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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/




Strong statements made by Mason Crosby, Jeremy Ross

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Several players on roster bubble have ups and downs on final night of preseason

K Mason Crosby follows through on a field goal. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

KANSAS CITY—Kicker Mason Crosby capped off his strong finish to the preseason in good fashion, and receiver Jeremy Ross may have nailed down the fifth receiver spot for the Packers.

Those were two of the most notable developments in an otherwise forgettable 30-8 defeat to the Chiefs in the preseason finale at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday night.

Crosby provided the Packers their only points of the first half with field goals from 45 and 48 yards. Having dispatched the two competing kickers in training camp earlier in the week, Crosby boosted his camp-ending run to 26 of 27 field goals since a three-miss practice prior to preseason game No. 3.

“I feel great,” Crosby said. “It was a lot of kicks this week, but I’m thankful for them, because I think they got me to a good point.”

He also feels fine with his restructured contract, which dropped his base salary for the upcoming season but gives him the chance to earn all of the original amount through incentives.

“I have every opportunity to make that back as long as I perform and do my job,” he said. “It’s all right there in front of me, and I’m looking forward to the season. I feel as good as I ever have.

“The ball is going through the uprights, and that’s what matters at the end of the day.”

What matters for Ross is he put together the type of consistent performance the coaching staff has been asking for. He caught three passes for a team-high 50 yards receiving while also recording a tackle on special teams.

His best play was a 26-yard catch on a deep sideline pass from quarterback Vince Young that helped set up one of Crosby’s field goals. Ross made a nice adjustment on the ball while it was in the air and kept his feet in bounds while spinning to the ground.

“I just tried to go up and get it,” Ross said. “Our coach is constantly telling us to go up and attack the ball, don’t wait for it to come to you. That’s what I did. I knew where I was. I knew I was kind of running out of sideline.”

A potential return man for the Packers, Ross also knew he needed to make the final roster first as a receiver, and he hopes to have done that.

With Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin the offense’s top four receivers, the fifth and possibly sixth spots were up in the air coming into this last preseason game, and Ross made a strong final statement.

“Just playing the waiting game now,” he said. “Going into this last game, my focus was doing my best, giving it my all out there on the field, put on a show and give that last impression.”

Several players on the roster bubble were trying to do the same thing, and many of them had ups and downs, making impact plays as well as mistakes.

  • Rookie receiver Tyrone Walker, battling for a spot just like Ross, gained 30 yards on a team-leading five receptions but fumbled after a catch late in the fourth quarter (the Packers recovered).
  • Rookie outside linebacker Nate Palmer sacked Chiefs QB Tyler Bray and forced a fumble, but he also got caught crashing way too far inside on a run that blew right past him for a big gain.
  • Rookie inside linebacker Sam Barrington got a sack in the end zone for a safety but whiffed on a tackle attempt on a punt return and allowed a way-too-easy third-and-10 completion right in front of him by Kansas City’s Junior Hemingway.
  • Rookie cornerback Brandon Smith made a textbook interception early, but later he fell down in coverage to allow a 43-yard TD pass to Josh Bellamy. He also got beat on a slant for a 9-yard TD by Frankie Hammond Jr.
  • Even veteran defensive lineman Johnny Jolly couldn’t escape youthful inconsistency. He recorded a sack and one of his trademark deflected passes, but he also committed two penalties – an offsides that moved a Chiefs field goal five yards closer and a personal foul for spearing the Chiefs player who recovered the fumble on Palmer’s sack.

Of all those aforementioned players, Jolly likely has the best chance of sticking on the roster when final cuts are announced on Saturday afternoon. Out of football for three years, he was one of the longest of long shots of the 90 players in camp, but he’s been too disruptive up front to ignore.

“I just leave it on the field every chance I get, and hopefully it worked out and I’ve done what I need to do to be here,” Jolly said.

Additional coverage - Aug. 29
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