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  • 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.

     
  • 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 know they have to be at their best to beat SF

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Eddie Lacy different running back than he was on opening day

GREEN BAY—Aaron Rodgers gave a very simple answer.

Asked what sounded like a complex question on Wednesday about what he’s learned from the previous three meetings with the San Francisco 49ers that can help the Packers on Sunday, Rodgers replied, “You have to play well to beat them.”

It wasn’t a snide or smart remark, either. It was matter-of-fact and truthful. The 49ers don’t beat themselves with turnovers and they don’t get gashed repeatedly for big yardage, two ways games are often given away.

In the three games against Green Bay dating back to the 2012 opener, San Francisco has turned the ball over just once on offense. Its defense has allowed only three of 49 runs to go for longer than nine yards and just seven of 120 pass attempts to explode for more than 30.

The 49ers force their opponents to be at the top of their game all the time, and that’s the challenge the Packers face in this NFC wild-card playoff matchup.

“The defense needs to play its best game of the year,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “We need to improve off of how we’ve performed here in the past. Offense, we need to get better, too.

"This is playoff football. Everybody understands our production needs to jump up here."

A big help to the defense would be continuing its takeaways ways of late. Having struggled in that area most of the season, with just 14 turnovers through the first 12 games, the defense has come up with eight – and some crucial ones – over the last four contests.

The Packers’ only takeaway in the three 49ers games was Sam Shields’ pick-six early in the playoff game a year ago. The 49ers fumbled only twice and recovered both times.

“I’d say it brings about a confidence, knowing that you can get the ball back,” defensive lineman Mike Daniels said of the unit’s vibe regarding turnovers lately. “That’s a critical part of the game.”

Offensively, it’s not as though the Packers have played poorly against the 49ers, but so far it hasn’t been good enough.

San Francisco is loaded defensively in its front seven, and Rodgers named nearly every starter on that side of the ball as he talked about the challenges they present.

“It’s hard to pick out just one with them because there are so many big names and guys that play well,” he said. “The film doesn’t lie.

“It’s a talented defense. There’s not a recipe I think to get after them. You have to be very accurate with the football and you have to execute your offense as well as you can.”

The Packers are hoping the return of receiver Randall Cobb to a full-time role can help create matchups to their liking and stress the 49ers, but the 49ers have faced Cobb all three times previously.

The true wild card is probably the Packers running game, which hasn’t looked like it does now in any of the prior meetings. James Starks hasn’t carried the ball against San Francisco since 2010. In Week 1 this season, Eddie Lacy was playing in his first pro game and fumbled for the first and only time.

“Totally different back. Night and day,” receiver James Jones said of Lacy, who has been battling that bum ankle but is expected to practice on Thursday this week. “He’s way more comfortable, way more confident.

“They’ll have to account for him, and I know by them watching film and seeing what he’s done during the season, they know he’s not the same player he was in Week 1. It’s good for us to have him in the position he’s in now.”

Combining Lacy with Starks, the Packers ground game has a solid track record as well as options that it didn’t have with Cedric Benson in the 2012 opener, DuJuan Harris in the playoffs last year, and the debut-making Lacy four months ago.

“The way they run hard, they finish runs,” receiver Jordy Nelson said of the current backfield duo. “They fall forward, so you gain that extra yard or two, which makes a huge difference on third down.”

The other difference-maker in this game could be the brutally cold weather, which the Packers are accustomed to, having played three cold-weather games in the last month while the 49ers’ last two road trips were to Tampa and Arizona.

With a strong-armed quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, running back Frank Gore and that stout defense, San Francisco seems built for the cold, so the Packers don’t believe the 49ers will make any major adjustments. Rodgers acknowledged the weather will have an effect on this game, most likely the passing attacks.

“It is different,” Nelson said. “A lot of it is how your hands are cold. The ball is hard. It stings a little bit. I don’t think they’ll have a problem.

“We’re used to it, and we’ll practice outside these next couple days and we have for the last few weeks. It’s something a little to our advantage because we’ve been here, but again, just like anything, it’s not going to win the game for us.”

Which brings it all back to what Rodgers said initially about simply playing well. There’s no substitute for that.

“You just have to not make mistakes, to be honest with you,” Nelson said. “That’s how it’s going to be all throughout the playoffs, no matter who you’re playing. It’s going to be quality teams, quality defenses, and you have to play quality football.”

 
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