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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' running game comes to life in win over Cardinals

Posted Nov 4, 2012


The same way Mike McCarthy believed earlier this season the Green Bay Packers’ offense wasn’t “far off” amidst some struggles, T.J. Lang said that very thing about the running game this past week.

Turns out he was right.

After scuffling along at well under three yards per carry the past two weeks, the Packers powered their way to 176 rushing yards on 39 carries, a 4.5-yard average that put a different sort of stamp on their 31-17 triumph over Arizona on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The 176 yards marked the Packers’ highest single-game rushing total since Week 6 of 2009 at Cleveland (202 yards), more than three full years ago.

“We had the confidence we can get it done, and it was good to go out there today and put up those numbers,” Lang said. “We have to make sure we stay consistent.”

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers got the strong statistical day going with some early scrambles, but take away his eight carries for 33 yards and the running backs still posted 143 yards and a 4.6 average.

Notice that’s running backs, plural, with significant production from three. James Starks had 17 carries for 61 yards, Alex Green had 11 for 53 and Randall Cobb added three for 29.

The blemishes were a pair of failed third-and-1 runs (one each by Starks and Green) and a fumble by Starks midway through the second quarter that fortunately was recovered by Rodgers.

Seeing his QB dive after a loose ball amidst multiple defenders “scared the hell” out of Mike McCarthy, the coach admitted afterward, and it prompted him to send Starks to the bench for the rest of that series and the next three possessions.

But Starks returned in the middle of the third quarter and had 10 carries for 30 yards in the fourth as the Packers were killing clock with a two-score lead.

“I was just hoping and praying I didn’t lose any opportunities,” Starks said. “It’s tough getting a fumble and then not going back in. But Coach has faith in me and put me back out there. I’m thankful for that.”

The Packers are also thankful their offensive line didn’t miss a beat despite dealing with its first notable injury of the season. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the game in the first half with a hip pointer, forcing Lang to move out to his spot, with Evan Dietrich-Smith coming off the bench to take Lang’s left guard position.

Interestingly, the Packers had worked Dietrich-Smith into the lineup as an extra blocker on four running plays the previous week, and he was ready for more of that, which probably helped smooth the transition.

“The funny thing was I was actually heading out there for one of those packages when Bryan started running off the field,” Dietrich-Smith said. “So I went out there, parked at the left guard spot and said, here we go.”

Perhaps the most encouraging thing was the return of some explosive runs. Green blasted through the left side for 21 yards in the first quarter, Cobb ran around right end for 12 in the second and Starks turned the corner on the right side for 14 in the fourth.

“It’s all about keeping a defense unbalanced, giving them unscouted looks and keeping them on their toes a little bit,” Green said of the variety of ball carriers. “It doesn’t give them a chance to get comfortable in the running game, and it’s bringing different styles of running backs at them. Whether it’s Starks, me or Cobb, we all have different styles of running and it’s a change of pace for the defense.”

No one is a bigger change of pace than Cobb, who continues to make plays with fellow receivers Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson out. Nelson started on Sunday but left early with an ankle injury.

Cobb had just three receptions, but two went for touchdowns. On the first, a 13-yard slant, Cobb said he actually took Donald Driver’s place in the formation at Driver’s urging, and then Driver and tight end Jermichael Finley threw the key blocks that left Cobb one-on-one with safety Adrian Wilson, who whiffed on a spin move.

“I went to line up in my spot, and ‘Drive’ pushed me over and told me to go get it,” Cobb said. “He gave me the opportunity.”

The second one was thanks in part to the productive ground game. A run was called, but Cobb said Rodgers checked out of it when he saw man coverage on the outside from cornerback William Gay. Cobb beat him on a straight go route to the end zone.

“Once we get things going in the run game, the pass game is going to be there,” Green said. “We have a great quarterback. Everybody knows that.”

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