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  • 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/




Packers successful but not satisfied

Posted Jul 24, 2013

GM Ted Thompson speaks of new journey ahead while President/CEO Mark Murphy addresses game’s health and safety issues

GREEN BAY—General Manager Ted Thompson isn’t one to overdramatize, but the pregnant pause during his football report to the team’s shareholders on Wednesday at Lambeau Field sounded a bit intentional.

“2012 was a good season,” Thompson began his annual review, “but …”

That three-letter word hung there for a moment the same way a three-digit number, 579, hangs over the Packers’ last game. Both represent the playoff loss in San Francisco and a second straight postseason exit in the divisional round following the franchise’s 13th world championship three seasons ago.

Last year, the Packers joined the Patriots as the only two teams in the league with at least 10 regular-season wins each of the last four years. They also became the only team in the NFC to qualify for the playoffs each of the last four years, extending a modern run of success to 15 playoff appearances in the last 20 years, but …

“We’re never quite satisfied,” Thompson continued. “There are very high standards here with the Green Bay Packers. We understand that, and we understand there was disappointment in the end.”

With that, Thompson stopped looking back and started looking forward.

Without mentioning anyone by name, he acknowledged that this year’s team won’t have some “good players, good Packers” who departed during the offseason, as Donald Driver retired, Charles Woodson and Desmond Bishop were released and Greg Jennings left via free agency, among other transactions.

Thompson then rattled off the names of the 2013 draft class, with first-round pick Datone Jones and running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin receiving the loudest applause from the roughly 13,000 in attendance, an audience augmented by 11,500 online viewers.

Throughout his address, Thompson reiterated a couple of his mantras, one being that while the rookies will be asked to “pitch in and help this team win,” the veterans “will determine our success.” Had he specifically noted those veterans, the list no doubt would have begun with Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews, who received two of the largest contracts in franchise history in the offseason.

Related to Thompson’s reliance on veteran leadership is his belief that the bulk of the team’s improvement will come from within, under Mike McCarthy and a coaching staff that’s returning intact.

“I thank God every day that he’s the Green Bay Packers head coach,” Thompson said of McCarthy, whom he hired 7 ½ years ago.

“The NFL is a tough business. It’s all about getting ready for what’s next – the next play, the next game, the next season. We feel good about this team and we’re looking forward to the journey in 2013.”

To many fans, that journey will begin in the same place the last one ended, in San Francisco on Sept. 8. For those in football operations, it begins with the start of training camp this week, with the first practice slated for Friday morning.

Speaking to reporters immediately after the roughly 90-minute meeting, President/CEO Mark Murphy called the excitement of starting anew “palpable” around Lambeau Field.

Everything from the new south end zone to the latest phase of stadium development at the Oneida Nation gate to the opening of Cabela’s as the “gateway” to the forthcoming Titletown district is helping to build that excitement, Murphy said.

If there’s anything tempering it, it’s the league-wide emphasis on health and safety issues Murphy touched on during his President’s address to the shareholders. The NFL continues to make rule changes that aren’t always popular – the latest being the “crown of the helmet” rule this year – while litigating the concussion lawsuit brought by hundreds of former players.

Both from the perspective of the game’s talent and fan bases, the potential negative long-term impact on the game can’t be denied, Murphy said, if concussions and other health and safety issues aren’t addressed. Some were with the practice and contact limitations in the current collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union, but there’s more to be dealt with on the game field.

“I’m not saying the world is ending, I’m not Chicken Little, but it’s a real concern, particularly concussions,” Murphy told reporters. “When I was playing, you never thought that having a concussion would create problems down the road. It was just never a thought.

“Now, there’s so much written about problems players are having, and is it related to concussions. I think it’s a real concern.”

Murphy pointed to the sport of boxing as a cautionary tale.

“You think back to the ’50s and ’60s and how popular boxing was, and it just got to a point where the injuries and the health problems of the sport were just so bad that it turned off fans,” he said. “I think that’s the concern that we all have.

“The popularity of the NFL may not have ever been at a higher level in terms or ratings and attendance, but it can change quickly, so I think we have to be – I wouldn’t say overly aggressive – but we have to be willing to really look at the game and make changes that will make it safer.”

Murphy, who is on the league’s competition committee, wouldn’t speculate as to what those changes might be, but he spoke generally of an effort to “change the culture” with perhaps more new rules but also staunch enforcement of current ones.

“We want to get the shoulder back in the game,” he said. “When you watch film clips from the Lombardi era and even before that, players tackled differently. It was wrapping up and tackling. You don’t see the kill shots and going for the knockouts with the helmets.

“It’s a little bit of a balancing act. Part of what makes the game so popular is it’s fast and it’s physical, but we need to be really careful because if it continues to get worse in terms of concussions and injuries, you could be risking the future of the game.”

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