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  • 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 have real hope, thanks to defense

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Jarrett Bush stars in thrilling win over Atlanta Falcons


GREEN BAY—Much maligned and criticized over the past month, the Packers defense did more than just stand a little taller on Sunday.

The defense was the reason for a season-saving, come-from-behind, 22-21 victory over Atlanta at Lambeau Field.

A second-half shutout that featured a pair of three-and-outs, a sack-fumble to set up a touchdown, two stops inside the Green Bay 35-yard line and an interception in the waning seconds – all in that order – fueled and preserved the Packers’ rally from a 21-10 halftime deficit that has pulled them back to within a half game of the NFC North lead.

“Today was one of those games we’ve been searching for, fighting for, and we hadn’t found a way to get one this year,” linebacker A.J. Hawk said. “This was the way to come back and take control of it, take it home.”

The 21 points on the board for Atlanta at intermission were a misnomer, as far as the Packers defense was concerned. The Falcons put together one long scoring drive of 78 yards, but their other two TDs were the result of Packers turnovers, one at the Green Bay 13-yard line and the other a fluky, deflected interception that was run all the way back for a score.

The pressure was on the Packers defense to keep the Falcons at 21, and the message at halftime – moments after the wacky 71-yard interception return thoroughly deflated the 77,550 in attendance – was just to “keep playing.”

“In the game of football, one half it can swing one way and the other half it can swing the other way,” outside linebacker Mike Neal said. “If you keep playing, the situation can turn around, and obviously it did.”

After the consecutive three-and-outs led to two field goals to make it 21-16, Neal became the first of many defensive heroes. He strip-sacked Falcons QB Matt Ryan on the second snap of the fourth quarter, and teammate Johnny Jolly recovered at the Atlanta 21.

Four plays later, the Packers were in the end zone and grabbing a lead for the first time since the end of the first quarter.

“We didn’t have much room for error, and guys came out and played like that,” cornerback Tramon Williams said.

The work was just beginning, however.

Protecting that one-point lead, the Packers allowed the Falcons on their next two drives to cross the Green Bay 35, right on the edge of field goal range on a cold and slightly windy day. Five or 10 more yards and the lead could have changed hands.

The first time, the Packers got a huge break, as the Falcons called a wide-receiver screen on third-and-12 and caught Green Bay in a blitz. But receiver Harry Douglas, with more blockers in front of him than defenders, couldn’t pull in Ryan’s quick throw. Kicker Matt Bryant then came up short on a 52-yard field goal try.

The second time, the Packers were again just hanging on. Inside linebackers Brad Jones and Jamari Lattimore both left with injuries in a span of three plays, forcing the defense to play its dime package with six defensive backs, because Hawk was the only healthy inside linebacker.

That dime back was Jarrett Bush, who was one-on-one with Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez and knew the ball was coming his way on fourth-and-5 from the Green Bay 33. On a slightly low throw, Bush managed to distract Gonzalez enough that he bobbled and couldn’t haul in the pass, giving the ball back to Green Bay with 1:55 left.

“Matt Ryan has a comfort level with him,” Bush said of Gonzalez. “Fourth down, why not go to the sure-hands guy?

“I did my due diligence, studying him and knowing what he likes to do route-wise and scheme-wise, and it paid huge dividends today. I’m just happy we got the win. Huge team win.”

Bush, described by Jolly as a player who “works so hard when no one is looking,” wasn’t done. The Falcons got one last-ditch chance from their own 9 with 44 seconds left. Two completions moved the ball to the Atlanta 43, but Douglas dropped another one along the sideline that would have given the Falcons a first down well across midfield.

Instead it was third down with 11 seconds left, and Ryan’s pass into an eight-man coverage scheme was picked off by Bush, his first interception since Week 15 of 2011.

“Clutch,” Williams said of Bush, though the word could also be used to describe the defense as a whole on this day. “He’s been here eight years, battling with us. He was into the moment. He made the play when we needed it.”

Getting their first win since late October, a stretch that Neal said “felt like forever,” the Packers and their defense came to life on Sunday. As a result, the season lives, too.

“Only being a half game back provides hope,” linebacker Clay Matthews said, “and that’s a powerful thing.”

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