Clements said.

A team built for this game is racing toward kickoff. What has been an offseason of preparation is now fewer than 48 hours from proving time. Urgency filled the air on Friday.

Additional coverage - Sept. 6

 
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