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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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Rodgers says he's lost no confidence

Posted Oct 10, 2012

For as self-critical as quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been about his play thus far in 2012, there’s no crisis of confidence with the reigning NFL MVP.

Asked Wednesday during the weekly media briefing at his locker how his confidence now compares to his peak during the 2010 playoff run and 2011 regular season, Rodgers provided a sharp, one-word answer.

“Same,” he said.

Rodgers’ numbers aren’t that bad, of course. He’s completing 69 percent of his passes and has a 97.0 passer rating, which ranks eighth in the league.

But Rodgers expects himself to perform better, even if his MVP numbers of a year ago (45 TD passes, 122.5 rating) aren’t realistic to repeat. He’s not happy he’s already thrown four interceptions after getting picked off just six times all last season, and he repeatedly mentioned third-down execution as a current struggle.

The Packers are converting 39.7 percent of their third downs, 15th in the league, down from 48 percent and a No. 3 ranking a year ago.

“I just have to do the things I know I’m capable of doing on Sundays,” Rodgers said. “I’m not far off.

“I think there are guys who would probably trade with me right now, kind of how they’re playing and how I’m playing, guys who wish they had the kind of numbers I had, but we have to do a better job of finishing out games, and I have to do a better job on third downs.”

The head coach is not lacking for confidence in his offensive leader, either. Mike McCarthy said what he, as the play-caller, has to guard against is putting too much on Rodgers’ plate, because Rodgers understands all aspects of the offense so well that he will take every check and adjustment with him to the line of scrimmage if McCarthy lets him. That said, McCarthy isn’t about to revamp the offense or reset all of his QB’s responsibilities just because Rodgers wouldn’t win another MVP if the vote were taken today.

“He spoils you as a coach. You have to be disciplined to pull back,” McCarthy said.

“I’m fully confident. I have great faith and belief in him more than I ever have. He’s a special player, and our offensive philosophy will never change, especially while he’s here.”

What the Packers would like to change are the ups and downs in their play, beginning with the sacks the quarterback is taking. Rodgers has gone down 21 times this season, second most in the league.

The most curious thing about those sacks has been their distribution. In the 13 sacks allowed over the last three games, they all came in two halves – eight in the first half in Seattle, then five in the second half in Indianapolis, with no sacks in the four halves in between, including the entire New Orleans game.

“It’s definitely a point of emphasis,” guard Josh Sitton said. “We have to get that number down.”

The consensus amongst the offensive players interviewed on Wednesday was that more consistency will emerge with better balance.

The Packers will be challenged even more this week to provide that balance with running back Cedric Benson sidelined. Benson (sprained foot) was put on injured reserve with the new designation to return, so he’ll miss at least eight weeks of games (minimum six weeks of practice).

McCarthy said that Alex Green would start in his place, with James Starks and Brandon Saine also prepared to play. No matter who’s running the ball, the offense needs production on the ground to keep the team’s fate from falling entirely on Rodgers through the air.

“The best image we had was that Saints game,” guard T.J. Lang said of the Week 4 win in which Benson rushed for 84 yards. “We were balanced. Running the ball effectively took a lot of pressure off him. I think that’s going to be the type of game we have to get back to, where we’re effective running the ball, so we’re not relying on him to make 50 plays a game with his arm.

“Up front, it all starts with the run game. If that’s working, everything else is going to go a little more smoothly.”

Additional coverage - Oct. 10
 
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