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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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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: Protect the ball, clinch the crown

Posted Dec 15, 2012

Turnovers will tell the tale as Packers try to wrap up NFC North vs. Bears

GREEN BAY—The Bears began the season 7-1 before losing four of their last five.

That one loss early on was to the Packers, who are 7-1 in their last eight clashes with their archrivals from Chicago.

An explanation for it all could start with turnovers.

In getting off to that fast start in 2012, the Bears were reliant on their defense taking the ball away. They did so 28 times in their first eight games, returning seven interceptions for touchdowns, and there was talk the dominant Bears defense of 1985 had returned.

Not so fast.

In their last five games, the Bears have generated just seven takeaways. As the turnovers have dried up, so have the wins. The Bears still lead the league in takeaways, but it’s no surprise that Head Coach Lovie Smith said earlier this week he’s emphasizing that his team has to get back to its takeaway ways.

“It’s a staple of their defense,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said.

The Bears have collected their share of takeaways against the Packers, too, but the key in Green Bay’s current run of success in the rivalry is that the Packers have been coming out ahead in the turnover battle.

Only twice in the last eight meetings, dating back to the season-opener in 2009, has Green Bay actually played turnover-free against Chicago. The Packers have turned the ball over twice in each of the other six contests.

But the only time the Packers have lost is when their own defense didn’t match or surpass the Bears in takeaways. That was in Week 3 of 2010, when the Packers were minus-1. Three times the turnover ratio has been even, and the Packers won all three.

Translation: Don’t lose the turnover battle and you shouldn’t lose to the Bears.

“It’s a big emphasis every week – ball security, ball security, ball security,” receiver James Jones said. “Ball security is all Mike preaches all week, all our position coaches preach all week.”

Jones and his receiving mates have to be on guard the most, because Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (pictured) is unparalleled at stripping the ball from the opponent.

Jones, who was victimized twice by Tillman on back-to-back possessions as a rookie in 2007, confessed that Tillman is the best in the league at it. He leads the NFL this season with nine forced fumbles, including one against Packers tight end Jermichael Finley in Week 2.

Since coming into the league in 2003, Tillman leads all NFL defensive backs with a ridiculous 38 forced fumbles. That’s nearly twice as many as the next closest DB over the last decade, safety Brian Dawkins with 21. Green Bay’s Charles Woodson, who is the best the Packers have had in that category, has only half as many as Tillman since ’03, 19.

“Tillman, leave us alone, man, please,” Greg Jennings pleaded, tongue-in-cheek, before explaining that a receiver’s approach does change against a ball hawk like that. “I catch the ball and tuck. I don’t worry about anything after that. If it happens, it happens. But I catch and tuck.”

Should the Packers protect the ball, they should be able to clinch their second straight NFC North title on Sunday at Soldier Field. The Packers haven’t won consecutive division crowns since winning three in a row from 2002-04.

Injury-ravaged Green Bay is starting to get healthier, with linebacker Clay Matthews and offensive lineman T.J. Lang returning to the lineup this week. Defensive back Charles Woodson could be next, along with receiver Jordy Nelson and defensive end C.J. Wilson down the line.

The Bears, plenty beat up themselves without linebacker Brian Urlacher, cornerback Tim Jennings, kicker Robbie Gould and others, could be playing for their season, but don’t try to tell Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers the Bears have more motivation.

Rodgers shepherded an injury-plagued team to a last-minute wild-card berth two years ago, and the chance to clinch a playoff spot two weeks early and put the 2012 team in even better position following a trying regular season, could mean a ton going forward.

“We’re coming in hungry,” Rodgers said. “It’s been a challenging stretch. We’ve had a lot of different guys fill in and play, but I think it’s been pretty rewarding as well. We’re not done yet.

“It’s been a season where I think we’ve all learned a lot about the kind of guys we’ve got in the locker room, and that’s exciting. We feel like we’re kind of in the middle of this story and, hopefully, there’s a great ending to it.”

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