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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/

     

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Packers wise to 49ers' ways

Posted Sep 5, 2012

It’s a classic case of “something’s gotta give.”

Last season, no two defenses generated more turnovers than the Packers and the 49ers, and no two offenses turned the ball over less than the Packers and the 49ers.

Turnovers often decide NFL games. That’s nothing new. But when the success of two opponents is so predicated on winning the turnover battle, how will one gain an edge on the other on Sunday at Lambeau Field?

“We’ll have to see,” Packers receiver Greg Jennings said. “It’s going to be a long, four-quarter, hard-fought game.”

The two defenses went about their turnover exploits a little differently in 2011. They both ended up with 38 takeaways, but the vast majority of Green Bay’s came via a league-best 31 interceptions. No secondary got its hands on the ball more.

For the 49ers, their 23 interceptions were nothing to scoff at, but their 15 fumble recoveries tied for the league high. The Niners actually forced 19 fumbles with their solid-tackling, hard-hitting style, a trait the Packers have seen in their film study.

“A lot of their fumbles come off of hitting the quarterback and stripping the ball from him,” left guard T.J. Lang said. “Our duty is to make sure that we’re finishing plays. Stay engaged with our guys, don’t let them get off and shed and go hit the ball carrier or get a late hit on the quarterback. Finishing is going to be big for us this week.”

It won’t be easy to get the ball away from either offense, though. The Packers lost only six fumbles in the regular season last year, the Niners five.

Rodgers, a steward of ball security who has fumbled only eight times (losing just one) over the last two regular seasons combined, acknowledged that he’ll be on high alert not only in the pocket but especially when he scrambles. He added that he’s more likely to get down quickly against this defense, once he takes off to run.

“They close fast,” Rodgers said. “As a quarterback who likes to move around, that’s definitely on my mind.”

Rodgers threw just six interceptions in 502 pass attempts, or 1.2 percent of the time. The only quarterback in the league with a lower percentage is San Francisco’s Alex Smith, with five interceptions in 445 attempts (1.1 percent).

“He didn’t get enough credit for the job he did,” Rodgers said of Smith, both of whom were drafted in 2005 and remain friends off the field. “That’s very difficult to do.”

Last year, it was difficult to beat either of these teams until they got lax with the ball. The Packers were 15-1 until they turned the ball over four times in the divisional playoff loss to the Giants. A week later, the 14-3 Niners fumbled four times (losing two, both on punt returns) in the NFC Championship defeat, also to the Giants.

Mike McCarthy made it clear throughout the preseason that he wasn’t happy with his team’s lack of ball security. The Packers turned the ball over 10 times in the first three games before finally playing turnover-free in last Thursday’s finale.

Granted, that was preseason, when the starters aren’t playing more than a quarter or half of the game, but coming off last year’s playoff loss, McCarthy isn’t about to brush it off.

“Statistically, we weren’t where we needed to be coming out of the preseason,” McCarthy said. “So it’s a focus for us, daily.”

This Sunday, especially.

“We have to take care of the football, they’re trying to take it away,” Rodgers said. “They do a good job of not giving it away. The team that takes care of the football better is probably going to win.”

Injury update: B.J. Raji (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday and “looked good,” McCarthy said. Fellow defensive lineman Ryan Pickett (calf) also was limited and proclaimed he’ll be “ready to go.”

Running back James Starks (toe) remains out, though McCarthy said he is running again.

Cornerback Davon House (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice for the first time since he got hurt in the preseason opener in San Diego on Aug. 9. McCarthy said the team was “cautious” about how much he did and which drills he participated in, but it appears he’s on his way back. How long before he’ll be ready remains an open question.

“I really have to take it day to day,” House said. “Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll take another big step.”

House admitted it won’t be fun to play this season with a shoulder harness, but it’s better than the alternative, after he missed most of his rookie season due to injuries.

“I don’t want to, but I’m going to have to,” House said of playing with the sling. “I really don’t want to sit out another year like I did last year. I want to contribute and help this team. I feel like I can improve the defense if I’m out there, so we’ll see what I can do.”

Fellow corner Tramon Williams played last season with a harness after injuring his shoulder in Week 1, and he already has warned House that it will frustrate him.

“He told me every game he played with a sling, he wanted to take it off, but it’s something that’s going to help your shoulder,” House said. “I don’t want to have that shoulder pop out and me (end up) being down for the year.”

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