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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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One last look: Packers-Falcons’ shine dulled only temporarily

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan will return marquee status to matchup soon enough

GREEN BAY—Eight months ago, Packers-Falcons in Week 14 at Lambeau Field appeared to be one of the top contests of the season.

Current circumstances say otherwise, but that doesn’t mean this matchup should be scratched from the marquee list for years to come. In all likelihood, the two franchise quarterbacks in Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers will make this must-see NFC football again.

This season, however, took a detour for both teams, as injuries knocked out major players for short and long stretches, and the game lost its appeal, getting flexed out of prime time.

The Falcons, who held a 17-0 lead in the NFC title game 11 months ago and came within five yards of going to the Super Bowl, may have tried to hold together an aging team too long to take one more shot. They’re 3-9, with as many losses as they’ve had in the last two regular seasons combined.

The Packers weren’t adequately prepared at backup quarterback – bringing in two signal callers in Week 1 after jettisoning every reserve candidate who took a snap in training camp. Without Rodgers, they’re 0-4-1 and hanging on for their playoff lives after a 5-2 start.

It’s a good bet, however, that Sunday’s matchup is just a one-year hiatus from Packers-Falcons being a schedule headliner.

Heading into this season, Ryan and Rodgers had missed the playoffs as starting quarterbacks only once each – Ryan in his second season of 2009, Rodgers in his first as a starter in ’08.

Their head-to-head duels to date have been significant.

Ryan’s win at Lambeau Field as a rookie in ’08 helped put him on the map and propel the Falcons to a surprise NFC Wild Card berth.

The regular-season meeting in Atlanta in 2010 had everything – a fourth-and-10 bullet of a TD pass from Rodgers late in the fourth quarter to tie the score, and Ryan leading the Falcons back down the field in the final minute for a game-winning field goal.

The Packers got their revenge in spectacular fashion in the 2010 playoffs at the Georgia Dome. Then, just when it appeared the Falcons were going to turn the tide in Week 5 of 2011 by taking a 14-0 lead just over one quarter into the game, the Packers stormed back with 25 straight points to continue a season-opening winning streak that eventually reached 13 games.

Now, there’s suddenly minimal charm to a game featuring two teams that went a combined 0-8-1 in November. The Falcons’ overtime win last Sunday, Dec. 1, shows they’re still fighting, while the Packers have even more to fight for.

“Everybody in this locker room thinks December matters,” veteran defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said. “We just have to get one win.

“I guarantee you Atlanta is not watching tape feeling bad for us. Nobody is feeling bad for us. We just have to get up and play.”

With the Packers still alive in the NFC North race, the utopian scenario in their case is to win, see the Lions lose and eventually look back on this Falcons game as the one that righted the ship and pointed the Packers back on the path to glory.

That’s what the game against the Giants in Week 16 of 2010 ultimately became for Green Bay, and the appeal of Packers-Giants confrontations through 2011 and ’12 only intensified.

OK, so that seems a bit far-fetched, but who knows? What is known is this Packers-Falcons meeting isn’t what it was thought to be, but the matchup’s allure is bound to return, and quite likely as soon as next season.

Atlanta is already on the schedule to visit Green Bay in 2014. Packers-Falcons might not be given a prime-time slot in April, but if it’s late in the season, and Ryan and Rodgers are doing their thing, don’t be surprised if it gets flexed the other way next time.

Additional coverage - Dec. 6

 
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