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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/

     

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Mason Crosby is prepared to compete

Posted May 29, 2013

Veteran kicker hasn’t faced head-to-head battle for his job since rookie season


GREEN BAY—After what he endured in 2012, Mason Crosby didn’t need the Packers to bring in another kicker to sharpen his focus or get him dialed in for 2013.

But as long as competition at his position is present, Crosby plans to use it for any benefits it may provide along those lines.

“For me, it’s good to see that guy next to you,” Crosby said, referring to Giorgio Tavecchio, the first kicker with whom Crosby will have to compete head-to-head for a job since his rookie season of 2007.

“It definitely puts a little added competitive juice in there. I feel like it’s been good for me. I’ve been hitting the ball well and competing, and from top to bottom on this team, that’s how we excel and how we get better.”

Crosby has no choice but to embrace the competition, but he probably wouldn’t have felt any different about it had a young prospect like Tavecchio been brought in a year ago, when Crosby was coming off his best season.

The veteran kicker remains as confident in his abilities now as then, when he converted a career-best 86 percent of his field goals (24 of 28) in 2011, including a franchise-record 58-yarder.

Following his rough 2012, low-lighted by 12 missed field goals in a span of 10 games, Crosby went through the same process this past offseason that he always does. He evaluated the film, studied what went right and what went wrong, and came back for workouts and OTAs ready to build on the positives and eliminate the negatives.

If that sounds trite and cliché, chalk it up to the nature of a specialist’s preparation for a job that’s equal parts mental and mechanical.

Despite all of last season’s struggles, which began with two long misses in the second half of a three-point loss at Indianapolis in Week 5, Crosby maintains that mentally there was no crisis of confidence. Mechanically, he wouldn’t specify whether he made any discoveries during the offseason, but if he did, no good would come from talking about them anyway.

Instead, Crosby -- whose wife gave birth to the couple's second child last week -- is focused on his process. It’s what got him through last season, and it’s what will help him keep his job in 2013, which given his experience he is more than likely to do.

“I kept working hard, I kept my head down, kept striving to be the best I could be out there, and at the end of the season I came out of the funk, if you want to call it (that),” Crosby said.

“I felt good with how I just kept working. This organization sticking behind me kept building that confidence. For me, I never lost it. I never lost it in my head. I kept going out every day, trying to do the things I know best, work on those details, and I finished the season how I wanted to.”

The strong finish featured a 6-for-6 streak over the final four games (two regular season, two playoffs), including two clutch efforts – a 40-yarder early in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 27 at Minnesota in the regular-season finale, and a 31-yarder midway through the third quarter to tie San Francisco at 24 in the divisional playoff.

“I made some kicks down the stretch I needed to make, and I draw off of that,” he said. “I was able to figure it out through that rough time and come out of it.”

That, no disrespect to Tavecchio, will matter more for Crosby going forward than the upcoming competition in training camp that is sure to get plenty of attention.

The scrutiny of Crosby was bound to be heightened either way, and he sounds ready for it.

“Especially this offseason, practice, weight room, everything I’m doing, I’m focused in on being sharp, being in that moment and taking advantage of that opportunity,” he said. “I think it’s going to carry me a long way.”

 
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