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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 receiving corps in midst of change

Posted Feb 12, 2013

Greg Jennings headed toward free agency; what about Jermichael Finley?


Packers.com is examining the Packers’ roster, position by position. In the third installment, we look at the receivers.

GREEN BAY—One of the most talented receiving corps in the NFL could undergo change in this offseason.

Donald Driver has retired and a Packers receiving corps that re-wrote the team record book in 2011 is set to lose the man who made the defining play of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV win. Greg Jennings, who spent most of last season sidelined by injury, is scheduled to become a free agent.

Meanwhile, the future of tight end Jermichael Finley won’t be determined until late March, when the Packers must pay a $3 million roster bonus or lose him in free agency, too. At issue with Finley is an $8.25 million salary in 2013.

Yet, the Packers’ receiving corps would seem to be so deep with talent that it could weather the storm of such losses and still give quarterback Aaron Rodgers more premier targets than most quarterbacks could expect. Leading the Packers’ receiving corps into the future is Randall Cobb who, in year two of his career, emerged as one of the league’s pass-catching stars.

Cobb led the Packers with 80 receptions for 954 yards and eight touchdowns. He was used in a creative role that included him as a running back that carried 10 times for 132 yards. His role in 2013 is likely to be expanded to produce more catches, rushes, yards and touchdowns.

Nagging injuries cost Jennings the worst season of his seven-year career. He was held to personal lows in receptions (36), yards receiving (366), games played and games started.

Sixth-year receiver James Jones picked up the slack, establishing personal highs in receptions (64), yards receiving (784) and touchdowns (14). In 2012, Jones became the Packers’ No. 1 touchdown maker and the player to whom Rodgers looked when the Packers needed a big play.

An ankle injury cost Jordy Nelson time and production in ’12. He was held to 49 catches for 745 yards and seven touchdowns, very respectable numbers but considerably off his record-setting year in 2011, when Nelson caught 68 passes for a whopping 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns. A return to health should result in a return to that kind of production in 2013.

Finley was resurgent in the second half of the season and that’s what will likely weigh heaviest on the Packers as they decide the tight end’s future with the team. He finished the season with 61 catches for 661 yards and two touchdowns, and was praised for his dedication in the second half of the season by Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

Cobb, Jones and Nelson offer an obvious core of pass-catchers on which the Packers can build. Will Finley re-join that trio? What about young but unproven wide receivers such as Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross?

Behind Finley at tight end is Tom Crabtree, a strong in-line blocker who stepped into a bigger role as a pass-catcher last season, collecting eight receptions for 203 yards and three touchdowns.

Much is expected from third-year man D.J. Williams, who offers versatility and creativity as a combination tight end and H-back. He’s expected to expand on his seven catches for 57 yards.

Ryan Taylor is a special teams star who deepens the tight end position, and Andrew Quarless returns to the active roster after a season lost to recovery from knee reconstruction. Undrafted rookie Brandon Bostick will have another chance to impress.

If there is one area in which Packers receivers must improve in 2013, it’s in a return to producing big plays. Last year, the Packers averaged a pedestrian 11.6 yards per reception, as the deep ball all but vanished from the Packers’ attack. Much of the blame, however, can be assigned to a sluggish running game that allowed opposing defenses to employ an extra defender in the deep secondary.

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