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  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake 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:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • 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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Jake Long tops crop of free-agent tackles

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Lots of recognizable names, but most represent risk

Leading up to the official start of free agency on March 12, packers.com will examine the league’s unrestricted free agents, position by position. In the fourth installment, we look at the offensive linemen.

GREEN BAY—It’s rare that a large number of proven players at one of the league premier positions – left tackle – reach free agency, but there’s a significant market this year.

It nearly had one additional big name, but Kansas City put its franchise tag on Branden Albert just before Monday’s deadline, effectively taking him off the market.

Whether or not Albert’s absence shifts the balance from a buyer’s market to a seller’s one remains to be seen. Competent blindside protectors know what they’re worth, and they’ll demand it, whether or not others are also out there. Overall, the large number of available tackles could drive down the price of the mid-level free agents who might command more money in a different year.

Along with Albert, Denver’s Ryan Clady also received the franchise tag, so the list at left tackle begins with Miami’s Jake Long.

The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2008, Long has spent five years with the Dolphins and has made it known he’s seeking an eight-figure annual salary. Considered one of the league’s top left tackles a few years ago, Long could be deemed by some an injury risk after ending each of the last two seasons on injured reserve for biceps (2011) and triceps (2012) injuries.

Next in line could be another first-round pick from ’08, Atlanta’s Sam Baker, who may be coming off his best season with the Falcons. Having dealt with two in-season back surgeries in his first four years, Baker said during the playoffs two months ago that he’d never felt better at the end of a season.

New Orleans’ Jermon Bushrod, drafted in ’07, is another starting left tackle still under age 30, while a pair of older veterans could also draw considerable interest in Pittsburgh’s Max Starks and Baltimore’s Bryant McKinnie. The Ravens won the Super Bowl after reshuffling their offensive line for the playoffs, with McKinnie getting reinserted at left tackle. Now heading into his 12th season, McKinnie may be able to take advantage of his rebirth and land one last significant contract.

The market at right tackle is fairly rich as well, with Cincinnati’s Andre Smith coming off the first fully healthy season of his career. The No. 6 overall pick in ’09, Smith was dogged by injuries for his first two years, which could make teams wary.

Two right tackles from the NFC North, Minnesota’s Phil Loadholt and Detroit’s Gosder Cherilus, could be leaving Green Bay’s division, while New England’s Sebastian Vollmer and the New York Jets’ Jason Smith, the No. 2 overall pick in ’09 by the Rams, will possibly be looking for new teams as well. Kansas City also released Eric Winston this week one year after signing him to a lucrative free-agent deal.

As for the guards, the top two on the market could be Buffalo’s Andy Levitre and San Diego’s Louis Vasquez. Neither is a household name, but both have been rather dependable. Levitre has started every game of his four-year career, while Vasquez has started at least 14 games in three of four seasons.

The Jets have made a pair of guards available in Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson, while other notable names among the starting guards include Detroit’s Stephen Peterman, Pittsburgh’s Ramon Foster, Jacksonville’s Eben Britton and the New York Giants’ Kevin Boothe.

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