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  • 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
  • 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 in better shape at backup quarterback for 2014

Posted Feb 3, 2014

Scott Tolzien a developmental prospect the team likes, but will Matt Flynn return?

Over the next couple of weeks, packers.com will be taking a look at the Packers’ roster, position by position. The first installment focuses on the quarterbacks.

GREEN BAY—The Packers hadn’t needed more than two starting quarterbacks to get through a season for more than two decades until it required four to navigate a topsy-turvy 2013.

It was practically an act of Murphy’s Law that the year the Packers entered the season the least prepared at backup quarterback would be the year the position’s depth would be tested more than ever.

The hope, of course, is that it won’t be tested like that again in 2014. Aaron Rodgers is still in his prime, under contract long term and possibly coming back eager as ever after a broken collarbone cost him half of last season.

With the strongest running game he’s ever had behind him, Rodgers threw for 2,536 yards in eight games plus one series, meaning he might have approached his first 5,000-yard season or topped his franchise-record 4,643 yards from 2011 had he stayed healthy.

The first major injury of Rodgers’ career, though, underscored his immeasurable value to the team as a whole and the premium placed on quarterback play for the Packers to succeed. So what happened in 2013 – when three potential backups to Rodgers were jettisoned at the end of training camp, leaving the Packers to start over at the position – can’t happen again.

It wasn’t anyone’s fault that the first backup, Seneca Wallace, got hurt one week after Rodgers broke his collarbone, but signing a 33-year-old QB in Week 1 who hadn’t played in a regular-season game in more than a year carried an inherent injury risk that bit the Packers big-time.

Last season ended with Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien behind Rodgers, but whether next season begins that way will depend mostly on Flynn.

A pending free agent, Flynn’s value on the market is suspect to say the least. Did he entice another team to give him a chance to start after rallying the Packers to two wins and a tie in come-from-behind fashion, or will his previous three unproductive stops in Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo make others believe Flynn’s potential success is limited to Mike McCarthy’s offensive system?

If Flynn does return to Green Bay, expect a full-on offseason competition for the No. 2 job with Tolzien, a prospect still developing who gained multiple preseasons’ worth of experience in his three-quarter relief appearance in place of Wallace and two subsequent starts.

Tolzien wasn’t able to post any victories, but he showed poise in the pocket and the ability to hit the deep shot. The offense wasn’t lacking for yardage with Tolzien at the controls, but it didn’t score enough points due to failures in the red zone and Tolzien’s five interceptions.

Those shortcomings weren’t all that unexpected for a quarterback getting his first career regular-season action, and with a playbook he was handed just a week before the opener.

Limiting interceptions has been a coaching strength of McCarthy’s and offensive coordinator Tom Clements’ dating back to Brett Favre, so there’s no reason to believe Tolzien won’t improve in that area. He gave the coaching staff -- which will have a new QB coach following the departure of Ben McAdoo to be offensive coordinator of the New York Giants -- plenty of good work to build on.

The bottom line is the Packers liked what they saw from the former Rose Bowl starter for the University of Wisconsin, and 2014 could determine whether he’s a potential long-term backup for Rodgers, who was backed up by Flynn for his first four years as the offense’s centerpiece (2008-11).

Whether Tolzien is competing for that job with Flynn and/or a rookie draft pick will be determined in the coming months. Since selecting Flynn in the seventh round in 2008, General Manager Ted Thompson has drafted only one quarterback (B.J. Coleman in the seventh round in 2012) in the last five drafts.

That’s a drought that could end if the right prospect is available in the right draft slot, but again, that probably depends on what happens with Flynn.

 
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