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    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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Mike McCarthy Press Conf. Transcript - Aug. 9

Posted Aug 9, 2010

(Any update on Clay Matthews?)
Clay Matthews has a hamstring. I would estimate probably at least two weeks.

(Is it the same hamstring as last year?)
Correct, yes.

(How do you take into account the heat and do you shorten up practice because of that?)
Today’s practice was shortened because of our numbers. Actually I think it is good to get out here with a couple of heat days because you open up in Philadelphia. You can catch a warm day there; I know it is a 4 p.m. start. But I don’t mind the heat. I think our players do a good job of hydrating. I think we were working with 66 players max today, so that was more a reflection of being a short in a couple of areas, particularly at linebacker.

(How concerned are you with your numbers at linebacker?)
It seems like every training camp you go through a position that gets stressed. Some years are different than others and this year it is the linebacker position. It is just very important for us to complete the installations, and our focus today as far as what we practiced was what we installed today. I cut out a combination period, I cut a move-the-ball period, and really stayed focused on the third down and the last eight plays of the game, which are highlight situations of today’s practice.

(By the same token, do you feel fortunate to have depth there?)
Yeah, I like our depth on paper, but everything to this point is on paper. You have people that are fighting for jobs, you’ve got people that are getting better, and you had a chance to correct the scrimmage. I thought the special teams work, as far as correcting things that went on in the scrimmage, I thought the work was good today. I am anxious to see the film of those two periods. But we’re getting better. It’s part of that process. This was our eighth install. We’ll have a chance to review it again tomorrow, and we will work on Install No. 9 tomorrow night, and then we’ll move on to the preseason games.

(Are you optimistic with Clay since he obviously responded well last year?)
He played well in the season. It took 20-plus days last year. We don’t have all of the information as far as comparing it to last year, but I would definitely estimate it being at least two weeks.

(Did he have problems with it before Saturday night?)
No, no problems at all.

(Is he in a better place now than he was a year ago?)
I agree with you as far as he is in a better place. He has had a whole offseason to study the defense. He is more comfortable. With being a rookie last year, there were a lot of new things for him, the anxiety and so forth. So I definitely am confident that he’ll come off this injury strong and go into this season with another strong season.

(How have Brad Jones and Jermichael Finley looked?)
Brad missed some time there earlier in camp. Brad was one of the standout players in the scrimmage Saturday night. I like what he is doing, both on defense and in the special teams. Jermichael Finley has been very consistent as far as production, but he needs to continue to work on the little things. His work ethic has definitely improved since his time here and we’re excited about what is in front of Jermichael.

(Bulaga got some work at left guard. Can you talk about the decision there?)
Bryan Bulaga, we felt to this point that he has earned an opportunity to compete for a starting position. Our intent throughout the spring and going into training camp was to work him exclusively at left tackle. I have been very impressed with his body of work to this point, and we’re going to give him an opportunity to compete with Daryn Colledge and Allen Barbre at the left guard position.

(Any update on Bigby?)
The doctor’s report was positive. As far as his rehab, they are estimating approximately four weeks.

(Are you happy with how the installs have gone to this point?)
Absolutely. I thought the end of last week was probably as good of work as we have had in training camp, and I am talking about coming off a Wednesday to Thursday and Friday going into the scrimmage. Just the quality of work that we were able to have on film and teach off with the players. I am hoping today’s film reflects that and I’m looking for the same thing tomorrow. This is the path that we have taken here in training camp. It works. That has been proven. It gives us an opportunity to throw a lot at our players. They are prepared for it because of their time here in the spring, and we’ll complete that tomorrow. But I feel good about where we are as a football team. Just probably like most teams in camp right now, you just wish you were healthier.

(You initially said Bulaga would only work at left tackle, so what changed?)
As I have stated already, Bryan Bulaga has earned the opportunity to compete for a starting position. Our intent was to keep him at one position, which we did throughout the spring and to this point. I am really impressed with his body of work so far, and he has earned the right to compete for a starting position on our offensive line.

(When did you start to feel that way?)
Probably the middle of last week was when I started thinking about it. I discussed it with the line coaches on Friday and then we had a long conversation about it last night and then we made a decision this morning.

(Is it a testament to Bryan or the other guys’ play?)
It’s the coaching. It’s clearly the coaching. (laughs). It’s a testament to Bryan. Bryan has come in here, I mean, he’s talented, he’s tough, he’s doing things the right way. He’s got a lot of football in front of him. He’s got a lot to learn. We feel from an offensive line depth standpoint, this is the deepest group that we’ve had in our time here, and we’re continuing to try to train the younger players at one position, which is tough, not really realistic, because you start looking at that depth chart and you’re trying to get some clarity to it, and we feel by making this move it may add some clarity to it. Once again, not to be redundant, he has earned this right. He’s been impressive. I like what I’ve seen from the individual drills through the group drills all the way through the team drills, and I saw it again Saturday night. So we’re going to give him a shot.

(What happened to Quarless?)
Quarless, what’s he have … he has a hamstring.

(Josh Bell?)
Bell has a foot sprain.

(Is there an update on Blackmon?)
Will Blackmon, it’s the same thing I said the other day. I think Will’s going to be fine. It’s just coming off the major knee surgery, going through camp. I’m hopeful he can go tomorrow.

(Joseph?)
Alex Joseph was a quad. He suffered that in the game, in the scrimmage.

(How close is Starks at this point?)
I have no idea. Not sure.

(Swain?)
Swain’s fine. I think it was something if you’ve ever had a knee injury, it looked ugly, it was ugly on film. Like I told him, he worked too hard for him to reinjure that knee. It scared him. His leg was in a bad position, but he’s going to be fine.

(Driver?)
Donald has something on his calf that they’re looking at. We don’t know if it’s part of the post-surgery process of coming back. So we’re just being smart with him. Who was the other one?

(Barnett?)
Barnett, his knee. Same thing. Just being smart with Nick.

(Is there a big difference between left tackle and left guard?)
There’s more of a difference between left guard and left tackle than there is between left tackle and right tackle, in my position, purely from an assignment standpoint. Things happen faster inside. There’s more to do as far as from an assignment standpoint. Your recognition and anticipation is something that is definitely heightened. Tackle is a cleaner position, especially the way we’re built and the way we’re designed from an offensive structure standpoint in our run-blocking assignments and our pass-protection assignments. Our stress really starts on the center and the guards and works its way out, and we involve our backs and our tight ends a lot too so we can be aggressive and be multiple in our scheme. Guard is more of a challenge for a younger player in my opinion.

(Ted said he was not too keen on the scrimmage because you are going against your own guys. Any thought to bringing in another team to scrimmage?)
No. Ted and I, we disagree once in a while, that’s good. I like the way we scrimmage. I think it’s controlled. It’s important to get some live action. The emphasis on special teams to me is the priority when we go out there for the Family Night scrimmage, because that’s where the biggest questions for us as a football team lie right now. We have gone three series in the past with our offense vs. our defense. We only went two. I felt good about the information that we were able to get out two series and the two 2-minute drills. My number one priority is to come off the field and make sure things are structurally in place as far as the urgency and the communicating on and off the field. I thought the substitutions went very well. The tempo on the offense wasn’t what it needed to be, but I thought the defensive tempo was very good, and the discipline is the part of the game of football you’re always chasing to be better at. I thought it was good quality work, and it really gives us an opportunity that really no other team has to have a scrimmage in front of a live crowd that is as close to a preseason game as possible. I think it’s very unique to Green Bay. Our fans provide that with us, and I really like our scrimmage format.

(You couldn’t do any less live tackling than you do, could you?)
Any less? I don’t know what your point is.

(But you are as cautious as you can be, right?)
I think we’re smart with our players. I think our players would echo that. I think we’re smart with the way we practice them. We practice them hard. Our practices are long, longer than normal, if you would go around the NFL. We definitely listen to our trainers, we listen to our strength staff. No different putting them in live action. I’m not comfortable going into a football game with no live action. I would not want to go line up against Cleveland in preseason game number one and have not had live tackling, live blocking or a live atmosphere to catch the football. Because at the end of the game it’s all about blocking, tackling and handling the football.

(Is Bulaga still the primary backup at left tackle?)
Yes.

 
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