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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.

     
  • 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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Countdown to camp: Three key questions on special teams

Posted Jul 23, 2013

Competitions at returner and kicker forthcoming

WR Jeremy Ross

The following is the final installment in a series of stories that has examined the Packers’ roster position by position. This installment examines the specialists.

GREEN BAY—The questions facing the Packers’ specialists heading into the 2013 season can be boiled down to three.

  • Will someone rise up and seize the punt- and kick-return job, allowing for receiver Randall Cobb to be pulled off special teams?

  • Will kicker Mason Crosby hold off challenger Giorgio Tavecchio and rebound from the worst season of his career?

  • Can punter Tim Masthay top his impressive last two seasons?

The return job has been Cobb’s the past two years, and there’s no doubt he’s a threat any time he touches the ball. The return game simply provides more opportunities for Cobb to get his hands on it.

As his role on offense continues to increase, though, (particularly in the wake of Greg Jennings’ departure), the Packers run the risk of wearing Cobb out and/or further exposing him to injury should he rack up a combined 60 or 70 returns once again.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy has made it clear someone needs to grab hold of the job for the duties to be taken from Cobb.

Fellow receiver Jeremy Ross was in the midst of doing that late last season, posting a 32-yard punt return and a 44-yard kickoff return at Minnesota in Week 17. But a momentum-turning fumbled punt in the playoffs at San Francisco marred an otherwise eye-catching debut for Ross, who will have a chance to shake off the miscue and prove he’s the guy.

Other candidates in the return game could include rookie running back Johnathan Franklin, a fourth-round pick whose speed and shiftiness is similar to Cobb’s. Fifth-rounder Micah Hyde also has college experience as a returner, or another darkhorse could yet emerge.

As for Crosby, kicking careers can be fickle, and without a strong start this year, his will be at a crossroads. He followed up the best season of his career in 2011 with his worst in 2012, dropping from 85.7 percent field-goal accuracy to 63.6. He was actually below 60 percent on the year (17-of-29, 58.6) before making four straight to end the regular season and two more in the playoffs.

Crosby hasn’t had in-house competition for a job since his rookie year, when as a sixth-round pick he ousted incumbent Dave Rayner. Tavecchio, a strong-legged left-footer, is the underdog but has participated in an NFL training camp before, last season with San Francisco.

For both kickers, talent is not the issue. It comes down to consistency.

The most consistent facet of Green Bay’s special teams play lately has been Masthay. Since an up-and-down debut season in 2010, Masthay has developed into a legitimate field-position weapon over the past two years.

In 2011, Masthay set franchise records for both gross average (45.6) and net average (38.6), and then he beat the net mark by another third of a yard at 38.9 in 2012. He placed 30 of 70 punts inside the 20 against just five touchbacks. In addition, 26 punts were fair-caught, nearly as many as in his first two years combined (28), as the Packers allowed only 179 total punt-return yards last season, second lowest in the league.

Masthay’s career curve has sloped steeply upward thus far, a trajectory that’s difficult to envision continuing. But even if, as expected, it rounds off somewhat, the Packers will take Masthay’s current level of production for as long as he can deliver it.

Previously in Countdown to Camp:
QBs - Rodgers on pace for greatness
RBs - Lacy, Franklin offer hope

TEs - Well worth watching, storylines abound
WRs - 'Big three' will lead
OL - Right tackle up for grabs
DL - Packers counting on young DL
ILBs - Packers believe they have depth at ILB
DBs - All eyes on safety spot


 
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