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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • 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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New kicker makes strong first impression

Posted Aug 25, 2013

QB Vince Young to have larger playbook for preseason finale

GREEN BAY—Kicker Zach Ramirez felt every week the phone was going to ring, even when it hadn’t for more than three months.

When it finally did, last Thursday morning, Ramirez was sleeping, but since then he’s had no time to rest. Roughly 72 hours after the Packers called, he earned a contract in a pre-practice workout Sunday morning and was thrust into a three-headed competition with Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio for a full-time NFL gig.

“That’s all I wanted,” Ramirez said. “All I wanted is basically another opportunity.”

His first was in May for Seattle, at a rookie tryout camp, but back then Ramirez still hadn’t fully recovered from a knee injury sustained last fall. On the first extra point of the first game of his senior season at Portland State, a defender crashed into the outside of his leg, which ultimately ruined his chances of getting drafted.

After missing a couple of months, he was healthy enough to finish his senior season, but through the pre-draft process and into the spring, his leg strength “wasn’t up to par,” he said. Continuing to kick on his own – sometimes for 2 ½ hours a day, when he was bored – and then attending one of Chris Sailer’s kicking camps recently, he started feeling like his old self, when he made 24 of 27 field goal attempts (88.9 percent) in 2011 at Portland State, with one of the misses coming up a yard short from 65.

The leg Ramirez knows he has was on display Sunday at Ray Nitschke Field, as he went 10-for-11 in an extended field goal session, making his final two kicks from 60 and 63 yards with a significant breeze at his back.

“I’m totally confident. I’ve practiced from that range before,” Ramirez said, when asked about sizing one up from 63 in his first training-camp practice. “The 70-yarders, I have some on YouTube. Every time you line up, they expect you to make it.

“My opportunity is just as good as theirs,” he continued, referring to Crosby and Tavecchio. “I feel if I keep kicking the way I am, I’ll have a good chance.”

Ramirez’s lone miss was wide right from 45 yards. Crosby also was 10-for-11, missing wide left from 53. Tavecchio was 9-for-11, missing wide right from 45 and wide left from 63. All three kickers were good from 60.

“The further you go back, the harder you want to hit the ball, but a day like today I felt like I was swinging like 30 percent and the ball was flying,” Tavecchio said. “I feel like I’m locking in more and more. It’s excitement. We’re finishing this race.”

Through three preseason games, Crosby is 4-for-4 on field goals while Tavecchio is 1-for-2. Ramirez will presumably get his first preseason action on Thursday in Kansas City, though there’s no guarantee the Packers will take all three kickers there. The roster must be reduced to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon, and it currently sits at 85.

Crosby has suffered through two bad practices, leaving the competition open by missing five attempts in the Family Night scrimmage and three more last Wednesday. The following morning is when Ramirez got the call.

“I don’t get frustrated,” Crosby said. “I didn’t have the numbers, didn’t have the year I needed to last year. I’m working hard every day to try to earn my spot on this team and be a good teammate.

“Every time I step on the field, I want the guys around me to have confidence I’m going to put it through, and that’s what I’m trying to show out there.”

The Packers’ confidence in Vince Young continues to rise, as Young has all but locked up the No. 2 quarterback job following his best preseason outing to date last Friday vs. Seattle. Young engineered an 80-yard TD drive, moving him on the depth chart ahead of Graham Harrell, who was released.

While Young echoed Mike McCarthy in acknowledging he’s still competing with B.J. Coleman, the backup position is clearly Young’s to lose. McCarthy mentioned he wants to expand Young’s repertoire of plays for the final preseason game.

“It’s just all about the preparation, how much work I put in this week,” Young said. “What I love about here, you can just tell Coach what you feel comfortable with, and if he doesn’t feel like (a play) is something you’re comfortable with, he’ll just scratch it out.

“I’m still catching up. It’s a lot to learn right now. I feel like a lot of extra work behind the scenes will help me get to where I need to get.”

Additional coverage - Aug. 25

 
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