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  • 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
  • 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.

     

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Packers coach increases sense of urgency

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Team’s health, preparation and evaluation reaching crunch time in camp

RB DuJuan Harris

GREEN BAY—Preseason weeks don’t get more important than this one for the Packers.

That’s the mentality evident in Mike McCarthy’s words and tone of voice as the Packers prepare for their third preseason game of 2013.

Following a helmets-only practice that McCarthy was pleased with on Monday – so much so he lopped off the final period and ended things early – the head coach addressed a number of issues on his agenda for this week.

In a nutshell, he wants to see players get healthy, starting jobs seized and high-impact play from anyone who wants to be on the final roster.

“We’re halfway there,” McCarthy said, referring to two of four preseason games being in the books. “This game is important. We have a (roster) cut coming after this game. We improved as a team from Arizona to St. Louis, but we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Work started on Monday for cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring), who was on the practice field for the first time in camp, albeit in a limited fashion. Same goes for defensive end Datone Jones (ankle) and tight end Andrew Quarless (quad), who returned from injury absences.

They were among the 15 players who missed the St. Louis game, a number McCarthy wants reduced for Friday’s game with Seattle.

McCarthy is having the players practice in shells Tuesday. They won’t put the pads on until Wednesday in hopes of giving those who have been banged up a better chance to play on Friday.

“You definitely need it,” Hayward, Green Bay’s top rookie from a year ago, said of game action. “Last season is in the past. I want to work on so many things to get better this year.”

Rookie Micah Hyde and Davon House, who bounced back from a rough opener with a solid performance in St. Louis, have ratcheted up the competition at cornerback. The position has lost James Nixon (knee, ankle) for now, but Hyde has been so impressive he’s adding punt-return duties this week.

Tight end remains competitive as well, with Brandon Bostick and D.J. Williams combining for five catches in St. Louis, though Matthew Mulligan (elbow) is now sidelined.

“We have two weeks left,” said Quarless, who was out two weeks of camp after sitting out all last year due to injury. “I’ve missed quite a bit. That doesn’t make me feel happy. Nothing is guaranteed. I have to get out there and produce and show them what I can do.”

As for starting jobs, right tackle appears closer to being decided, with Don Barclay taking more and more of the snaps with the No. 1 offensive line ahead of Marshall Newhouse. McCarthy didn’t declare the competition over, however.

A potential running back duel also awaits between Eddie Lacy and DuJuan Harris. Despite Lacy’s standout showing in St. Louis, Harris took the first snaps with the top unit on Monday and ran with more speed and burst than last week as a limited participant coming off his knee injury. He’s eager to get his first preseason action this week.

“I definitely tried to push it today,” Harris said. “I feel a lot better than I did before.

“It’s real important (to play), get those hits out of the way and get back in the groove of things.”

From up and down the roster, McCarthy made it clear he’s looking for players on both sides of the ball to show game-changing abilities. With a roster reduction to 75 players looming before the preseason finale, now is the time.

McCarthy lamented big-play opportunities that were missed in St. Louis. Deep seam passes by Aaron Rodgers and Vince Young that should have gone for touchdowns were off target, among other offensive miscues, and the defense got its hands on the ball a number of times aside from its three takeaways. Maximizing on those chances is what the head coach wants to see next.

“The efficiency of what we’re trying to do – alignment, assignment, technique – we have improved, but this game in the National Football League is about making big plays,” McCarthy said. “Big plays equate to scoring points on offense, and big plays equate to keeping the offense out of the end zone on defense, and that’s the part, we’re just not quite there yet.”

When he sees that, McCarthy will know two things. First, that his team is truly ready for the regular season, and second, which players deserve the final roster spots.

“You get into this third week, don’t be the guy that sits there and had a very high-efficient grade but had opportunities throughout the preseason to make impact plays and don’t do it,” McCarthy said. “That’s what I’m looking for, from our whole football team.”

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