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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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Randall Cobb hitting full speed in a hurry

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Star receiver was only supposed to play 15 snaps or so in first game back

WR Randall Cobb

GREEN BAY—Randall Cobb played more snaps in his first game back on Sunday than planned, and that bodes well for him being able to play a significant role on offense in the playoffs.

Cobb, who missed 10 games with a leg injury, didn’t enter the game in Chicago until the second quarter but played the majority of the offensive snaps thereafter. He only had two passes thrown his way, but both went for touchdowns, including the game-winner from 48 yards on fourth down.

“Going in we said if we can get him 15 or so snaps, that would be great,” Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements said on Tuesday. “He played more and he felt fine, so I’m sure that’s good for his confidence. He didn’t have a problem playing the extended number of plays, so that’s good.”

Cobb’s return to closer to a full-time role as the slot receiver will allow Jordy Nelson to remain outside most of the time. Nelson had lined up often in the slot in Cobb’s absence, but he’s most dangerous along the boundary, and it’s probably not a coincidence that he had his best game of the season (10 catches, 161 yards) when Cobb returned.

Meanwhile, Cobb is the Packers’ toughest matchup in the slot due to his burst and quickness in tight spaces. He had seven catches for 108 yards and a TD in Week 1 against the 49ers, who visit Lambeau Field on Sunday.

“He’s dangerous with the ball in his hands,” Clements said. “If you can get him the ball, he has a chance to make big plays out of short gains. Not that Jordy can’t, but obviously Randall is a little smaller. He’s used to being a punt returner and a kick returner, running in traffic and making guys miss. That’s where he excels.”

The Packers offense has excelled when the starting five on the offensive line can remain intact, and when running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks can work as a 1-2 punch.

The offense experienced more fits and starts when it had to shuffle its linemen due to injuries through the middle portion of the season, but the regular starting five stayed together through December, which will help heading into a matchup with San Francisco’s renowned front seven.

“It’s difficult to keep plugging guys in,” Clements said. “Hopefully we’ll be at our best.”

The running game is the best it’s been in any of the matchups with the 49ers over the last two seasons, with Lacy and Starks combining for 282 yards and three TDs over the last two games.

While Lacy continues to battle a bum ankle, Starks is coming off his best outing since filling in for a concussed Lacy in Week 2. Against the Bears, Starks ran 11 times for 81 yards, including a 41-yard jaunt that was his longest of the season.

“When he’s gotten his opportunities, he’s been very productive,” Clements said. “He’s run very hard. He’s fresh and anxious when he gets in there, and he’s done an outstanding job.”

Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum’s coverage units began the final month of the regular season with two strong games but have leaked some big returns in the past two weeks.

After the Falcons and Cowboys didn’t have a punt return longer than eight yards or a kickoff return longer than 26, Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown brought back a punt 41 yards, Emmanuel Sanders returned a kickoff 46 yards, and Chicago’s Devin Hester popped a 39-yard kickoff return and a 49-yard punt return.

 “I think we’ve got a real challenge to play consistent football,” Slocum said. “It’s about 11 guys being efficient and doing their job. We’ve had times where we’ve played really well.”

San Francisco’s primary return man now is former Oregon running back and speedster LaMichael James, who didn’t play against the Packers in Week 1 but did in the playoffs last year.

“We faced three guys in two weeks that are dynamic returners and we didn’t play exactly right, and you have to do it that way,” Slocum said. “You have to play right against those kind of players or they’ll burn you.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 31

 
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