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  • 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/




'My guy' says it'll be Dareus, maybe

Posted Mar 24, 2011

Tony Pauline says having the first pick of the draft won’t be a penalty for the Carolina Panthers, it’ll be a potential game-changer for the fortunes of the franchise, and when Pauline speaks, I listen. Here’s why.

Several years ago, I was looking for a new draftnik to be jaguars.com’s official draft analyst, an esteemed title that carried with it little in the way of financial reward. I did have a few carrots to dangle, however, and I would use them to entice one of the up-and-coming Kiper wannabes to provide me with some draft commentary, provided he was good at what he did. He didn’t have to have a recognizable name, but he had to be good because I wasn’t going to subject my readers to baloney from some guy that didn’t watch tape.

So, I scouted around and found this guy at a little-known site (tfydraftpreview.com); I still don’t know what the tfy means. Pauline was the site’s star analyst.

I read his work, I made contact, I listened to his evaluations and I decided this guy did his homework. We entered into a nice, needs-based marriage.

My expectations weren’t especially high but I began noticing that Pauline was scoring a lot of hits. In fact, his hits percentage was, in my opinion, better than Mel’s. That’s when I realized Tony wasn’t going to be jaguars.com’s official draft analyst for long, and I got that right, too.

These days, Tony is si.com’s NFL draft analyst. Yeah, with apologies to jaguars.com, that’s a step up for the guy from upstate New York. I’ve been scouting around for a new draftnik and I think I’ve found him; more on that later.

Fortunately for me, Tony is still agreeable to draft talk between the two of us. He still feeds me some gems and he gave me the gem of gems last year when, on the day before the draft, he told me the team I was covering, the Jaguars, were going to pick defensive tackle Tyson Alualu. We both figured it would be the result of a trade down but, as it turned out, the Jags made Alualu the 10th pick of the draft.

Boy, did I look good. Thanks, Tony.

Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith knew I was onto Alualu, but he didn’t know where I got him. Watched tape? No, I don’t watch tape. I’m a reporter, not a scout. I evaluate with my ears.

So, Tony, wadda ya got for me this year?

"If the draft is held today, I say Marcell Dareus, maybe Blaine Gabbert, outside chance of Da'Quan Bowers," Pauline said in predicting who the Panthers will make the first pick of the draft.  Pauline then sees the Panthers going for "a Christian Ponder or a Colin Kaepernick, so they get an impact defensive lineman and a developmental quarterback."

Should they hit on both, that would be a game-changer for the Panthers. A lot of great teams were built that way; dominant defensive lineman and star quarterback.

“Dallas will be the first key spot because Jerry Jones loves Patrick Peterson, but he’s not going to get him, they don’t love Prince Amukamara and they desperately need an offensive tackle. One, they’re going to reach for an offensive lineman there or, two, they’ll try to trade down,” Pauline said, suggesting the Cowboys might make a reach pick and allow a better player to fall to some lucky team, or trade and allow someone to come up for the difference-maker they need.

“The next key spot is Miami at 15 because Miami picks right ahead of Jacksonville and Miami is in desperate need of a quarterback. Either Miami reaches for a quarterback, takes Mark Ingram, or trades down to a team that wants to jump ahead of Jacksonville and take a defensive lineman because they think Jacksonville is gonna take a defensive lineman. They want a big defensive end. That’s what I’m hearing; J.J. Watt or Cameron Jordan, if he slides,” Pauline said.

“Average” is the most oft-used word to describe this draft. The scouts aren’t crazy about it; Pauline is.

“It depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a front-seven defensive player, it’s a very, very good place to be,” Pauline said of drafting at the bottom of the first round, where the Packers, of course, will be picking. “If you’re looking for a number two receiver, it’s a good place to be. There are talented receivers but they’re number two receivers: Jonathan Baldwin of Pitt, Leonard Hankerson of Miami, Randall Cobb of Kentucky.”

Pauline sees the first fall-off at about pick five or six, “but it’s not a huge fall-off. At some positions, like defensive line, it doesn’t fall off until the second round. I think it’s going to be remembered as one of the best defensive line drafts of all time,” he added.

Gabbert, Cam Newton, Ryan Mallet and Jake Locker are the four quarterbacks Pauline sees being selected in the first round. “Maximum of four,” Pauline said.

What teams can use this draft to put themselves over the top?

“The Jets,” Pauline said. “If they get a defensive front-seven player they need to improve the pass-rush, which is very likely, that’s going to help them get to the Super Bowl. The Falcons, also; they need a pass-rusher and there will be plenty available when they pick. New England has three picks in the top 33 and it’s good where they need help.”

When he talks, I listen.

Vic Ketchman is a veteran of 39 NFL seasons and has covered the Steelers and Jaguars prior to coming to Green Bay.


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