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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 18, 2012


In this week's edition, the head coach discusses the running back rotation, his affinity for boxing, and the next level of performance for the Packers on both sides of the ball, among other topics.

The Festival Foods Facebook question of the week is from Steve from Fond du Lac, WI. His question is: How do you feel about the idea of getting rid of the kickoff?

It would be a major change for the game, and it’s not a simple issue. It’s important to be mindful of the game’s history and traditions and I’m not a big fan of major rule changes. However, player safety is paramount. There are numerous statistics that illustrate the injury risk on kickoffs. The first adjustment the NFL made, moving the kickoff up by five yards, has had a positive impact on player safety by reducing the number of returns. Overall, it’s a difficult issue to consider during the season. It’s probably a better question to discuss at the league meetings in March when the league will have all the pertinent information and data to discuss the viable solutions. At that point, an educated and sound decision can be made. Everyone agrees that player safety should be at the forefront of all these decisions.

Anthony from Appleton, WI
How do you determine your running back rotation?

There are several factors. In part, we consider an individual's past performance and his comfort level with certain portions of the playbook. Injuries and our offensive tendencies are also factors. Everything is considered as we build our game plan. Rotating running backs is a challenge because it’s not just about putting a new guy in the game and giving him the ball. The backs have other responsibilities, such as pass protection, that we must also consider. Protection is very important to our offense, and there has to be a lot of trust and communication among the backs, the protection unit and the quarterback. Everything factors in and that’s why we have long game plan meetings every week.

Hector from East Illinois
What led you to showing the film of the Ali fight to your team before the game, and are you a boxing fan?

I used to be a big boxing fan. I have great memories of watching boxing with my father as a kid. I don’t think we ever missed a Muhammad Ali fight, and I remember that ’76 Olympic boxing team with Sugar Ray Leonard and several other greats. Regarding our team, we have a theme each week, and our theme going into Chicago was the ability to “punch and counterpunch.” In those types of games, you’re going to throw as many punches as you can. However, you’re also conscious of the fact that when you’re on the road, in Soldier Field, there’s the potential for big momentum swings and you have to be able to counterpunch. With that in mind, we showed some highlights of the Ali-Foreman fight in ‘74, the “Rumble in the Jungle.” That fight not only displayed the physical greatness of Ali, but also his mental and strategic ability as he went on to win the heavyweight championship that night against an incredible champion himself, George Foreman.

Q. Is a bye week in the postseason good or bad?

It’s great and it’s a definite advantage. I understand recent history and the theory that a team can benefit by playing on and not taking a break. However, my opinion is that a fresh football team gives you the best opportunity to win in the regular season and the postseason. Given the opportunity, we are definitely going to try to earn a first-round bye.

Q. Other than winning, what qualifies a team as being hot?

Quality of play. The game of football is about winning and quality of play, and that’s what excites me about our team. I still believe this team has the ability to grow over the next two weeks as we head into the playoffs. I see a football team that has a lot of ability, production and potential in all three phases, and that’s the difference between this year’s team and last year’s team.

Q. Is the whole “Cover Two” thing overrated?

It’s part of the game and the path that our offense has been on this year. In the last few weeks, we’ve done a much better job of producing with a balanced attack. Based on what we see from our opponent defensively, it’s important that our offensive play selection results in clean plays, and we’re doing that. For the most part, we’ve had success in that area all year, but our balanced attack execution has improved. That will be a strength of our offense as we move forward. Our offense hasn’t seen as much pressure this year as we’ve seen in the past, but Tennessee has a history of bringing pressure on the quarterback. We’ll see if that’s the case this week.

Q. Do you agree that your offensive line provided running room on Sunday?

Yes. However, we didn’t grade out as well offensively as I thought we would when I walked off the field on Sunday. There are some things we can continue to improve upon. Don Barclay keeps getting better. The line was solid against a defensive front that incorporates a lot of movement. It’s important to look at the combination of the running back’s course and the run-blocking unit together. Rhythm and timing are not exclusive to the passing game; they’re also applicable to the running game. The run-blocking unit has been getting the back to the second level more consistently, but we have to do a better job on that second level of making a free tackler miss. That’s the last component of the running game we need to improve on down the stretch.

Q. What’s the next level of performance for your offense?

Point production. We left points on the field against Chicago, and that’s the one area in which we are looking to improve. Ideally, our third-down efficiency would have been better, but we were 2-for-2 in the red zone and we converted in short-yardage situations. We excelled in situational football, but we fell short in point production. We had two missed field goals and the turnover heading into the red zone. Had we converted those opportunities, our point production would have been in the 30s and we’d feel a lot better about our performance.

Q. How about for the defense?

Build off the performance against Chicago. Our defense was dominant and the grades were outstanding. We owned the line of scrimmage. We shut them out in third-down conversion opportunities and you can’t do better than that. We had a couple of penalties on their touchdown drive, but other than that, our defense played lights out.

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