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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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Who might fall right into the Packers' lap?

Posted Apr 25, 2013

This is a difficult draft to predict

Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert

GREEN BAY—As this process turned into its final phase, when the NFL’s 32 teams convened in Mobile for the Senior Bowl, the word was that this was a bad draft class. The word was that it was a bad year to have the top pick because there wasn’t a quarterback worthy of that selection.

Three months later, there’s still no quarterback, but what was thought to be a weak overall class has turned into something a lot better, and certainly a lot juicier. The draft class from which the NFL will pick over the next three days is loaded with intrigue. What we’re likely to witness, beginning tonight, is a great divergence of opinion.

Bill Polian is calling this a “tough guy draft,” because it’s full of meat-and-potatoes players. I’m calling it an “upside-down draft,” because several of the players that were thought to be at the top of the first round have fallen to the bottom of the round or maybe even out of it.

Damontre Moore of Texas A&M is a perfect example. His name had been linked to the Jaguars with the second overall pick. After the combine, Moore went into free fall.

“I’ll be surprised if Moore isn’t available at 26. Not a great athlete but he’s a great football player. If the light goes on, he’s going to be a good pro football player,” draft guru Tony Pauline said as he rode the train into midtown Manhattan.

Think about that. Moore available for the Packers to draft? It would’ve been unthinkable a few months ago.

Here’s another one: John Jenkins. He put on an eye-popping show of power and athleticism at the Senior Bowl, but he did something else at the Senior Bowl: He weighed in at 359 pounds, and it hurt him big time because no one is questioning Jenkins’ ability, they’re questioning his dedication.

“World of potential, but the fact he was 359 pounds at the Senior Bowl is hurting him. I’ll be surprised if he’s not there for the Packers,” Pauline said.

Jenkins available to the Packers? If you ascribe to George Young’s “Planet Theory,” that there are only so many people on the planet that big and when you have a chance to take one, you take him, then it’s unthinkable that Jenkins could fall that far.

Georgia’s Jarvis Jones, one of the draft’s premier pass rushers and a perfect fit for Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense, has also fallen.

“I think Jones has the medical and didn’t work out well, plus, some people think he’s one-dimensional, but I would be shocked if he’s still available at 26,” Pauline said of Jones, who began to fall at the combine on reports of a neck injury.

For some to fall, others must rise and Pauline believes a fast-rising crop of cornerbacks will represent the best value group available when the Packers go on the clock. Pauline likes Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant and fast-rising Boise corner Phillip Taylor as top-of-the-board prospects at pick 26. Of course, Pauline’s board isn’t Ted Thompson’s.

“You’re going to have some good running backs there: Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin. No receiver unless Tyler Eifert slides. I don’t think he will. He’d be good value. Cordarelle Patterson could slip that far. If he does, it’s because of a major red flag. No offensive lineman, unless they want to reach for Justin Pugh of Syracuse. Jonathan Hankins could be good value. Twenty-six might still be a bit early for Jesse Williams. There’ll be better cornerbacks on the board,” Pauline added.

Eifert has become somewhat of a darling-of-the-media selection. He’s the big, soft-hands tight end Mike McCarthy loves. Patterson, the Tennessee wide receiver, is pure size and speed, but do the Packers really need a wide receiver? Hey, it’s an offensive game.

This draft seems to be all about who falls how far. DT Star Lotulelei was falling due to heart concerns, but he’s checked out OK recently and Pauline doesn’t believe Lotulelei will fall much beneath the top 10 picks.

As the final hours tick off to the start of the draft, nobody knows for sure how this draft will fall. That would seem to be this draft’s identity, that it’s one of the most difficult drafts to get a handle on in recent years. If that’s true, it could turn out to be a very good year to sit and wait for someone you thought would be gone to fall right into your lap.

It’s a strategy that worked for the Packers in 2005.

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