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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 rookie tackle David Bakhtiari in mix for playing time

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Marshall Newhouse, Don Barclay sharing time at right tackle

GREEN BAY—The moment wasn’t lost on the rookie.

On his first day in pads as an NFL offensive lineman on Sunday, lining up for his first one-on-one rep in the pass-rush/pass-blocking drill, David Bakhtiari saw Clay Matthews sizing him up.

“I knew it was him,” Bakhtiari said of one of the league’s premier pass rushers. “It was just, I’ll see what I’ve got.”

Turns out Bakhtiari had plenty. Playing left tackle on this particular snap, he shot to the left out of his stance to protect the edge and then braced himself for Matthews’ bull rush.

Amidst the repeated barks of “Get him, rook!” from Offensive Line Coach James Campen, which Bakhtiari said he didn’t even hear, the fourth-round pick from Colorado did his job. Matthews didn’t get to the spot that marks the imaginary quarterback in the drill. The “rook” had won.

The victory highlighted an impressive first day in pads for Bakhtiari. Flipping back and forth between left and right tackle, he won his other reps against younger pass rushers, too.

It’s still very early, obviously, but after three days, Bakhtiari couldn’t have asked for a better start to camp. He looks composed and confident, making it a good bet he’ll be heard from more as camp continues.

“I pretty much got out all my jitters in OTAs, so I wasn’t really worried even at the first practice, because I got a sense of what certain guys do and don’t do,” he said. “I was pretty comfortable.”

He credits Matthews for helping with that. The two actually got to know each other before Bakhtiari was drafted by the Packers, as they worked out together at ProActive Sports Performance in southern California.

Over the winter, Matthews had been working out with Bakhtiari’s older brother, Eric, a linebacker who has bounced around to various NFL teams over the past five years and most recently played with San Francisco last season. After the scouting combine and his pro day, Bakhtiari went to ProActive to work out with his brother and met Matthews.

Following the draft, with the knowledge they’d be teammates, their conversations naturally became more frequent, and Bakhtiari has appreciated having a veteran player like Matthews to turn to from the get-go.

“He made the transition really easy,” said Bakhtiari, adding that Matthews was joking with him on the field after their faceoff in the one-on-ones. “He’s been not only a great teammate but also a really good friend.”

Where Bakhtiari’s rookie season goes from here remains to be seen. In practice, he’s currently the No. 2 left tackle behind Bryan Bulaga and, barring injury to Bulaga, won’t be playing there in 2013.

But at right tackle, he could be in the mix for the starting job, though right now the snaps with the No. 1 unit are being split between Marshall Newhouse and Don Barclay.

Bakhtiari said switching sides from play to play doesn’t bother him. He did some of that in college and it only took a couple of days of camp before flipping back and forth didn’t feel “unorthodox.” It’s just another way he’s made a notable first impression.

“I see it as just go out there and show what I can do,” he said. “If they call me up to be on the (first) team, I just want to make sure I’m ready to go out there and compete.”

That one-on-one rep against Matthews showed Bakhtiari may be ready much sooner than the average rookie. Even though he downplayed it a bit, he’ll certainly take it.

“I guess I got him on that one, but I know he ain’t worried about it,” Bakhtiari said. “We’ve got a lot more battles to come.”

 
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