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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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Dave Robinson about to achieve immortality

Posted Aug 3, 2013

Canton is where old players go to be young again


CANTON, Ohio—You covered some of them daily when they were young. Now, you’re seeing them again for the first time in a long time, and the age etched on their faces and frozen in their knees and hips and the joints that would be associated with the positions they played is betraying who and what they were. You try not to let them see that you notice, and then you see the same look in their eyes and you quickly realize you’ve grown older, too, and then an ease comes over both of you.

This is the place old players go. This is the place where they live forever, and this is the place where the mere mortals that covered them are allowed to write about them one more time.

That’s why this is a good place. That is its charm, in an otherwise gritty town that is famous for the Professional Football Hall of Fame that is so uncharmingly pushed up against I-77. Metaphorically, the cars whiz by, as did the years since the guys with the creaking bodies were the roughest, toughest men on the face of the Earth.

A lot of those men played for the Green Bay Packers during the years known as Lombardi’s. They cut a wide swath in this town at this time every summer. In a place that makes a point of remembering, never forgetting, the 1960s might as well have been yesterday.

Jim Taylor, Forrest Gregg and Willie Davis were patroling the lobby of the McKinley Grand Hotel in Downtown Canton on Saturday. The lobby of the McKinley Grand is where you go to see the greatest football players ever.

When Dave Robinson and six other men are elevated to the state of immortality tonight, the ranks of the greatest ever will swell to 280. It is but a mere fraction of the 22,000 men who are believed to have played professional football. That’s why this place is great. Only a few get here, and that’s the way it should be.

Taylor spoke to this reporter about his journey. He spoke and spoke and it was so easy to see the love he still has for the game and the importance it still holds in his life, and how he yearns for the camaraderie he shared with his former teammates. Taylor pointed to Willie Wood. He was here in body and spirit. The rest didn’t matter. All of that was cemented a long time ago.

Davis never misses a chance to celebrate his Packers. In this case, he’s here to celebrate the man that kept the tight ends, the Mike Ditkas and John Mackeys of the game, off Davis’ knees. Robinson was Davis’ protector, and the two represent two-thirds of Lombardi’s left side. Herb Adderley wasn’t able to make it.

Gregg had a glint in his eye when asked about the Packers’ prospects in 2013. He wanted to talk more about this year than he did about his years.

Packers legendary wide receiver James Lofton graced the lobby. Lofton is in mid-life. He’s between the greatness of his career and the creaking knees that inescapably await him.

All of these men were at Friday night’s Gold Jacket Dinner. One by one they were introduced and cheered. They represented the largest assemblage of Hall of Fame football players in history, and they all wore gold, except one man, Jim Brown. A rebel to the end, Brown wore a dark-blue suit. Don’t you love him?

Saturday, Brown limped out the door of the McKinley Grand. He was the star of the lobby. His mere presence seemed to chill the air.

“Can I help you with those golf clubs?” the doorman asked.

Golf? Jim Brown? I’ll pretend I didn’t see that.

Once a year, the gray-haired men in the lobby of the McKinley Grand are young again. It’s where they go to remember what it’s like to not be old.

Joe Greene walked by, then something clicked and he stopped. He hadn’t aged a bit.

 

 

 
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