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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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Graham Harrell seeking success sooner this summer

Posted Jul 8, 2013

Packers backup QB battle developing with B.J. Coleman

GREEN BAY—It was the game last summer that eased Packers fans’ concerns, at least for the moment.

In the preseason finale against Kansas City, backup quarterback Graham Harrell completed 13 of 15 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns for a maximum 158.3 passer rating.

That concluded a summer of angst during which Packers fans questioned whether the offense had a signal caller who could step in if needed for Aaron Rodgers and effectively run the show.

Statistically, the concern was understandable, given Harrell’s 2012 preseason numbers (32 of 63, 261 yards, one TD, two INT, 53.7 rating) prior to that fourth and final game. But all along, Head Coach Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff stood behind Harrell, and their support was validated by Harrell’s superb outing.

One year later, the angst has returned outside the walls of Lambeau Field. Harrell never had his Matt Flynn moment, when Rodgers’ former backup in 2010 started a December, prime-time road game against New England’s Tom Brady and nearly led the Packers to victory.

Instead, Harrell had a T.J. Rubley-like gaffe, stumbling to execute a handoff near the goal line when he had to substitute for Rodgers for one play, with the resulting fumble nearly costing the Packers a win over New Orleans. Two additional mop-up appearances, with two completions in four attempts, weren’t notable.

Fair or unfair, with the 2013 preseason opener roughly a month away, Harrell is right back to where he was last summer. He has worries to calm and a lot to prove.

He’ll have a more legitimate challenge from B.J. Coleman to deal with, too. Last year’s seventh-round pick has spent a full year learning the system, and his growth is being monitored just as closely.

Throughout the spring, Harrell’s coaches continued to express their belief in his development, but it’s clear a more efficient, productive start to the preseason is expected this time around. McCarthy said as much during his final press conference during OTAs. Progress will need to be evident much sooner, even if another 158.3 rating is way too much to ask while conducting a No. 2 unit.

“You always want to look like that, but in preseason football there’s a lot of moving parts,” Harrell said. “For a lot of guys it’s their first shot out there. But coming off a game like that, I’m extremely confident and I look forward to the preseason.”

Harrell believes he’ll have a better handle on all of those moving parts this year. Physically, he and Quarterbacks Coach Ben McAdoo went back to doing “old-school” fundamental drills during offseason workouts, and mentally he says he feels more comfortable now than he ever has running McCarthy’s offense. He knows the protection schemes better, and he’s had more practice making calls and adjustments at the line of scrimmage.

Spending a second straight offseason in the meeting room with McCarthy, Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements and McAdoo has helped, after Harrell’s first true offseason was nixed by the lockout two years ago.

“You get to bounce questions off three different guys and get three different sides of the game,” Harrell said. “So it’s a great system right now and a great place to be.”

Regular grillings from Rodgers during film sessions don’t hurt, either.

“If you didn’t know any better, you’d think he was a coach, too, sometimes in there,” Harrell said. “I think he asks more questions than the coaches ask to the younger guys.

“It’s fun. He’s been around so long, he’s probably seen everything. He has knowledge to go off of and experience to pull from when he asks some of those questions. So, I guess if you add him, we’ve got four coaches.”

Harrell also has four preseason games coming up that, barring the unforeseen, will constitute the bulk if not all of his live action for 2013.

It would be nice for him, and a better gauge of his regular-season potential in case of emergency, if he got to play with the No. 1 offense, but that’s generally not how the preseason works. As a backup, he’ll lead a reserve unit, and he proved he could do so successfully in that Kansas City game.

The Chiefs are the fourth opponent on the preseason schedule once again. The goal is for that game not to be the highlight of Harrell’s summer, but one of many.

“It’s a fun time for backups and it’s your chance to really get to play,” Harrell said. “It’s a chance to grow and learn, and as a group you kind of grow together. I think the later we went in the preseason, the sharper we got.

“Hopefully, we can start a little further along than we did last season.”

 
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