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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • 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

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Packers defense facing daunting challenge on Sunday

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Clay Matthews is out against dual-threat Matt Forte and the Bears

OLB Nick Perry

GREEN BAY—Aaron Rodgers is back and Randall Cobb could return to active status on Saturday, but the Packers defense will be without its No. 1 star, Clay Matthews, for the biggest game of the season on Sunday.

“The last time we played the Bears we didn’t have Clay. We won’t have him this time and we’ll move ahead with the other guys,” Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said when he met with reporters on Friday, two days before the Packers face the Bears in a game that’ll send one team to the playoffs and the other team into the offseason.

Capers’ defense is facing a daunting challenge. Matt Forte is a dual-threat running back that can stretch a defense sideways in the screen game, and crease it between the tackles in the run game.

“They do an excellent job with their screen game. Their receivers are big, physical blockers,” Capers said.

When the two teams faced each other at Lambeau Field on Nov. 4, Forte rushed 24 times for 125 yards and one touchdown, and caught five passes for 54 yards. Forte was the driving force in a Bears offense that held the ball more than six minutes longer than the Packers. Those are numbers the Packers must deny this time around.

“Neither team wants the other team to get the run game going, but this is not a one-dimensional offense. They can attack you in many ways,” Capers said. “Their offense is the best it’s been since I’ve been with the Packers.

“Our guys know we have to do our part. We have to hold up our end of the bargain.”

To that end, the Packers defense has contributed to the Packers’ cause over the last three weeks.

“The thing I like about the last three games – we went through a stretch where we couldn’t get off the field – three games ago we had the sack-fumble against the Falcons, and then against the Cowboys we had the two critical interceptions, and last week we had the fumble recovery down near the end zone and we had A.J.’s (Hawk) interception,” Capers said of a sudden penchant for takeaways the Packers defense previously lacked.

Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum is expecting a much stronger performance this week than was the case against Pittsburgh last Sunday, when the Steelers used a fake-punt play to help them take the lead in the third quarter.

“I felt like I could’ve put us in a little better position against that play,” Slocum said. “He (punter) threw it better than I expected.”

The Packers “teams” will be facing a familiar adversary, Devin Hester, this Sunday. He remains a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball.

“What a competitor! What a player! He shows up to play. Devin can affect the game as well as anybody. There has to be tremendous focus from our coverage units,” Slocum said.

It was Slocum’s kickoff return team, specifically return man Micah Hyde, whose 70-yard return in the final minute of last Sunday’s game nearly sent the game into overtime.

This Sunday’s game will also be a confrontation of cold-weather kickers, Mason Crosby and Robbie Gould.

“Both guys are kicking well. Robbie embraces poor weather conditions,” Slocum said of the Bears kicker.

Crosby is coming off a blocked field goal attempt against the Steelers that resulted in a penalty that gave the ball back to the Packers at the Steelers' 2-yard line and led to a Packers touchdown.

“Mason had poor footing on his plant and hit the ball too low,” Slocum said.

Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements is the big winner this week. He’s got his quarterback back and could get his star receiver, Cobb, back on Saturday.

“He’s been practicing the last few weeks, so he’s ready. It’s like riding a bike,” Clements said when asked about possible rustiness for Rodgers.

Additional coverage - Dec. 27

 
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