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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 focused on clinching right away

Posted Dec 10, 2012

A second straight NFC North title can be sealed on Sunday in Chicago


GREEN BAY—The Packers can clinch the NFC North one of two ways – they can beat Chicago on Sunday, or they can win their last two games.

Mike McCarthy doesn’t want to mess around.

“You do it as soon as you can, that’s the big thing,” McCarthy said on Monday, less than 24 hours after a 27-20 victory over the Lions improved the Packers to 9-4 and put them alone in first place in the division, one game ahead of the Bears with three to play.

“Yes, we’d love to wrap up the division and hopefully we’ll be playing for more the following two weeks.”

The “more” is the possibility of a first-round bye. As it stands, the Packers are one-half game behind the 9-3-1 49ers for the No. 2 seed in the NFC, but first thing’s first.

The word of the day was “hopeful” as far as the team’s injury report getting better for the showdown in Chicago. McCarthy had no new information on linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), defensive back Charles Woodson (collarbone), receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring) or offensive lineman T.J. Lang (ankle), but he’s hoping they can all return to action this week. No promises, though.

Defensive end C.J. Wilson (knee) may not be quite ready, but McCarthy did everything but knock on his wooden podium when he talked about having to actually struggle with the gameday inactive list because he might actually have more than 46 healthy players come Sunday.

“Sometimes things happen in a cycle, and I’m here to tell you our cycle has ended,” joked McCarthy, who didn’t have to explain that he would love such a proclamation to come true. “Our inactive list has pretty much taken care of itself for the last month, and, hopefully, we’ll be making those hard decisions this week.”

One decision he appears already to have made is to get running back DuJuan Harris more involved in the offense. McCarthy liked the variety of running styles his trio of backs (Alex Green, Ryan Grant and Harris) displayed on Sunday in combining for 113 rushing yards, and Harris, a 5-8, 203-pound speedster, appears to be the type of change-of-pace back McCarthy’s offense has never really possessed.

McCarthy called a pitch to Harris on the first offensive snap of the game to see what he could do, because the previous week Harris got “lost” in a personnel shuffle as the game plan adjusted. Harris promptly gained 11 yards and ran over a defender at the first-down marker.

“When he went roaring around the corner the first play of the game, it was different,” McCarthy said. “We haven’t had a guy run like that in my time here.

“Tough kid, talented. He’s as fast vertically as he is horizontally.”

Harris capped his impressive debut with the go-ahead TD on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter that broke a 17-all tie. While the Lambeau Field crowd may have been stunned to see a relative unknown suddenly in the end zone, it seems no one on the Packers sideline was surprised at all.

“When your teammates high-five you and get excited about things you do at practice, that’s usually a pretty good sign that a young man just needs an opportunity,” McCarthy said.

“I’d like to get him in the game more. I’d like to do more with him.”

McCarthy has no plans to change his approach with kicker Mason Crosby, though. Crosby made field goals from 49 and 41 yards against the Lions but missed from 51, making him just 1-of-8 on the season from 50 yards and beyond.

Seeing how well Crosby struck the 51-yarder that barely missed means more to McCarthy than his overall 50-plus numbers.

Similarly, though McCarthy didn’t specifically say so, he’s more focused on his team’s position – being a victory in Chicago away from clinching a second straight division title – than its middling rankings, 17th in both total offense and total defense.

“I don’t get caught up in statistics,” he said. “If I was worried about statistics, I’d be (ticked) off every day in here. We’ve got nine wins. That’s the only statistic I’m worried about.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 10

 
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