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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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Finally, fate smiled on the Packers

Posted Sep 30, 2012


They finally got a call to go their way, and it helped the Packers hold on for a 28-27 win over the New Orleans Saints.

Garrett Hartley’s field goal attempt from 43 yards with 2:58 to play in the game split the uprights and appeared to give the Saints a two-point lead, until a holding penalty moved Hartley back and necessitated a re-try, which he missed wide to the left.

Finally, the Packers found some good luck in a week that began with an official’s call that was so egregious it enraged a nation, ended the reign of replacement officials and triggered an eight-year labor agreement between the NFL and its regular officials. The Packers’ week of “zebra” hell ended with the holding call that turned the tables on the Saints.

“Very frustrating play,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said of what replay confirmed to be a fumble by Saints kick returner Darren Sproles, but which was canceled by “down by contact,” as announced by Referee Jeff Triplette. “The call on the field was … it was blown dead,” McCarthy added.

Had that call gone the Packers’ way, the home team might not have needed an assist from fate at crunch time.

There was also a McCarthy coach’s challenge of a catch by Jimmy Graham. The replay showed the ball hitting the ground, but Triplette ruled that the catch would stand.

“Disappointed in that one, too,” McCarthy said.

What more might McCarthy have said had the Saints won this game?

The holding penalty on Hartley’s successful kick made a 57-yard touchdown drive by the Packers in the fourth quarter the game-winner. Hartley’s kick, the one he missed, eased the Packers’ pain, maybe even saved their season.

“Let’s not be foolish. There are going to be calls every week we’re going to disagree with,” McCarthy said.

So ended a week that challenged the Packers to overcome adversity. McCarthy said it was the greater of the two victories on Sunday.

“That minus-two turnover ratio and win the ballgame, fumble on the one-yard line, that’s big stuff, is how I look at it,” McCarthy said.

“I’m very proud of our football team, especially considering the week we’ve endured. It showed up big,” he added of his team’s character.

The Packers had to overcome more than questionable officials calls to win this game. They also had to overcome themselves, especially a fumble by Graham Harrell as he attempted to hand the ball off to running back Cedric Benson. It was a play that began at the Saints two-yard line, a first-and-goal play following a facemask penalty against the Saints that resulted in Aaron Rodgers being poked in the eye and having to leave the game. Rodgers would return a little later, but not in this drive.

“In hindsight, I should’ve probably given Graham something a little easier,” McCarthy said, referring to the zone-blocking play that required Harrell to pull quickly away from center and make an out-stretched handoff to Benson. It’s the most difficult of all quarterback/running back exchanges, and Harrell tripped over a lineman’s feet as Harrell pulled away from center.

Four plays later, Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ eyes lit up when he looked downfield and saw wide receiver Joseph Morgan 20 yards behind Packers cornerback Sam Shields. It gave the Saints a 24-21 lead with 3:49 to play in the third quarter. Only five plays earlier, the Packers were on the doorstep of stretching out their lead to 28-17.

It’s happened that way for the Packers during a seven-day stretch that seemed to have the Packers in the crosshairs. No matter how well they played, fate seemed determined to claim them as a victim.

Not this time. This time they made the plays and had the call go their way at crunch time.

The Packers might make no bigger play in this season than the fourth-down, fake-punt run by John Kuhn that converted a fourth-and-one from the Packers 17. Gutsy call? Conservative critics would apply other language to describe the play call, which occurred with the Packers leading 14-7 early in the second quarter.

“They gave us a look. They played heavy to the protection. It was a well-executed play by our punt team. Based on the pre-snap, I thought it was going to be an even bigger play,” McCarthy said.

Big plays? The defense made them when they counted most.

Leading 21-14 on the opening series of the second half, the Packers held onto the lead, thanks to a gritty goal-line stand by the Packers defense, which held on six downs from inside the Packers 11 yard line. Following a personal foul against B.J. Raji that gave the Saints first and goal from the Packers one, the Packers stopped one pass for a one-yard loss, and then safety Morgan Burnett and cornerback Tramon Williams broke up passes on consecutive downs, limiting the Saints to a chip-shot field goal.

With the game on the line, however, the Packers needed an assist from fate. Finally, they got one.

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