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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't let losing hurt; we witnessed greatness

Posted Dec 30, 2012

Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson were the stars in a game for the ages


MINNEAPOLIS—Sometimes you have to cut through your despair and be thankful for what you were fortunate enough to witness. In this case, it was a fantastic football game between two teams playing at peak performance.

That’s what I saw. I saw one of the great football games I’ve had the honor and pleasure to cover during the 41 years I’ve spent my Sundays in press boxes.

The Packers and Vikings gave us a masterpiece on Sunday. They gave us nonstop drama that continued through the last play of the game.

All around the league, teams out of contention were going through the motions. Packers and Vikings fans were treated to a game they’ll never forget.

Let’s start with this: We saw two players for the ages.

We witnessed a performance worthy of the league MVP award. Go ahead, give it to him. Please, break from the Peyton Manning humdrum and give the MVP to a man whose performance in 2012 won’t get lost in an avalanche of stats.

What Adrian Peterson did on Sunday is beyond remarkable. He was the ultimate marked man, and he rushed for 199 yards, just nine yards shy of setting the NFL all-time, single-season rushing record. Frankly, once he broke into the open on that 26-yard run that preceded the Vikings’ game-winning field goal, justice would’ve been served if he had taken it the final 11 yards and capped the day with the rushing record, too.

Yeah, I know it hurts to lose. I know how much you hate to lose, especially to the Vikings, but take a break from that for just this once. Let the hate go and allow yourself to feel the love of a game well played. Allow yourself to bask in the glow of something historical. You witnessed greatness.

Hey, Peterson wasn’t the only one out there putting on a show. If you haven’t already thanked Ted Thompson and fate for bringing Aaron Rodgers to Green Bay, this would be a great time to do that.

Rodgers graced us with another magnificent performance on Sunday, throwing for 365 yards, four touchdowns and a 131.8 passer rating. He did all of that, was forced to do all of that by Peterson and the game-long lead the Vikings held, without so much as throwing an interception. He makes it look so easy when, in fact, it’s so difficult.

In the league’s worst press box, I was allowed to sit and watch the league’s two best players. One team had to win and the other one had to lose, and I expect those roles will be reversed this Saturday when Rodgers wins and Peterson loses, but nothing is going to taint my appreciation for and my memory of what I saw at the Metrodome on Sunday.

I saw greatness, and that’s why both teams are hot teams heading into the playoffs. Great players make teams hot and Peterson and Rodgers are on fire.

“He might’ve won the MVP today,” Rodgers said of Peterson. “Hopefully, we can win the playoff game next week.”

In the final analysis, that’s all that matters: Win the next game. It’ll be that way every week for the Packers for, hopefully, the next three weeks. Things change. Don’t get caught up in planning a path to the Super Bowl. Fate will provide the path. Just win the next one.

The only things we know for sure is that the Packers will host the Vikings this Saturday and, should the Packers win that game, they’ll travel to San Francisco in the divisional round. After that, who knows? Maybe the Packers will host the Seahawks in the NFC title game.

Don’t worry about all of that. Enjoy what you have, which is to say another opportunity to watch possibly the greatest running back in the history of the game play on the same field with a quarterback who’s in the process of putting his name on the same pages with the game’s all-time great passers.

We saw something special on Sunday, and we’ll have a chance to see it play out in front of our eyes again on Saturday, between two teams playing their best football, and the two best players in the game.

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