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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • 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.

     

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Lions' Johnson, Packers' secondary up to speed

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams breaks up a pass intended for Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson

GREEN BAY—Don’t try to tell the Green Bay Packers that Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is anything less than 100 percent.

Johnson is listed on Detroit’s injury report with a bum knee, but the Packers’ defensive backs don’t see it, at least not when they’re watching film.

“I never knew he was banged up,” rookie cornerback Casey Hayward said. “He’s playing like he’s not banged up. He’s playing great ball. Last week he went for 200 yards. You can’t deny that, especially when someone is trying to take him away the whole game.”

In catching 12 passes for 207 yards against the Vikings last week, Johnson made that injury report irrelevant. He found the end zone in Minnesota for just the second time this season, but touchdowns are the only category he’s down.

He still leads the league with 974 receiving yards, and his 16.2 yards-per-catch average is right in line with his career mark of 16.1.

As usual, the job of containing “Megatron” on Sunday at Ford Field will fall mostly on cornerback Tramon Williams, who’s as cerebral at the position as any. His approach against a big, physical receiver like the 6-4, 240-pound Johnson is counterintuitive. At 5-11, 191, Williams dials back the physicality and makes the bigger receivers beat him some other way.

“Obviously, he’s a big guy, and a little guy like me going up against him, (if) you find yourself trying to get too aggressive, the guy is just too strong,” Williams said. “He kind of throws you here and there, gets you out of position, and you don’t want that, so you can’t play him that way.”

The Packers have won some and lost some against Johnson in recent years. Under Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers, Green Bay has faced Johnson five times and held him under 50 yards three times. In the other two games he’s been a major factor, with 86 yards and two TDs in the first meeting in 2010 and 11 catches for 244 yards and a score in the regular-season finale last year.

In that latter game, the Packers rested defensive starters Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson prior to the playoffs, and both will be out with injuries on Sunday. That alone will put a greater burden on the Packers’ coverage of Johnson.

The Lions are developing young receiving threats to complement Johnson, too. Rookie Ryan Broyles from Oklahoma has made an impact of late, with 146 yards and two scores in the last four games, and second-year speedster Titus Young leads the Lions with four TD grabs. Green Bay cornerback Davon House called Young the toughest receiver he faced in college. They went head-to-head twice as Western Athletic Conference rivals.

With as much as the Lions like to move Johnson around the formation, Hayward and House could face him plenty as well. Mike McCarthy spoke highly of House on Thursday, noting House made a “big-time” interception in the red zone during practice, another sign his play isn’t bothered by the harness his shoulder injury requires.

“You’re seeing him make those plays that he was making before the injury in training camp,” McCarthy said. “I think he’s gotten used to (the harness). It seems like he’s a lot more natural than he was about four to six weeks ago.”

The Packers certainly have more depth at corner now than Capers has ever had, especially if Sam Shields can also return from his ankle injury, which could be soon. But everyone in the secondary was healthy when the Colts’ Reggie Wayne had his way with 13 catches, 212 yards and a game-winning TD in Week 5.

That was Green Bay’s last loss, and to prevent Johnson from having that kind of day, the Packers are looking for an effort that better resembles how they handled Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald in their last game. Slightly smaller but just as physical as Johnson, Fitzgerald made one big play with a 31-yard catch-and-run for a TD, but otherwise was a non-factor, with just five receptions for 43 yards the rest of the game.

“Some games you may come in and slow him down, and some games you may not,” Williams said of matchups against marquee guys. “You just have to go in and have that mindset that you will get your job done, and at the end of the day you have to go out and battle.”

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