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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 8, 2013

In this week's edition, the head coach discusses the improved running game, the injuries at linebacker and the defensive performance vs. Detroit, among other topics.


Q. You’re up to No. 5 in rushing. Are you proud of that ranking?

The importance of rankings is where you finish. We’re off to a good start, but we’ve only played four games. Too much was made of our run game in the past, and even more is being made of it now. We want to be balanced. Each game plan is different and specific to the opponent. Our players did a very good job of executing the specific things we needed to do against Detroit to have success in the run game. We need to continue to build off of that focus and success. Our backs are doing a much better job, but it’s a combination of the runners and the run-blocking unit.

Q. How’d you do it so quickly?

Anytime you have success, it’s important to give credit to the right people, and that’s the players. We adjusted our schemes and we took a hard look at all aspects of our offense. We changed some things in the run game, and our players have been working on those changes since April. The players have done a good job executing in these first four games. A standard has been set and we have to continue to meet and exceed the standard.

Q. Are you going to be able to overcome the injuries at linebacker?

Yes. I never want to see our players get injured, and when we have multiple players injured at the same position, it’s a challenge. I have great faith in Jamari Lattimore and Sam Barrington. Jamari has done a very good job on special teams. He’s prepared and has been waiting for this opportunity. Sam needs to take a big step, especially on special teams. Based on Clay’s status, we’ll also prepare Nate Palmer on the outside. We’ve had to play some younger players a little earlier in the season than we thought, particularly at defensive back with Morgan Burnett and Casey Hayward being out, but that’s the way the NFL goes. It happens every year and there are always challenges. I have great confidence in our players.

Q. What did you like on defense on Sunday?

I liked the attitude, I liked the edge and I loved the pursuit. There are multiple pictures on film of five, six or seven hats on the ball. Our defense did an excellent job of controlling the line of scrimmage and playing with good leverage. We had a couple of missed tackles, but for the most part it was a good tackling day. They stayed true to their keys. Limiting Reggie Bush’s production was definitely a focus of ours, and the game plan was adjusted with the absence of Calvin Johnson. I just liked the way our defense flew around.

Q. You mentioned stepping up to another level. What’s the next level?

Playing a total football game. If you look at the first four games, Detroit was the first time we played a total game. The style of play in all three areas was evident from start to finish. Whether it was the way the offense was running the ball or the way the defense was swarming to the football, or Mason Crosby’s big day – it really was our first complete performance.

Q. What happened in the red zone?

Red-zone production starts with how many times we get there, and I’m pleased with the number of attempts we’ve had. We’re creating a lot of opportunities with our offensive flow, and we need to keep that up. We need to get as many at-bats as possible. Secondly, it comes down to execution. It’s the little things, such as a route or protection. We have an excellent package down there schematically and challenge our opponents with the way we attack them. We’re just not quite there yet with our execution.

Q. Are you seeing signs of opponents showing an increased respect for your running game?

Yes. Last year, Detroit played us with split safeties defense the vast majority of the time (84%). This year we saw more three-shell coverage, with a single-high safety in the middle of the field and the other safety down near the line of scrimmage in normal down-and-distance. I do believe they respected the run more.

Q. What did Eddie Lacy do well on Sunday?

Eddie did a really good job with his reads and decisions. His second-level running wasn’t quite where it needed to be in the first half, but he came on really strong in the second half. The most impressive part of his game was his pass protection. He did an excellent job helping out our tackles and guards by chipping and getting out for the checkdowns. Eddie definitely took a step forward.

Q. How about your offensive line?

Excellent. A very good performance. Our interior three played very well, especially our guards. T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton had their finest performances of the year against one of the biggest challenges they’ll face. I was very pleased overall with the offensive line. We ran the ball well, and Aaron was protected with a good pocket pretty much the whole day.

Q. What are your thoughts on the Ravens?

They’re the defending world champions. They’re holding the belt right now, and everybody is giving them their best shot. It will be no different when we go there. They’re a very well-coached football team and an uncommon opponent. Because of that, we’ll have to increase our film study this week. This will be a tough, hard-nosed football game on the road, and we need a road win.

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


 
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