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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/




Tuesdays with McCarthy

Posted Nov 28, 2012

In this week's edition, the head coach discusses cold-weather preparation, sleeping the night before games, and getting back to fundamental football, among other topics.

(Due to a technical issue, “Tuesdays with McCarthy” was not posted until Wednesday morning. The interview, as usual, took place on Tuesday.) 

The Festival Foods Facebook question of the week is from Eileen from Appleton, WI. Do you have the team prepare differently for a cold weather game?

The most important thing in cold-weather games is the ability to handle the football. We make a concerted effort to practice outside during our team periods unless the conditions will negatively impact the quality of our practice. Generally, cold or snow won’t force us inside. In my experience, it’s the wind or rain that can most negatively affect practice. We evaluate the weather every week when we prepare our practice schedule. There are certain drills that are more conducive to being performed indoors, but it’s important for us to have our team drills outside. We go to great lengths to practice outside as much as we can.

Dremma from Caddo Mills, TX
Are you able to sleep the night before a game?

Half the time I do, and half the time I don’t. I’m always in a hotel bed the night before a game and the variation can impact my comfort level. It often depends on how my week progressed and like everyone in this business; there are certain things that keep me up at night.

Heather from San Antonio, TX
What do you think about the way the schedule worked out this year with playing both Minnesota and Detroit twice after the bye week? Is this ideal or do you wish you had played either team earlier?

That’s a great question to discuss after the season. Having the division race determined in the last few weeks of the season is an outstanding concept. However, it does stress your football team to a greater degree. We have a plan and we’ll evaluate it after the season.

Q. What are the keys to better pass protection?

There are a number of keys. First and foremost is the scheme and how the blocking concepts are built into the various matchups involved in any given game. It’s not as simple as man-to-man blocking. Whether it’s a six-man or seven-man protection, the extra players fitting into that concept have added responsibilities aside from just blocking one particular defender. Additionally, the internal time clock and efficiency between the quarterback and the receivers’ routes has to be in sync.

Q. What do the Vikings offer in the way of a pass rush?

They have a strong pass rush. Jared Allen has been one of the premier pass rushers in our league for a number of years. He’s someone we always need to account for. However, they also have very good complementary pass rushers and the entire group plays with a lot of energy. Brian Robison is playing very well and Letroy Guion brings some juice inside for them. The Vikings will be another good challenge for us. It will be the third week in a row that we’ll compete against a big-time defensive line.

Q. Does a loss such as this past Sunday’s help focus a team?

Definitely. Nobody on this team – player, coach or support staff – feels good about what happened on Sunday night. We take great pride in how we perform, not only for one another but for our fans and the organization. Our theme this week is urgency. I expect to see a lot of urgency throughout the week of preparation, and most importantly on Sunday.

Q. Are blocking and tackling aspects of the game that suffer from not enough contact work in practice?

The practice structure is definitely different than it used to be. I support the emphasis on player safety, but I don’t necessarily agree that taking the pads off the players during practice increases player safety. Teaching your team how to practice is another element of coaching. Teams don’t just show up in the offseason and know how to practice in OTAs. It’s similar in relation to padded practices during the season. If I believe the No. 1 reason the team isn’t playing to its capabilities is because we aren’t excelling in the fundamentals, it’s important to get back to the basics. However, getting back to basics in shells and helmets is not the best environment in which to accomplish that.

Q. How important is it at this time of the year to be a physical football team?

It’s very important. Everyone emphasizes the physicality of their football team when the weather changes. The weather changes in November and December and it’s the time of year when every team’s play accelerates. It’s naiveté not to expect it. Because of the success we’ve experienced, we always believe we’re going to get a team’s best shot. In part, that means we’re going to get our opponent’s most physical game. That is always part of our preparation and it will be again this week for the Vikings.

Q. Do blocking and tackling define physical football?

They’re definitely examples of it, but other fundamentals are factors as well. Poor pad level can inhibit the ability to be physical. Physical football shows up a lot in a team’s finish, whether it’s blocking or tackling, getting off press coverage or keeping your hands on the receiver. Physical football is not something that is limited to play at the line of scrimmage.

Q. How do you get it back?

There wasn’t a switch that was flipped that caused us to lose it. The Giants deserve a lot of credit. They’re a big, fundamentally-sound team that likes to create certain “phone-booth” situations. There’s nothing wrong with going into a phone booth with a bigger opponent, but you still have to find the right way to win your battle. We didn’t get that done. They did a great job of playing to their strengths, and we did not. That’s why they were able to come away with a thorough victory.

To see previous editions of "Tuesdays with McCarthy," click here.

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