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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 aim to deny Giants big plays

Posted Nov 22, 2012

GREEN BAY—When the New York Giants put up 72 points on the Green Bay Packers in two meetings last season, they did it in a big-play way.

They gashed the defense, plain and simple.

It started with the third snap of the regular-season meeting, when tight end Travis Beckum ran free for a 67-yard touchdown, and it continued all the way through running back Ahmad Bradshaw’s 24-yard run late in the fourth quarter of the playoff game to set up the Giants’ clinching score.

In between featured a whole lot of receiver Hakeem Nicks – a 51-yard catch on the opening snap of the second half in December, plus a 66-yard TD and 37-yard Hail Mary score in January.

In all, the Giants had eight gains of at least 22 yards in those games that accounted for 332 total yards. That’s nearly 40 percent of the Giants’ yardage (332 of 867) from less than 7 percent of the snaps (eight of 122), and those eight plays helped produce six touchdowns and a field goal in the two games.

Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers has said repeatedly this season that the Packers are difficult to score upon when they don’t give up the big play. Preventing the gashes that occurred against the Giants last season may be the key to beating them on Sunday night.

“Those guys have big playmaking ability,” safety Morgan Burnett said, referring specifically to New York receivers Nicks and Victor Cruz. “If you get a little lackadaisical, or have any mental errors in your technique or the certain play that’s called, those guys can make you pay for it.”

The banged-up Nicks hasn’t been as explosive this season, with just two receptions longer than 30 yards, and both came back in Week 2. But Cruz is another story. He has TD catches this season of 80, 77 and 28 yards, and his biggest plays have come in the fourth quarter with games in the balance.

“We’ve all seen what he can do with the football once he gets it in his hands,” said Mike McCarthy, who called Cruz the Giants’ primary target in their passing offense. “We need to obviously know where he is.”

The Giants also have added tight end Martellus Bennett to their big-play mix this season. He has posted a catch of 29 yards or more in four different games.

The Packers defense, of course, is much-improved this season in terms of both reducing the number of big plays allowed and limiting their impact when they occur. The stingier work has been particularly evident during the current five-game winning streak.

Against Houston in Week 6, the Packers allowed just one reception of 20-plus. Two weeks later against Jacksonville, three long receptions of 24, 35 and 36 yards led to only field goals. Then last week, Calvin Johnson’s 53-yard catch in Detroit also produced just a field goal.

“The biggest difference is we’re making teams work,” nose tackle B.J. Raji said. “This is the NFL and guys are going to make plays, but the more you make teams work, the more stress you put on the offense, the more they’re going to struggle.”

Another crucial factor has been the Packers’ tackling. Whether it was Beckum shedding two safeties deep down the field to score, Nicks bouncing off a tackler at midfield and going the distance or Bradshaw slipping defenders to turn a short plunge into a long scamper, the Giants last year highlighted the Packers’ shoddy tackling as much as any opponent.

Larry Fitzgerald’s bulldozing, 31-yard catch-and-run for a TD against the Packers two games ago shows it’s a constant struggle to stay sound at all times, but breakdowns like that have been far less frequent in 2012.

“Coming into the season, that was one of our focal points, tackling better, and each and every week we’re trying to improve with our tackling,” Burnett said. “Are we there yet? No, but we’re striving to get better each and every day.”

That has kept the defense on the upswing all season, and there’s no better way to test the unit’s trajectory than to take on the Giants once again.

“I feel very good about the continuity, the efficiency. We’re tackling well, doing the little things well,” McCarthy said. “We’ve really been improving for the last four weeks. Our statistics tell us that, and with that our confidence is growing.”

Additional coverage - Nov. 22
 
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