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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.

     
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  • 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
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    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/

     

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One last look: Patience running out in wait for turnovers

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Packers’ red-zone offense must do its part, too


GREEN BAY—Clay Matthews asked the question rhetorically after the Eagles game, and the best chance to answer it could come Sunday against the Giants.

“We keep continuing to harp on this – they say they come in bunches, much like sacks,” Matthews said last week. “But … Where are they?”

Matthews, of course, was asking about turnovers, a weekly staple of Packers defensive play in recent years that has been in horribly low supply in 2013.

That old cliché about coming in bunches occurred only once this season, when the Packers took the ball away from the Bengals on four straight possessions back in Week 3. The problem is those four takeaways, which took place in about half a quarter’s span of game time, account for half of the defense’s total for the season.

In the other 35½ quarters of play, the Packers have taken the ball away only four other times, and they just ended a 14-quarter drought this past Sunday when Mike Daniels’ sack and Tramon Williams’ strip of Eagles QB Nick Foles was ruled a turnover via replay challenge.

Will that fourth-quarter fumble finally be the start of another “bunch”? Will the Giants, who lead the league with 28 giveaways, be the team to help the Packers get back to their takeaway ways?

Those are the questions being asked this week, but with as much caution as optimism. Safety Morgan Burnett warned not to “go out trying to chase things that aren’t there,” while Williams added that losing discipline within the scheme will only “make things worse.”

Head Coach Mike McCarthy, who runs daily turnover drills in practice from the start of training camp, sounded much the same alarm.

“We don’t want to go up there and start jumping routes and be exposed to double moves or anything like that,” McCarthy said. “We need to play our defense, play with vision, play to our leverage, and just make plays on the ball.”

That’s been the most frustrating aspect of the struggle. Defenders have been in position to make plays and haven’t made them. Two long TD passes by the Eagles last week had two defensive backs in coverage against one receiver on underthrown, eminently intercept-able passes, and both resulted in touchdowns instead.

The Giants are a different team now than the one that started 0-6, but even during their current three-game winning streak, they’ve turned the ball over five times and had a punt partially blocked.

New York QB Eli Manning leads the league with 16 interceptions this season, including three that have been returned for touchdowns, but he has rebounded in a big way from rough patches before. The Packers know this, and given the defense’s turnover production this season, the unit is in no position to take anything for granted.

“If we focus on all the bad he’s done just this year, we’ll get an unpleasant surprise,” Daniels said. “This man has two Super Bowl rings. He’s done something right.”

The Packers offense has its own area to get right, and that’s in the red zone. A season-long lack of efficiency has only gotten worse since the loss of QB Aaron Rodgers to injury, as the offense has scored just one TD in six red-zone trips with backups Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien at the helm.

Last week’s Philadelphia fumble, recovered at the Eagles’ 13-yard line, wasn’t converted into points when receiver Jordy Nelson’s diving attempt on fourth down was ruled incomplete, highlighting an 0-for-4 day in the red zone.

“We’ve gotta score points,” said receiver James Jones, who had a close call of his own against the Eagles, getting only one foot down in bounds on a third-down catch in the end zone, leading to yet another field goal try. “I can’t give you excuses, I can’t give you a reason why.

“We’ve gotta make a play, man. My foot’s out, they say Jordy didn’t catch it. Tough plays, but we’ve gotta make ’em.”

The failure to convert that turnover into points against the Eagles was only magnified because turnovers have been so few and far between this season. The opportunity was so rare.

That’s what must change first, and then perhaps the rest will fall into place, too.

“Throughout the year, everything is not going to go good. Obviously, we’re experiencing that right now,” Williams said. “But at the same time, things can turn around. We always feel every week we go into a game, it could be that week, so hopefully it is that week.”

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