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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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Matt Moore might be best of free-agent quarterbacks

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Ravens not likely to let Joe Flacco reach the open market

Leading up to the official start of free agency on March 12, packers.com will examine the league’s unrestricted free agents, position by position. In the first installment, we look at the quarterbacks.

GREEN BAY—Assuming Joe Flacco re-signs with Baltimore, there isn’t anyone classified as a headliner in the crop of free-agent quarterbacks.

Flacco would be the headliner, of course, as the reigning Super Bowl MVP, but talks are reportedly ongoing between Flacco and the Ravens to keep him in Baltimore.

As long as there’s at least progress on a long-term deal, there’s virtually no way Flacco hits the open market. If needed, the Ravens could use their franchise tag on Flacco to, in effect, extend their negotiating window beyond March 12.

After Flacco, the next quarterback to keep an eye on could be Matt Moore, the only available signal caller who might legitimately seek an opportunity to start. Moore was beaten out in Miami last season by first-round draft pick Ryan Tannehill after Moore had gone 6-6 in 12 starts for the Dolphins in 2011. The stretch included a 6-3 finish after losses in Moore’s first three starts that season.

From there, a long list of quarterbacks with starting experience exists for teams looking for a veteran backup.

Jason Campbell was a major signing for the Bears last season to back up Jay Cutler, but it’s difficult to say how much attention Campbell will command this year. Campbell wasn’t particularly effective in subbing for an injured Cutler, though to be fair, he was thrown into a rain-soaked game against Houston and then started against eventual NFC champion San Francisco on the road in prime time. Campbell wasn’t able to deliver the one more win the Bears needed to make the postseason, but he was asked to do it against the teeth of Chicago’s schedule.

Similarly, Byron Leftwich didn’t do himself any favors with a forgettable game in his one start for Pittsburgh in 2012, but his 18-for-39, 51.1-rated outing came in a loss to Baltimore in which Leftwich played nearly all of the game with a rib injury.

Packers fans have seen Drew Stanton perform adequately for Detroit in the past – he won a low-scoring, second-half duel with Matt Flynn at Ford Field in 2010. Stanton wasn’t needed when Matthew Stafford finally stayed healthy in 2011, and then he lost any chance to step in for Mark Sanchez with the Jets last season when the Jets acquired Tim Tebow. Stanton was traded to the Colts and backed up No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck instead.

Other former starters who will be looking for backup jobs include Bruce Gradkowski, Derek Anderson, David Carr, Kellen Clemens and Rex Grossman. There’s loads of experience in that group, but aside from Grossman’s one Super Bowl run with the Bears seven years ago, not a lot of success to speak of.

At the other end of the spectrum is Chase Daniel, who has never started a game in New Orleans in four years but has served as Drew Brees’ primary backup for the past three. He would welcome a chance, any chance, to prove himself.

Two additional former first-rounders would like another chance, but to this point Matt Leinart’s and Brady Quinn’s names have been bigger than their games. If the Raiders and Chiefs, respectively, don’t re-sign Leinart and Quinn, both will be moving on to their fourth teams in the last four years.

The Packers have made a regular practice of developing their backups to Aaron Rodgers from within, first with Flynn and now with Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman. So it’s unlikely, barring an injury, that the Packers will have any interest in a free-agent QB.

A homegrown option behind a franchise quarterback is always more salary-cap friendly, and the risk is mitigated with a coaching staff like Green Bay’s that has proven it can develop young QBs. In 2010-11, Flynn proved the Packers’ way had merit, while in 2012, the Bears showed the veteran approach provides no greater guarantee.

 
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