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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
  • 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.

     

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Packers offensive line coming together quickly

Posted Jan 10, 2013

On paper, unit couldn’t be more different from San Francisco's, but that won't matter in playoff showdown


GREEN BAY—In terms of pedigree and 2012 participation, there may not be a starker contrast in Saturday night’s NFC playoff game than the two offensive lines.

San Francisco’s starting five includes three first-round draft picks in left tackle Joe Staley, left guard Mike Iupati and right tackle Anthony Davis, plus a veteran with more than a decade of experience playing for his third team in center Jonathan Goodwin. Staley, Iupati and Goodwin have all been elected to Pro Bowls.

Green Bay’s starting five includes two fourth-round draft picks in guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang, a fifth-round pick in left tackle Marshall Newhouse, and two undrafted free agents in center Evan Dietrich-Smith and right tackle Don Barclay. The Pro Bowl nods are nil.

San Francisco’s group has started every single game in 2012 at their assigned positions. Green Bay’s current group will be playing just its fourth game together in this alignment, as two players (Lang and Dietrich-Smith) have started at multiple spots this season.

If the Packers’ offensive linemen have even made the comparison, they aren’t letting on. There’s no reason for them to care. The 49ers’ offensive linemen aren’t the players they’ll have to block.

The Packers aren’t concerned about how their own group was constructed – though it’s worth noting as far as the investments made that a pair of Green Bay first-round draft picks in Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod are on injured reserve. They also aren’t dwelling on the adversity they’ve faced this season.

If anything, they feel it has toughened them up for the challenge that awaits in the 49ers defense on Saturday night.

“We feel confident and we’ve earned that confidence,” Lang said. “We like the way we’re playing. We feel good about the guys that have stepped up. That’s a tribute to all these guys, the way they prepare. When your number gets called, you have to step up and play, and that’s what we’ve had.”

The consensus amongst the players and coaches is that Barclay has steadily improved since making his first start at right tackle in Week 14, and the transition to Dietrich-Smith at center less than a month ago was seamless.

McCarthy said that last week Barclay played his best game thus far, and Dietrich-Smith felt the Week 17 road game at the Metrodome was a major step for the group as a whole. His fellow linemen adjusted to his silent count, which he said is different from Jeff Saturday’s, and the communication smoothed out as the offense put up 24 points in the second half.

“That was the biggest one, and we’ve been building momentum through that,” Dietrich-Smith said.

That momentum now meets the 49ers defense, which is characterized as one of the most “physical” units in the league. The Packers have heard that description ad nauseum this week, but Lang said they have to be careful not to let a response to that become the focus ahead of assignments and execution.

“There are times when if you try to jump off the ball and smash a guy, you’ll put yourself in a position to maybe whiff on a block,” Lang said. “Being an offensive lineman, you have to rely a lot more on your technique and fundamentals, and when those are working for you, then you can start really using the physical aspects of it.

“We’re kind of sick of hearing about people calling us soft, saying we’re not physical, but we have to make sure that’s not getting us out of the way we play. We have to play the way we play, and when the time is appropriate, make sure we’re punching back and not letting them tee off on us.”

Protecting Aaron Rodgers likely holds the key to the Packers’ fortunes on Saturday night. That’s been said all week, too.

The comparisons and descriptions are done now. All that’s left is to actually play.

“I think football starts up front,” McCarthy said. “I think the line of scrimmage is going to dictate a lot of what goes on Saturday night.”

Additional coverage - Jan. 10

 
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