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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • 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.

     

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Don Barclay could make first start for Packers

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Lions' Cliff Avril sure to challenge the Packers' undrafted rookie offensive tackle

GREEN BAY—Physical is a word everybody is using to describe Don Barclay.

It’s what Offensive Line Coach James Campen saw in him during OTAs, before the pads even went on. It continued through training camp and as Barclay toiled on the scout team for the first 12 weeks of the season. Campen referred to Barclay on Thursday as a “physical presence guy.”

“Every single day in practice against our defense,” Campen said. “Against our defense, in pads, the kid plays his tail off every single day.”

So it was no surprise that when Barclay, an undrafted rookie from West Virginia, got his first NFL action last Sunday against Minnesota, his “physical presence” showed up, particularly as a run blocker.

Filling in for the injured T.J. Lang at right tackle from the second quarter on, Barclay played his part as the Packers compiled 152 rushing yards against the Vikings, their second-highest total of the season.

He had his moments in pass protection, which was to be expected considering the circumstances. He got help from backs and tight ends in certain situations, and he was called for two holding penalties – one was offset by a defensive penalty, the other was declined when quarterback Aaron Rodgers took a sack anyway.

But as the Packers head into the cold-weather part of the season, with potentially the playoffs around the corner, Barclay’s physical nature could be a key ingredient to a late-season ground attack that would like to do every week what it did last week.

“That’s my game,” Barclay said. “I try to be physical out there. I look to get after it in the run game as much as I can.”

Nothing has been announced, but all signs point to Barclay getting his first pro start this Sunday against Detroit. Lang (ankle) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday this week.

Even when Lang comes back, there’s the possibility he would be moved back to his regular starting spot at left guard, leaving Barclay at right tackle. Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t dismiss the thought earlier this week, saying only that the coaching staff continues to “evaluate.”

Detroit’s defensive line, particularly left end Cliff Avril, should provide a meaningful evaluation on Sunday night. Avril leads a dynamic defensive front with 8½ sacks this season, and if the coaching staff liked what it saw from Barclay in the run game last week, they’ll need to see how he handles a matchup with Avril for four quarters before deciding on any permanent lineup changes.

“They’re good players,” Barclay said of Detroit’s defensive line, which also includes end Kyle Vanden Bosch and tackles Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and former Packer Corey Williams. “They’re high-intensity guys that get to the quarterback, so we have to do a great job keeping Aaron upright.”

For all the physicality Barclay brings, Campen also has no doubt he’s up to the challenge mentally. He proved that by making the roster as an undrafted rookie and by holding his own last week, after getting thrown into the fire.

“He doesn’t get fooled too much by scheme or overwhelmed by a situation, overwhelmed by a playbook,” Campen said. “He’s the type of guy who will embrace his opportunity and go get it.

“He’s a tremendously hard worker. If he makes a mistake, he goes right back in. He wants to take the rep and get it corrected.”

That’s what Barclay has been doing this week, poring over the Minnesota game film multiple times and then taking those lessons to the practice field.

If Barclay starts Sunday night, he’ll find himself in a different circumstance against a different opponent, but he’ll need to bring that same physical presence.

“He’s earned the right to play well,” Campen said. “He’s earned that for himself, because he practices hard. He goes against good players every day. I see it all the time.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 6

 
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