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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 draft pick, Bakhtiari, can be very annoying

Posted May 8, 2013

Might he become the future at left tackle?

GREEN BAY—What David Bakhtiari would seem to lack in height, he makes up for in attitude.

“I’m a nuisance. I’m a little brother so I can be really annoying. I’m a finesse player but I will throw cheap shots,” Bakhtiari told packers.com as he and the rest of the Packers rookie crop prepared for this weekend’s rookie camp.

The Packers selected Bakhtiari in the fourth round of the NFL draft. Where will they play him? That would seem to be the intrigue in Bakhtiari’s selection.

He was a left tackle at Colorado and he has all of the classic movement skills of a blindside pass-blocker. On a team with an unsettled left tackle position, some are wondering if Bakhtiari might not be the future at the position.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that I can compete, it’s just a matter of where do the Packers want me to play. Wherever they want me to play, I’m going to compete right away. I don’t want a job given to me. That’s not going to happen. Competition brings out the best in everyone,” Bakhtiari said.

“I think he’s a guard unless you don’t mind your left tackle being 6-4 and change. If you don’t mind that, then I think he has a shot to play left tackle in the NFL. He has a lot of the skills, he just doesn’t have the height,” draft guru Tony Pauline said.

Bakhtiari made 33 starts at Colorado. He elected to leave the program with a year of eligibility remaining, which means he comes to the Packers young and with room to grow.

“The Colorado program is in such shambles. Considering the condition of the program, I understand why he left,” Pauline said.

“That played a role; my team not competing. A lot of my family said I’m mature for my age, and I wanted to work with adults instead of 18-year-olds. I’ve always wanted to play in the league,” Bakhtiari said.

Depending on Bakhtiari’s play through OTAs and training camp, and the development of young offensive linemen such as Don Barclay, the Packers offensive line could take on a very different look this year. Already, it’s been written that tackle Bryan Bulaga and guard Josh Sitton, the right side of the Packers offensive line last year, will be moved to the left side. Coach Mike McCarthy has said he was disappointed by the play of his line’s left side last season, and change would seem to be in the wind.

The Packers liked Bakhtiari enough to interview him at the combine, where Bakhtiari posted very impressive numbers, including 28 reps on the weight bench.

“We started watching a little film with Coach Campen. I explained what I did wrong. On the same play two plays later I corrected myself,” Bakhtiari recalled.

The Packers drafted two running backs and two offensive linemen within their first five picks. The thinking is that the Packers want to upgrade their running game and play with more force up front.

“I know they had been a pass-first team. They like to use the run to play off the pass. I’m a pass protector but I can get after it in the run,” Bakhtiari said.

“The biggest thing is I have to understand the playbook. They’re not going to put me out there if I don’t know who to block. If Aaron Rodgers gets blown up; that’s never going to happen. The second thing is grow up. Show I can compete at a high level against these guys. At left tackle, you need to be consistent,” he added.

How quickly he can learn the playbook and condition himself to the pro game will likely determine to what degree he will be a contributor in his rookie season.

“He’s got the movement skills to be a starting lineman in the NFL,” Pauline said.

Yeah, but at what position?

“I think if I was 6-6, 6-5 I would’ve been a top 25 pick. Everybody gets hyped up on height. You want a guy who’s long but not tall. I have 34-inch arms. I think (Eric) Fisher has 34-inch arms. We were in the same group at the combine,” Bakhtiari said of the Central Michigan tackle that is the first pick of the draft.

“I would love to say I’d like to be the best left tackle ever, but those types of goals are light years ahead of me. Right now, I want to come in and get one of the five starting jobs,” he said. “I think I’m nimble and quick on my feet. I play with a high motor. I’m just annoying.”

 
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