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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/




Packers know how to deal with Bulaga injury

Posted Nov 12, 2012

GREEN BAY—There’s no time for transition in the Green Bay Packers’ locker room. There never is.

Upon learning Monday that yet another starter, this time right tackle Bryan Bulaga, has been lost for the season due to injury, the Packers took to the practice field following their bye week essentially unfazed.

“We can’t let this affect us,” said offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith, who will now start at left guard, with T.J. Lang moving over to right tackle to take Bulaga’s place. “It’s a terrible thing that happened to ‘Bull.’ He has our sentiment and everything like that. But he knows … we’re not worrying about him. We’re worrying about winning football games.”

That approach becomes the norm when you’re as accustomed to dealing with injuries as the Packers. Bulaga (hip) is the fourth starter – fifth if you count running back Cedric Benson, who has been designated to possibly return from injured reserve – to go on IR this season. Other injuries to defensive back Charles Woodson and receiver Greg Jennings have reached long-term status now, though both are expected back by season’s end.

With regard to Bulaga’s absence, the biggest adjustment falls on Lang, a starter at left guard the past two seasons who started games at both tackle spots as a rookie in 2009 and has been viewed as a valuable swing player ever since.

“It was difficult my first couple years in the league when I was forced to do it,” Lang said of changing positions. “Now, I think I have enough experience that when things do happen like that, you have to be ready for it, adjust quick and move on.

“The biggest thing is switching your feet up, getting your technique right, and that just comes with time. I’m looking forward to having the whole week practicing out there and getting better at that technical stuff.”

When Bulaga left in the first half of the Arizona game two Sundays ago, the offensive line didn’t skip a beat. The Packers went on to rush for 176 yards against the Cardinals, the running game’s best total in three years, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn’t sacked after the first play of the game.

“Out of any team, we know how to handle this,” right guard Josh Sitton said. “T.J. has rolled over there before, did it last week, and it was fine. Our biggest thing is depth now. We just need to stay healthy from here on out.”

If they don’t, how they would adjust and line up isn’t entirely clear. The next two active linemen are undrafted rookies Don Barclay, who plays guard and tackle, and Greg Van Roten, who plays center and guard. Sitton also said he considers himself an “emergency backup right tackle” if needed.

Also, second-year tackle Derek Sherrod returned to the practice field on Monday after spending all season to this point on the physically unable to perform list. When or if he’ll be ready to actually play in a game after nearly 11 months off, however, isn’t known. Sherrod has not yet been activated to the 53-man roster, and the Packers have two weeks left to do so.

The other position whose depth is being tested is outside linebacker. The status of Clay Matthews, who left the Arizona game with a hamstring injury, remains up in the air.

Erik Walden already has replaced Nick Perry at one starting spot, and if Matthews misses any time, undrafted rookie Dezman Moses would likely step in for him. Frank Zombo, who recently came off PUP, and Vic So’oto, who made the Packers’ roster as an undrafted rookie in 2011 and was re-signed on Monday, give the Packers four healthy outside linebackers, though inside linebackers Jamari Lattimore and Brad Jones have played outside previously and could substitute in a pinch.

Zombo and So’oto haven’t played for the Packers yet this season, though, and the inside linebacker position is awfully thin as well, making any change involving Lattimore or Jones, who is starting inside, probably a last resort.

That throws a bright spotlight on Moses, who has played throughout the season in variations of the dime sub-package and has one sack to his credit.

“It’s not time to be dumbfounded or too excited or overwhelmed by the situation,” Moses said, echoing the words of the many Green Bay backups thrust into more prominent roles this season. “It’s just time to hunker down and make plays.”

Additional coverage - Nov. 12
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