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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 to stop one without allowing the other

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Dom Capers previews defense’s challenge for game against 49ers

GREEN BAY—In this year’s season opener between the two teams, the Packers defense finally stopped the 49ers’ running game, but quarterback Colin Kaepernick strafed the Packers through the air. Four months later, the two teams will meet again, and the question confronting Dom Capers and the Packers defense is: Can they stop the run without allowing the pass?

“They depend so much on their run game setting the tone; you’re not in predictable situations that you can pin your ears back. You have to try to get them in more predictable situations,” Capers told reporters on Tuesday, as the Packers defensive coordinator previewed the challenge his unit will face against the 12-4 49ers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

In terms of yardage, the 49ers are not a balanced offense. They are run heavy, with the league’s No. 3 rushing attack and No. 30 passing game. Those numbers, however, are misleading because they don’t accurately portray how the pass game feeds off the run game and the degree to which the 49ers pass game is feared.

“When we’ve pressured him, he’s been athletic enough to avoid the free guy and he’s come out of there for a pretty good gain,” Capers said of Kaepernick, an elusive scrambler who’s gained 524 yards rushing this season. He’s also rushed for four touchdowns.

Just a runner? No way. Kaepernick has thrown for 21 touchdowns and tight end Vernon Davis, who’s caught 13 of those scores, is a matchup nightmare, and that might be especially true for a defense whose outside linebackers were all defensive linemen in college.

“What we look for is guys that can rush the passer, then teach them (how to cover). Yeah, they’re converted defensive ends, so it’s always going to be a work in progress with those guys,” Capers said.

Being without true outside linebacker Clay Matthews worsens the problem.

“We don’t have another guy quite like Clay. You design what you do based on what’s available,” Capers said.

In the 2012 season opener at Lambeau Field, Frank Gore pounded the Packers for 112 yards rushing and the 49ers dominated time of possession by six minutes in posting a 30-22 win that wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate.

Last January, in a divisional round playoff game in Candlestick, the 49ers offense ran wild. Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards out of the read option, Gore added 119 and Kaepernick threw for 263 in what was his coming-out party as an NFL star. The 49ers won, 45-31, in a game that was closer than the final stats would indicate.

It was a game that produced a “579” offseason rallying cry for the Packers, as 579 was the 49ers’ yardage total from that game.

“We spent a lot of time in the offseason on (the read option),” Capers said. “In the (2013) opener, we played the run very well. We weren’t able to get any takeaways in that first game. That’s what you have to do in all big games. It comes down to takeaways, giveaways.”

Kaepernick threw for 412 yards in this year’s season opener, which brings us back to the burning question the Packers defense faces in this fourth matchup between the two teams: Can the Packers stop the run without giving up the pass … or vice versa?

Additional coverage - Dec. 31

 
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