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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/




It's not all about Rodgers; it's about Johnson, too

Posted Nov 26, 2013

How will Packers defend against Lions star wide receiver?

GREEN BAY—The popular belief is that Thursday’s game in Detroit is a must win for the Packers.

“It’s a must win for us, too,” Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson said on Tuesday during a conference call with Packers media.

The 6-5 Lions host the 5-5-1 Packers in a game that could decide the outcome of the NFC North title race. The Lions are on a two-game losing streak. The Packers are on a four-game winless streak. The 6-5 Bears will watch.

“Too many turnovers for us. If we can eliminate those, we can turn those losses into W’s. You want to get the bad taste out of your mouth. We just need to get out there and play again soon,” Johnson said.

Lions quarterback Matt Stafford is coming off a four-interception game. His fourth and deciding interception was a result of Johnson having allowed what should’ve been a long completion jump out of his hands and into the hands of a Tampa Bay defender. It sealed the Bucs’ win.

It was an atypical drop by Johnson, the game’s definitive big-play receiver. He’s caught 66 passes for 1,198 yards and 11 touchdowns. None of those catches, however, were against the Packers earlier this season, when the Lions fell on Wisconsin soil again, 22-9.

Would it have been a different outcome had Johnson played in that game? He sat out the game with a knee injury.

“Yeah,” he said. “I’m not going to call it because it’s neither here nor there saying that we would have won the game, but it definitely would have been a closer matchup.”

Johnson and the Lions will have a chance on Thursday to do something they haven’t done since 2010: Beat the Packers. The Packers have won five straight against the Lions. This one, however, has special meaning for the Lions. It’s their golden opportunity to wrest control of the NFC North from the team that’s owned the division for the past several years.

“Since Rodgers has been hurt, Green Bay has had some struggles. Chicago has lost a few, we’ve lost our last two, so everybody is sort of in the same boat right now and you need to come out with a win. I think everybody in the North has two division games left and this is one of them, so obviously it means a lot to us. It’s not only a chance to get a win, but put a loss on one of our main competitors. It’s Thanksgiving, it’s a great tradition here in Detroit and we’re going to need to play our best on Thursday,” Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz said.

How do the Packers stop Johnson? That’s as much a burning question as the question of Aaron Rodgers’ availability for this game, which Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy pretty much squashed on Tuesday, despite Rodgers having practiced for the first time since fracturing his collarbone against the Bears on Nov. 4.

“Usually, I’ll see Tramon and he’ll carry me around the field. Whether they do that this game or not, we’ll see,” Johnson said.

Packers cornerback Tramon Williams has had as much or more success against Johnson as any cornerback in the league. In the 2011 Thanksgiving game, Williams held Johnson to four catches for 49 yards and one touchdown, much of that after the outcome had been decided. Will Williams be the guy in this Thanksgiving Day game, or will Johnson see the Packers’ other cornerback, Sam Shields, in coverage? Shields is the Packers’ No. 1 cover man and he was back to full participation in practice on Tuesday after missing two games with a hamstring injury.

“Sam is getting better. He’s continuing to grow and he’s a good cover corner. Like I said, he’s a good, speedy guy playing well, but we have to get at him on Thursday,” Johnson said.

How the Packers defend against Johnson will likely go a long way in determining the outcome of this game.

Additional coverage - Nov. 26

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