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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

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Packers not scoring enough points

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Mike McCarthy has gone over what he called all the “factors and characteristics” that have contributed to the offensive struggles through the first quarter of the season.

Now, it’s bottom-line time.

“The No. 1 objective is to score points,” McCarthy said. “We’re not scoring enough points.”

Never mind that the 28 points last week against the Saints easily could have been 35 had quarterback Aaron Rodgers not gotten poked in the eye and forced to leave the game with the ball on the 2-yard line.

It’s clear the offense’s performance in the first three weeks still bothers McCarthy. The Packers scored just 57 points in the first three games, an average of 19 per contest, and two touchdowns came from the special teams. That means the offense averaged barely 14 points per game in that time.

The Saints game was the first step toward turning things around, but just as the defense was saying after a lock-down, four-turnover performance against the Bears in Week 2, one game does not constitute a revival.

“Heading in the right direction, definitely,” Rodgers said earlier this week about the status of the offense. “We’ve put together a few quarters of better football. We’re still not playing exactly the way we want to. We’re a team that’s built a reputation of being very efficient.”

What Rodgers liked best about last week’s performance was the production in the red zone and on third down.

The Packers scored touchdowns on four of five trips into the red zone, the only blemish being backup QB Graham Harrell’s fumble near the goal line when Rodgers needed drops in his eyes. They also were 4-for-8 on third down, a healthy 50 percent, but even more telling was running 66 offensive plays and facing only eight third downs, an indication of the production on first and second downs.

It helped that 17 of running back Cedric Benson’s 18 carries gained three yards or more. His worst rush went for two yards, on his first carry of the day.

“Last week’s game was an opportunity not only to stay with the run game, but also Aaron did a good job with the controlled passing game, playing with favorable sticks throughout the game,” McCarthy said. “That’s something you’d like to accomplish every week.”

It’s worth watching whether Benson remains the workhorse in the backfield as third-year pro James Starks returns to health. Starks hasn’t played yet this season, but McCarthy said he’s “getting close,” and he wasn’t on the injury report this week for the first time since the regular season began. Benson, however, appears to be a back suited to a large workload rather than subbing in and out.

Starks said he’s not 100 percent over his turf toe injury, which occurred in the preseason opener in San Diego when he tried to push off with several tacklers draped on him.

If and when Starks is activated for a game, the role of the 2010 playoff hero remains undefined, and Starks admitted he’s simply playing a waiting game.

“Basically. I don’t know how (else) to describe it,” he said. “That’s what you have to do. I have to make sure I’m right. I’m sure coach is going to wait until they feel comfortable with me in there in the offense and things like that, so it’s always a waiting game.

“I’m anxious, just to get another carry out there, see what I can do, see how it feels to have contact with another team, break some tackles and help my team win a little bit.”

Another possible new face arriving soon is that of defensive end Mike Neal, who returned from his four-game suspension this week but has yet to be put on the active roster. The Packers would have to do so by 3 p.m. Saturday if they want Neal active for the game. Otherwise, they have until 3 p.m. Monday, when the one-week roster exemption expires.

“We haven’t made any decision yet on Mike Neal,” McCarthy said. “We need to have more conversations.”

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