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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.

     

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Mike McCarthy: 'I plan on being in the playoffs'

Posted Oct 27, 2013

The year of change continues as the Packers run for the postseason


MINNEAPOLIS—This was one of two games a year ago that changed the face of the Green Bay Packers.

When Adrian Peterson gouged the Packers for 199 yards rushing in a performance that humbled a young defense, the critics said the Packers were soft. When Colin Kaepernick ran through the Packers for 181 yards in the playoffs, the Packers became their own critics.

Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson embarked upon an offseason plan to transform the Packers into the same kind of hard-edged, physical football team as the ones that beat them late in the 2012 season. Sunday’s 44-31 win over the Vikings and Peterson, who rushed for 508 yards in three games against the Packers last season, is yet more proof that this is a different Packers team.

“Yeah, I think that’s safe to say. Eddie Lacy has done a great job. He’s like a bowling ball in there. James (Starks) is a slasher,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.

Rodgers, who once joked that the Packers don’t need a running game, is now its biggest fan. The best passer of the football in the world is changing pass plays to running plays at an alarming rate, and why not?

“That’s the way you want to call plays,” McCarthy said of a run-pass mix that was 42 run and 29 pass, which so confused the Vikings’ memory of the pass-pass-pass Packers of a year ago that star defensive end Jared Allen didn’t know whether to play run or pass, and consequently did neither. Allen finished the game with no sacks and no tackles.

“You never want to run just one guy 30 times,” McCarthy said. “I plan on being in the playoffs.”

McCarthy ran Lacy 29 times for 94 yards. So as to preserve Lacy for the playoffs, McCarthy inserted the newly-returned-to-health James Starks for seven runs that gouged the Vikings for 57 yards. Rodgers added six timely scrambles for 31 yards and, as a result, the Packers are almost certain to find themselves moving even higher up the league’s rush rankings this week.

How high can they go? No. 1? Is that possible? The Packers?

“We haven’t been doing that much in the last few years,” Rodgers said of mixing run and pass.

Mostly, the Packers missed pass with pass. As a result, opposing defenses yawned when the Packers tried to sell the threat of run. Threat? There was no threat.

There is now. Defenses are being forced to get that eighth defender up to the line of scrimmage and, when they do, Rodgers is making them pay with the pass.

With all due respect to the 2011 Packers that roared up and down the field to 15 wins, this offense is better. It’s better because it can do it all. This offense can beat the muscle teams. This offense makes its defense better. This offense gives the Packers the look of a team that can win in the postseason.

“We came in with a run-pass mindset,” McCarthy said. “They really put it on their defensive front.”

The Vikings are not a good defensive team. They have one of the league’s worst pass defenses, but they have star-quality talent on their defensive line, led by Allen, Kevin Williams and rookie first-round draft choice Sharrif Floyd. That trio combined for just one tackle on Sunday night.

“The offensive line deserves a lot of credit,” Rodgers said.

An offensive line that was the target of intense criticism last season, from the Packers’ No. 26 rush ranking to Rodgers being the most sacked quarterback in the league, is now playing at one of the highest levels in the league, and it’s doing so with a rookie at left tackle and without its best tackle, Bryan Bulaga.

Sunday night, these new Packers held Peterson to 60 yards rushing and dominated time of possession by more than 20 minutes, and the change can be traced back to two games late last season that made it clear to the critics that count the most that change was necessary.

They did it.

 

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