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  • 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/




Clay Matthews wants to ‘pin his ears back’

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Bengals QB Dalton is surrounded by offensive weapons

GREEN BAY—Clay Matthews wasn’t about to knock Andy Dalton, but he confessed it’s a welcome change of pace to face a traditional pocket passer this week.

“It allows us to be pass rushers a little bit more,” said Matthews, comparing the approach against Dalton, the Cincinnati quarterback, versus San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and Washington’s Robert Griffin III the first two games.

“We can’t ever get too crazy out there and lose our distribution in regards to our rush lanes, but it brings a smile to my face.”

Matthews was also quick to point out, however, that “to really pin our ears back and get after the quarterback,” it starts with stopping the run, and that means getting a handle on Cincinnati’s two-headed ground attack that features power back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and the smaller but cat-quick Giovani Bernard.

Through two games, the veteran Green-Ellis has three times as many carries as Bernard, but the 5-foot-9, 208-pound rookie from North Carolina – who was the first running back taken in last April’s draft, with the 37th overall pick in the second round – has been the more explosive player.

He’s averaging five yards per rush (12 carries, 60 yards) and his quickness jumped off the film last Monday against Pittsburgh when he took a short dump-off pass and raced 27 yards for a touchdown.

“When he comes in, it’s like he’s on a different speed than anybody else on the field. He’s like a bigger Sproles,” defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said, referring to the New Orleans dynamo who gives up three inches and 18 pounds to Bernard.

“Anytime you get two different looks, two different backs, it’s two different styles. One of them is more of a jump-cut, then bounce to the outside; the other one is downhill.”

The changes can be tough to adjust to series to series, because a true thunder-lightning combination is rare.

“Yeah, but we’ve faced ‘AP’ and he’s pretty much all of those – scat back, power back,” Pickett said of division rival Adrian Peterson from Minnesota. “There’s nothing we haven’t seen.”

Having regularly faced big receivers in the NFC North like Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and Chicago’s Brandon Marshall should help against Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, who’s 6-4.

Green is Dalton’s go-to guy, with 15 catches for 203 yards and two TDs through two games, picking up where he left off following a monster 2012 (97 rec., 1,350 yards, 11 TDs).

“A.J. has the ability to not only do it in the controlled passing game, but go out and make the big catch in the vertical passing game,” Mike McCarthy said. “Like anything, not to be cliché, it’s going to come down to fundamentals. Anytime you have a premier perimeter player, whether it’s a running back to a wide receiver or tight end, we have to make sure we’re playing to our leverage, playing to our help.”

Thus far in 2013, the Packers haven’t matched a particular cover man on the opponent’s top wide receiver, preferring to have their corners stay on certain sides of the field. Whether or not the performances turned in by San Francisco’s Anquan Boldin (13 catches, 208 yards, 1 TD) and Washington’s Pierre Garcon (8-143-1) in the first two weeks will alter Green Bay’s approach against Green remains to be seen.

“In all reality, he’s going to catch balls,” cornerback Sam Shields said. “That’s going to happen. You have to get him down when he does catch the ball and just go on to the next play.”

Cincinnati also boasts a productive tight end tandem in Jermaine Gresham and rookie Tyler Eifert, who have combined for 19 catches and 214 yards through two games, but 61 of those yards came from Eifert on one play when the Steelers left him uncovered.

Eifert didn’t even score on the play, though, while Green would still be running if given that much room to run. He’s the home-run threat, and while steady pressure up front from Matthews and Co. will certainly help, the cover guys know it’s on them to keep Green in check.

“He has it all,” cornerback Tramon Williams said. “He can run routes, he has the speed, he has the ball skills. Shoot, every play is going to be a tough matchup for anyone who’s on him.

“But at the same time, we have confidence we can go out and get the job done. Hopefully we go out there and show it.”

Additional coverage - Sept. 19

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