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  • 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.

     
  • 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: Surprises on tap for opener in San Francisco

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Current scenario vs. 49ers is one for the history books


GREEN BAY—A rite of passage in Week 1 football is reacting to the element of surprise.

Teams have had the entire offseason and preseason to tweak their schemes and draw up plays their opponents haven’t seen. Mike McCarthy has said many times that 20 to 30 percent of the snaps in a Week 1 game are what he refers to as “unscouted looks.”

By all indications, McCarthy and his staff have gained a decent edge over the years in that department. After a shutout loss in McCarthy’s first game as head coach in 2006, the Packers won five straight season openers.

But the Packers might have met their match last year, and they got a double dose of unscouted looks from the offense of the San Francisco 49ers.

In the opener, the 49ers came out scripted and sharp, putting the Packers on their heels as quarterback Alex Smith directed four straight scoring drives in the first half (one TD, three FGs). Only a Clay Matthews third-down sack on the opening drive of the game stopped San Francisco from going 5-for-5 out of the gate, but the 16-7 halftime hole was still too deep for Green Bay in a 30-22 defeat.

Then in the NFC divisional playoff, with the 49ers having switched to QB Colin Kaepernick at midseason, San Francisco used a first-round playoff bye – a reprieve the Packers surrendered on a last-second field goal in Minnesota in Week 17 – to make the read option a much larger focal point offensively than it had been. The Packers weren’t prepared, and it showed in the 45-31 decision.

Now it’s Week 1 again, and the 49ers have had another offseason to expand their playbook heading into Sunday’s rematch at Candlestick Park. McCarthy’s estimate of 20 to 30 percent might not cover it.

“Creativity schematically is something all teams do in the offseason,” McCarthy said. “With regards to the 49ers, you can see in the preseason video, they didn’t really show a whole lot. There will be some new looks. I think that will definitely be part of their offensive approach.”

Count on it. The Packers have been forced to deal with the read option since January, but there’s no guarantee the 49ers will run it as much as they did in the playoffs. Or perhaps they’ve added even more “options” for Kaepernick out of read-option looks. They only ran it extensively in three postseason games. It could go either way.

As it is, Kaepernick has only 10 NFL starts total, so from a scheme-creativity standpoint, San Francisco Head Coach Jim Harbaugh is in basically the same place in his third year at the helm as he was heading into 2012 with Smith under center.

“It was the guy’s second year in the league,” cornerback Tramon Williams said of Harbaugh, referring to last year. “Coaches tend to grow within that time, and their players grow into that system also. They tend to add more things, add more concepts, and you know it’s going to happen, but you don’t know what it’s going to be.

“When you see something, you have to adjust to it and maybe you see it later on in the game, and you have to pick up on tendencies like that.”

Easier said than done in the heat of battle, but as safety Morgan Burnett said, “That’s just part of the NFL.” It cuts both ways, too.

“We don’t know exactly what they’re going to do, and hopefully we have some stuff they don’t know we’re going to do,” defensive lineman B.J. Raji said.

“Week 1 is a peculiar week.”

Speaking of peculiar, here’s a rarity: The Packers haven’t seen their season end with a postseason loss and then had to face that same team in the next year’s opener in 71 years.

In 1941, the Chicago Bears beat the Packers in the Western Division playoff, 33-14. The rematch in the ’42 opener was also taken by the Bears, 44-28.

That ancient history will be irrelevant come Sunday, but last year’s double dose of unscouted looks from the 49ers won’t be. The Packers will have to regain their Week 1 edge, and they certainly plan to. They’ve spoken all week that they believe they can turn the tide back their way.

“It doesn’t matter what I think, it’s how I play, how we play,” Raji said. “I believe we’ll play better. That’ll be the difference.”

For a look at the rest of the week's Packers-49ers headlines, click here.

 
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