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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/

     

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Draft-day trades are all about value

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Packers GM Ted Thompson will put his draft board 'to bed' soon

GREEN BAY—As unpredictable as the draft is, it’s practically a given that Packers General Manager Ted Thompson will make at least one trade during next week’s three-day selection extravaganza. He always has.

But back to that unpredictable part – the question is, will he trade up or back?

A few years ago, the answer was always back. From 2005 through 2008, Thompson ended each draft with more players than the number of picks he started with. He even traded out of the first round in ’08, selecting receiver Jordy Nelson with his first pick that year, high in the second round.

Then in 2009, Thompson broke the mold, making the bold move to trade up for an additional first-round pick and getting linebacker Clay Matthews. Thompson traded up again the following year for safety Morgan Burnett in the third round, and then did so a personal record three times a year ago.

This year? With only eight picks – one in each round plus a compensatory pick in the fifth round – and a draft that’s reportedly deep in the middle rounds, trading back would seem more likely. But Thompson, as usual, wasn’t hinting either way when he met with the media on Thursday, other than to explain the philosophy behind making draft-day trades.

“I think it’s when you see value,” he said, referring to the trade up for a player like Matthews, though the same idea applies in the other direction.

“That’s the reason sometimes we’ll go backwards, when we see value later in the draft. It’s a trade-off. You know that you’re giving up something (extra picks) if you trade up, and you know that you’re giving up something in terms of an opportunity to take a particular player if you go backwards.”

Thompson spoke of the constant risk-reward ratio that’s weighed throughout the draft. Will a targeted player be available later, or is a move needed to get him now? Is a talented player with perhaps a checkered past – Thompson used the word “knucklehead” – worth the risk in a given round?

A Ron Wolf disciple, Thompson doesn’t focus on making sure he drafts a certain number of players every year, but finding the right balance between quality and quantity in pondering trades is tricky business.

“It’s like Ron always said, it’s like baseball, you’re not going to get a hit every time you go to the plate, but if you have more swings, you have a better chance of getting a hit,” Thompson said. “I think in a general philosophy, I’d rather have more than less, yes, but at the end of the day I’d rather have more quality than anything. Quality and quantity both is a nice thing.”

It’s vital to the Packers, who rely on draft-and-develop as their team-building process over the long haul.

Thompson talked about how extensive the pre-draft process is, from scouting players on college campuses throughout the fall to reviewing game tapes over the winter to evaluating workouts at the combine and pro days over the last two months.

Interestingly, he said the ranking of players on the draft board often shifts around but then ultimately returns to a close approximation of where it was after the initial campus visits and game-film reviews.

“The study of the game tape and being able to watch them practice and see how they look in uniform and move around in person, I think that’s more valuable,” Thompson said. “It doesn’t mean we don’t try to gain some knowledge from that process of the pro day or the Indianapolis combine, but I think the closer you get to the draft, the closer you get to the football thing, because that’s home.”

The number of people involved is substantial. Over the past few years, Thompson has lost to other GM jobs some of his longest-tenured and most-trusted advisers in John Schneider (Seahawks), Reggie McKenzie (Raiders) and most recently John Dorsey (Chiefs), but Thompson has structured the process to assure he still hears perspectives that differ from his own.

“We’ve always had that, and we always will,” he said. “People that we put in those positions are mandated to question and to challenge from time to time, not for the sake or argument, but to make sure we’re doing what’s right for the organization. Those three guys did that a lot, and we have other people here who are doing that as we speak.”

Thompson said the personnel staff met at length with the offensive coaches on Wednesday and would do the same with the defensive coaches on Thursday. In a few more days, the all-important board will be finalized, well in advance of next Thursday’s opening round.

“At some point, you have to put it to bed, because you have to trust the work that you’ve done, and live with it the way it is,” Thompson said.

“It’s not a democracy. We don’t vote. We have discussions, and everybody’s opinions are heard. At the end of the day, ultimately it’s my call, and we try to take the best player. I’m not saying that to say I’m some sort of almighty decision-maker, it’s just, that’s my job and my responsibility.”

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