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  • 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/




Trick plays have helped trigger offense

Posted Oct 1, 2012

The Packers have successfully run a fake field goal for a touchdown and a fake punt that led to a touchdown in the season’s first four weeks, but even Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum isn’t surprised the bag of tricks is being emptied this early.

Slocum (pictured) sees the trickery as a function of the Packers offense not yet hitting its stride, and momentum grabbers like fakes can often jump-start things. After converting the fake punt with a 5-yard run from their 17 yard line on Sunday against the Saints, the Packers proceeded to drive the remaining 78 yards for a third touchdown in their first four possessions on the day.

“Last year we were just lighting the scoreboard up, and this year we’ve used it to infuse our team there in the first half, and it has turned out to work well,” Slocum said. “The way the games have worked out to this point, those two plays have been necessary.”

Both fakes were risky, but for different reasons. The fake field goal against the Bears came on fourth-and-26 from the 27-yard line, meaning it was essentially touchdown or bust. The fake punt came on fourth-and-inches, but failure meant handing the ball to the Saints in the red zone. Both worked in part because those elements of risk made them such surprise calls.

The fake punt succeeded because the Saints double-teamed both outside gunners on the Packers punt team, leaving only six players around the ball. Fullback John Kuhn, the up man in punt formation, took the snap and easily got the first down.

“Basically we’ve got eight guys there in the box (including Kuhn), and they’ve got six,” Slocum said. “So in terms of just executing the play, it’s a fairly high-percentage play.”

Head Coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t as high percentage with his replay challenges on Sunday, going zero-for-two.

Despite referee Jeff Triplette’s explanation on tight end Jimmy Graham’s third-quarter catch that Graham never lost control of the ball, McCarthy still believes it was a good challenge that should have gone his way.

He does regret, however, challenging an incompletion to Jordy Nelson in the second quarter that was not overturned. McCarthy said he made the decision on his own after seeing the first replay on the video board, but as soon as he saw a second replay he knew the call was going against him.

That’s what made him hesitate to challenge the Graham catch later, because right or wrong it would be his last challenge, and he waited until the last possible moment to throw the red flag on Graham. The Packers were then out of challenges when Saints returner Darren Sproles fumbled a fourth-quarter kickoff but was incorrectly ruled down.

“I had talked about it at halftime that I only had one challenge left, and with their offense this thing could come down to the end of the game,” McCarthy said in going over the Graham challenge, which came on the third snap of the second half. “To me, that was a big management decision that really could have hurt us, because we obviously needed it later on the Sproles fumble.”

Both McCarthy and Slocum indicated they felt a challenge on the Sproles fumble would have given the Packers the ball, even though the officials had ruled Sproles down. A clear recovery of the fumble by the defense is needed to overturn a “down by contact” call, and linebacker Dezman Moses had emerged with the ball.

“If I had the challenge, I think the result would have been different,” McCarthy said.

Injury update: McCarthy said receiver Greg Jennings’ groin injury flared up on him and prevented him from running full stride, so he was removed from the game in the second quarter. Jennings missed one game when he originally injured it, but there’s no indication yet how long he’ll be out this time.

Safety M.D. Jennings’ shoulder injury is not a major concern, McCarthy said, but Jennings would have to be tested before he’s able to return to the practice field.

Defensive end Mike Neal is eligible to practice this week following his four-game suspension. The Packers have a one-week roster exemption for him, so he won’t necessarily be activated for this week’s game.

McCarthy said he has no doubts Neal has been working out and staying in shape, but he wants to see him go through a full week of practice before making any decisions.

“We need to see where he is,” McCarthy said. “He hasn’t been playing or practicing football for four weeks. We will take him through the full week.”

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