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  • 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.

     
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    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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December grind has prepared Packers for playoffs

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Mike McCarthy says win in Chicago Aaron Rodgers’ finest hour


GREEN BAY—Four games, each played with the season at stake, not one of them decided until crunch time, three of them in the final dozen seconds.

That’s what the Packers are taking with them into the 2013 playoffs, and to Head Coach Mike McCarthy, that will mean just as much if not more than any film they watch of the San Francisco 49ers or any schemes they draw up this week.

“I don’t know how we could be better prepared for playoff football than what we’ve been through the last four weeks,” McCarthy said on Monday, less than 24 hours after the last of the four down-to-the-wire games won the NFC North for Green Bay.

“I’d take our four-week experience over everything. We’ll see what happens.”

The experience began with needing to recover from rock bottom in Detroit on Thanksgiving and post two come-from-behind wins over Atlanta and Dallas with backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

The Packers nearly rallied for a third straight victory in Week 16 vs. Pittsburgh, and then Aaron Rodgers pulled off the most dramatic comeback on Sunday in Chicago, throwing a 48-yard TD pass on fourth down with just 38 seconds left.

The trials of the season, and particularly the past month, have changed the identity of the Packers, in McCarthy’s mind. They were a team that fed off momentum and got rolling in October but, out of necessity, became 60-minute grinders in December.

“This team has embraced it,” McCarthy said. “We know it’s going to take the full game to get it done, and that’s the way we play.”

Nothing epitomizes the every-last-snap mentality more than the 15-play, 87-yard masterpiece to beat the Bears, which McCarthy called the “finest” drive he’s ever been a part of, especially considering the stakes.

It featured three fourth-down conversions, the first a fourth-and-one plunge from the Green Bay 22-yard line by fullback John Kuhn that the offense had to talk McCarthy into running when he initially sent the punt team onto the field with just under five minutes to play.

Having only one timeout left was what ultimately swayed McCarthy to try to keep the ball.

“You do want your players to grab onto it and take it and make them part of it,” McCarthy said. “I loved the fact they wanted to go for it.

“They were right. There was only one timeout in that situation, and playing the high side (of caution) and playing defense there was probably not the best choice. I ultimately may have regretted that decision if I had punted.”

The Bears stayed aggressive on defense and Rodgers burned a blitz with the game-winning TD toss despite dealing with some cramping on that final drive.

“To fight through that, and mentally what he’s been through the last three weeks, my goodness,” McCarthy said. “I think this is probably his finest hour as a Green Bay Packer.”

That’s quite a statement about a quarterback with Super Bowl and league MVP trophies on his shelf, but McCarthy just as strongly emphasized that upon returning to work Monday it was quickly “back to business” with the 49ers coming to town.

Running back Eddie Lacy’s troublesome ankle is in better shape now than it was after the Pittsburgh game, when he sat out the fourth quarter, and outside linebacker Clay Matthews remains out following thumb surgery.

That’s the extent of the health update for a Packers team that has been in playoff mode for a month and feels ready for whatever the postseason throws its way.

“When you have to earn it to get in, it’s very rewarding,” McCarthy said. “It also gives you the ability to apply to what comes next, and that’s the way we’re looking at it.”

 
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