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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 offense built right and built to last

Posted Jan 9, 2014

It’s the hope for good times in 2014


GREEN BAY—A press conference-ending exchange between Coach Mike McCarthy and a reporter on Wednesday provided the most precise and honest evaluation of the Packers’ season and the team’s prospects for the future.

The last question of McCarthy’s season-ender caught the coach by surprise: From an offensive standpoint, do you think you’re built to be able to win these games late in the year?

“Hell yeah. Don’t you think so?” McCarthy was genuinely perplexed by the question.

“I’m asking,” the reporter said.

“My goodness,” McCarthy said, emotion clearly beginning to build in him. “I can’t believe you asked me that. You guys got on me about running the ball forever. We run it as good as anybody in the league. We’ve got the best quarterback in football.”

Then came a counter from the reporter, a reference to some recent failures against the 49ers in the playoffs, and the fuse was lit and burning rapidly.

“I’ll put our offense up against anybody’s. We’ll play anywhere; cold, hot, rain, snow. We’re built the right way is my answer,” McCarthy shot back. With that, he left the podium.

Evaluation complete. Offense built? Check.

If you’re looking for something from the Packers’ 2013 season to warm your winter, look no further than the performance of the team’s offense. In 2013, the Packers established an elite running game to join its already elite passing game, giving the Packers one of the two most well-rounded offenses in the league. The other one belongs to the Eagles, but the Packers didn’t have to hire a new coach and install a whole new offensive philosophy to achieve success.

The Packers finished the season as the league’s No. 3 offense; seventh in rushing and sixth in passing. Remember the offense that couldn’t run the ball and was chided for being soft? That all ended in 2013. The commitment McCarthy made to the running game and the arrival of Eddie Lacy changed it all.

Tuesday, June 11, is the day it changed, or at least that’s the day change was promised. The promise was in response to a reporter’s question about McCarthy’s expectations for the running game. The coach’s answer ended with this: “We’ll be better, I promise you that. Big letters.”

It was the seminal moment in last spring’s OTAs. Seldom is something so bold said before the pads go on, but the coach let it fly, just as he did on Wednesday.

“We’re built the right way.” Remember those words.

When you get all done blaming everyone from Dom Capers for the team’s defensive failures to McCarthy for his play-calling from the 9-yard line on Sunday to the doctor who dared do what was in the best interests of his patient, take a few minutes to do your own evaluation of the 2013 season and where it leaves the Packers going forward. It should start with this: The offense is not only built the right way, it’s built to last.

Call it the “Noah’s Ark Offense,” because it seems to have two of everything: two left tackles, two right tackles, two star receivers, a 1-2 punch at running back and, with the return of Matt Flynn, even two quarterbacks, again.

If you can stop grumbling about the defense, take a look at the Packers offense. It’s got eye-popping potential. If it can stay healthy, it can be the best in the league in 2014.

Yes, it is built the right way. It is built to stretch you with the passing game and pound you with the running game. It can spread you out on a warm, sunny day, or in a dome at playoff time, and it can tighten down and play the grunt game with the big boys in the cold.

McCarthy is the guy that made it all happen. We’re talking about a rare metamorphosis; leopards do, indeed, change their spots, as evidenced by what the Packers did on offense this past season.

The same coach that won a Super Bowl with a spread offense, wrote a season-long game plan that allowed Lacy to leap into the top 10 of NFL rushers, and achieved a 45-55 run-pass balance.

The Packers’ window, indeed, is not closing because the window of a team with an offense as prolific and as deep in talent as the Packers’ offense is can’t be closed. Consider this: Of the 11 most important offensive statistical categories, the Packers ranked ninth or better in nine of them. You might also want to consider that the Packers were without their best player, the league’s best player, for half the season.

Offense isn’t the problem. It’s the hope.

 
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