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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.

     

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One more memory left for Metrodome to make

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Adrian Peterson gave us one last season


GREEN BAY—It’s a big deal.

When the schedule was announced last spring, this was a circle game. A lot of people believed the Vikings were positioned to make a run at the Packers’ dominance of the NFC North.

The Vikings’ 1-5 start has stripped this game of its luster, but it’ll be the final time the Packers and Vikings will play a football game under the big bag, and that’s a big deal because the Metrodome has been a once-a-year home for this rivalry for the last four decades. It might be the most outdated stadium in the NFL, but it’s been a good place for big games, big plays and lasting memories, and it’s deserving of respect in this, its final Packers-Vikings game.

Let’s start with this: The Metrodome is a lot better than the stadium it replaced, Metropolitan Stadium, which was possibly the most unaccommodating and unappealing stadium in which I have ever covered a football game. Metropolitan’s charm was its lack of any. Yuk!

The Metrodome is not without personality. Its closeness gives it an excess of intimacy. I don’t remember hearing the Viking horn at Metropolitan, but I can’t think of the Metrodome without hearing that horn.

The press box is cramped and offers only a one-seater, if you know what I mean. How did it ever host a Super Bowl?

What I love about the press box is that it’s open to fan seating, which gives me a chance to feel like a real fan at a real football game. The Metrodome feels like real old-fashioned dome football. I can’t believe I just wrote that. Even worse, it’s the truth.

My most vivid memory of the Metrodome is from last year’s game, a classic confrontation between two great players, Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson, who got stronger as the game got longer. You remember the Vikings’ final drive. Peterson put the Vikings on his back and carried them to victory.

I remember experiencing a feeling of epiphany. Mark Murphy was sitting next to me and I turned to him and said, “What if he gets it all right here; the record, the playoffs, the whole shabang?” Mark arched his eyebrows. I thought I heard the music from “The Natural.”

Peterson nearly did it. He nearly went the distance on the next play. It allowed the Vikings to kick a game-winning field goal. I apologize for writing this, but it would’ve been better had he scored.

Memories make us rich. The Metrodome made us rich.

Here are 10 things the Packers have to do to beat the Vikings and make the final Packers-Vikings game in the Metrodome a warm memory for Packers fans.

1. Stop Peterson—It begins with that. The Vikings are likely to commit to Peterson and the run, and that means stopping him is job one.

2. Start fast—A 1-5 team is teetering on the edge. Give it a push.

3. Protect the passer—The Vikings pass defense is really struggling. If Aaron Rodgers gets time to throw, he should have a big night.

4. Wrap up—This game last year was a clinic on how not to tackle.

5. Feel at home—The Vikings’ disappointing record likely means the Metrodome will be full of green and gold on Sunday.

6. Cover kicks—The Vikings have a couple of touchdowns on returns this year. Rookie Cordarelle Patterson is the real thing.

7. Get the ball to Nelson—Jarrett Boykin’s emergence should help balance the coverage of a defense that is 29th against the pass. Jordy Nelson remains the Packers’ big-play receiver, and they need him more than ever with Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley and, possibly, James Jones sidelined by injury.

8. Stop Jennings—Don’t let the Vikings rally around him.

9. Contain Ponder—Christian Ponder is at his best outside the pocket. That’s where he feels most comfortable.

10. Seize the moment—It’s a nationally televised game at an important two-week stretch of division games. This is a chance to make a statement.


 
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