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  • 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.

     
  • 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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Roster numbers could change

Posted Sep 1, 2012

Numbers-wise, it’s a little startling and perhaps risky to see only seven offensive linemen on the Packers’ 53-man roster, but General Manager Ted Thompson suggested on Saturday that numbers very well could change.

“That’s where we are now, so we’ll see,” Thompson told reporters in addressing the roster after Friday’s cutdown. “There’s obviously a certain comfort level that we normally do (things) differently than that. But that’s where we are now.”

In addition to the starting five, the only backups the Packers kept were veteran center/guard Evan Dietrich-Smith and guard/tackle Don Barclay (pictured), an undrafted rookie from West Virginia. Last year, the Packers began the season with eight offensive linemen, and they’ve often had nine or 10 on the roster in the past.

Ideally, an eighth lineman this year would have been 2011 first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod, but the tackle was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list to buy him more time to recover from his surgically repaired broken leg. Sherrod sustained the injury last December and has not returned to the practice field. On reserve/PUP, he is out for at least the first six weeks of the season.

“It’s a guessing game, but in the end we felt like it was best for Derek and best for the Packers long term to give him a little bit more time,” Thompson said. “And this ensures that I don’t get an itchy trigger finger and put him out there too fast.”

It also is no doubt prompting Thompson to explore signing a veteran free agent who has been released by another team. The veteran backup he signed during camp, Reggie Wells, was released.

Dietrich-Smith could step in at center or at either guard spot, as he has done in the past, but it could be a stretch to say Barclay is ready should an emergency arise. Barclay was the lone survivor from a fairly large group of rookie offensive linemen, as he showed steady improvement throughout training camp. He played both guard and tackle and had settled in as the right tackle on the No. 2 offensive line for the final preseason game.

Of the 10 rookies on the 53-man roster, Barclay is one of four undrafted ones. Outside linebacker Dezman Moses from Tulane put himself in position to make the team with a strong spring and was competing more for playing time during camp, with a roster spot seemingly sewn up.

Safety Sean Richardson from Vanderbilt and receiver Jarrett Boykin from Virginia Tech both pulled upsets in beating out practice-squad holdovers for their spots. Anthony Levine, who had spent time on the practice squad the last two years, was in the hunt at safety, but Thompson referred to Richardson as a player with “a lot of upside.”

Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel were the potential sixth receivers getting all the attention before camp began, but Boykin climbed past them despite starting as a tryout player during the rookie orientation weekend.

“I think he was one of those guys that improved all through the summer, and that improvement accelerated over the course of the last several weeks,” Thompson said. “He was one of those guys we felt earned a spot.”

The other six rookies to make it were Thompson’s first six draft picks, all defensive players. Based on observations from training camp, five of the six – outside linebacker Nick Perry, linemen Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels, cornerback Casey Hayward and safety Jerron McMillian – appear slated for regular roles on defense, either as starters or in sub packages.

They’ve added considerable depth to a defense that was obviously thin last year in finishing last in the league in yards allowed. How much they can help turn the unit’s fortunes around will be one of the major storylines of 2012.

“It’s like I said all along, those guys are not going to come in and be saviors,” Thompson said. “They’re going to come in and help the group out.”

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