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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 Smith expects Aaron Rodgers to play on Sunday

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Youth movement has begun for 3-9 Falcons


GREEN BAY—Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff spoke at last winter’s scouting combine on the need for the Falcons to become a younger team.

“In 2008, we were the youngest team in the league, and now we’re one of the oldest. We have difficult decisions to be made,” Dimitroff said.

Those words were spoken just a month after the Falcons came within a play of the Super Bowl. The decision was made to give it another try, but that was lost in a sudden downturn this season and with four games remaining to be played this season, the youth movement has begun in Atlanta.

“We’ve became a younger team and a lot of it is based on salary cap. As you know, salary cap kind of defines how your team is put together. We became a younger football team and we’ve become even younger since the season started, in terms of certain positions with young guys who’ve had to step up. We’ve had some young college free agents who have shown they have the ability to be an NFL player, which is a positive. Your roster is ever-changing and the dynamics of your team changes each and every year,” Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith said on Wednesday, during a conference call with Packers media.

When this Sunday’s game was scheduled, it was viewed as a possible NFC title game preview. The Falcons came within a play of winning last season’s NFC title game. The Packers lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the team that would beat the Falcons, the 49ers.

Much has changed since this game was scheduled. The Falcons lost four of their first five games and then five in a row before winning in overtime at Buffalo last Sunday. The Packers, of course, are winless in their last five games and both teams will bring losing records into Lambeau Field on Sunday.

“I know we’re both not having the season we’d like to have and what we anticipated having, but you have to keep going. That’s what I think both teams are doing. I think you watch the tape and you see guys out there playing the game hard,” Smith said.

Amidst major changes, one thing about the Falcons hasn’t changed: Matt Ryan is still pitching touchdowns, 19 of them, in what has been another solid season for Ryan, despite having been sacked 30 times.

It’s what has changed for the Packers that’s the main issue this week: Will Aaron Rodgers step back under center for the first time since breaking his left collarbone on Nov. 4, which triggered a five-game skid that plummeted the Packers out of first place in the NFC North and put them on the verge of being eliminated from realistic playoff contention, unless they defeat the Falcons.

“We’re anticipating that he’s going to play this week,” Smith said of Rodgers. “I know there was some information that came out yesterday that said he wasn’t cleared, but he was not ruled out. We’re taking that (to mean) he’s playing. That’s what our preparation has got to be. He can distribute the ball. He makes everybody around him so much better. He understands Mike’s (Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy) offense. He gets him into the best plays. It’s fun to watch him as a coach, stand over the ball and look and try to dissect what you’re trying to do defensively. Then once that ball snaps, he’s got the ability to extend plays. He’s got such a quick release. He will be a big challenge for us on Sunday.”

McCarthy, however, remained noncommittal on Wednesday, when questioned about Rodgers’ potential availability.

What about the Packers’ flagging defense?

“I know they’ve had some guys that have missed time, some of it significant time. Dom Capers is one of the best defensive coordinators in the history of the NFL,” said Smith, a former defensive coordinator. “He’s so unique in terms of his game planning, and each game plan is a little bit different. I still believe that on the defensive side it comes down to winning the line of scrimmage and tackling well. You have to tackle well and not give up big plays. Just like our defense, we have not done a good job tackling, nor have we been nearly as efficient as we need to on explosive plays.”

At 3-9, the youth movement and an eye toward next season have already begun for the Falcons. At 5-6-1, the Packers cling to playoff hope, for at least one more week.

Additional coverage - Dec. 4

 
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