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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • 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

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One last look: Packers intent on forcing turnovers

Posted Oct 6, 2012

The Packers defense is sorely overdue for a turnover.

That isn’t said often, if ever, about a Green Bay unit that has thrived on turnovers in the Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers era.

The Packers are regularly at or near the top of the league in takeaways, but they find themselves in a shockingly rare drought heading into Sunday’s Week 5 matchup in Indianapolis.

The Packers have gone back-to-back games without a single turnover. Not only has that not happened since Capers took over as defensive coordinator in 2009, but it hasn’t happened since McCarthy became head coach in 2006. The last time the Packers went consecutive games without a turnover was in 2005, when it happened twice.

In fact, under neither Capers nor McCarthy has Green Bay been turnover-less twice in any three-game stretch, let alone three times in four games, which is how the Packers have begun 2012. The defense intercepted Bears QB Jay Cutler four times in Week 2. That’s been it. So far.

“We need to do a better job,” McCarthy said this week, as he discussed a major point of emphasis from the team’s “self-scout” of the first quarter of the season. “We aren’t getting the ball out. We don’t have the ball on the ground enough.”

To be fair, the Packers have lost three significant opportunities for turnovers due to circumstances mostly beyond their control.

In Seattle in Week 3, rookie safety Jerron McMillian intercepted a tipped pass in the fourth quarter, but the play was nullified by a highly questionable roughing-the-passer penalty on linebacker Erik Walden. Moments later, of course, on the final play against the Seahawks, most of the free world believes safety M.D. Jennings had an interception, but it’ll never show up on a stat sheet.

Then last week, the Packers believed linebacker Dezman Moses forced and recovered a fumble on a fourth-quarter Darren Sproles kickoff return, but Sproles had been incorrectly ruled down and the Packers had no replay challenges remaining.

Still, the players accustomed to racking up the takeaways aren’t making any excuses.

“That’s on us, especially the fact that the coaches emphasize that so much, the turnover ratio,” defensive lineman B.J. Raji said of the current turnover drought. “We’re obviously not doing a good enough job in that area. We’re not where we want to be.”

A fourth missed opportunity was entirely the Packers’ fault, and more than anything it was a reflection of how starved the players are for a turnover.

In the fourth quarter against the Saints, a short Drew Brees pass intended for Marques Colston was deflected up into the air by linebacker D.J. Smith. As the ball fluttered around, practically begging to be picked off, defensive backs Morgan Burnett and Tramon Williams collided as they both went after it (pictured), and the ball fell incomplete.

“We’ve had some chances the last couple games, but for whatever reason we couldn’t pull them in,” Raji said. “That’s part of the game. I guess we have to do a better job concentrating. I don’t know. We’re in position.”

That’s the good sign in all of this. They’re in position and the opportunities have been there. This week, the target is a rookie quarterback in Andrew Luck. The Colts offense has six turnovers in three games, including four Luck interceptions. Last year, Carolina’s Cam Newton and Minnesota’s Christian Ponder turned it over plenty as rookies against Green Bay’s defense, but Seattle’s Russell Wilson escaped such miscues (sort of) this season.

Rookie defensive lineman Jerel Worthy insists the players aren’t getting frustrated, but they are talking about it in the meeting room and on the practice field. Considering this defense’s history and recent circumstances, tangible results seem inevitable.

“Anytime you get two or three guys around the ball, somebody has to be stripping at the ball,” Worthy said. “The guys up front, the front seven, we have to be precise, putting guys in tough situations to cough the ball up. We have some of the best DBs in the league at creating turnovers.

“We just have to keep working at it. Eventually balls are going to bounce our way.”

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