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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/




Tim Masthay, punt team putting together special season

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Chicago Bears return star Devin Hester poses next challenge

GREEN BAY—It’s a magic number of sorts for a punt team, a 40-yard net average.

It’s a target the Packers haven’t hit in three dozen years of tracking the statistic, but they’re on pace to do so in 2012 for the first time as they head into more tough weather down the stretch.

Punter Tim Masthay’s net average through 13 games is exactly 40.0 yards, more than a full yard better than last season’s 38.6 mark, which was the highest recorded by a Green Bay punter since 1976, when the stat was first kept.

A third-year pro, Masthay is putting together his strongest and most consistent season to date, but he is the first to admit it’s not just him.

“It’s our best year as a unit, too,” he said. “A punter doesn’t make a great punt team. A punter is part of a great punt team, but coverage and protection are just as big.”

Masthay was quick to mention gunner Jarrett Bush, snapper Brett Goode and personal protector John Kuhn as three players who stand out on film every week, and his list goes on.

The unit has dealt with its share of personnel changes due to injuries, but it has more than held up. The Packers are allowing only 4.9 yards per punt return, third-best in the league, while the longest return on the year is just 20 yards, and that came in Week 1. Since then, only two punt returns have surpassed seven yards.

“It’s production by everybody,” Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum said. “The tackles are spread around. We are covering fast. That’s the key. You have to run under the ball and get down there before the return can get set up. We’ve done that for the most part.”

It all starts with Masthay, who has rewarded the coaching staff’s patience with him during an up-and-down first season in 2010. He came on strong the second half of that campaign and there have been no worries since.

With his hang time and directional punting, Masthay has considerably limited the opponents’ opportunities. Only 18 of his 59 punts have been returned. The game-by-game net average this season has dropped below 36 yards only once, when Houston blocked a punt late in the fourth quarter of a Week 6 blowout.

Masthay also has become especially adept at pinning opponents deep with his end-over-end Aussie-style pooch kick. He has placed 28 punts inside the 20 this season, already his career high and very close to the franchise mark of 30 set by Sean Landeta in 1998. Like net average, punts inside the 20 have been tracked since 1976.

Giving credit again to his coverage team for downing the ball and/or forcing fair-catches, Masthay has placed an astounding 47 percent of his punts (28 of 59) inside the 20 against just five touchbacks. For comparison, Landeta’s percentage in ’98 was 46, with seven touchbacks.

“There’s just a solid group of guys that I think pay attention to details, give it focus and energy, and the coaching has been excellent,” Masthay said. “We have clear purpose every week, and Coach Slocum is a high-energy guy, so he brings that to the room, too.”

There’s no lack of energy this week with record-setting Chicago return man Devin Hester on deck. Hester, who has an NFL record 12 punt-return TDs in his career, is in a bit of a slump, not having brought one back since Week 10 of last season, a drought of 20 games. Hester has had only one punt return this season longer than 24 yards.

Masthay and the Packers won’t be lulled to sleep, however.

“Shoot, I remember my rookie season, first time I ever played against him, he hadn’t busted one in a while and he returned a touchdown,” Masthay said. “He had five or six touchdowns that year. Nothing for granted.”

That was Masthay’s third game as a pro, Week 3 of 2010, and Hester hadn’t found paydirt in more than two full seasons until that Monday night at Soldier Field. When he did, he helped the Bears get their only win over the Packers in the last eight meetings between the rivals.

It was an early lesson for Masthay that he’ll be judged by how well he and his unit work together to affect field position. Both he and the group have come a long way since then.

They’re on a roll of late, too. Over the last four games, only five of Masthay’s 15 punts have been returned, for a grand total of one yard. That has helped keep the net average right at the magic number, but the season’s not over, yet, not with Hester and plenty of cold weather coming up.

“It’s been good, it’s been solid, and it needs to stay that way for the length of the season,” Slocum said. “You’re only as good as your last punt, so we have to continue to be productive.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 13

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