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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.

     

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Free-agent signings that make sense

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Dolphins and Broncos top the list

GREEN BAY—Some are gone; most are left.

Recognizable names continue to dominate the list of players available in free agency this year. The names that have been erased from that list have joined another list, the list of the wealthy.

Money and salary cap not included – I don’t know how you do that but I’ll try – these are the moves that make sense.

Miami Dolphins—The acquisition of speed receiver Mike Wallace could be the home run of this free agency. Wallace is a deep threat that should make everything about Coach Joe Philbin’s offense better, starting with second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Wallace comes to the Dolphins at great cost – his salary cap number in 2014 is set at $17.25 million, which means he’ll have to be restructured before then – but Wallace has the kind of game-changing speed that could buy time for General Manager Jeff Ireland. Tight end Dustin Keller is a possession receiver likely to benefit from Wallace’s field-stretching ability, and complement it, too. The Dolphins also signed Baltimore linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who made a name for himself filling in for Ray Lewis.

Denver Broncos—Wes Welker goes from Tom Brady to Peyton Manning. Talk about lucky. So what are the Broncos getting, a 100-catches possession receiver on his last legs, or the missing link? The Broncos also added cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, linebacker Stewart Bradley and defensive tackle Terrance Knighton to an already imposing defense. That’s a lot of talent and money all intended to get Manning over the top one more time, but why not? The clock is running on Manning.

San Francisco 49ers—The Falcons considered drafting Glenn Dorsey over Matt Ryan in the 2008 draft; that’s how distinct Dorsey’s talents were coming out of LSU. They have not been that obvious in the NFL, and the Chiefs decided to let Dorsey leave in free agency. In San Francisco, Dorsey will join a star-studded defense that could help him reclaim his former greatness.

Detroit Lions—Reggie Bush might be the perfect complement to Calvin Johnson, which is to say a Darren Sproles-like, Randall Cobb-like pass catcher that can be used in a multitude of roles. Make no mistake about it, the Lions want to throw the ball and they’ve added another weapon in their passing game. The Lions re-signed safety Louis Delmas and added Glover Quin, a young, ascending safety. They also signed Jason Jones, a defensive lineman in his prime who’s likely to reap the benefits of playing on a line with Suh and Nick Fairley.

Seattle Seahawks—On the heels of a trade that brings Percy Harvin to Seattle, the Seahawks dug deep to sign Detroit defensive end Cliff Avril. Avril is a sacks-maker, no doubt, but how much of that is the result of having played next to Ndamukong Suh? The Seahawks defense was high in the rankings in nearly every category last season, except in sacks. The hope is Avril will change that in a division where the 49ers are king. The Seahawks also signed DE Michael Bennett from Tampa Bay, where Bennett exploded with nine sacks last season.

Arizona Cardinals—New Coach Bruce Arians is familiar with running back Rashard Mendenhall from their days together in Pittsburgh. Mendenhall’s season was lost to ACL recovery last year. Arians is betting Mendenhall will be fully recovered for this season. The Cardinals also signed Minnesota linebacker Jasper Brinkley, cornerback Jerraud Powers, quarterback Drew Stanton from Indianapolis and Jets safety Yeremiah Bell. They are as close as you can get to value signings in the first week of free agency.

Tampa Bay Bucs—Dashon Goldson is in the prime of his career and makes a Tampa defense that was last in the league against the pass instantly better.

Atlanta Falcons—Veteran running back Steven Jackson is a patch for a team that flattened Michael Turner’s tires and is desperate to run the ball better than it did last season when it finished 29th in the league.

Philadelphia Eagles—The Eagles went with the safety-in-numbers approach, signing eight unrestricted free agents, including defensive end Connor Barwin, safeties Kenny Phillips and Patrick Chung and defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga. Change is in the air in Philadelphia under new coach Chip Kelly.

Chicago Bears—Playing in a division against Clay Matthews and Jared Allen, the Bears spent big to acquire left tackle Jermon Bushrod from the Saints.

New England Patriots—Welker leaves, Danny Amendola arrives. Will anyone know the difference?

Cleveland Browns—The Ravens’ run to the Super Bowl made a lot of money for linebackers Ellerbe and Paul Kruger. The Browns signed Kruger, a dependable and productive defender.

New Orleans Saints—The addition of Pittsburgh cornerback Keenan Lewis brings a young, ascending player to a defense ranked last in the league and in desperate need of help.

More to come.

 
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