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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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Dramatic win gives Packers reason to feel good

Posted Nov 18, 2012


DETROIT—The Green Bay Packers are getting hot at the right time of the season.

Following Sunday’s dramatic, 24-20, come-from-behind win over the Detroit Lions, the Packers will move into a first-place tie with the Chicago Bears if the Bears lose in San Francisco on Monday night. It would be the icing on a five-game winning streak that has brought the Packers back from the ice-cold depths of 2-3 to become one of the league’s hottest teams at 7-3.

“Good teams win these kinds of games,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “I thought we grew as a team. It’s about winning and it’s about growing. I thought we did both.”

The Packers grew at just the right time on Sunday. They began a drive at their 18-yard line with 4:25 to play and trailing the Lions, 20-14. All of a sudden, an offense that had spent most of the day stalled, shifted into high gear.

Aaron Rodgers threw a short pass to Jermichael Finley that Finley turned into a 40-yard gain. Three plays later, Rodgers pitched a 22-yard game-winner to Randall Cobb, who made a twisting catch of a pass Rodgers said wasn’t his best.

“I didn’t really throw the best ball there, but I gave him a chance and he made an incredible catch,” Rodgers said.

That left the deal for the defense to close, with 1:48 to play and the Lions needing only a field goal to win. What followed were four consecutive incompletions. It allowed Mason Crosby to do something that has become problematic for him: kick a field goal.

“It means were 7-3 and we gave our guys another week to get healthy,” Rodgers said when asked to put the win into perspective. “Our defense has to have a lot of confidence. You have to have a defense to make a championship run. Gotta feel really good about that.”

The Packers are starting to get that championship feeling again, after a late-season slump last year that resulted in a one-and-done postseason and carried over into this season with three losses in the Packers’ first five games. It was a slump that was causing some to doubt what the Packers had established during a 19-game winning streak.

“I was very impressed with our defense, especially our young guys. They just get better every week,” McCarthy said.

Young defensive backs Casey Hayward and M.D. Jennings intercepted passes, Jennings returning his interception 72 yards for a touchdown that erased a 10-7 Lions halftime lead and gave the Packers a 14-10 edge in the third quarter.

The Lions quickly erased that with a Stafford to Calvin Johnson touchdown pass, and upped their lead to 20-14 following a Jason Hanson field goal, but that’s when crunch time arrived and that’s when the Packers offense became prolific again.

“It’s part of who they are,” McCarthy said when asked why it seems some players play their best football during the most tense moments of the game. “We knew it was going to be a tough game.”

“We just had to have it,” Rodgers said of the Packers’ game-winning drive. “We talked on the sideline. We said if our defense holds, we need to make the most of it. When it meant the most, we came through.”

Cobb’s role and contribution increases weekly. He’s at the point of sharing top billing with Rodgers.

“Randall is a big-time player. He’s going to be a big part of our offense,” said Rodgers, who added that he made a slight adjustment at the line of scrimmage in the play that ultimately resulted in Cobb’s game-winning catch.

It was a play that capped a drive that cancelled an otherwise disappointing day for the offense.

“We didn’t have any rhythm on offense,” said Rodgers, who was sacked three times and hurried repeatedly by a Lions front that began to dominate the line of scrimmage in the second half.

“It’s a tough front four,” Rodgers said.

“They had penetration. They gave us a hard time. We’ll learn from this,” McCarthy said.

His team will grow even more, he hopes.

Additional coverage - Nov. 18

 
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