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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/




James Jones, James Starks emerge as stars

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Packers offense explodes in 38-20 win over Redskins

GREEN BAY—They never know.

Running back James Starks never knows for sure when he’s going into the game, while receiver James Jones never knows for sure when the ball is coming his way.

All they can do is respond, and in doing so on Sunday they joined several offensive teammates with career-best performances in the Packers’ 38-20 victory over the Redskins at Lambeau Field.

Starks, forced into the game when Eddie Lacy left after one carry with a concussion, rambled 20 times for 132 yards and a touchdown, becoming the Packers’ first 100-yard rusher in a regular-season game since Week 5 of 2010 (Brandon Jackson against, coincidentally, Washington).

Counting the playoffs, which are kept separate statistically, Starks actually had the Packers’ last 100-yard rushing game, in the 2010 NFC Wild Card contest at Philadelphia. But the offense had still gone two full seasons without a runner hitting the century mark on the ground.

A 32-yard TD run by Starks late in the third quarter ended that particular drought, by a guy who two weeks ago was considered on the roster bubble at cutdown time.

“I guess he burst that bubble,” tight end Jermichael Finley said.

Ironically, Starks also took out of the game the same player who took out Lacy. Washington safety Brandon Meriweather’s helmet hit concussed Lacy after a 10-yard run on his first carry, but early in the second quarter, Starks lowered his shoulder heading down the sideline as Meriweather tried to deliver another big blow. Meriweather got the worst of the collision this time, lying on the field a few minutes with a concussion of his own.

“At first, I was kind of amped up, but after I saw he was down, you don’t wish that on anybody,” Starks said. “I bowed my head and prayed. Good thing he got up.”

The power and determination Starks showed on that 20-yard run carried through the rest of the day, during which he topped the Philly playoff outing from three seasons ago by nine yards. Coupled with Aaron Rodgers’ franchise record-tying 480 passing yards, Starks also helped give the Packers a 100-yard rusher and a 400-yard passer in the same game for the first time in team history.

“All training camp he’s had a chip on his shoulder, and he came in there and ran like that today – tried to punish people, tried to finish runs,” Jones said. “If we can get that out of him every game, he adds another dimension.”

The Packers have several dimensions to their passing game, of course, which is why Jones didn’t fret or pout after not catching a pass in Week 1 at San Francisco.

On Sunday, he caught three passes on Green Bay’s opening drive for a field goal and never slowed down, recording career highs in receptions (11) and yards (178), failing to snag only one of 12 passes thrown his way.

“One game, zero catches means nothing,” Jones said. “It’s a long season. Our quarterback is trying to get everybody the ball. He’s trying to win, we’re trying to win. You’re going to have days like this, you’re going to have days like that.”

Jones actually had beaten his previous career bests by halftime, with nine grabs for 152 yards, thanks in part to a 57-yard catch-and-run that set up the Packers’ third TD for a 24-0 halftime lead.

The only black mark on Jones’ day was a fumble late in the second quarter, which he lost while trying to reach for the front pylon of the end zone. The ball slipped from his outstretched hand and hit the pylon for a touchback.

In the end, the miscue meant nothing, other than taking away a possible fifth TD pass for Rodgers, who was over 400 yards by the end of the third quarter.

Receiver Randall Cobb also turned in a career high with 128 yards and matched his career best with nine catches. Nelson had just three catches but two of them went for touchdowns, his first multi-TD game since Week 6 last season at Houston.

Add it all up and it’s the second most productive offensive day in the history of the franchise, with 580 total yards (441 net yards passing, including 39 lost yards in sacks, plus 139 yards rushing).

“I think that was the tip of the iceberg today,” Finley said. “It was awesome to see it. We have to keep it going now. We can’t make it a one-hit wonder.”

For the record, the franchise single-game mark is 628 total yards, set at Philadelphia on Nov. 11, 1962, in a 49-0 win. After Sunday, no one in the Packers’ locker room would consider that out of reach.

“We did have a good game, but we can be better,” Cobb said. “We can do better, we can give more, we can do more. We made plays, but we can make bigger plays. We’re going to continue to push for that.”

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