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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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Game notes: Clay Matthews says his hamstring will be fine

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Cut-block failed on final batted pass; CB Sam Shields holds WR A.J. Green in check

CINCINNATI—Clay Matthews says his hamstring injury will be fine after the bye week, but the Packers defensive playmaker obviously didn’t like sitting out the second half of Sunday’s 34-30 defeat to the Bengals.

“It’s very frustrating, especially the manner in which we lost,” said Matthews, who has had hamstring problems since his rookie season in 2009.

Matthews was in the midst of a whale of a game when he departed. In the second quarter, he forced fumbles on back-to-back Cincinnati possessions that led to 10 Green Bay points.

On the first fumble, he dove at running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis from the back side on third-and-short and popped the ball out. Safety M.D. Jennings ran it back for a touchdown.

On the Bengals’ next drive, Matthews sacked quarterback Andy Dalton after cornerback Davon House whiffed on his sack try, and the ball came out again. Linebacker Brad Jones recovered and the Packers kicked a field goal to pull within 14-13.

It was on the second fumble, though – the Bengals’ fourth consecutive turnover – that Matthews tweaked the hamstring, and he wasn’t able to return to the game. It’s probably not a coincidence that after Matthews left, the Bengals stopped turning the ball over.

“I’ll be good,” Matthews said regarding his injury. “I think today was more of a preventive measure than anything. I felt like I could go out there, but we have to be smart with this, especially going into the bye week. I don’t see myself missing any time.

“Our record is not going to change with the bye week. We just have to get this thing moving in the right direction, and we will.”

Swat team: On the Packers’ last offensive drive, three of Aaron Rodgers’ passes were deflected at the line of scrimmage and fell incomplete.

The first two were by defensive end Carlos Dunlap on short throws to the right intended for receiver Randall Cobb. The second of those came on third-and-5 from the Bengals’ 20-yard line, setting up a do-or-die fourth down.

Rodgers then tried a short throw to the left, but the Bengals’ other defensive end, Michael Johnson, tipped it at the line, and the ball fell short of receiver James Jones, incomplete.

On the final play, rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari went low to try to cut-block Johnson, to get him on the ground and take him out of the passing lane, but Johnson managed to stay on his feet and throw his hands up just in time.

It appeared Johnson was ready for the cut-block attempt.

“I cut him down really well when we started calling some of those plays, and he started kind of reading it,” Bakhtiari said. “Then that last play, I wasn’t able to get his hands down.”

Rodgers was sacked four times and threw two interceptions – with Jones taking the blame for the first one after stopping his route over the middle. But the Packers nearly overcame all the miscues, needing just 20 more yards for the win, when the batted passes suddenly became a plague. The Bengals didn’t deflect a single pass at the line until the final drive.

“It’s not a good feeling,” Bakhtiari said. “We’re the Green Bay Packers and we’re 1-2 right now. I’m just a rookie and I just got here, and I can tell it’s something they’re not used to, that they’re not comfortable with and they don’t like.”

Tough matchup: Lost somewhat in the frustrating finish to the game was the job cornerback Sam Shields did on the Bengals’ Pro Bowl wide receiver, A.J. Green.

Shadowing him much of the day, with safety help behind him on occasion, Shields held Green without a catch until less than 10 minutes remained in the third quarter, and he intercepted one intended for Green in the first half. Green caught just four of eight passes thrown his way for 46 yards, though he did get the best of Shields on a 20-yard TD pass when he appeared to knock Shields off-balance at the line of scrimmage.

“I thought Sam did an excellent job,” fellow corner Tramon Williams said. “We knew that we had guys that can definitely go out there and compete against him. Obviously we know he’s going to make some catches at some point in the game, but we didn’t want to let him go out of control.

“I thought we did an excellent job on him today. I thought we did a great job on defense, period. It won’t show up now with the loss.”

Losing the game before the bye is not ideal, obviously, and at 1-2 the Packers are in the same spot they were last year after Week 3. It took until Week 6, when a prime-time road win at Houston evened the record at 3-3, for the team to really hit its stride.

The hope is that the early bye will allow players to get healthy – particularly defensive backs Morgan Burnett and Casey Hayward, who haven’t played yet this season – and for that stride to be found sooner.

“We’ll be ready to make a run,” Williams said. “We’re definitely not going to lie down. I see a lot of good things out of this team, and when we get back we’ll be ready.”

Injury update: In addition to Matthews, the Packers also reported injuries to tight end Jermichael Finley (concussion), linebacker Jamari Lattimore (cramps) and running back James Starks (knee).

Additional coverage - Sept. 22

 
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