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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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Clay Matthews trying to deal with clubbed up hand

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Packers will have to deal with fast-paced Eagles offense

GREEN BAY—The process is rather complex for Clay Matthews to get his right hand wrapped and clubbed up in order to practice this week.

The result, however, is simple: Matthews feels like he’s playing with one arm.

“It does (stink),” Matthews said. “But I’ll do the best I can with it and we’ll see what that means come Sunday.

“I just have to get used to playing a little more with one hand and be comfortable throwing it in there. I’m taking baby steps.”

Matthews does expect to return to action on Sunday against the Eagles, but how much he’ll play after missing the past four games with a broken thumb is undetermined. How effective he can be is another question as well. He said he has played with a cast before but never a club.

In recent years, the Packers have had other defenders play with clubs, including defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins and safety Morgan Burnett, but neither played Matthews’ outside linebacker spot.

It’s somewhat uncharted territory for Matthews whether as a stand-up pass rusher he can disengage from a blocker using essentially one arm, or whether against the run he can use a clubbed-up right hand to help fit into the proper gap. He said he’s taking it “day by day” as far as learning how to use the club and getting accustomed to it.

“I hope he’s very effective,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s a dynamic football player, and it’ll be great to get him back on the field.”

The Packers also hope to get fellow outside linebacker Nick Perry back from a foot injury. He was limited in practice for the second straight day on Thursday.

The potential return of the starting duo comes none too soon. Since Matthews got hurt against Detroit in Week 5, the defense has just one sack from an outside linebacker, and that was a strip-sack by Perry in the first half at Baltimore in Week 6. That’s when he hurt his foot and he’s been out since. The defense has also produced just one turnover while Matthews and Perry have both been out.

With Mike Neal (knee) and Andy Mulumba (ankle) also on the injury report now, the linchpin position of Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme needs any reinforcements it can get. The Packers’ pass rush was noticeably non-existent last Monday against the Bears, and if the ball has to be thrown a half-second sooner, that can only help the defense as a whole.

“No doubt about it, and it’s vice-versa,” cornerback Tramon Williams said. “It always works together. But definitely, the ball will have to come out earlier. Those guys are definitely difference-makers.”

Philadelphia QB Nick Foles is becoming a difference-maker, running new coach Chip Kelly’s fast-break, up-tempo offense that can limit defensive substitutions and packages. Called “red hot” by McCarthy, Foles is coming off a seven-TD performance at Oakland last week and has the league’s leading rusher in LeSean McCoy (777 yards) next to him in the backfield.

“They do a good job using that no-huddle, keeping their offense on the field, being relentless as far as their play-calling is concerned, so they catch a lot of defenses on their heels,” Matthews said.

“We’ve been working hard as far as getting the calls out there quick. We’re going to treat it like a two-minute offense.”

The defense’s leader, Matthews is calling for a matching level of urgency from the entire unit, and from the entire team, as the Packers navigate a stretch of games minus Aaron Rodgers.

Limited as he is by the club, Matthews will only be able to do so much.

“Just where we’re at in the season, with our quarterback going down, it’s time for other positions to elevate their game and really carry this team until he comes back,” he said. “Until then, I’ll try to do the best I can to help this team out with one arm.”

Additional coverage - Nov. 7

 
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