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  • 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.

     
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    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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You want draft facts? Here are the facts

Posted Apr 24, 2012

There’s supposition, and then there’s fact. Mel Kiper is supposition; Tony Villiotti is fact.

Everybody knows who Kiper is. He’s the star of ESPN’s draft coverage. He’s the father of it. In some ways, Kiper is the very identity of the NFL draft.

So who is Villiotti?

Well, once upon a time, he tried to be Kiper, which is to say another draftnik offering another value board and another mock draft in a sea of meaningless opinion. Villiotti quickly discovered the draft hype had enough Kipper wannabes, so Villiotti, a former corporate bean counter and numbers cruncher, came up with a new idea: Instead of looking forward, he’d turn his attention backward.

Villiotti is the creator of Draftmetrics.com, and NFL teams are far more interested in what Villiotti has to say than they are in what Kiper says because Villiotti, you see, provides teams with information they can trust.

For example, Villiotti crunched the numbers and came up with an intriguing flow chart on what draft positions in the first round have produced the most success between 2002-2011. He ranked the picks according to career starts, draftees in the Pro Bowl at least once, total Pro Bowl appearances and rookie starters.

The Kansas City Chiefs are no doubt happy to know that draft position No. 11, the position the Chiefs hold in this draft, is No. 1 on Villiotti’s flow chart: 707 career starts, six draftees in the Pro Bowl at least once, 21 total Pro Bowl appearances and seven rookie starters.

Draft position 24 (Steelers) is No. 2, position three (Vikings) is No. 3, position eight (Dolphins) is No. 4 and position two (Redskins) is No. 5. The Packers hold the 28th overall pick, which is No. 22 in the success rankings. Alas, the poor Browns, who hold the 22nd overall pick, which is the worst position in the first round at producing success.

Another piece of Villiotti research: The Panthers lead the league over the last 10 years in retention of first-round picks, 88.9 percent of them still being with the team. The Packers are at 60 percent.

Here’s some information on quarterbacks: Of the starters on the 19 teams Villiotti judges to be set at quarterback, the Packers being one of those teams, 14 of the quarterbacks were first-round picks, two were second-round picks, one was taken in each of the third and sixth rounds, and one was undrafted. Quarterbacks selected in the first five picks of the draft account for more than 30 percent of the overall starts at the position leaguewide.

So what good is that kind of information? Well, it might help a team shape its value board. It might help “weight” certain positions, such as quarterback, so that the need to find that player at a certain point in the order is reflected in the process’ scoring system.

Villiotti showed his work to an old-time personnel boss who’s long been in retirement, and the old guy quickly replied that he wished Villiotti’s information had been available to the personnel man when he was making the picks.

The look-ahead game is certainly more fun because it introduces debate, but Villiotti’s research is unimpeachable. It truly is what it is.

Here’s one that would interest any GM: Villiotti’s research led him to create eight picks value groups. Leading the way is picks 1-13. Then comes 14-28, 29-44, 45-66, 67-100, 101-141, 142-181, and 182 and later.

It’s a fact.

 
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