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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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Tuesdays with McCarthy

Posted Dec 24, 2012


In this week's edition, the head coach discusses the family atmosphere in the locker room, Randall Cobb's smarts and Aaron Rodgers' responsibilities at the line of scrimmage, among other topics.

The Festival Foods Facebook question of the week is from Larry from Eau Claire, WI: How do you keep a family atmosphere inside the locker room?

I’ve always liked Mike Ditka’s quote, “You get what you tolerate.” Coaching a group of men requires a combination of what you tolerate and what you emphasize. To create a family atmosphere, you have to treat everybody like family. We keep the best interests of the individual at heart as long as they stay in line with the goals of the football team. The only rule I consistently reference with our team is, “No disrespect.” Respect is a two-way street, and it’s important for players, coaches and support staff to encounter that in every interaction that they have. I believe that encourages a family atmosphere.

Jason from San Jose, CA
Randall Cobb drawing a penalty on the kickoff by stepping out of bounds was brilliant. Do you dedicate special time to go over the complete rulebook with all the players? It obviously shows that it can lead to a competitive advantage.

It’s something we discuss when we review game situations. We have a game education segment in every team meeting throughout the spring and in training camp. We’re always reviewing different game scenarios with our players. It was an outstanding, heads-up play by Randall. I’ve never been part of a game in which that play occurred.

Michael from Green Bay, WI
Does Aaron Rodgers ever want to leave the game in that situation or do you make an executive decision?

In the past, I think Aaron would have been reluctant to leave because he loves to compete. However, he’s now at the point in his career in which he’s accomplished a lot, and he clearly understands what’s best for the team. He was very excited for Graham Harrell when I told him we were making the change at that point in the game. They have a very strong personal relationship. Aaron is a big fan of Graham’s, and he was excited to see him get in the game.

Q. You’re in the No. 2 position in the NFC now, which makes this week’s game in Minnesota very important. Are the players motivated by seeding positions?

That’s a great question for the players. I’m motivated to win. Specifically, I’m motivated to win division games. We always emphasize the importance of division games, and headed into the last week of the season we have the opportunity to sweep the division. It’s as simple as that. It’s also a good opportunity to go on the road and compete in a loud environment, not unlike what we may face in the playoffs. This is a great game to be a part of for a number of reasons, but most importantly, we need to go get a win.

Q. Is Aaron Rodgers’ role at the line of scrimmage growing?

I don’t think it can expand any further. Aaron has the most command at the line of scrimmage of any quarterback I’ve worked with. He’s excellent and it’s clearly a strength of his game. His physical skill set is taken for granted sometimes, and the touchdown throw to Randall Cobb against the Titans is as fine a play as you’ll see on the football field. However, what he’s able to do at the line of scrimmage is exceptional.

Q. Why is that important?

It’s important because of how we employ our personnel and the multitude of our offensive concepts. We utilize a complex offensive operation, and it’s not a system that we can just plug a quarterback in to run. In order to maximize its potential, we need a quarterback with Aaron’s ability. Sometimes in this game, there’s too much emphasis on play-calling, or the ability to make the right call. It’s not about being right, it’s about being better. An important aspect of our offense is the potential to have a better play at the line of scrimmage. We have the talent, particularly on the perimeter, that demands and allows us to play that way. We have an extremely talented perimeter group that needs to touch the football.

Q. Does Ryan Grant look quicker than he did last season?

He’s definitely fresher, and I think Ryan would tell you that. Running back is such a demanding position to play for a full season. It undoubtedly takes a toll on every running back’s body, but especially a back with his running style. He’s a downhill, forward-leaning runner who seeks contact. However, there is no doubt that he’s got a lot of spring in his step right now.

Q. What is it about DuJuan Harris that makes him a change-of-pace back?

His physical skill set. He presents a different challenge to defenders. He’s small at impact and he’s as quick as he is fast. DuJuan has the ability to put his foot down and lower his shoulder, and he also has the ability to make you miss. He’s unique and we haven’t had a runner with that skill set in my time here.

Q. What can you tell us about a fun, old-fashioned McCarthy family Christmas?

We have five kids, so Santa Claus will be working overtime at our house. We’ve been watching the traditional Christmas shows all week. Our 4-year-old, Gabrielle, is really into Christmas this year. She thinks it’s Christmas every day. It’s great to have our oldest daughter, Alex, home from college. The boys Jack and George, at 11 and 9, are at great ages and really enjoy this time of year. Our 1-year-old, Isabella, never stops. It’s going to be a great Christmas. I’m really looking forward to spending time with the family.

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

 
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