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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.

     

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Packers had no answer for Wayne

Posted Oct 7, 2012


INDIANAPOLIS – All the discussions with the defensive players after Sunday’s loss kept coming back to one thing. One name, actually.

Reggie Wayne.

The Packers had no answer for the veteran Colts receiver, and he dominated the Green Bay defense throughout the day and particularly on Indianapolis’ game-winning drive in the 30-27 decision at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Wayne finished with 13 catches for 212 yards, including the game-winning 4-yard TD pass with 35 seconds left.

“(Number) 87 made some great plays for his team,” said cornerback Tramon Williams, who along with Charles Woodson was assigned to Wayne most of the game. “They moved him around the field. He’s made for that offense.

“Everything about that offense says Reggie Wayne, and he showed it today.”

Wayne topped 100 yards in each half, with 104 in the first half and 108 in the second. He was particularly lethal on the Colts’ final drive, catching five passes for 64 yards, including back-to-back grabs of 15 and 18 yards just after the two-minute warning that moved the Colts from the Green Bay 47 to the 14.

He was both a security blanket and a playmaker for rookie quarterback Andrew Luck . When Wayne made a spectacular one-handed grab for a 30-yard gain in the second quarter with Woodson all over him, it was as though he wasn’t going to be stopped.

“Reggie Wayne was one of his key guys,” cornerback Sam Shields said of the Colts’ young QB. “Luck was getting it to him.”

The most back-breaking play may have been the first snap following the two-minute warning on Indy’s final drive. The Colts faced third-and-12 from the Green Bay 47, and linebacker Clay Matthews had what appeared to be a clear shot at Luck from the blind side.

Somehow, Luck stayed on his feet and delivered a 15-yard strike to Wayne. Instead of a possible fourth-and-20-some, the Colts had a big first down.

The 6-4, 234-pound Luck showed his toughness throughout the game by absorbing some big hits and eluding others. That time, a sure sack wasn’t to be.

“I thought the same thing,” Matthews said. “Big kid, elusive, slippery. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much pressure in his face to get him back on his heels, but I just didn’t get him down. Ultimately, that’s what it boils down to. Unfortunately, that was a big play in the drive.”

The Packers got the Colts into third down one more time, but Luck’s size allowed him to power through two defenders on a scramble for the first down at the 4. On the next play, Wayne used his muscle to reach the ball out and break the plane of the goal line on a pass he caught around the 1-yard line, capping a 256-yard, 27-point second half for the Colts.

“We’re not where we want to be right now, that’s clearly evident,” Matthews said. “That performance left a lot out there.”

The frustration was noticeable in the tone of some answers, particularly after a first half that saw the Packers allow just three points and take a 21-3 halftime lead.

Williams noted that by directing that kind of comeback, Luck will be “the next-best thing tomorrow,” but his passer rating was just 81.0 and he needed 55 attempts to throw for 362 yards. He wasn’t particularly efficient, except when he was throwing to Wayne, who was Luck's intended target a whopping 20 times.

Wayne was the guy the Packers couldn’t handle, and in the end they didn't know why. Rookie Casey Hayward intercepted a fourth-quarter sideline pass for Wayne, but that was the only play of note the Packers made against him.

“We have to look at ourselves as players and coaches and be accountable for whatever,” Williams said, shaking his head a little and not even sure what to say.

“We need to clean up some things, and make sure it’s cleaned up instead of coming in here week in and week out and saying the same thing.”

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