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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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Defense regrets not having done its part

Posted Nov 4, 2013

Long drives allow Bears to dominate time of possession, close out win


GREEN BAY—To a man, the members of the Packers defense knew their effort would matter more with the offense missing quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

That’s what makes Monday night’s showing all the more disappointing in the 27-20 defeat to the Bears at Lambeau Field.

“It’s up to us as a defense to step up,” veteran defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said. “We lost our best man. That was a great opportunity for us to shine, come out and show the world the kind of ball we can play, and we didn’t. Bottom line, we didn’t handle our business.”

The Bears handled theirs to the tune of 442 total yards in a well-balanced performance. Backup quarterback Josh McCown threw for 272 yards and two TDs without an interception, utilizing all his weapons.

Four players had at least four receptions each for the Bears, led by Brandon Marshall’s seven catches for 107 yards and a difficult 23-yard TD catch in the first quarter. Receiving mate Alshon Jeffery added five catches for 60 yards and a TD.

Running back Matt Forte was the all-around weapon the Bears often showcase, with 125 yards rushing and 54 more receiving, breaking a number of tackles along the way.

The Bears’ production from all comers was plenty to offset the 199 yards rushing the Packers piled up in support of backup QB Seneca Wallace, including 150 yards on 22 carries from Eddie Lacy. A rushing night like that normally translates into a time-of-possession advantage, but the Bears’ balance and efficiency, particularly on a long fourth-quarter drive, generated a six-minute edge for Chicago when all was said and done.

“That’s why it’s a team game,” defensive lineman B.J. Raji said. “We have to step up and play better on defense. Give credit to the offensive line and Eddie. They played hard. The rest of us, we didn’t catch up.”

Two Chicago drives were particularly damaging.

The first came at the end of the first half, after the Packers downed a punt at the Bears’ 1-yard line with Chicago leading, 14-10.

All Chicago did was kill the final 4:16 of the half with a 93-yard drive for a field goal, taking big chunks of yardage along the way, with five plays on the drive gaining 14 yards or more. Those hurry-up situations have troubled the Packers defense all season, and the struggles only continued.

The second long drive decided the game in the fourth quarter. Leading 24-20, the Bears took over on their own 11 with 9:48 left. Using 18 plays, they consumed all but the final 50 seconds of the game in tacking on a field goal for a seven-point margin.

“Frustrating, man, real frustrating,” Raji said. “That’s not like us. But give the Bears credit. They played better than us tonight. They had a good game plan and stuck with it. They executed. They kind of did what they wanted tonight and got the job done.”

The Packers had three big chances to stop that drive and leave the offense more time to rally for a late score.

On fourth-and-inches from their own 32, the Bears made the gutsy call to go for it, and both linebacker A.J. Hawk and safety Morgan Burnett had shots at Forte in the backfield. But he wiggled away, picked up three yards and moved the chains.

“It was a tough angle for me, but in my opinion, I feel I could have got him,” Burnett said. “There was a lineman coming to block me … I just tried to sell out. I’m hard on myself. I feel like I could have got him. It could have been a big stop for our team.”

The Bears also converted a third-and-6 with an 11-yard pass to Marshall and a third-and-5 with an 8-yard run by Forte. A holding penalty in the red zone was what ultimately kept the Bears out of the end zone.

When the defensive unit finally walked off the field with under a minute to play, it knew it hadn’t been the backbone the team needed from the moment Rodgers left the field in the first quarter.

“Honestly, my first thought was, we’re going to be fine,” Raji said. “We’re going to rise together as a team and play. That wasn’t the case tonight.”

It may need to be the case going forward, depending on Rodgers’ health. An Eagles team that scored 49 points this past weekend visits Lambeau Field in six days, and with a three-way tie at 5-3 atop the NFC North now, any margin for error the Packers had has been lost.

“This is not the end of the road,” Burnett said. “This is just the halfway point. This is one of those moments where your team faces adversity and you see how you respond to it.

“It’s all about how you bounce back as a team. I’m confident in our team. We’ll stay together.”

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