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  • 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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Frustration rules in Packers' loss to Bengals

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Fourth-quarter interception, fumble return result in harsh loss


CINCINNATI—The Packers were on the verge of tucking the game comfortably into the win column. That’s when 13 minutes of seemingly inexplicable football rallied the Bengals to a 34-30 win at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.

“Today’s game is obviously a very tough loss. It was a game of peaks and valleys,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said following a loss that will make this a painful bye week for the coach and his team.

“I think we’d all like to play again this week. We’re 1-2. That’s where we are. We’ve lost two games in the fourth quarter. That’s an emphasis of ours. I feel we’ll grow from this.”

First, they’ll hurt from this.

After scoring 30 unanswered points to rally from a 14-0 deficit and take a 30-14 lead in the third quarter, the Bengals followed with 20 unanswered points to win the game.

This was a strange game.  The Packers forced four turnovers and scored when safety M.D. Jennings returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown, but all of that wasn’t enough to win.

“Frustrating game. You feel like you gave this one away. I played poorly. The defense played well enough to win,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.

Statistically, Rodgers had a rough day. His 64.5 passer rating is less than half of what it was the previous week when he threw for 480 yards. The Bengals held Rodgers to 244 yards passing and one touchdown. They intercepted him twice.

Frustration was such that following one stalled drive in the first half, the TV cameras caught Rodgers and McCarthy in a verbal exchange along the sideline.

“Any time you get into a situation that there’s change, rhythm, play calls, it’s frustrating. He was frustrated by it,” McCarthy said. “He’s competitive, man. That’s what I love about him. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.”

“We’re both passionate about the game and competitive. We both want to win very badly. We talked about it and moved on,” Rodgers said.

The offense kicked into high gear in the third quarter, with rookie running back Johnathan Franklin replacing James Starks (knee injury) and sparking a touchdown drive with a 51-yard run. Franklin’s big day, however, would become a painful memory.

Here’s how it all went bad:

Rodgers was intercepted by Leon Hall with 13:41 to play in the game. The Bengals then drove 95 yards for a touchdown that cut the Packers’ lead to 30-27.

The Packers responded with a long, time-consuming drive that faced a third-and-12 at the Bengals 41-yard line with 4:34 to play. Rodgers threw to Randall Cobb for what was ruled a first down, but the Bengals challenged the call and it was reversed. On fourth-and-inches, Franklin fumbled and the Bengals returned it for a touchdown and a 34-30 lead.

“I saw the ball come out. I should’ve made the tackle,” Rodgers said.

“It was an inches play. I felt we could convert. That’s why I called the play. When it works, it’s the players’ execution. When it doesn’t, it’s the play-caller,” McCarthy said. “It’s one of the most difficult games I’ve had to call in my time.”

Down four points, the Packers faced a long field but had 3:47 left on the clock. They moved to the Bengals 20, where they would face a fourth-and-five. Rodgers’ pass for James Jones was tipped at the line of scrimmage and fell incomplete.

“It looked like we were going to blow the game open,” Rodgers said.

That’s when it all went bad.

 

Additional coverage - Sept. 22

 
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