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  • 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/




One last look: With complete game comes career year for James Jones

Posted Dec 22, 2012

Receiver could become 1st for Packers to lead league in TD catches since Sterling Sharpe in '94

GREEN BAY—There’s no way anybody could have predicted this, least of all James Jones.

He didn’t enter 2012 with some sort of premonition he was going to have a career year, or that two of his receiving mates would be dogged by injuries, leading to a greater reliance on him.

All Jones did was carry the same mindset into this year that he’s always possessed, the only approach any receiver amidst an ultra-talented corps can take when opportunities are never guaranteed.

“If I get five targets the whole season, make sure those five targets count,” Jones said.

Well, Jones is making them count all right. The Packers receiver leads the league in touchdown catches this year with 12, on just 51 receptions. That’s roughly one TD for every four grabs, and his scoring efficiency could cement a place in Packers history for the sixth-year pro.

Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, Jones has a chance to become the first Packers receiver to finish as the league leader in TD catches since 1994. Eighteen years ago, Sterling Sharpe had 18.

None of the six Packers to post double digits in TD receptions since then (Robert Brooks, Keith Jackson, Antonio Freeman, Javon Walker, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson) has led the league. Freeman (1997, ’98) and Jennings (2010) have tied for second, while Nelson finished third last year.

Jones’ first career three-TD game last week in Chicago – his fourth multi-TD game of the season – vaulted him to the top of the league leaderboard, but Jones knows as well as anyone his stay on that perch could be short-lived.

A month ago, Jones didn’t have a single pass thrown his way in a blowout loss to the New York Giants. Something similar could happen over these last two weeks and several TD catchers around the league could pass him by. His own teammate, Nelson, had five TD grabs in the final two games last season.

“You never know how the game is going to crumble,” Jones said. “You could be in there 90 plays and not get one ball.”

Which is why Jones simply focuses on making the most of what he does get, and what else he can do to help the team. When Jones exited Soldier Field last Sunday after those three TD receptions, he told Mike McCarthy to study the videotape closely to see how many times the defensive back Jones was blocking got in on the tackle on a running play.

Jones estimated this week it was only once. He was proud of the way he blocked, and equally proud the effort was being noticed.

“He has really completed his game,” McCarthy said. “He’s doing all the little things.”

He has also put together a career’s worth of highlight-reel catches in one season. Roundly criticized for a number of high-profile drops during the Packers’ Super Bowl run two seasons ago, Jones has made the spectacular appear routine this year.

His diving, one-handed TD grab in Houston looked impossible, and he deftly outjumped defenders from Arizona and Minnesota for scoring passes. There have been plenty more, and Jones has credited “the grace of God” for such an extensive list.

“He’s done a great job on those 50-50 jump balls,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “He’s brought down almost every single one of them.”

Rodgers gave his teammate a Pro Bowl plug this week and mused that Jones could have an even bigger year down the line if the opportunities come his way.

There’s that word again, opportunities. Make them count. That’s how Jones describes his job, and how his teammates describe theirs.

“We understand that,” Jones said. “We know the ultimate goal is winning and getting to the Super Bowl. Everybody in this locker room understands that.

“I’m just making the plays that are there.”

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