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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 Oct 29, 2013

In this week's edition, the head coach discusses the running game, compares Aaron Rodgers and Joe Montana, and comments on the upcoming Bears matchup.

Q. How do the styles of Eddie Lacy and James Starks complement each other?

Anytime you have two big backs that have two different running styles, it’s a nice advantage for your offense. Eddie is a big man. I don’t think people recognize how good his vision and balance are, and he’s always moving forward. James is more of a downhill slasher, and the pace that James brought into the game in Minnesota was uplifting for us. It’s important to run the football, and when you have two big men running and falling forward, it definitely adds to your production.

Q. What’s made the difference in your offensive line since last year? Is it the left-right switch?

It’s a different offensive line from last year. We have new players at a couple of different positions, and they’ve been able to work together since Family Night, which has allowed them to jell. Josh Sitton is playing excellent football, and T.J. Lang is healthy. We’re seeing what T.J. is all about when he’s able to string together healthy games. Evan Dietrich-Smith is clearly a year better. The inside three are as good as we’ve ever had, and the two young tackles keep getting better. They’re aggressive; they do all the little things you look for in a lineman. As a group, the ability to solidify, grow and mature week to week has been very important for us.

Q. What is it about David Bakhtiari that’s allowed him to be so successful as a rookie?

Number one, David is a talented young man. His approach and professionalism at a young age has helped him transition from college to pro football. That’s a hurdle some players don’t ever get over, or it takes some players longer than others. It’s been very impressive to watch him earn the opportunity to start, and to see him prepare and focus on the fundamentals while stepping up to the challenges put in front of him.

Q. What’s the next level for your defense?

We’re doing a really good job of not surrendering big plays and our run defense has set the tempo. The next level is shutting down an offense by forcing turnovers and finishing in the fourth quarter. We’re doing a lot of good things on defense, especially up front, where it’s supposed to start. Commanding the line of scrimmage is something we’ve been able to do all year and that needs to continue. Our linemen have done a great job of letting our linebackers run and make plays. Our coverage units are doing a good job competing on every throw. We have to continue to stay true to the fundamentals. The key component is for everybody to get healthy and to play with the same guys week in and week out. That always helps any unit.

Q. Your running game is ranked higher than your passing game. Did the earth just move?

I’ve always looked at offensive production as total yards. I’ve always possessed confidence in our players, our scheme and our coaches. If we need to run it, we run it, and if we need to throw it, we throw it. The way it shakes out is a product of our players stepping up and taking advantage of their opportunities. It’s also our coaches doing a great job each week and coming up with a good plan.

Q. How did you do it so quickly? When was the commitment to it made?

We definitely wanted to improve. It goes back to the spring. We went through our scheme evaluation and put some things in we hadn’t had before. It was really the advancement of our offensive line and our quarterback. We felt we could give them more responsibility, and they’ve done a great job with that. We also added some new players. Between the acquisition of players, players taking advantage of their opportunities and some scheme adjustments, we’ve made an impact.

Q. You coached Joe Montana. How are Montana and Aaron Rodgers similar?

They’re both very accurate with the football. They’re also great communicators with their teammates, as far as timing, routes, etc., and being on the same page. They have the full picture of how it all fits together. I learned a lot watching Joe communicate with the receivers, running backs and tight ends, and how he did it within his personality. Aaron has that same attribute. Ball accuracy, the way they communicate, the relationships they have with their teammates, their vision of the field, their ability to make plays in the pocket and out of the pocket. Most importantly, they’re both winners.

Q. The Lions kept the pressure on with a dramatic win. Good thing?

I don’t really pay attention to that. I saw the end of Detroit’s win. It was a great two-minute drive. Anytime I have a chance to watch a game, there are things I look for that I can emphasize with our team. In the four-minute offense, Dallas had that third-and-12 running play, and the result was a critical holding call. It stopped the clock. That’s a hard lesson for any football team. We’re always teaching things about situational football, and how important it is not to hold, particularly on a run play in that situation. If the clock runs down under 30 seconds left there, it’s a whole different situation. It was a great job by Detroit’s offense to go the length of the field and score. They had a couple of big-time throws and heady plays in that sequence.

Q. What are your emotions for and fondest memories of games against the Bears?

It’s important for all of us to respect the history of this game and what it means to the organization, to the fans, and really, to the NFL. It’s the longest rivalry in all of professional football, and I have an appreciation for history. As far as the actual game, we need to prepare and stay focused on our opponent and the changes they’ve made. They have a different coaching staff than in prior years, so you look for the variations in their scheme and how they’re utilizing players we’ve played against in prior years. At the end of the week, we want to make sure we’re focused on winning and that our quality of play is as high as possible. It’s a great game to compete in. There’s a reason we’re on Monday Night Football, and this is a big game for us and our fans.

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

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