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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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Mike McCarthy emphasizes hitting targets in camp

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Week 1 rematch in San Francisco creates sense of urgency

GREEN BAY—Mike McCarthy’s focus is on multiple objectives over the next month.

Find the 53 best players. Get numerous young, developing prospects ready to play. Stay healthy to the best extent possible.

The most important goal, though, may be simply getting his team in sync, into regular-season mode, to hit the ground running in Week 1.

The other items all play into that, of course, but the inability last year to hit certain “targets,” as McCarthy likes to call them, left the head coach feeling dissatisfied with camp in 2012, which likely contributed in some ways to the Packers’ 2-3 mark through five games.

“When I spoke on being erratic (last year), I didn’t feel we had the rhythm and timing as a team coming out of training camp that we had in prior years,” McCarthy said on Thursday, a little less than 24 hours prior to the team’s first practice, slated for 8:20 a.m. Friday.

“We probably have about 6-7 adjustments we’ll discuss with the team tonight on how we approach training camp.”

Starting the season against San Francisco, the same team that began and ended Green Bay’s 2012 season with defeats, only adds to the sense of urgency.

The most notable change is the practice schedule, which features nine of 11 workouts at 8:20 a.m. prior to the first preseason game. The other two are 7 p.m. practices on back-to-back nights, the second being the Family Night scrimmage.

After the first preseason game, the team will shift into a regular-season-like schedule for the remaining three weeks, with practices starting in the 11-11:30 a.m. range. That’s been the normal procedure the past couple of years.

The hope is that the morning workouts early on will help avoid fatigue injuries, such as hamstring and other muscle pulls, that have piled up in camp the last few years. There are no foolproof ways to control injuries, obviously, but given recent history, McCarthy felt it was worth trying something different.

“I’m confident it will help us be a healthier team, which gives you a chance to practice and gain the consistency and conformity that you want,” he said.

McCarthy didn’t have a medical update to share on Thursday, as players were going through physicals and testing in the morning. Administrative meetings were scheduled for the afternoon, followed by a team meeting at night during which McCarthy would give his season-opening address to the players.

He wouldn’t reveal in advance his theme for that, but the following comments to the media probably hinted at some thoughts:

  • “We need to take another step as a defense.”

  • “We need to run the ball better. It’s the fact of the matter. Running the football is a collective effort. There needs to be a commitment from the play-caller.”

  • “If I’m a young player and I’m sitting in that room, he’s got an opportunity to make our team. Our history represents that, and it will be no different this year.”

  • “We understand it’s about winning the world championship here in Green Bay. Our goal will never change.”

McCarthy also discussed the team’s leadership, which will undergo some transition this year with the departures of longtime veterans Donald Driver and Charles Woodson.

There isn’t a leadership void, so to speak, with Aaron Rodgers still here. McCarthy praised the quarterback’s approach and acknowledged his responsibility “will be greater than ever” this year. But there are opportunities for other, rising players to step forward, and it’s being emphasized that they do so, in the right way.

“Leadership isn’t about giving speeches. It’s more about what you illustrate and how you act and behave and ultimately produce in your performance,” McCarthy said. “You don’t have to wait to be a seven-year veteran to all of a sudden (say), hey, now I’m a leader. I think that’s a total misconception of what true leadership is. It’s something that as a football team we’re continuing to try to improve on.”

McCarthy feels the team’s offseason work was an improvement over last year, the first under the new collective bargaining agreement.

Adjustments are ongoing, which helps keep things from getting stale for McCarthy, now entering his eighth season. He said he’s excited to talk to his team later Thursday and get things rolling. The “targets” are waiting to be hit.

“If it’s (ever not) fresh for me, then I probably need to step aside,” he said. “Every challenge in this business, frankly, is easy to get up for, because you’re challenged every single day. You’re challenged from so many different angles.

“A lot of thought goes into the start of training camp, how you feel about each team, because they are different. The starting point is always different.”

 
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