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  • 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.

     
  • 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 focus on fixing mistakes

Posted Aug 15, 2012


It didn’t get much attention this past week because the team’s injury situation has garnered most of the headlines, and because, well, it’s just the preseason.

But for a team that devotes two practice periods per day to handling the football – a new one this year called “ball drills” and another old standby called “ball security” – it certainly didn’t sit well that the Packers turned the ball over four times in their preseason opener, three times via fumble.

After all, it was four turnovers, including three fumbles, that spelled doom last winter and relegated a 15-1 season to one-and-done in the playoffs.

August is not January – everybody knows that – but another sloppy ball-handling effort in game two against Cleveland will call into question whether the players are simply going through the motions in those practice periods. Or maybe there’s simply not enough live contact in training camp for players to get accustomed to hanging onto the ball, and that’s what these preseason games are for.

In any event, aside from the turnovers, here are five other things worth monitoring when the Packers host the Browns on Thursday night at Lambeau Field:

  • Efficient start – The first-team offense was humming from the get-go last year, but it began 2012 with just 53 yards on three possessions in San Diego, and with two turnovers. A more productive start is a top priority, and the return of left tackle Marshall Newhouse should help, putting the entire starting offensive line on the field in front of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

  • Backup QBs – They’re always a focus in the preseason, and the Packers don’t want to see Graham Harrell go three-and-out six times, as he did last week, including three in a row to start. Also, third-stringer B.J. Coleman got just one series last week, in the two-minute drill to end the game, and he had something going before rookie running back Marc Tyler’s fumble on a screen pass short-circuited the effort. Before that, Coleman completed a pair of 12-yard passes to convert a third down and a fourth down to get the Packers across midfield with 32 seconds left. No doubt Coleman would love to finish a drive this week.

  • The kicking game – During the Family Night scrimmage, kicker Mason Crosby was testing out the different wind patterns that have resulted from the south end zone expansion, and the results weren’t pretty. Head Coach Mike McCarthy admitted on Tuesday the potential wind issues were probably discussed too much. McCarthy has shown a tendency in the preseason to go for it on fourth down rather than try long field goals, but he may give Crosby the work in the two home games this month.

  • The young DBs – With cornerback Davon House (shoulder) out indefinitely, rookie Casey Hayward has stepped in with the first unit on defense and a starting job appears his to hold. Also, safety M.D. Jennings has taken most of the snaps in camp with the No. 1 nickel defense, but he had two big errors against the Chargers last week, getting turned around on tight end Antonio Gates’ out-and-up move for a TD pass, and missing a tackle on Vincent Brown’s 27-yard TD catch. Safety Anthony Levine had an interception in San Diego, and he took Jennings’ reps in practice this week when Jennings missed a day for personal reasons. Rookie Jerron McMillian is in the hunt for that spot, too, though McMillian also missed a tackle on Brown’s score. McCarthy said earlier this week that “all spots are wide open,” and it’s no truer than in the secondary.

  • Health – Having lost inside linebacker Desmond Bishop (knee, hamstring) for perhaps the season and House for at least a while due to injuries against the Chargers, the Packers need to get out of this game healthy. A long injury list has cut practices short and left the Packers razor-thin at running back. Two times this week, McCarthy took to the podium after practice and said he had no new injuries to report. A third such statement on Thursday would seem like a miracle come true.

 

 
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