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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 needs to get 'mental edge' back

Posted Dec 17, 2012

Mike McCarthy, Shawn Slocum remain in struggling kicker’s corner

GREEN BAY—Head Coach Mike McCarthy and Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum both watched kicker Mason Crosby have a great week of practice and a solid pregame warmup on Sunday at Soldier Field.

That has left them with only one conclusion – that Crosby’s struggles are strictly in his head.

“I think it really just comes down to the mental edge,” McCarthy said on Monday, amidst reiterating multiple times that Crosby will remain the Packers kicker despite two more missed field goal attempts on Sunday that have left him having converted just 12 of his last 24 tries. “We need to get that back.”

How is the operative question. Crosby’s two misses on Sunday, from 42 and 43 yards, were both from the right hash mark, and the first miss led him to overcompensate on the other. After missing wide to the right in his first try, he hit the left upright on his second attempt.

Slocum said it comes down to Crosby trusting all of his preparation, both during the week and before the game, and carrying that trust into game action on each kick.

“He kicked fluidly, he made the field goals in pregame, made all of his field goals last week in practice, and looked good doing it,” Slocum said. “I think (the struggling) indicates that he’s fighting to do it right.”

McCarthy said there are several factors causing him to stick with Crosby, a chief one being the team’s draft-and-develop philosophy, but he isn’t naïve to the fact that the situation could be viewed by others as undermining the accountability the coaching staff demands of every player.

“That’s a great question for the locker room,” McCarthy said. “I’m not going to sit here and act like everybody is not watching how the situation is being handled.

“No one is happy with the number of kicks Mason has missed.”

Added Slocum: “It’s clear what we think about the players we drafted. We want to develop them and do well. Mason’s had some bumps and he needs to get it right.”

Things certainly went right in linebacker Clay Matthews’ return after a four-game absence. He was one of the game ball winners on defense for a performance McCarthy termed “exceptional” and that included two sacks, two other tackles for loss and a deflected pass.

Even better, McCarthy said Matthews’ rep count was kept low, as planned, but primarily because the Bears only had 48 offensive plays.

“That’s exactly what you’re looking for,” McCarthy said of Matthews coming off a one-month layoff. “A productive day, and he didn’t have to play more than 50 snaps.”

Whether or not the defense will also get back Charles Woodson this week remains uncertain. McCarthy said “he needs to play” but wouldn’t say if that means the last two regular-season games or just the finale prior to the postseason.

“He’s been out eight weeks. It’s important for him to play,” McCarthy said. “He wants to play and get some momentum and get ready for the playoffs.”

The offense needs to do the same after an outing that, after reviewing the film, wasn’t graded as well as McCarthy was anticipating. The offense rolled up 391 yards, its second highest total over the last seven games, but produced only 21 points.

“We left points on the board, there’s no doubt about it,” McCarthy said. “We had two missed field goals and then we had the fumble there (by Ryan Grant) getting ready to go into the red zone. We had a chance to really knock the Bears out. We had them on the ropes and we didn’t do that.”

Perhaps the knockout punch is one of the final pieces to add down the stretch as the Packers try to win two more games and perhaps secure a first-round bye. Regardless of playoff seed, though, the Packers will continue a push to play their best football at the right time.

“Obviously, that’s the goal for everybody, but how do you do that? How do you attain that?” McCarthy said. “That’s really what we’re working through, to continue to improve in all three areas.

“I feel like this team has a chance and is headed in the direction to be a much more balanced, well-rounded football team than we were last year.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 17

 
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