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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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Is Derek Carr headed for top of the quarterback crop?

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Senior Bowl start of job interview that ends in May

MOBILE, AL—Derek Carr gave an encore performance at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday, and it had the look of something well planned and conceived.

Scouts stretched across the field as they watched Carr throw goal-line passes to South wide receivers Kevin Norwood of Alabama, Cody Hoffman of BYU and Mike Davis of Texas. Carr threw slants and fades to the delight of his agent, who stood a few paces behind his star quarterback and watched.

Were the scouts watching the top quarterback in this draft class? Underclassmen Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel are widely ranked at the top of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft, but Carr is almost without a doubt the top senior quarterback in the class, and the Senior Bowl is providing him with a stage on which he might raise his stock, as E.J. Manuel did during this week last year.

“I throw hundreds of balls every day,” Carr explained, following his impressive post-practice performance at Ladd Peebles Stadium. “This is what I’ve been dreaming of since I was little. I know this is a job interview.”

Carr’s older brother, David, used the Senior Bowl to become the first pick of the 2002 NFL draft. Derek isn’t likely to reach that high, but a quarterback crop that appears to lack a clear-cut top to it could be vulnerable to a major move up the board by Carr, who has the size, arm strength and stats to cause a team to “fall in love.” Those are Carr’s words.

What team might’ve fallen in love with Carr on Tuesday, a windy day that caused the rest of the Senior Bowl quarterbacks’ passes to sail and flutter? Carr’s passes never strayed from their intended course. They were tight, sharp and on time. He played at a level even higher than Manuel did last year, and Manuel used the Senior Bowl to launch himself from the third round to the 16th overall selection.

“The wind’s not a factor. If you throw it hard enough, it doesn’t matter,” Carr said, picking his words carefully and skillfully, as media and scouts alike interviewed him following practice.

Carr wasn’t the only player whose stock is on the rise. Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland followed a strong performance on Monday with an even stronger showing on Tuesday. He was unblockable in the back-on-backer drill.

“I feel like I can compete with all of these guys. I feel I prepare the best,” Borland said.

At 5-11, 246, Borland doesn’t have ideal size, but he makes up for it with ideal instincts and quickness.

“I feel I can show I’m a better athlete than people think,” he said of his goal this week.

The Packers are likely interested in selecting a linebacker or two.

“That would be cool,” Borland said. “I grew up rooting for the Packers, but I’d be happy to play anywhere.”

Borland’s remarks were measured and prepared, as were Carr’s, and it’s for good reason.

“There are a lot of good football players and we’re going to get a chance to smell their breath up close and personal,” Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith said. Smith and his staff are the coaches for the North this week.

“I tell the players … this is the beginning of a very long job interview and it ends in May. It’s probably the most intense job interview they’ll go through, so put your best foot forward,” Smith said.

There can be no false steps or attempts at deception. This is a time for NFL scouts and coaches to gather information, and any attempt to hide the truth will provide information that could cause a player’s draft stock to drop dramatically. Consider this exchange between Utah cornerback Keith McGill and a Redskins scout:

“Any off-the-field issues?”

“I do have off-the-field issues, but that’s in the past,” said McGill, who admitted to several events he’d like to erase from his past. He then added, “In 2013, I tried to stay out of trouble.”

McGill was a safety for his first three years at Utah, but was moved to cornerback for his senior season and used that change in his career to also effect a change in his lifestyle. Cornerback is more than a position for him, it’s a commitment.

“I’m not going to turn down any opportunity,” he said when asked about playing safety, which has been projected by some as the best position for him in the NFL, “but I prefer corner. I was pretty successful with it and I think I could only improve.”

This is a time to say and do all the right things. Carr worked overtime at it on Tuesday.

 
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