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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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Green finally a workhorse again

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Alex Green knew the answer, and he knew it would be a bit of a surprise.

When asked if he remembered the last time he had 22 carries in a game, Green cracked a quick smile and started to laugh.

“It was in junior college, back in ’08, I think,” Green said.

Indeed it was, when Green had 27 carries for 119 yards to earn game MVP honors for Butte College – the same junior college Aaron Rodgers attended – against Mt. San Antonio in the 2008 national title game.

Playing in a wide-open spread offense at Hawaii the next two years, Green never toted the ball more than 19 times in a game, though that 19-carry effort produced 327 yards and broke a 60-year-old school record.

Maybe that was a sign he should have gotten the ball more back then. In any event, the point is that prior to Sunday night in Houston, it had been awhile since Green was asked to really pound the ball like that, series after series.

His 22 carries for 65 yards in the Packers’ big win didn’t jump off the stat sheet but served their purpose, quieting the Texans’ pass rush and opening up passing lanes for Rodgers and his receivers. The workload was as good for Green as it was for Green Bay’s offense.

“I like it a lot,” he said of being a workhorse-type back. “The more carries you get, the more you’re in the game, the more you can feel the defense out. You can match the level of competition, and you can see how they’re playing. It gives you a better feel for it.”

Green didn’t bust any long ones, like his 41-yarder in the fourth quarter in Indianapolis the previous week when he first stepped in for the injured Cedric Benson, but he was nonetheless productive. Seven of his carries went for five yards or more, 11 for three or more.

The only downside was that eight rushes went for one, zero or negative yards. That was what Benson was getting so good at, making every run productive. Three weeks ago against New Orleans, 17 of Benson’s 18 carries went for at least three yards, and the only one that didn’t was good for two.

Perhaps that’s the next step for Green, to cut down on the stalled runs, whether the fault lies with him or his blockers. Either way, at this point the coaching staff is more focused on the commitment to the run, even if the defense is schemed to stop it.

“Sometimes they call a good defense, too,” running backs coach Alex Van Pelt said. “You can have a run called and they do a line stunt into it or blitz into it, and they’ve got us.

“But the most important thing at the end of the day is the attempts for our system and our no-huddle. We have to attempt to run the ball and then have enough effective runs to keep them honest defensively.”

The Packers are counting on Green, drafted in the third round in 2011, to remain effective as their lead back. The offense was just starting to hit its stride with Benson when he went down with a bad foot sprain in Indy, and a poor second half on offense cost Green Bay a game it should have won.

Green said he’s learned a lot from Benson in the two months they’ve worked together, from following his blockers better to asking the right questions to watching film properly.

That was only part of the long road Green took to getting his first NFL start last Sunday. This week’s game in St. Louis will be played two days shy of the one-year anniversary of Green’s torn ACL that sent him into a full offseason of rehab.

In that respect, the night in Houston was a special one. Getting a win, and hitting the 20-carry mark for the first time in four years, added some extra emotion to the evening.

“Yeah, it felt good, to relieve a little tension I’ve been holding in the past few months, rehabbing and waiting and things like that,” he said. “It felt good to let some of that go this past game.”

Green came out of the Houston game with a shoulder ding that has limited him in practice thus far this week, but he said it won’t be a problem and he isn’t concerned.

Neither are the Packers, as long as Green is content to re-live those junior college days.

“The thing I’ve been saying all along is we have to make sure that we’re building on it now,” left guard T.J. Lang said of the running game. “We can’t go out there and have a productive day on the ground one game and the next game let it disappear.

“When we’re a balanced offense, a lot of good things are going to happen for us.”

Additional coverage - Oct. 18
 
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