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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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Dom Capers saw resolve in his players’ eyes

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Packers defense reverses the script in 22-21 win over Falcons


GREEN BAY—Something happened in the Packers’ locker room at halftime.

“I really liked the resolve our guys played with,” Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said of a Packers defense that shut out the Falcons in the second half of the Packers’ 22-21 win on Sunday. “We had the two three-and-outs and then the takeaway, and then the way we closed out the game. It’s kind of the reverse of the way we’ve been all year.”

It would go a long way toward winning a playoff berth if the Packers defense were to be the reverse of what it was in November. It entered the month as the No. 11 defense in the league, No. 4 against the run. It ended the month No. 24 in the league, No. 26 against the run.

What caused the change on Sunday?

“We talked about it at halftime. The first half was over. To give you a reason, I can’t say other than we were controlling down and distance better (in the second half),” Capers said.

Might the change in the Packers defense – and the offense, too – be attributable to the boos the team heard as it left the field at halftime? Was the booing responsible for the new resolve?

Capers said he was unaware of the fans’ reaction, but Head Coach Mike McCarthy referred to it prominently in his postgame address to the media.

“I told them it’s lonely being a warrior,” McCarthy said of his halftime words to his players.

“Maybe we need more,” Capers joked on Monday when asked about the boos. “Looking in their eyes in the locker room, I felt we’d get a good effort coming out.”

That effort would include what Capers termed his defense’s “best tackling performance of the season,” a game after having missed 15 tackles in a dismal loss in Detroit.

“Life in the NFL is five percent what happens to you and 95 percent how you respond to it. There are going to be a lot of bumps in the road. They’re going to make plays,” Capers said.

Offensively, the Packers also saved their best for last. Matt Flynn drove the offense 58 and 68 yards to Mason Crosby field goals that cut the deficit to 21-16, and then Flynn pitched a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Andrew Quarless with 12:01 to play in the game.

“The biggest thing is the entire offense performed better,” Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements said of the difference in his unit’s play on Sunday as compared to on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit when, with 4:17 to play in the game, the Packers had gained but 56 total net yards.

Flynn, of course, is getting the bulk of the credit. He was efficient in passing for 258 yards and a 95.6 passer rating on Sunday. McCarthy also made it sound on Monday as though there’s a strong likelihood Flynn will be the Packers’ starting quarterback in Dallas this week, as Aaron Rodgers has yet to be medically cleared to play.

Special teams were at their best in the most difficult weather conditions of the season. Crosby was good on all three of his field goal attempts, and punter Tim Masthay killed a punt on the Falcons 1-yard line with 44 seconds to play. It was dangerously scooped up and returned to the 9-yard line.

“The ball stopped at the 1-yard line. We did a good job of covering it. Their guy probably thought we had touched it. Both of them had avoided it,” Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum said.

“We did very well managing the weather conditions. The ball was like hitting a rock on a day like that. I thought both of our guys kicked the ball well,” Slocum added.

Additional coverage - Dec. 9

 
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