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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/




Packers' Mason Crosby finds his groove

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Kicking competition in full swing, but offense gets a little sloppy

GREEN BAY—In the prelude Thursday morning to the Family Night kicking competition, incumbent Mason Crosby had as solid a performance as he could ask for.

Crosby and challenger Giorgio Tavecchio went back and forth with a series of field goals from 33, 37, 43, 47 and 51 yards on a sun-splashed Ray Nitschke Field, and Crosby was a perfect 5-for-5, an improvement over his 4-for-6 outing from similar distances in the opening practice last Friday.

“Today it felt exactly how I wanted it to,” Crosby said, adding that he wasn’t happy with the earlier field goal session but started to put things together during kickoff work earlier this week. “I feel really good about where I am right now. Felt good about the set today, for sure.

“They got off my foot quick and got up, and they stayed on a good line. That’s been my focus – pick a line, hit a good ball on that line, and don’t let all the other elements affect that.”

Tavecchio nearly matched him, going 5-for-6, his same conversion rate in the first practice. He hit the left upright from 51 yards and then took one more crack at it and put it through.

“I felt I maybe left my leg out a little bit (on the miss),” Tavecchio said. “I haven’t watched the film, yet, so we’ll see, but overall I felt pretty good out there.”

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said after practice that he liked the height of Crosby’s kicks and gives his veteran kicker the edge when it comes to “lift,” but he anticipates a “good battle” throughout camp.

McCarthy added that the two will have a head-to-head duel during the Family Night scrimmage similar to the one Crosby had with then-incumbent Dave Rayner back in Crosby’s rookie year of 2007.

That’s the last time Packers training camp has featured a competition at the position, and both kickers acknowledged how motivated they are each day at practice.

“It’s helped me to, in a sense, focus in on what I need to do and how I need to go out and perform,” Crosby said. “I think the competition is always a positive. It’s pushing me to do my best every day, every time I go out.”

Tavecchio remains the underdog and said he really feels pushed when Crosby gets into a groove like he was Thursday. The Family Night duel will be in front of roughly 70,000 fans with both kickers getting their first work inside Lambeau Field with the full structure of the new south end zone completed.

“It definitely makes you feel alive,” Tavecchio said of the competition. “Every second, you’re feeling excited and emotional. But it is a little stressful, because there’s so much riding on this moment.”

As for the rest of practice, some extensive red-zone work was marred by sloppy ball-handling that bothered McCarthy to such an extent that he had the team stay on the field after practice for extra ball drills.

Backup center Don Barclay struggled with exchanges once again, rolling two shotgun snaps back to the quarterback. Also, a pitch to the left from B.J. Coleman to running back James Starks failed to connect and the ball bounced well into the backfield.

“It’s time to start improving,” McCarthy said. “When the ball is on the ground that much, it’s very disruptive to the practice, and also it’s how you lose football games.

“The pitch between B.J. and James, I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that. I thought it was careless, sloppy, and what happens is it overshadows all the positive work that went on out there. We had some very good red-zone work today.”

VIEW PHOTO GALLERY from Thursday's practice

Most of that good work was turned in by Aaron Rodgers, who hit tight ends Jermichael Finley over the middle and Ryan Taylor at the pylon with well-placed throws for touchdowns. Rodgers also executed a nifty shovel-pass up the middle to rookie running back Johnathan Franklin, who found the end zone.

On an earlier play, Franklin also was picture-perfect in blitz pickup, taking cornerback Brandon Smith right out of the play when Smith blitzed off the edge.

“He expects you to understand what you have to do and understand the offense,” Franklin said of Rodgers. “You just have to take a step every day and get better.”

With so many careless moments in one practice, the offense will need to look cleaner in order to get better for McCarthy.

“You’ve got to handle the football,” McCarthy said. “You’ve got to take care of the football. It’s the most important part of our game. It’s clearly, to me, the No. 1 fundamental.

“You talk about blocking, tackling and ball security. It’s something you have to work on every single day. Today, that’s not what you want.”

Additional coverage - Aug. 1

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