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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' Alex Green determined to gain yards

Posted Oct 26, 2012


If ever a day tested Mike McCarthy’s patience with the running game, it had to be last Sunday.

Yet, the value of the Packers’ commitment to the run was all the more apparent, even when that commitment required obvious sacrifice.

In St. Louis, running back Alex Green broke free on one run for 15 yards. On his other 19 carries, he gained a measly 20 yards, or barely one yard per attempt. Randall Cobb and John Kuhn managed to surprise the Rams to the tune of 35 yards on four handoffs, but when the Packers played it straight with Green, the results weren’t there.

The Packers stuck with the run, however, and for good reason. By the end of the first quarter, which included three Green Bay possessions, quarterback Aaron Rodgers already had been sacked three times, with a fourth sack nullified by a defensive penalty. Meanwhile, Green officially had four carries for four yards, though he actually had three rushes for minus-two, with a five-yard gain coming on a swing pass that was ruled a lateral.

Despite a 10-0 lead for the Packers, the Rams’ pass rush was winning the early battle. The rest of the game, though, the Rams didn’t sack Rodgers once and he finished with 342 passing yards and three TDs.

Yes, the pass protection improved, and Rodgers made some of his nifty escapes, but just as valuable was the insistence on running the ball, with Green getting 16 more carries over the final three quarters even though little success was found.

“It’s about slowing down the rush,” Rodgers said of the ground game. “It’s about making sure they can’t just tee off and come up the field every single time and get a jump on the snap. We’ve got to stay with it. It’s actually more about quantity now than quality.”

Of course, the Packers would like to improve on that quality part. McCarthy made it clear earlier this week that blame for the rough day running the ball lay everywhere, from Green to the offensive line to the receivers blocking on the perimeter. McCarthy even challenged his players’ toughness a bit, expressing disappointment that no one was pushing the pile for the “hard yards.”

To their credit, they’ve all owned up to their part in the struggles.

“I probably could have pressed the holes a little more and done a better job of running downhill, making the right reads, making the reads quick,” Green said. “The one-, two-yard gains, I shouldn’t allow that. I take that very personal.”

So do the linemen.

“We need to start winning first downs, giving ourselves favorable down-and-distances,” right tackle Bryan Bulaga said. “That comes down on the guys on the offensive line. We need to be able to create better lanes and give him more room to run. That’s on us.”

Perhaps the most frustrating thing was that the biggest lane Green saw all day, he didn’t get through it. Late in the third quarter, just two plays after his 15-yard scamper, Green took a handoff to the right. With everything blocked perfectly, he had a huge cutback lane to the left with no defender in sight, but he stumbled on his own, turning a potential 49-yard TD into a measly 3-yard gain.

If the Packers had any thoughts of replacing Green or sharing the workload, it probably won’t happen this week. James Starks missed Thursday’s practice, the only one of the week in full pads, due to an illness, though he returned Friday as a limited participant.

In any event, the bungled opportunity only has Green more anxious to redeem himself on Sunday.

“Anytime you miss a wide-open hole, you’re definitely frustrated,” he said. “It doesn’t happen too many times in the NFL. When you look at the tape and see (that), it gives a bad taste in your mouth.”

A big run there would have made all the slugging away, with little to no success, worth it. That’s often the payoff to the commitment, a big one that comes out the back end when the defense is worn down.

Against the Rams, the payoff was keeping Rodgers upright and the passing game humming. For now, that’s good enough.

“That’s not our bread and butter,” center Jeff Saturday said of pounding the ball on the ground. “We have Aaron Rodgers and a lot of great receivers for a reason. But we have to be efficient with the run.

“Mike has done a really good job, even when it doesn’t look pretty, of keeping us in rhythm and keeping defenses off-balance, not letting them get accustomed to what we’re doing.”

Perhaps that means greater rewards are yet to come. Only time will tell, provided the patience and commitment remain.

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