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    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.

     
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    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
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    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.

     
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    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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James Starks will get the start vs. Bengals

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Cincinnati presents deep, talented defensive line

GREEN BAY—Eddie Lacy’s status for this week’s game is uncertain, but Mike McCarthy left no doubt on Wednesday who his No. 1 running back is for this week’s trip to Cincinnati.

James Starks is definitely someone I look at as a starter (with) the ability to run as many times in a football game as needed,” McCarthy said. “James will get the starting opportunity this week.”

Lacy has not been cleared to return to practice from his concussion and has more tests to take, but even if he does return, Starks will be the bell cow. McCarthy also spoke of getting rookie Johnathan Franklin ready for a complementary role if needed.

While Starks said the newfound status won’t change his approach to practice or preparation, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said any player who knows he’s “the guy” is in a better place mentally, and Rodgers felt that was evident in Starks’ play last Sunday, when he ran 20 times for 132 yards in Lacy’s stead.

“As a quarterback I feel that, when I know it’s my show, I’m obviously going to play a lot more confident,” Rodgers said. “When he knew he was going to get the bulk of the carries after Eddie went down, he knew he just had to relax and play, because it wasn’t going to be his last carry early in the game.

“Whereas a guy splitting time or a backup, he might be worried about, ‘This carry has to be my best carry or I’m not going to get another chance.’ He had his chances, and he made the most of them.”

His teammates were duly impressed. Center Evan Dietrich-Smith said Starks’ sideline hit that knocked Washington safety Brandon Meriweather from the game “set the tone,” while receiver Jordy Nelson said he could sense more “energy” in the linemen when the running game got going.

Having dealt with numerous injuries in his first three pro seasons, Starks went as far as to say he “let the team down” last year when he sustained a multi-week injury for the fourth time in his career (hamstring in 2010, ankle in 2011, toe and then knee in 2012). But his teammates have never doubted his ability.

“When he can find and hit the hole hard, he’s running hard as hell,” guard Josh Sitton said. “We know he’s always falling forward, and we’ve seen him run guys over and break tackles in the past.”

Last week’s performance will admittedly be tough to repeat against the Bengals, however. A top-10 run defense in recent years, Cincinnati possesses a deep and talented defensive line, led by the starting front four of tackles Geno Atkins and Domata Peko, plus ends Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap.

Tough against the run and as pass rushers, all four were drafted by the Bengals between 2006 and 2010 and have grown up in Cincinnati’s 4-3 system. Sitton said that makes their defensive line comparable to San Francisco’s in terms of experience and chemistry, while Rodgers and Dietrich-Smith both acknowledged the unit’s eight-deep rotation with the ideal pass-rush combination – athleticism coming off the edge with power pushing up the middle.

“When you put together a D-line, that’s what you want,” Dietrich-Smith said. “If you get the quarterback condensed in the pocket, you’re going to get sacks. They definitely present issues out there.”

Atkins, Johnson, Dunlap and top reserve Wallace Gilberry combined for 36 ½ of the Bengals’ 51 sacks a season ago, which is why it becomes almost imperative for the Packers and Starks to be able to run the ball effectively.

“Just keep taking pride in it,” Dietrich-Smith said. “Every week go out there with a goal of putting a 100-yard rusher up there, or if not, something that’s just as effective.

“You look at the league every week, not every guy is getting 100 yards. I think Adrian Peterson only had it 10 times. It’s not something you scoff at, it’s definitely a difficult thing to do, but as long as it’s something that’s working and keeping us balanced and we keep plugging away at it, I think it’s going to be a good thing.”

Five hundred eighty yards of offense last week was evidence enough of a good thing, as close to unstoppable as an offense can look. While the Packers will always center their efforts on Rodgers and his arm, earning respect for their run game will undoubtedly pay dividends, too.

“The guys up front can’t just rush the passer, and the guys in the back can’t just play the pass,” Nelson said. “You can see them focused on the back end of our formations, the safeties are creeping down a little more, and that’s only going to help us out with our play-action game.

“Anytime we can get them distracted and go play-action, it’ll help.”

Additional coverage - Sept. 18

 
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