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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/

     

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Compensatory picks have proved valuable to Packers

Posted Apr 13, 2013

One extra selection was awarded to Green Bay in the fifth round, No. 167 overall, this year

A compensatory draft choice in 2010, Marshall Newhouse was the No. 169 overall pick. The Packers have a compensatory pick at No. 167 this year.

Photos: Packers have enjoyed success with compensatory draft picks

GREEN BAY—It was a brief news item a few weeks ago that received little notice, but it could play a more significant role in the Packers’ future than many realize.

Green Bay was awarded one compensatory draft choice in this month’s draft, a fifth-rounder, No. 167 overall. That gives the Packers eight picks in the upcoming draft, including the club’s regular selection in each of the seven rounds.

Compensatory choices are awarded based on an undisclosed formula that calculates a team’s net loss in free agency from the previous year. It’s not particularly exciting news or entirely understood, but it’s worth noting the players the Packers have acquired over the years with these extra choices.

On the current team, two-fifths of the starting offensive line in right guard Josh Sitton (fourth round, 2008) and left tackle Marshall Newhouse (fifth round, 2010) were selected with compensatory picks, plus a potential starting cornerback in Davon House (fourth round, 2011). Additional defensive prospects were added last year in lineman Mike Daniels and safety Jerron McMillian (both fourth round).

Going back further, other notable compensatory picks for the Packers have included center Scott Wells (seventh round, 2004), tight end David Martin (sixth round, 2001), punter Josh Bidwell (fourth round, 1999), quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (sixth round, 1998) and a trio of players in 1996 – cornerback Tyrone Williams (third round), guard Marco Rivera (sixth round) and linebacker Keith McKenzie (seventh round).

There’s no telling in advance what kind of player the Packers will find in their compensatory slot this year. It isn’t as high as where Sitton and House were selected, in the 130s, but No. 167 is two spots ahead of where Newhouse was picked three years ago.

The Packers regularly acquire compensatory picks because they aren’t big players in the free-agent market, but they couldn’t even be sure they were going to get one this year. The fact that they did sheds some light on the league’s calculations.

The Packers lost Wells and quarterback Matt Flynn in free agency while signing center Jeff Saturday. Wells was on injured reserve by midseason and Flynn never played, losing Seattle’s starting job to rookie Russell Wilson. Meanwhile, Saturday started 14 games for Green Bay and was named to the NFC’s Pro Bowl squad.

Yet, the Packers still received a middle-of-the-road selection (compensatory picks are no higher than third-rounders), an indication the value of the contracts signed by the coming and going free agents weigh more than the players’ actual performance.

Compensatory picks can’t be traded, but that isn’t to say they don’t influence other draft-day trades.

The Packers had four compensatory picks last year, the two in the fourth round plus two in the seventh (used on a pair of developmental prospects in offensive tackle Andrew Datko and quarterback B.J. Coleman). All those picks no doubt gave General Manager Ted Thompson the flexibility to trade up with regular selections three times in one weekend – a record in his tenure – to draft defenders Jerel Worthy, Casey Hayward and Terrell Manning.

The Packers don’t enter this year’s draft with the double-digit pick arsenal of a year ago, so trading up seems less likely, though it certainly can’t be ruled out. What is a given is the Packers will take that compensatory pick as seriously as any other. Their track record proves it.

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