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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • 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

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Eddie Lacy only back that fits in first round?

Posted Mar 27, 2013

A lot of tempting prospects in questionable class of backs

UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin

GREEN BAY—The sure thing isn’t there, but there’s enough talent to tempt teams in need of a running back.

“Overall, it’s a very questionable class, to say the least, but there’s good variety,” draft guru Tony Pauline said of the 2012 NFL Draft class of running back prospects.

The consensus top pick is Alabama’s Eddie Lacy, 5-11, 231, who was veritably unstoppable in the Crimson Tide’s run to the national championship. Lacy is a “downhill, between-the-tackles runner. He’s not going to turn the corner but he’s a grinder who’ll get the ball deep into the fourth quarter,” Pauline said.

Yes, the Packers would seem to have need for that type of back, and Lacy is a player who is thought to fit near the bottom of the first round. He is thought to be the only first-round prospect in this running back class.

North Carolina’s Giovanni Bernard might be the group’s most talented player, but injury concerns have held his stock down.

“Bernard is just the opposite (from Lacy),” Pauline said. “(Bernard) can turn the corner. He’s a game-changing impact player, a tremendous pass catcher, but he’s small and he has an injury history.”

Wisconsin’s Montee Ball is beginning to move up boards on the strength of his durability and overall talents, but Pauline thinks durability could be another word for overworked.

“Montee Ball is a little bit of both (Lacy and Bernard), when he wants to be. He has some decent short area quickness, but he’s coming off a disappointing senior season and he’s got a lot of miles on him. He’s carried the ball more than 900 times in college, in a power running offense,” Pauline said.

Texas A&M’s Christine Michael will attract teams looking for an inside runner.

“Michael is another big, downhill runner. He also shows the ability to make defenders miss and better-than-average skills for turning the corner for a big back. He had a disappointing senior season and fell into the coach’s doghouse. Then there’s the thing about him falling asleep in meetings at the combine,” Pauline said of Michael.

All of the aforementioned backs are thought to be second or third-round prospects.

One back that was on the rise following a sensational Senior Bowl, Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor, likely has fallen following a poor combine workout.

“Taylor and Leaven Bell are big, strong, interior, downhill runners for a ball-control offense,” Pauline said.

Bell, 6-2, 230, from Michigan State has strong measurable, but tends to run a bit upright in the tackle box.

UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin, 5-10, 205, is the fastest-rising back on the board. He followed a strong Senior Bowl by posting positive workout numbers and he might have pushed himself into the second round.

“Complete ball carrier,” Pauline said of Franklin. “Can pick and choose his spots on the inside. A lot of people have compared him to Frank Gore. The problem is he’s 205 pounds and you don’t know if he’s going to be able to take a pounding on the next level.”

The best of the third-down backs would include Kerwynn Williams of Utah State, Jawan Jamison of Rutgers and Kenjon Barner of Oregon. They’re all 5-9 or shorter.

“They’re all creative, elusive ball carriers. They’re not heavy duty feature backs but can be used as pass catchers and third-down backs,” Pauline said.

Other top prospects include Oklahoma State’s Joseph Randle, Clemson’s Andre Ellington, Florida’s Mike Gillislee and Notre Dame’s Theo Riddick.

This draft also includes two backs coming off significant knee injuries. South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore was one of college football’s best players when he sustained a Willis McGahee type of knee injury. He hopes to be drafted as a “future,” as rehab will likely cost him his rookie season.

Pitt’s Ray Graham was one of college football’s most productive rushers when he sustained a devastating ACL injury midway through the 2011 season. He limped through much of last season, but was the best player on the field in a near upset of Notre Dame late last season. Graham has been compared favorably to former Pitt star LeSean McCoy.

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