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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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It all begins with stopping the run

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Dom Capers expects Falcons to test Packers on the ground

GREEN BAY—If this game were being played six weeks ago, the Falcons might have a different game plan. As it stands, it’s almost certain the Falcons plan to run the ball this Sunday, on what’s forecast to be a cold and snowy day at Lambeau Field.

It’s not just about the weather. It’s mostly about the Packers’ inability to stop the run. A run defense that was No. 4 in the league six weeks ago, is now No. 26. It has allowed three of its last four opponents to rush for more than 200 yards, and now it faces a Falcons team that is 29th in rushing but resurrected its running game last Sunday in an overtime win in Buffalo.

“We anticipate the way we’re playing against the run that they’re going to try to establish the run,” Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said.

The Packers’ inability to stop the run is at the root of nearly all of the team’s problems. A defense that is No. 5 in the league in sacks per pass play and a respectable No. 17 in third-down defense is being betrayed by the most basic fundamental of defense: Stop the run.

“There’s nothing more frustrating in football than when a team gets a run game going on you. It’s the first area we have to get squared away. It affects everything you do,” Capers said. “We were a top 10 third-down team until this past week. Five or six of those third downs were third and one or third and two.”

Seemingly, all of the Packers’ problems can be traced back to the broken collarbone quarterback Aaron Rodgers sustained on Nov. 4. Everything about the Packers’ arrow was pointing up until then. Everything about the Packers’ arrow has been pointing down since then.

Is Rodgers’ injury reason for the defense’s fall?

“No, I don’t think that has anything to do with it. You can’t concern yourself with areas you have no control over,” Capers said.

“Your run defense, everything has to fit together. Everybody has a gap. You have to take care of that gap. So much of what you do as a defense begins with stopping the run. If you can’t stop the run, you’re playing uphill,” Capers added.

On a cold and snowy day, another day the Packers will be without Rodgers’ services, the hope is the Packers will be able to establish a running game that was exploding up the rankings when Rodgers was injured. Since then, the running has been ineffective, largely because opponents have concentrated their efforts on stopping it.

“Teams are going to try to take away your strong suit. We’ve been running the ball pretty well. We have to be able to run the ball when they know we’re going to run it,” Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements said. “You can design certain plays to pick up everybody at the point of attack. All the runs aren’t going to be pretty runs. You have to get two yards and push it to four, and get four and push it to six.”

That’s the kind of offense usually associated with cold-weather football. Sunday’s game could be a test of wills.

“I think we’re very capable. We just have to start this week,” Capers said.

Additional coverage - Dec. 6

 
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