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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 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: Packers reveal plans for Cobb

Posted Sep 9, 2012


One big curiosity heading into the new season was how the Packers would utilize receiver Randall Cobb on offense. A lot of ways, it turns out.

Cobb lined up in the backfield and took swing passes, motioned out of the backfield and ran slant routes, and just found whatever ways he could to get open.

The result was a team-leading and career-best nine catches for 77 yards, as Cobb caught every ball thrown his way in Sunday’s 30-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. At times, Cobb seemed like the only thing the Packers had going for them on offense, but performances like his on Sunday are likely to spark the unit more often than not.

“It was tough,” Cobb said. “They’re a great defense. They got pressure on the quarterback, played a lot of man coverage, and didn’t give us much space to work.”

Cobb’s biggest play of the game, of course, came in the return game with a 75-yard punt return for a score that got the Packers back in the game in the fourth quarter. In just one rookie season plus one game, Cobb already has three kick returns for scores (two punts, one kickoff), which ties him with six other players for second most in franchise history. Travis Williams heads that list with six.

“I saw the field open up to the wide side, tried to race them to the sidelines, and I got three good blocks along the way,” Cobb said. “When I set the kicker up, I knew I had a chance. As a returner, if you get tackled by the kicker, you’ve got some problems.”

Sack master: Outside linebacker Clay Matthews had six multi-sack games in his first two seasons (including playoffs), but enjoyed just one such game last year.

So it was a good sign to see him start 2012 strong with 2½ sacks on Sunday, just shy of his single-game career high of three sacks, which he accomplished in the first two games of 2010. He went on to post 13½ sacks that year (17 including the postseason).

“I think you saw us get after the quarterback a little more and improve on some things from last year,” Matthews said. “But as with any opening game, there’s a lot of room for improvement.”

Take it away: It’s probably not a coincidence that the last time the Packers lost a regular-season game was also the last time the defense failed to register a turnover. It came in Kansas City last December.

The only turnover in the game was an interception by San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman, which the 49ers quickly turned into a touchdown. San Francisco’s offense turned the ball over only 10 times last season, fewest in the league, and the 49ers stayed true to that identity on Sunday, using their strong running game and tough defense to keep control.

“Obviously, they didn’t take the chance,” cornerback Tramon Williams said. “I think their mindset is there’s no need to take chances turning over the ball.”

The only time the Packers really came close to getting a takeaway came late in the second quarter. A pass that deflected off tight end Delanie Walker hung in the air a little bit, but not long enough for Charles Woodson to dive for it. The drive ended with a field goal.

“We needed a big spark on defense,” linebacker A.J. Hawk said. “A turnover would have been huge. Randall’s return put us right back in that game, but we could have used something like that on defense.”

Long one: San Francisco kicker David Akers’ 63-yard field goal on the final snap of the first half, which hit the crossbar and bounced over, tied for the longest in NFL history with three other kickers. Tom Dempsey (New Orleans, 1970), Jason Elam (Denver, 1998) and Sebastian Janikowski (Oakland, 2011) have also hit from 63.

The kick also shattered the mark for the longest field goal in Lambeau Field history. The previous long was a 58-yarder by Seattle’s Josh Brown on Oct. 5, 2003. The longest field goal by a Packers kicker in the stadium’s history is 53 yards, accomplished by Chris Jacke (twice), Ryan Longwell and Mason Crosby (twice).

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