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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • 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

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Packers, 49ers different from teams we saw in opener

Posted Jan 5, 2013

They'll meet in rematch in San Francisco next Saturday


GREEN BAY—You knew it would come to this. You knew it back on Sept. 9, as the 49ers were putting the finishing touches to a 30-22 win at Lambeau Field that, frankly, wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate.

Do you need to be reminded? The 49ers rushed for 186 yards; the Packers rushed for 45. The 49ers completed 20 of 26 passes. Their quarterback, the one that isn’t their quarterback anymore, had a 125.6 passer rating, 32.3 ratings points higher than Aaron Rodgers, who was sacked three times.

On that beautiful late-summer day in Green Bay, and by virtue of their punishing performance against the Packers, the 49ers were pronounced the team to beat in the NFC. Four months later, they are the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, but much about the 49ers and the Packers has changed. These are not the same teams we saw in the season opener.

“A lot has happened. We’re a different football team. We’re different from four weeks ago. We’ll be ready to go,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said.

What about the Packers is different?

For starters, a defense that featured six rookies make their professional football debuts, has matured. One of those rookies, cornerback Casey Hayward, is likely to win defensive rookie of the year honors. Rookie Nick Perry and second-year man D.J. Smith were in the starting lineup that day. They’re both on injured reserve now. Jarrett Bush was a starter at cornerback; he’s been replaced by Sam Shields, who’s playing at a star-quality level.

Cedric Benson was the Packers’ starting running back. He’s on IR now and DuJuan Harris, who had yet to join the Packers roster and was embarking upon a career as a car salesman, is now the team’s starting running back.

Bryan Bulaga was the Packers’ starting right tackle. He’s on IR now, replaced by rookie Don Barclay, who was on the bench then. Jeff Saturday was the Packers’ starting center; Evan Dietrich-Smith is the starter now.

“I don’t think we had our identity at that point,” Aaron Rodgers said following Saturday’s win over the Vikings. “We were trying a lot of different things.”

What, in fact, is the Packers’ identity now? Is it not change?

On that 72-degree afternoon at Lambeau Field, Greg Jennings caught five passes for 34 yards and Jermichael Finley caught seven balls for 47 yards. These days, there’s speculation that neither player will be with the team next season.

Change announced itself on that day in September in the form of second-year return man/receiver Randall Cobb leading the Packers in receiving with nine catches and returning a punt 80 yards for a touchdown. In the ensuing weeks, Cobb would add running back to his “slash” role, and it quickly became apparent that he was being groomed to be the team’s new star on offense.

What about the 49ers?

Well, they are different in the most important of ways: Coach Jim Harbaugh boldly made a late-season change at the most important position in all of sports. Alex Smith has been replaced by second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who will be making his postseason debut when the Packers and 49ers face each other at Candlestick Park.

“He can extend plays with his feet. The playbook is as big as when Alex was in there, so obviously he knows the offense,” Rodgers said.

“They’re a different team. We’ll look at the pass schemes, more recent. We’ll have to find a way to block up their Pro-Bowlers inside.”

In the time it took for summer to become winter, and that is the greatest of changes in Green Bay, the Packers and 49ers evolved into very different teams than the ones we saw at Lambeau Field on Sept. 9. What remains to be answered is: Will the result be different?

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