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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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Five bullet points for preseason opener

Posted Aug 8, 2012

You just never know.

Two years ago, the Packers were coming off a playoff appearance and were touted as Super Bowl contenders, yet, three undrafted rookies managed to crack the 53-man roster out of training camp.

Then last year, as defending league champions with an even more seasoned roster, the Packers still had two undrafted rookies who stuck around after final cuts.

Those five aforementioned players – Sam Shields, Nick McDonald and Frank Zombo in 2010; Jamari Lattimore and Vic So’oto in 2011 – beat the odds by showing up in the preseason games. Receiver Chastin West, a practice-squad holdover, did so last year, too, and even though he was released, his work earned him a job elsewhere when he was claimed off waivers.

Training camp practices always carry some weight, but performing in unscripted, live action against an actual opponent will never escape the eye of talent evaluators and decision-makers.

That all-important preseason begins Thursday night for the nearly three dozen rookies and first-year prospects the Packers will bring to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Some, like high draft picks Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy and Casey Hayward, are locks to make the team. Most are looking to unlock a door to their dreams.

“Every year there are always surprises,” General Manager Ted Thompson said. “It’s a fascinating time of year for us in the personnel business, because you have this idea of how things will go based on something you’ve seen in the past. But then to actually watch these guys, especially the young guys, play the game, you’re always surprised.

“Sometimes it’s a good surprise, sometimes it’s a not-so-good surprise.”

The Chargers are resurfacing as a Packers preseason opponent. Mike McCarthy began his head coaching career with a trip to San Diego in early August 2006, and the Packers hadn’t been back until last November, when Green Bay held off a Chargers rally from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 45-38 victory.

The Packers have opened their last three preseasons against the Cleveland Browns, and they are the opponent next week. Over those last three preseasons, the Packers are 8-4, with three of the four losses coming on the road.

The starters won’t play long enough to roll up a score like last year’s regular-season shootout, and both teams are looking to retool previously formidable defenses that slipped a year ago.

With that in mind, here are a handful of things to watch closely on Thursday night:

  • Graham Harrell – At this point, the Packers believe Aaron Rodgers’ insurance policy can be a former spread-offense college quarterback who has never resided higher than third on the depth chart until now. The Packers also believe in their ability to develop quarterbacks, and the next stage of Harrell’s development begins now.

  • The defense’s new faces – Perry, Worthy, Hayward, safety Jerron McMillian and defensive lineman Mike Daniels all could play contributing roles on defense as rookies, and they’ve only got four games to get ready for the opener. Daniels is injured and may not play on Thursday, but Hayward and McMillian figure to get a lot of snaps in the secondary. As base and nickel starters, respectively, Perry and Worthy could get more work than the veteran starters, who might play only a series or two.

  • Big plays – The Packers defense’s biggest downfall last year was getting gashed for huge chunks of yardage. San Diego’s Philip Rivers and Co. can be as explosive as any offense, and even though the Chargers’ first unit likely won’t play much either, avoiding any big plays would be a positive start.

  • Herb Taylor – Starting left tackle Marshall Newhouse is out with a concussion, and 2011 first-round pick Derek Sherrod still hasn’t practiced this summer, so Taylor gets the start protecting Rodgers’ blind side. As far as the “second string” goes, the offensive line has attracted nearly as much attention as Harrell, and Taylor needs to prove he can be counted on for depth up front.

  • Special teams – The key to a roster spot for any young player who’s not a starter is to contribute on special teams. So keep an eye on who’s throwing the key blocks and making the tackles on punt and kickoff returns, even late in the game when it hardly seems to matter. The special teams depth chart is always in flux, and one play could change someone’s fortunes.

 

 
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