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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 hold hope for Burnett; Banjo role could increase

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Defense prepared to play without veteran safety, if necessary


GREEN BAY—He’s the “quarterback” of their defense and they need him back, but the Packers say they’re much more prepared to play without Morgan Burnett this week than they were a week ago.

The Packers were blindsided when Burnett’s hamstring injury flared up last Friday, causing him to miss Sunday’s game in San Francisco. Unexpectedly, the player who makes the critical pass-coverage calls and adjustments was gone from the Packers secondary. Burnett’s importance became obvious when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick then threw for 412 yards in the Packers’ 34-28 loss at Candlestick Park.

“He sets all of the calls to formations, motion and shifts. When you get a guy who’s assertive and confident, they depend on a guy barking the signals out. Morgan is excellent at that. Everything happens in a split second. You want to be aggressive, not be hesitant. The defense relies on that,” Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said on Friday.

The hope is that Burnett will return to his safety position on Sunday when the Packers host the Redskins in the Packers’ home opener at Lambeau Field. Head Coach Mike McCarthy painted  a more positive picture for Burnett’s return than he did a week ago, when McCarthy’s body language was subdued when he announced that Burnett had been downgraded to questionable for the game in San Francisco.

“Morgan is farther ahead than what he was last week,” McCarthy said on Friday. “What goes on over the next 48 hours will be key to whether he plays. He’s like a quarterback out there. He makes a difference when he’s there.”

Burnett is officially listed as questionable, again, on the Packers’ injury report. What if he can’t play on Sunday?

“We’re prepared to go either way. We’ve had a week to prepare,” Capers said.

Should Burnett be unable to play, rookie safety Chris Banjo might see his role increase.

“I feel Chris is ready to play. He’s done nothing but answer the bell when given the opportunity. I look for him to take a step, like all of the other rookies need to,” McCarthy said.

“He’s getting there,” Safeties Coach Darren Perry said. “He has a much better feel for what he’s doing.”

Perry said the biggest problem the Packers faced when Burnett was unable to play last Sunday was having to cast players in unfamiliar roles, “especially when we played dime. That was probably the biggest adjustment,” Perry said.

“When you miss back there, it usually goes for a big gain. You want your best players out there, but we don’t make any excuses.”

Capers has prepared a game plan to face a Redskins team that wants to run the ball, but has an athletic quarterback that became famous last season for making big plays outside the pocket. Quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Redskins are coming off a 33-27 loss on Monday night to the Eagles.

“Run the ball,” Capers said of Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan’s mantra. “If you can’t stop the run, he’s going to keep running it, and make plays off play action.

“The second half of (Monday’s) game was pretty much a two-minute drill. Because of the way the game went,” Capers said, referring to the Eagles’ 26-7 lead at halftime, “they weren’t able to run the ball.”

Meanwhile, Packers Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements would like to see the Packers do something they haven’t done in three years: produce a 100-yard rusher. Brandon Jackson is the last Packers runner to rush for 100 yards in a regular-season game; ironically, it was against the Redskins in 2010.

“I think we had our moments against San Francisco,” Clements said of the Packers running game, which came to life late in that game. “We’re continuing to work with it and we’re confident we’ll be effective with it.”

Additional coverage - Sept. 13

 
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