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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/




Giants hoping history repeats, but can't afford loss to Packers

Posted Nov 13, 2013

At 3-6, they're still in the NFC East title race

GREEN BAY—This is familiar territory for the Giants. Twice before, they’ve rallied to win it all.

A Giants team that began this season 0-6, has won its last three games and is back in the NFC East title race. Can they rally to make it into the playoffs?

The answer to that question is seemingly yes, they can do it, because they’ve done it before. That’s exactly what they did two years ago, and the Packers were the eventual victim of that late-season rally.

Another resurrection under Tom Coughlin?

“I don’t know about that; we’re just trying to do the best we can do and you know we had a miserable time getting something done in the first six games. We’re doing things a little bit better but we have a long way to go, to be honest with you, to be the team we could possibly be. We prepare and we’re trying like heck to get these people both young and old to work hard, to focus and to keep their dreams alive. So it’s nice to have won a couple of games, but we still have a ways to go,” Coughlin said.

Coughlin is the master of rallying the Giants. It’s his trademark. He did it in 2007, coming from a wild-card spot to beat the then-undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Two years ago, the challenge was even more daunting. A walk-off loss to the Packers at MetLife Stadium left the Giants at 6-6 and on a four-game losing streak heading to Dallas for a must-win game. The Giants had to win the NFC East to make it into the playoffs, and that’s what they did, with a 9-7 record that sent them to Green Bay and San Francisco in the playoffs. The Giants got hot and won it all, beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl again.

“What I’ve always tried to do is to be very, very honest with the players, in terms of the reasons why we’re in the position we’re in. The most important thing of all is staying together as a team and realizing you put yourself in a hole and certainly going to have an opportunity together to fight your way out of it. Adversity does make you stronger but you just have to keep working at it and keep pounding away at it,” Coughlin said.

Can the Giants do it again? Are they getting a feeling that they can do it again?

“I think we’ve done a great job of keeping our focus one game at a time. We’re kind of slowly working our way in and obviously we can only control what we can do. We can only control our games and we’ve got to try and win and keep winning and see what the scenario becomes within the division. Hopefully, have a chance to win our division,” quarterback Eli Manning said.

NFC East-leading Dallas is in its bye week. The second-place Eagles, 5-5, host Washington. With a Washington win, the Giants could move to within a game of the division lead by beating the Packers this Sunday at MetLife Stadium. All of a sudden, the Giants have awakened for a game that is as important to the Packers’ hopes as it is to the Giants’.

The Giants are pinning their hopes on a revival of the offense. It’s ranked a lowly No. 23 in the league and Manning is at the bottom of the league rankings with a 68.5 passer rating. He’s thrown an inexplicable 16 interceptions just two seasons after having won his second Super Bowl MVP award.

“The numbers aren’t where they should be, but he’s working hard to get it right. He’s a standup guy. When things aren’t going the way they should, he’s up front first and foremost about his responsibilities and what he needs to do to make us better. That’s what he preaches and believes in. I keep thinking we’re not far from it, we’re one or two plays away from being able to crank up the pass game. At this point in time, it hasn’t been quite what we hoped it would be. We’re going to need it coming down the stretch; there’s no doubt,” Coughlin said.

Coughlin is also counting on a revival of his running game, No. 29 in the league. The Giants were last in rushing in 2011 but came to life late in the season. It was a difference maker for them in the playoffs.

“Balance is the key. The running game gives us the balance we need to be able to go ahead and have a good mix and take advantage of some of the things we do in the passing game,” Coughlin said.

Sound familiar? The Giants are hoping it’s 2011 all over again, with one exception: At 3-6, it’s not likely they can afford to lose to the Packers this year.

Additional coverage - Nov. 13

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