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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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Here are my seedings; what are yours?

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Packers need to beat the Tennessee Titans to have chance at first-round bye in playoffs


GREEN BAY—Let’s have some fun with seedings.

On a piece of paper, write the numbers 1-6. Now, next to each number, write the name of the team you think will occupy that seeding position in the NFC playoffs. I’ll give you a minute.

Time’s up.

OK, here’s what I’ve written: 1. Falcons, 2. Packers, 3. 49ers, 4. Redskins, 5. Seahawks, 6. Giants.

That’s my seedings for the NFC playoffs, not because I’m trying to favor the Packers, but because I honestly believe that’s how it’ll turn out. Yeah, I’m picking a Seahawks win over the 49ers this Sunday.

Even though I’m not trying to favor the Packers, I will enthusiastically admit those seedings would, in my opinion, greatly favor the Packers.

No. 1 seed? I don’t want it. The Falcons can have it. I don’t want any part of the Giants in the divisional round, and I can’t imagine the Falcons are wild about the prospect of having to beat the Giants, again, after having just beat them a few weeks earlier. Sound familiar?

The No. 2 seed, in my opinion, is the most favorable spot in the NFC playoffs. You get the first-week bye and you avoid either the Giants or the 49ers in the divisional round, and make no mistake about it, those are the league’s two power teams. The Giants and the 49ers have the muscle up front that wins in January, especially in cold-weather games.

Simply put, I’d rather play in Atlanta in the conference title game, in a dome and out of the cold, than accept the road to the Super Bowl I think would be required of the Packers to win home field advantage for the playoffs.

Aaron Rodgers and his talented receivers indoors in the playoffs sounds good to me, and it begins with the Packers winning this Sunday. OK, so what do your seedings look like?

Here are 10 things the Packers have to do to beat the Titans and achieve other pursuits, too.

1. Know what’s at stake—This is about a bye week. This is about only having to win two playoff games to get to the Super Bowl, instead of having to win three.

2. Deny big runs—The Packers didn’t do that against Adrian Peterson and it nearly cost them the game. Chris Johnson is a big-play back that can make a defense pay for missed tackles.

3. Light ’em up—The Titans don’t have the offensive firepower to hang with the Packers. Don’t let ’em hang.

4. Make kicks—This has become a critical issue. Mason Crosby has to find the range and regain his coach’s confidence. The Packers need to know they can trust their kicker in the postseason.

5. Play the right way—Aaron Rodgers coined this phrase and it’s a solid late-season theme. Playing the right way means playing as you need to play to win in the postseason.

6. Make him be a passer—Second-year Titans quarterback Jake Locker has the feet to do what his lack of experience won’t allow him to do with his arm.

7. Treat the weather as a friend—It’s winter in Green Bay and Lambeau Field can be a harsh place to play. Make it harsh for the visiting team.

8. Get off the field—Not only on third down, but as early as possible in this game. Rodgers is on a bum ankle that could use some rest. It would be to the Packers’ advantage to limit the playing time of several players.

9. Go home for the holidays—Home, as in a warm, safe place by the fire to watch the 49ers and Seahawks, wrap the gifts and put them under the tree. Be festive in a safe way.

10. Be proud—To have recovered from a 2-3 start and be in the hunt for one of the top two seeds in the NFC is a major accomplishment for a team whose No. 1 foe this season has been injuries. Overcoming that adversity should bond this team for a deep run into the postseason.

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