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  • 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

  • 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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    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

  • 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:




Game notes: Packers' Finley at best in win over Lions

Posted Nov 18, 2012

Green Bay Packers Jermichael Finley hauls in a catch against the Detroit Lions

DETROIT—Jermichael Finley said he felt different before Sunday’s game, that something was going to change.

Of course, the Green Bay Packers’ No. 1 tight end has said that before. But this time, it really was different.

Finley made his biggest impact on a game in 2012 in the 24-20 victory over the Lions at Ford Field. He made just three catches, but the first two were the biggest plays he’s made all season.

Finley had a 20-yard touchdown in the first half and a 40-yard catch-and-run on the game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter. His 66 total yards were a season-high, and the three catches were his most since Week 5.

“I slowed my mind down, not make the game bigger than it is,” said Finley, who has talked for weeks about trying to get back into a groove. “That’s what I did. I was patient.”

So patient that he’d been waiting his entire career for the TD he scored on Sunday. The Packers were setting up a screen to the right to RB James Starks, but QB Aaron Rodgers threw the ball back to the middle instead of to a wide-open Finley. He had nobody in his path until he crashed over the goal line early in the second quarter.

The Packers had tried an unsuccessful screen pass earlier in the game, and Finley said when the offensive players looked at the snapshot on the sideline, they could see all of Detroit’s defenders cheating that way with no one on the backside. But even on the next screen call, Finley still wasn’t sure the pass would come his way.

“I’ve been running that route for five years since I’ve been here and never got the ball,” he said. “That play right there, didn’t expect to get the ball again. It surprised me.

“I was bracing for the hit, and I almost tripped over, but I got my balance and dove into the end zone.”

His balance came in handy on the fourth-quarter play, a bigger one both in yardage and significance. With the Packers trailing 20-14 and under four minutes left, Rodgers walked over and tapped Finley at the line of scrimmage to get him out of his in-tight, three-point stance and take a stand-up position in the slot.

Rodgers then fired a quick out to Finley, who got great blocking from the outside receivers near the sideline, stayed in bounds and took the ball 40 yards in all to the Detroit 31. Three snaps later, after a short 6-yard pass to Finley, Rodgers hit Randall Cobb with the game-winning 22-yard TD.

“I was locked in. I was already on my route that he gave me,” Finley said of the big play. “He came over to me and switched it up, and it was a big play. It was a gash, and we needed it on that drive.”

Talk about concentration: Speaking of Cobb’s late TD catch, the second-year receiver said he didn’t even see the ball right away but managed to pick it up coming out of the Ford Field lights in time to haul it in.

On third-and-1, Cobb ran past cornerback Jacob Lacey, who had intercepted a Rodgers pass intended for Cobb back in the second quarter on a seam route. This time, Rodgers lofted the ball over Cobb’s head and Lacey – who had his back to the ball the whole time – never saw it, though Cobb almost didn’t either.

“About midway in the air,” Cobb said, describing when he picked it up. “I caught it right out of the lights. My visor was a little dirty but I was able to see the ball coming and adjust to it and make the play.”

The play was another example of the faith Rodgers continues to develop in Cobb, who is becoming the most dynamic player in the offense (nine catches, 74 yards; two rushes, 19 yards on Sunday). Cobb said there’s no way Rodgers throws one up in the air like that for him during his rookie season, particularly with the game on the line, but this year has been a different story.

“He has that trust in me and believes in me,” Cobb said of Rodgers. “I’m running my route to win every single time because I never know when he may throw it to me anyways.”

Still slumping: Kicker Mason Crosby didn’t kick over the bye week to try to clear his mind, but it didn’t seem to help.

Crosby missed his first two field goal attempts on Sunday, from 50 and 38 yards, before finally making a 39-yarder with 19 seconds left for the Packers’ final points.

That makes seven misses in Crosby’s last 13 field goal attempts over the past six games after a 5-for-5 start to the year.

Crosby actually missed his first try twice, on the final play of the first half. Detroit called a timeout just before the snap, but Crosby swung through anyway and was wide right. On the one that counted, he was wide left. That kick would have tied the score at 10 at intermission.

Then, in the fourth quarter, Crosby missed the 38-yarder wide left with 8:37 left. That also would have tied the score, at 17.

“I put good strikes on them, I just didn’t put them on line,” said Crosby, who stood up to the pending criticism by answering questions at his locker for several minutes after the game. “There’s a lot of things that go into it. I just have to work through it here. It’s something I’ve never really dealt with a ton, missing these types of kicks. I’m just going to put my nose down, work on it and just trust it.”

The only other notable slump of Crosby’s six-year career came in 2009, when he missed four of 10 tries over a stretch of four late-season games, all from inside 43 yards. But he snapped out of it and made 4-of-5 the rest of the season, with the only miss from 54.

But this is by far the roughest patch of his career. He insisted it didn’t bother him that Mike McCarthy passed on a 49-yard attempt in the first half and elected to go for it on fourth-and-4 instead. The pass was incomplete and the Packers came away with nothing.

Crosby’s 39-yarder in the final minute was true and forced the Lions to need a last-gasp touchdown to win. So he ended the day on a good note, but the most important thing to Crosby was that his misses didn’t cost his team a victory.

“This team fights together,” he said. “Whenever something isn’t working quite right, which is I’m not making all my kicks, guys are picking me up and we’re still able to get wins.”

Injury update: The only injury reported after the game was to nose tackle B.J. Raji, who left the contest late with an ankle injury. Raji has dealt with an ankle injury previously this season. A further update should be coming Monday.

Additional coverage - Nov. 18

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