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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/

     

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Tuesdays with McCarthy

Posted Oct 1, 2013

In this week's edition, the head coach talks about how he spent the bye week, what he sees in the Lions and the improved running game, among other topics.


Q. Did your players come back from the bye rested and energized?

Yes, the players came back energized. There was a lot of enthusiasm at practice on Monday. The players had a chance to step away, assess our team and themselves, as well as the challenge we face against Detroit. I’m pleased the bye was this early because it was a benefit for the players to recharge.

Q. How did you use the bye week?

I had a chance to get a lot of work done. I spent a good amount of time in my office alone, which is good for me. I also got to spend time with the family, with all the kids. On Thursday I rode the school bus with my 4-year-old daughter, Gabrielle, and we went to the Apple Valley orchard. We picked apples and then made apple pie that night. My oldest daughter Alex was home from college, so over the weekend, we went up to Door County. We went to the drive-in theater in Fish Creek, and the kids got to see “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2.” Then everybody else left, but my oldest boy wanted to watch the second feature, “Elysium,” so we stayed for that. That drive-in is a great family place. I thought I was a kid back in the ’70s in Pittsburgh. Loved it. We had quality family time, a great weekend.

Q. NFC North competition begins for your team this week. Your thoughts on the importance of division games?

Division games are very important, and I’m sure every team views them that way. We have a systematic approach to these games. Detroit is playing very well. It’s important to look ahead, and not back at history, which some people rely on too much. Every one of these contests brings a little extra to the playing field, and we’ll be ready for the challenge Sunday.

Q. What did you see in the Lions on Sunday?

Talent and explosiveness. They have the ability to generate big plays, offensively and defensively. They used turnovers to get out to a commanding lead, and it was an impressive win for them over Chicago.

Q. What’s your evaluation of your team at this point in the season?

We’re a football team that needs to do a better job with the little things for four full quarters. That’s one component of our first three contests that was evident. There’s a lot of good football we’ve put on film, but at the end of the day it’s about winning and increasing the quality of play. We’ll have an opportunity to take a step in that direction this week.

Q. How are the young tackles playing?

They’ve been solid. Everybody felt good about them after the first two weeks, but Cincinnati was their biggest challenge. Experience pays forward and they will benefit from the Cincinnati experience as they prepare for Detroit.

Q. Is there anything in the way of developing trends that you’ve detected in the league this season? How about the read-option craze?

I don’t know. We don’t run the read option. Defensively, we spent a lot of time on it in the offseason for our first two opponents. However, exposing the most important position on your football team is a risk each team has to assess.

Q. You promised the running game would be improved and it’s up to No. 9 in the league. Your thoughts on that?

I don’t like to draw conclusions based on three games of statistics. I’m happy with a number of things we’ve done running the football. I’d like to get more continuity between our running back and our run-blocking unit. We’ve incurred some injuries to our running backs, but our run blocking has been pretty consistent the first few weeks.

Q. What’s the importance of the running game in today’s game and as it pertains to the Packers?

I’m fully aware of how we’re viewed, but the reality is how our offense is implemented in practice and how we train, it starts with the run game. Now, the way the games are played has a lot to do with the trend and the flow of the football game. Running the football is important. I’ve always talked about attempts as probably the most important statistic. In the same breath, we have a quarterback that is exceptional, particularly at generating production off of run action. The running game is the spoke that gets the wheel started for us, but at the end of the day it’s about scoring points. We want to be conscientious about how many times we run the football, in part because it can alleviate some stress on our offensive line.

Q. What’s the next segment of the schedule?

We’re going into the second quarter. I’ve looked at the first three games as the first quarter and we have a five-game second quarter. The third and fourth quarters will be four games each. Our fourth quarter will start after Thanksgiving.

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

 
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