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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/

     

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Packers, Cowboys in ‘Desperation Bowl’ on Sunday

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Win in Dallas, Lions loss would leave Packers in control of destiny


GREEN BAY—Call it the “Desperation Bowl.”

The Packers and the Cowboys will face each other on Sunday at the place of the McCarthy era’s greatest triumph, in a game that’s a must win for both teams. You could make the point that the loser of this game will likely not play football in January.

At 6-6-1, the Packers are a half game behind the Lions and the Bears in the NFC North. With a Packers win over the Cowboys on Sunday and a Lions loss to the Ravens on Monday, the Packers would be in control of their destiny. They would win the NFC North and guarantee a home playoff game by winning the final two games of the season, at home against Pittsburgh and against the Bears in Chicago.

On the flip side, however, a Packers loss and a Lions win would allow the Lions to eliminate the Packers from division title contention with a win over the Giants the following week. That’s how dramatic this Sunday’s game is for the Packers.

It’s no different for the Cowboys. Their loss on Monday night to the Bears has left the Cowboys a game behind the Eagles in the NFC East race. The Cowboys will host the Eagles on the final Sunday of the season and need a win on Sunday to help set the stage for that showdown. Depending on what the Eagles do this Sunday, a Cowboys loss to the Packers could allow the Eagles to clinch the NFC East title in Week 16.

The Packers and Cowboys, though their styles are as different as their cheerleaders, are similar in at least one major way: They’re both asking their defenses to perform at a higher level down the stretch.

Dallas is last in the league in defense. It is No. 28 against the run and No. 32 against the pass. The Cowboys defense hit bottom in a 45-28 loss to the Bears.

The Packers defense hit bottom in a blowout loss at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day, but rallied to shut out the Falcons in the second half of Sunday’s 22-21 win, and therein lies the Packers’ advantage for this game. Is the Packers defense poised to play at a higher level down the stretch?

It’s one of two questions whose answers will likely determine the Packers’ fate this season. The other one is: When will Aaron Rodgers return to action? Might it be this Sunday?

Here are 10 things the Packers have to do to beat the Cowboys.

1. Be aggressive—It was clearly the deciding factor in the second half of the win over the Falcons.

2. Make Romo be Romo—December has not been his best month.

3. Make plays in the passing game—Whether it’s Rodgers or Matt Flynn, they’ll be facing a defense that is allowing 298.5 yards passing per game.

4. Use the crowd against them—With Cowboys late-season failures fresh in the fans’ minds, they could turn on the home team if given a reason to do so.

5. Focus on Bryant—Dez Bryant is worthy of extra attention. He has the talent to take over a game and that makes him the most feared player on the field.

6. Stay in your gaps—DeMarco Murray is a devastating cutback runner who’s averaging 5.3 yards per carry.

7. Get rid of the ball—Flynn doesn’t dare hold the ball with DeMarcus Ware coming from the blind side.

8. Win time of possession—The Packers had a more than seven-minute time of possession advantage against the Falcons. The Cowboys aren’t a TOP team.

9. Break tackles—You think the Packers miss tackles? Sean Lee is, by far, the Cowboys’ best tackler, and his status is uncertain due to a neck injury.

10. Know what this is—This is desperation. This is crunch time. Call it whatever you’d like, but this could be the season.

Additional coverage - Dec. 12

 
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