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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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McCarthy says write it down; running game will be better

Posted Jun 11, 2013

Packers head coach pronounces team ahead of last year's pace

GREEN BAY—In his last scheduled meeting with reporters before the start of training camp, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy pronounced his team “clearly ahead of where we were last year,” and then made this promise about his team’s running game: “We’ll be better; I promise you. You can write that down.”

It was the proverbial glove across the face. All that remains are the “10 paces” that separate the Packers offense from proving time, which begins on Sept. 8 in no less a proving ground than Candlestick Park.

Back to the ’Stick, baby. What better place to turn over a new leaf?

The Packers will conclude OTAs this week. Tuesday was the media’s final look at spring practices.

So, with only a few days left in the official spring practice season, how much has the Packers’ running game grown? That question will likely be answered by rookie running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin. Will they be far enough along in their development to be factors as rookies? Both were cautious in their answers to that question.

“I’m learning fairly well. If I can get everything down pat, I feel I will be able to play,” Lacy said. “You just want me to do what I was drafted to do.”

Lacy has turned heads at times in OTAs. He’s shown quickness and power, as expected of a 230-pound running back from the Nick Saban school of power football.

“If I’m able to improve the running game, then that’s what I’m going to do,” Lacy added.

That is, in fact, what he was drafted to do.

Franklin, a fourth-round pick with the stats of a top pick, is a make-you-miss back that made defenders miss and seemingly caught everything thrown to him this spring. The next step for him is to do that when the pads go on.

“My focus is on getting better each and every day. Things will fall into place,” he said.

McCarthy promised they would.

On other fronts, McCarthy said Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman have each made strides in their development as backup quarterbacks. They will compete, of course, this summer for the No. 2 job behind Aaron Rodgers.

“B.J. needs to play faster. I really like the development, the improvement in his fundamentals. He needs to play,” McCarthy said. “Graham Harrell has improved every year. I think he’s made a step this year. He has to have a good preseason. I feel good about those guys battling it out.”

Harrell solidified his position as Rodgers’ backup last season with a strong performance in the preseason finale against Kansas City. Coleman, as a rookie last season, showed promise on a couple of occasions.

“The preseason can be tough at times, simply because there are so many moving parts. I feel much better now than I’ve ever felt. The preseason is huge. For guys that aren’t first string, that’s your chance,” Harrell said.

Coleman said his coach “hit the nail on the head. I have to continue to play faster. I learn through doing. I have to get better in the film room. My job is to compete and put it out there for the coaches to see.”

McCarthy proclaimed the defense the clear winner of Tuesday’s blitz drill. The offense’s highlight moment was a deep ball down the middle to third-year tight end D.J. Williams.

“That’s the kind of ability he has. You can’t have enough tight ends,” McCarthy said.

In what ways are the Packers clearly ahead of where they were a year ago? McCarthy, of course, was critical of last year’s OTAs for including too much time spent on team drills and not enough on fundamentals.

“Quality of work, No. 1,” McCarthy said. “Less volume, more creativity, as far as scheme. I think the new players have integrated very well. In all my years, this is one of the best integrations by the young people.

“It started in the weight room. This team has a different look to it. Maybe it’s my sense of urgency. I just feel this team has very consistent leadership.”

Cornerback Sam Shields was absent from practice. McCarthy said Shields was at home attending to personal issues.

 
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