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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/




Does the offense have another gear?

Posted Jan 2, 2013

All receiving weapons could be at QB Aaron Rodgers' disposal for first time since September

GREEN BAY—There was a lot to like about the Packers’ offensive performance last week – two dozen first downs, 405 yards, 34 points. But then again …

“It was a pretty good outing, but it wasn’t good enough because we didn’t score enough to win,” receiver Greg Jennings said.

That isn’t just player-speak, either. The Packers believe the offense left plenty more out there on the Metrodome turf in that 37-34 loss.

“We have to show up, start fast,” center Evan Dietrich-Smith said. “I know we put up a lot of points last week, but we can’t go out there our first three drives and go three-and-out. That put us in a hole right off the bat.”

A 13-0 hole to be exact, which guaranteed Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wouldn’t stop getting the ball the entire game. But regardless of Minnesota’s game plan, the Packers like the way their offense is shaping up for Saturday night’s playoff matchup.

Over the last five games of the regular season, the Packers have averaged 396 yards per game. That’s more than 50 yards per game better than their average through the first 11 contests (343). While the running game has cranked up its efficiency and the offensive line has gained some stability, quarterback Aaron Rodgers posted three of his five highest single-game passer ratings of 2012 in the last three games.

Despite the loss, the 34 points last week were the most the Packers scored against a division opponent this season. That’s significant, not only because the Vikings are this week’s playoff foe, but also because when an offense can get rolling like that against a defense that knows its every tendency, it points to a supreme level of execution at work.

“This is the way we’re supposed to play,” Mike McCarthy said. “Our point production, our tempo, timing, as far as the pace at the line of scrimmage … Aaron is playing very well. We’re getting the ball to our perimeter players, doing a better job of that than we were probably five, six, seven weeks ago. I’m very happy with the way the offense looks.”

The question is, does it have another gear? Can the nagging thoughts noted earlier from last week’s otherwise productive day be satisfied?

Getting all the offense’s weapons back on the field would provide the best chance, and that could happen this week.

Receiver Randall Cobb, who missed last week’s game with ankle and knee injuries, is back at practice and on track to play. Jordy Nelson also returned to practice on Wednesday after resting Tuesday, though McCarthy noted the team doctors have “some concerns” about his knee.

If Cobb and Nelson can both join Jennings, James Jones and tight end Jermichael Finley on Saturday night, it would mark the first time since the first month of the season that the offense’s top five receiving threats would all play together.

“That’s why we’re here,” Jones said. “We’re here so we can be healthy on the field at the same time, create mismatch problems for the defense, and you can’t just key on one person. Aaron will spread the ball around and hopefully we’ll make some plays.”

Nelson said he plans on playing, and even though he stopped short of guaranteeing he’d be out there, he had a smile on his face that suggested it’s playoff time.

“It will be great to have everyone back,” Nelson said. “It’s what we’ve looked forward to since the first game of the year. Unfortunately it’s taken this long to get here, but we’re all on board to make this run. That’s what we’re after.”

They’re also after a clean game in the turnover department, which regrettably eluded the Packers in the postseason last year. Four turnovers doomed the Packers in their loss to the Giants and were at least double the offense’s total from any other game in 2011.

Last week, the only one of the Packers’ last seven possessions that didn’t result in points ended with a Rodgers fumble on a sack when he was chased down from behind. It was the only turnover of the shootout and the Vikings capitalized with a touchdown.

“We had one turnover that led to seven points, and when you’re playing a game that the margin of victory is three, you can make a correlation between the turnover and the victory,” Rodgers said. “So we have to do a better job of taking care of the football.”

In the playoffs, it could mean everything.

“We’ve got to play our best football,” Jones said. “The time is now.”

Additional coverage - Jan. 2

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