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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: Micah Hyde wishes he had found another gear

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Long kickoff return ends wild day on special teams, Eddie Lacy breaks rookie rushing record, Clay Matthews re-injures thumb

GREEN BAY—Rookie Micah Hyde almost capped a wild and wacky day on special teams with what would have been the most memorable special teams play of the season for the Packers.

But Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas managed to chase Hyde down after a 70-yard kickoff return with less than 90 seconds left in Sunday’s game, preventing the dramatic run from going 101 yards to the house and tying up what became a 38-31 loss to the Steelers at Lambeau Field.

“(Number) 29 had a nice angle on me,” Hyde said. “I wish I could have busted into another gear, but I didn’t have one. I was pretty tired. That’s unfortunate.”

Also unfortunate was the Packers’ inability to finish the 31-yard drive needed for the tying touchdown, getting as close as the Pittsburgh 1-yard line.

But when Hyde broke into the clear and the 77,999 in attendance began thundering their encouragement, it appeared the Packers were on the verge of another unfathomable comeback, even after he was tackled.

“When I saw that happen, I thought it would be another moment,” cornerback Tramon Williams said. “It didn’t quite go that way, but guys fought to the end, and that’s all you can ask for.”

Hyde’s kickoff return was the Packers’ longest of the season, a mark he set three different times in the game with earlier runbacks of 33 and 39 yards. That was only the tip of the iceberg on special teams in this game, though.

The Steelers had a 41-yard punt return by Antonio Brown and a 46-yard kickoff return by Emmanuel Sanders, and they also pulled off a fake punt, as punter Mat McBriar completed a 30-yard pass to tight end David Paulson to set up a TD.

“That was tough,” said Hyde, who was deep for the return. “I was 45 yards back, I saw the snap and I saw the punter roll to our left. I couldn’t really see what was going on. I just saw the ball in the air and just tried to make a play on it. It was a great call by them.”

The Steelers got a free first-and-goal late in the game when Packers linebacker Nick Perry jumped offsides, but the weirdest play happened on a Packers’ field-goal try in the third quarter.

Kicker Mason Crosby slipped a little with his plant foot and had a 23-yard try blocked by Steve McClendon. In the scrum to recover the ball, Pittsburgh’s Ziggy Hood was called for illegally batting the ball forward, giving the Packers a first-and-goal, which was converted into a touchdown.

“I don’t know that rule very well,” Crosby said. “That’s not one that happens all the time. I know batting is a penalty, but I didn’t know it would get us the ball back. I’m happy it did.”

The only reason it did is because the officials ruled that the Steelers had never established possession with a recovery. Replays showed they appeared to, however, with safety Ryan Clark scooping up the ball but then losing it when trying to lateral it to teammate William Gay. On the ground again, the ball was batted by Hood.

The Steelers tried to challenge the ruling that no possession had been established, but they were denied the ability to challenge the play.

It was one of the stranger sequences and rulings of the season, to be sure.

“You see the way weather can affect special teams, it’s difficult to play sometimes,” John Kuhn said. “They threw some punches and we threw some punches back.”

An old record falls: With 15 carries for 84 yards and two TDs, Packers running back Eddie Lacy broke John Brockington’s 42-year-old franchise rookie rushing record. Lacy now has 1,112 rushing yards on the season, topping Brockington’s 1,105 in 1971.

Playing on a bum ankle for the third straight game, Lacy was unable to finish the contest this time, re-aggravating his ankle injury late in the third quarter. That, combined with the tough loss, left Lacy disinterested in reflecting on the record right after the game.

“I wanted it to feel a little better,” he said, vowing to do whatever he could to be able to return to the lineup next Sunday in Chicago.

“He was a warrior out there,” right tackle Don Barclay said. “These past two weeks, going out there and fighting his butt off. He was great out there. Him and Starks, every week they bring it.”

James Starks replaced Lacy and added 10 carries for 47 yards with several Lacy-like tough runs.

“Starks comes in with an attitude and runs as hard as anyone out there,” receiver Jordy Nelson said.

More injuries: The Packers lost outside linebacker Clay Matthews when he appeared to re-injure his broken thumb on a sack of Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger.

The medical staff was seen examining the cast on Matthews’ hand when he came to the sideline.

Fellow outside linebacker Mike Neal also left the game briefly with a stinger, but returned to keep playing, and inside linebacker Brad Jones re-aggravated an ankle injury and tried to play on it some.

The Packers were getting perilously thin along the middle level of their defense.

“You hate to see those guys go down,” linebacker A.J. Hawk said. “When Clay went down, we knew right away it was probably his thumb.”

“It was a tough game for everybody,” Perry said.

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