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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • 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

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Vic Ketchman

Vic Ketchman is a veteran of 40 NFL seasons and has covered the Steelers and Jaguars prior to coming to Green Bay.

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'62 Lions fire first shot: 'We had a better team'

Posted Nov 21, 2011

The Detroit Lions fired the first salvo of the week, but it wasn’t Ndamukong Suh and the current Lions that took aim at the Packers, it was three esteemed members of the Lions’ 1962 team that took “shots” at the Packers.

It was the country’s game of the year, the 10-0 Packers (sound familiar?) in hot pursuit of an undefeated season. Vince Lombardi was the Packers’ coach and his star quarterback, of course, was Bart Starr.

Earlier in the season, the Packers had dealt the Lions a 9-7 loss in Green Bay on a rainy day, a game in which the Lions defense throttled the Packers offense all day, until a Herb Adderley interception late in the game, with the Lions holding a 7-6 lead, opened the door and allowed the Packers to rally for the win.

“We had respect for them, but we all felt we had a better football team,” Lions Hall of Fame middle linebacker Joe Schmidt said during a conference call on Monday, beginning a week that will culminate with Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game between this year’s 10-0 Packers and the 7-3 Lions. The Lions were 8-2 heading into that ’62 classic.

“The first game, Milt Plum got blamed for throwing the ball but that call came from upstairs. We were leading 7-6 and they called a little timing pass and Terry Barr slipped. We always felt we were the better team but we can’t prove that because they won the championship,” Schmidt added.

On Thanksgiving, the Lions got their chance for revenge at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. It was a game they had awaited, much as a real lion awaits feeding time.

“We were the only game on TV. There was no other game on Thanksgiving and we knew everybody would be watching that game. It was a motivational thing,” defensive lineman Roger Brown said.

Brown and defensive tackle Alex Karras would dominate the game, as Starr was sacked 11 times. The Lions scored a 26-14 win that wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate, but four wins later the Packers won the NFL title for the second consecutive season.

It’s important to note that there was no playoff system back then. The Lions went to something mockingly known as the “Runner-up Bowl,” where they beat the Steelers, 17-10.

Forty-nine years later, the edge in Schmidt’s, Brown’s and wide receiver Gail Cogdill’s voices is still sharp. All these years later, the ’62 Lions still believe they were the better team.

“Back in ’62, we had a vendetta. We had a game to make up for. We gave them a gift up in Green Bay and we wanted to set the record straight, so we had a vendetta against them,” Brown said.

“We should’ve won the first game, no question about that,” Schmidt said.

“It was a shock that we lost the first game. It ate in the back of our minds and when Thanksgiving came around it was like, yeah, it’s here,” Cogdill said.

Pro football was not the TV sport then that it is now, so the long-awaited rematch between the two teams became a TV event. In fact, the audience for the ’62 Packers-Lions game on Thanksgiving Day was so large that it helped drive pro football into the TV age.

“This was the only time you were on national hookup other than the championship game. It was the only time you had a chance to show what kind of football team you were to the viewing public,” Schmidt said.

The Lions were so focused on payback for the game they lost in Green Bay earlier in the season that their young defensive coordinator, an up-and-coming coach by the name of Don Shula, devised a cutting-edge plan for slanting his defensive linemen that confused the Packers’ blocking schemes and created havoc at the line of scrimmage.

“According to formation, they used to run that Green Bay sweep. By formation, I could call a slant to where they were going to run. We would twist the tackles and blitz off that. They sort of got confused with their blocking schemes and it caused them real problems,” Schmidt said.

“We had a set of stunts we would do. We did all kinds of nutty things, but we were determined to get to Bart Starr,” Brown said.

The Lions got their revenge but the Packers got the title, and that sets the stage perfectly for this year’s game. Schmidt, Brown and Cogdill made their rooting interests perfectly clear.

“As far as Thanksgiving is concerned, we always play super football and, hopefully, they can duplicate the game we had against them in 1962,” Schmidt said.

“I think they’re going to play one of their best games this year,” Cogdill said.

The week begins.

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