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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/




McCarthy talks of Driver, competition

Posted May 22, 2012

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy expects Donald Driver to bring “home” the Mirror Ball Trophy tonight, and then McCarthy will expect Driver to come home to Green Bay for OTA practices next week.

Driver, the Packers’ longtime star wide receiver and one of the most popular players in Packers history, and his partner Peta Murgatroyd could be named tonight as winners of ABC-TV’s “Dancing With The Stars” competition. Packers fans have no doubt voted for Driver en masse, but Packers fans are likely more interested in a verdict on Driver’s future with the team.

“I’m looking for Donald to win tonight,” McCarthy said on Tuesday. “I know he’s excited about it. I had a chance to communicate with him. He’s also excited to get back to Green Bay. I think he’s in good shape, hopefully; we’ll see what happens.”

Pressed more on Driver’s future with the team, McCarthy added: “I would anticipate he would be involved in the workouts next week.”

With that, OTAs (Organized Team Activities) were officially underway in Green Bay. Rodgers and Matthews were there, Charles Woodson attended meetings but passed on the field work, first-round draft pick Nick Perry was a prominent fixture in the No. 1 defense, and a lot of young players tried to make a strong first impression in the first field work of the new year.

Everything about day one was a hit. A win by Driver would be icing on the cake.

“This is clearly the most experienced football team, in conjunction with the most talent, I’ve had a chance to coach, and that was my message to them this morning when we started. We’ve got until June 14 to get all of our scheme in, offense, defense and special teams. Today we got started,” McCarthy said.

The action on the field seemed to energize everyone. It might’ve finally closed the book on the Packers’ playoff loss to the Giants.

“The young players we’ve brought in have heightened the competition throughout our football team. I think that’ll definitely be evident as we go through this learning phase of OTAs. The reality will be in place when we get to training camp,” McCarthy said.

“This is going to be an extremely competitive training camp.”

Perry (pictured) is immediately being challenged to provide the pass rush the team was seeking when it made him the 28th overall pick of the draft. Perry was the left outside linebacker with the first unit in practice on Tuesday, which caused star linebacker Clay Matthews to be moved to the right outside position.

“In Nick’s specific case, yes, we want to look at the left side. Clay has played both sides now, so we want to make sure we continue to create targeting problems with Clay Matthews. Just like with any young player, you want to have a starting point, and right now we want to look and see how comfortable Nick is on the left side,” McCarthy said.

“Nick will be given a chance to play early.”

Quarterback Graham Harrell is another prominent player this spring, as Harrell hopes to establish himself firmly as Matt Flynn’s heir to the backup job.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for Graham Harrell. That’s stating the obvious, but I do like the body of work he’s done to prepare for this opportunity. It’s now for him to play and compete in these drills and show what he can do. We look to continue to improve the young guys and I look for Graham to take full advantage of this opportunity,” McCarthy said.

One young player that announced his intentions to compete for a job is safety M.D. Jennings, who came out of nowhere last summer to make the roster as an undrafted free agent. On Tuesday, Jennings intercepted a pass and broke up another one, as starting safety Charlie Peprah watched from the sideline.

“It’s been nice to watch him mature. He’s an instinctive football player. He’s been doing a good job of communicating and he has very good range,” McCarthy said of Jennings.

“I like our young safeties.”

Safety, of course, is expected to be a position of intense competition in training camp. It’s a position to which Woodson might even migrate, should a young cornerback surface. To that end, Sam Shields turned in the play of the practice, an impressive interception of a deep pass intended for Jordy Nelson. Shields made the interception at the goal line while matching Nelson step for step.

“We have nine (OTA) practices and three mini-camp practices, 12 opportunities to learn your job. Frankly, if you don’t know what’s expected of you by June 14, your chances to make our football team drop drastically,” McCarthy said.

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