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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/

     

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Packers offense in no mood to be patient

Posted Sep 4, 2013

Mike McCarthy “leaning on” defense to start strong

GREEN BAY—Any suggestions the Packers would have to wait a bit for their offense to come around in 2013, considering the early shakeup on the offensive line and the injuries at receiver and running back in training camp, were quashed in no uncertain terms on Wednesday.

“As far as being patient, no,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “We’re full-bore ahead.”

Limited in his snaps to begin with, quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t run a single play in a preseason game with either Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb on the field. Rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari assumed the job of blindside protector three days before the first preseason game. The expected 1-2 backfield punch never developed due to DuJuan Harris’ season-ending injury, leaving another rookie in Eddie Lacy to be the workhorse.

But the Packers don’t have the luxury of time to settle in and slowly but surely find their rhythm, and they know it, not with the divisional playoff rematch in San Francisco to open the season on Sunday.

“We’re pros,” Rodgers said. “We’re paid to be professional, paid to play well, so I expect it.

“I’m excited about our entire offense. Everybody has a role that’s starting to get figured out, and we need to embrace those roles and make the most of them.”

Of greatest curiosity is what role the running game will play. Given the opportunity to repeat or expand upon his “big letters” prediction of improvement from OTAs, McCarthy didn’t bite.

“I’m looking to make a jump in the win column,” McCarthy said. “That’s really what the goal is, to win the football game. The offense’s focus is again to score as many points (as possible), via run and pass. However that shakes out, the defense will have something to say about it, but we’re going to go after our opponent like we always do.”

Left guard Josh Sitton said a stronger commitment to the run has “definitely been talked about,” but Sitton and his linemates are putting that burden on themselves more than anyone else.

Production and commitment will go hand in hand, but both will be a challenge against the 49ers, the league’s No. 4-ranked run defense last year in yards per game (94.2) and third in yards per carry (3.7) after sitting atop the league in both categories in 2011 (77.3, 3.5). If there’s an area where patience might be required, this is it.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to give Mike the confidence to be able to run the ball,” Sitton said. “We need to do it. It makes it a lot better for us up front.

“You can’t just run it a couple of times and not be successful and then we get away from it. It’s got to be something we can keep going to so we can get in a rhythm, but like I said, we have to give him the confidence to be able to do that.”

For his part, Lacy is willing to be patient, especially against a front seven as stout as San Francisco’s. In his first preseason action, Lacy showed he could gash a suspect run defense, bulling his way to 40 yards on eight carries in St. Louis.

The following week it was much tougher sledding against a stiffer Seattle unit, but the level of commitment can’t be judged in a preseason setting.

“You just have to understand, you’re not going to get five and 10 yards every carry,” Lacy said. “It’s a process. Sometimes you’re going to get one yard or negative one yard, but you just have to stick with it, and eventually you will get those five or 10 yards.

“I’ll pretty much try to wear them down as much as I can.”

On the other side, the Packers defense was worn out the last time it faced the 49ers, but the mantra is that it’s a “new year” and different unit now.

McCarthy said at the scouting combine that the number 579 – San Francisco’s total yardage in the playoff game – would remain in his team’s focus. Even though the number didn’t come up on Wednesday, it’s a given no one has forgotten it.

“Of the three phases of our football team, our defense is definitely playing the best coming out of training camp,” McCarthy said.

“If I was going to point to who am I leaning on, I’m leaning on our defense, and particularly our defensive line.”

That line has two new faces in first-round draft pick Datone Jones and Johnny Jolly, plus an improved Mike Daniels, to help hold the point against the read option and to contain quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The nearly eight-month wait for that new year is almost over.

“All we can be is one of 11, accountable to one another, and go out there and play fast and hungry,” Jones said.

Additional coverage - Sept. 4

 
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