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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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Loss will not linger for Packers as playoffs begin

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Short workweek leads to rematch with Vikings on Saturday night at Lambeau Field

GREEN BAY—If Mike McCarthy’s Monday morning press conference gave a sneak preview of what he’s going to tell his team when it reconvenes on Tuesday, there will be no chance the last-second loss to the Vikings will linger within the halls of Packers headquarters.

“We had every intention of winning the game in Minnesota yesterday. It didn’t work out, and I’m not just fluffing by it, but you have to,” McCarthy said barely 12 hours after the Packers failed to secure a first-round bye and will instead begin the playoffs on Saturday night at home in the wild-card round.

 “The door is open for the playoffs to begin. We’re one of six teams that have the opportunity to fight to go to New Orleans, and that’s what we’re focused on. This is a whole different deal. This is the time of year that our players live for, work for. They know what this is all about.”

The fact that the Packers’ playoff road must begin against these same Vikings, who just punched their postseason ticket by beating Green Bay and will face the Packers for the third time in 35 days, is of little import to McCarthy.

Yes, it’s another showdown with running back Adrian Peterson and a third meeting against an all-too-familiar division rival, but don’t expect McCarthy to analyze what’s good and bad about the current scenario.

“I don’t believe in pros and cons,” he said. “Football is football. Like I tell the team, I don’t care who comes out of that tunnel. I don’t care what color they have on. We’ll know their tendencies.”

McCarthy hadn’t finished analyzing Sunday’s game tape when he met with the media, but he pointed to two things as the defense’s downfall in surrendering 37 points – third-and-long and tackling.

In the first quarter alone, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder converted third downs of seven, 11 and seven yards with pass completions. He added a nine-yard pass on third-and-10 that allowed Peterson to convert on fourth-and-short. Those conversions led to a 13-0 Minnesota lead just two plays into the second quarter.

Then the Vikings also converted on second-and-27 in the third quarter with a 28-yard run by Peterson and on third-and-11 with two minutes left in the game, as Ponder beat the Packers’ eight-man zone with a 25-yard sideline pass to Michael Jenkins that helped set up the game-winning field goal.

“When we watch the tape defensively, those are the things that are going to frustrate us, the long down-and-distances that we had them in and we did not take advantage of that,” McCarthy said. “And I’m sure when we get done grading the tape, the tackling will not be a positive either.”

The tackling struggles contributed, of course, to Peterson’s 34-carry, 199-yard game. Unlike the first meeting, when Peterson gained 153 of his 210 yards on three long runs, this time Peterson didn’t have a run longer than the 28-yarder, but he had seven rushes of between 12 and 28.

Perhaps most disappointing, the Packers were in the midst of their best defense against Peterson in the fourth quarter – holding him to just 14 yards on seven carries – before he broke the 26-yarder against a goal-line defense right before the walk-off field goal.

“His second and third effort, to spin out of tackles and come out of the pack and go into the line and bounce the football, that’s where our gang-tackling and our pursuit … our pursuit and finish at times was not what it needed to be,” McCarthy said.

As for the Packers ground game, McCarthy stopped short of naming DuJuan Harris the starter, but he liked what he saw in a 14-carry, 70-yard effort. Harris also had two receptions for 32 yards. Ryan Grant’s two early carries for two yards were the only times another running back touched the ball Sunday.

“He’s getting better each week,” McCarthy said of Harris. “He was able to get the opportunities. Like I’ve said before, we’re going to run the guy that we feel has the hot hand, and he was that guy yesterday.”

The Packers also got a spark from returner Jeremy Ross, who was filling in for the injured Randall Cobb and had a 32-yard punt return and 44-yard kickoff return amongst his five chances.

McCarthy said he was expecting to have Cobb on the practice field this week, and he’d let this week play out before making a decision in the return game.

In other injury news, defensive end Jerel Worthy was going through testing on his knee, but McCarthy said it “didn’t look good.” Receiver Jarrett Boykin also left the game with an ankle injury.

Injuries that briefly sidelined receiver Jordy Nelson and linebacker Clay Matthews were not a big concern at this point. Both players returned to the game. McCarthy also said he would find out the status of defensive back Charles Woodson later in the day after Woodson’s regular Monday meeting with the doctors.

On a short week, the Packers will begin on-field preparations Tuesday with a late-afternoon practice.

“This is about playoff football,” McCarthy said, continuing to stress fundamentals. “You have to do all the little things, all the time for four quarters, and that’s one of the things we can learn from yesterday.”

 
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