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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 return to Dallas with fond memories

Posted Dec 13, 2013

One-of-a-kind stadium will always hold special place in franchise lore

GREEN BAY—The Packers are returning on Sunday to the scene of the current era’s greatest triumph.

Green Bay’s first game since Super Bowl XLV at the former Cowboys – now AT&T – Stadium is sure to conjure up plenty of memories. Whether or not they translate into inspiration in a key game for the Packers is a question for after the game, but the flashbacks will be unavoidable.

It’s not just any ol’ stadium, for one. The “house that Jerry built” is truly one-of-a-kind, with the largest video boards in all of professional sports that hang above the playing field just part of the glitz and glamor that surround the place.

Super Bowl XLV is also the only game, until Sunday, the Packers have ever played there in the stadium’s nearly five years of existence. There is no other history to draw upon at the place that replaced Texas Stadium, which was far less kind to the Packers for a number of years.

“I think everybody will feel it when we pull into the tunnel,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said this week. “That’s something you never forget, and it’ll never go away.”

McCarthy and the Packers are being realists, too, of course. This isn’t the Super Bowl, and half of the roughly 100,000 fans in attendance won’t be wearing green and gold like last time.

There won’t be any glimpses of Cameron Diaz feeding popcorn to Alex Rodriguez on those monstrous video boards during a TV timeout, either.

“It’s going to be a totally different situation. Obviously then, it was a circus going, but now it’s going to be mellowed down a little bit,” cornerback Tramon Williams said, before reconsidering for a moment. “I guess you could say that, but it still is Dallas and Cowboy country.”

A lot has changed for the Packers since then. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said the other day he was going through the 2010 team photo and counted only 28 players on the current roster who were part of that Super Bowl. That’s the nature of life in the NFL.

The Packers will also be in a different locker room this time – the visitors’ one – after using the Cowboys’ locker room as the “home” team three years ago.

With the Packers a half game out of first place in their division and the Cowboys one game out in theirs, this clash isn’t about gloriously capping a season. It’s about saving one.

“It’s always difficult when you go on the road, but yeah, we’re both in desperate situations,” defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said. “We both need this win.”

For what it’s worth, the Packers have a historical quirk to overcome, too. Following the franchise’s Super Bowl I, II and XXXI victories, Green Bay faltered the next time it returned to the championship venue, losing to the Rams at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1967, to the Dolphins at the Orange Bowl in 1971 and to the Saints at the Louisiana Superdome in 2002.

Curiously, when the Packers returned to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in 1999, two years after their Super Bowl XXXII defeat, they beat the Chargers.

None of that really matters, of course, just as the Packers’ three consecutive playoff losses in Dallas in the 1990s didn’t matter on Feb. 6, 2011.

Those nearly three-year-old memories will take a back seat to the here and now once the ball is kicked off late Sunday afternoon. It’s not as though any of the 28 players are bringing their Super Bowl rings with them for nostalgic reasons.

“Mine’s put away,” receiver Jordy Nelson said. “I don’t ever see it, don’t ever think about it. People ask me to bring it to different stuff, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ll bring it,’ and the day it happens I forget it because it’s not on your mind.

“I think for the most part, everyone has moved on from that experience, because we’re still searching for another.”

Another supreme triumph, another celebration to beat all celebrations, is the goal. The NFL’s Taj Mahal is only a stop on that possible journey and not the destination this time, but in any case, a moment of reflection is allowed, and guaranteed.

“I just remember the confetti,” Pickett said.

Additional coverage - Dec. 13

 
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