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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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Packers, Cardinals cut of the same cloth

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Two of the top three sack leaders in the NFL are Green Bay's Clay Matthews and Arizona's Daryl Washington.


The statistical anomaly is that the Packers and Cardinals defenses enter Sunday’s matchup tied for the NFL lead in sacks, with 26 apiece.

The strategic anomaly is that both offenses are plenty familiar with the Pittsburgh-rooted 3-4 defensive scheme and the pressure looks generated from it. Defensive coordinators Dom Capers and Ray Horton come from different Steelers eras, but their defensive foundations are still similar.

In other words, no two offenses should be more mentally prepared to handle the opposing, league-leading sack attacks than these two. Handling them physically, of course, is another matter.

“A lot of 3-4 teams like to bring a lot of different looks pressure-wise, and we’ve certainly had a lot of practice throughout the offseason going against our defense,” Packers left guard T.J. Lang said. “I think our defense is one of the more exotic teams with their blitzes, so I think that’s something we can fall back on. We’ve had some experience blocking that type of stuff.”

So do the Cardinals, but there are different issues facing both teams.

For Arizona, it’s an offensive line that hasn’t adequately replaced left tackle Levi Brown, who was lost for the season to a triceps injury suffered in training camp. Brown’s replacement, journeyman D’Anthony Batiste, is on his fifth team and had just four career starts coming into 2012, all with Atlanta five years ago. Meanwhile, the right tackle is rookie Bobby Massie, a fourth-round draft pick.

That lack of experience at the two most important pass-blocking positions has contributed to a league-high 39 sacks allowed. Three times this season, the unit has allowed seven or more in a single game.

The Packers have their own sack issues, with their 28 allowed the second-highest total in the league. Nearly half of those, however, came in Weeks 2 and 3 against Chicago (five) and Seattle (eight), and the Packers haven’t allowed quarterback Aaron Rodgers to be sacked more than three times in a game during their current three-game winning streak.

Of utmost concern to the Packers this week is the sheer volume of pressure packages the Cardinals employ and the variety rushers who have proven they can get to the quarterback.

Mike McCarthy said this week the Packers’ film study indicates the Cardinals bring more than the standard four rushers more than one-third of the time in normal down-and-distance, and up to two-thirds of the time in some situations. Also, four Arizona players have at least three sacks on the season compared to just one player for Green Bay, outside linebacker Clay Matthews with nine (pictured, left), and the Cardinals' leader is a major surprise for a 3-4 scheme.

It’s inside linebacker Daryl Washington (pictured, right), with eight sacks, good for third in the league. It’s common for 3-4 teams to run what’s called a “cross dog” blitz, where the two inside linebackers criss-cross as they attack the middle, but Washington’s numbers suggest the Cardinals execute it better than anyone.

For comparison’s sake, since Capers brought the 3-4 to Green Bay in 2009, the most sacks in one season by an inside linebacker is five, by Desmond Bishop last year. Washington is on pace for 16.

“It can create a lot of trouble for offenses if everybody’s not on the same page,” said Lang, who will be one of three interior linemen charged with sorting out Arizona’s “cross dogs.”

“That’s something we’ve been studying hard. It’s kind of unheard of for an inside linebacker to have eight sacks through eight games. Communication is going to be the most important thing, making sure there are no free runners at Aaron.”

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