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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 refuse to be softened by adversity

Posted Oct 23, 2013

Andrew Quarless inspired to match Jermichael Finley’s play

GREEN BAY—Last week, the Packers offense had to adjust to life without Randall Cobb and James Jones, and it still put up 31 points.

This week, the adjustments continue without Jermichael Finley but, again, there will be no accepting a letdown. The beat must go on.

“We expect it to,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “We have high expectations for our guys to step in and play. There’s accountability that goes along with being in this locker room, being ready to play, knowing your assignments, and when you get out there, making the plays that are there and being mentally sharp.

“That starts with our mindset and our preparation this week in practice.”

That preparation includes finding a way, collectively, to make up for Finley’s absence. Head Coach Mike McCarthy even said “you don’t replace” a player with such a versatile role in the passing game, which means other tight ends Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick and Jake Stoneburner all have to pick up a piece of the slack.

Quarless is the most experienced of the bunch and was the player given the biggest chance when Finley was lost to a concussion on the first series at Cincinnati in Week 3, but things just didn’t click (here's a video recap).

Now further removed from the quad injury that slowed his recovery during training camp from his late 2011 knee surgery, Quarless is looking forward to another shot.

“The way he was playing, I was inspired,” Quarless said of Finley, whose on-field scare last Sunday admittedly shook Quarless up. “That’s one of the things I told him that night in the hospital.

“From breaking the tackles and just the effort, all I can do is try to match it, and I think it starts with intensity. The way he was playing was amazing to me.”

From the sounds of it, the way receiver Jarrett Boykin played in his first NFL start last Sunday didn’t amaze anyone in the Packers locker room. Boykin caught eight passes for 103 yards and his first pro touchdown, but he didn’t catch his teammates by surprise.

“I loved it,” said Jones, who has not been ruled out this week with his knee injury but hasn’t yet returned to practice.

“We knew that was going to happen. ‘Boyk’ is a great player. He showed it in training camp, he showed it last year. I told him before the game, no offense to the guys guarding him, but I said, ‘Dude, be ready, because you’re going to have a big day.’”

Rodgers added that he was proud of Boykin, and he showed how much he trusted him. He tried a difficult, back-shoulder throw to Boykin on the Packers’ first offensive play, and even though they didn’t connect, Rodgers went to Boykin three more times in his next six passes.

“I appreciate a lot him having that confidence in me,” Boykin said. “I’m just going to try to do whatever I can to make sure he still has that confidence in me going forward. As far as whether it’s doing some extra things or just talking to him, seeing where his head is at, picking his brain, that’s what I’ve got to do.”

In many ways, the Packers’ next-man-up mantra began early in training camp, when rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari stepped in for Bryan Bulaga and hasn’t backed down from, nor been overwhelmed by, any challenge.

This week, that challenge is Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, who leads Minnesota with four sacks, including an eye-catching one this past Monday night against the Giants. Allen pushed the opposing left tackle back toward Giants QB Eli Manning, reached around to grab hold of Manning by the jersey, and in essence sacked both players.

“That was really impressive,” said Rodgers, who reiterated the respect he has for Allen and the way he plays the game. “I liked his left-leg wrap there, it gave him some leverage. He’s a talented guy.

“The thing you don’t want to see up there is him doing his hog tie or whatever it is, his cow tie, and raising his arms, because then he’s made a play in the backfield.”

It’ll be Bakhtiari’s job to keep Allen tied up amidst the din of the noisy Metrodome, but Bakhtiari emphasized he has no reason to change his preparatory routine. He has already faced Cincinnati’s Michael Johnson and Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs on the road, and while he wasn’t perfect or dominant, he more than held his own, particularly against Suggs.

“Going through the guys I’ve faced these past five week, six weeks now, it’s just another test. I’m going to have to go out there and compete, and that’s what I intend to do," Bakhtiari said.

“Everyone’s got a blindside rusher that’s going to try to get after the quarterback. That’s what they get paid big bucks to do. No weeks off, and I’ll step up.”

Additional coverage - Oct. 23

 
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