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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.

  • 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/



Vic Ketchman

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


Defense takes 'first step' toward recovery

Posted Dec 12, 2011

The Packers defense denied big plays and took a step toward recovery on Sunday, which raised the question: Are the Packers’ problems on defense fixed?

“I’m saying it’s the first step,” Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said on Monday. “We have to go to Kansas City and build on the things we did well.”

What the Packers defense did well in a 46-16 win over the visiting Oakland Raiders is to have intercepted four passes and returned a fumble for a touchdown. Takeaways, of course, had long ago become routine for Capers’ unit. What’s most gratifying about the defense’s performance on Sunday is that it allowed only two plays of 20 yards or longer, pass completions of 24 and 34 yards, both of which occurred in the second half, long after the game had been decided.

“I saw some signs of things I like. We didn’t have the big plays. The result of that is the number of points on the board,” Capers said. “That’s a direct result of making them go a longer field. We didn’t have any defensive penalties. If we can continue to eliminate the big plays, it’s a step in the right direction.”

Yardage-wise, the defense’s league ranking didn’t budge; it remains 31st overall and 31st against the pass. Clearly, this isn’t going to be a yardage year for the Packers defense, but it certainly has been a banner season for intercepting passes. The Packers have intercepted 27 passes, nine more than the closest pursuer. Those 27 interceptions, against the six Aaron Rodgers has thrown, has the Packers second in the league to the 49ers in turnover differential at 20.

A big chunk of that turnover differential was achieved with reserve linebackers Robert Francois and D.J. Smith playing in place of A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop, both of whom have been out of action since sustaining calf injuries in Detroit. Francois and Smith were awarded game balls for their performances on Sunday. Francois was credited with nine tackles, an interception, a pass-defensed and a forced fumble. Smith had 10 tackles, an interception and a pass-defensed.

“Those guys kind of represent what our defense is about,” Capers said.

Offensively, the Packers hit the 30-point mark for the 10th time this season, which padded the Packers’ league lead in points per game.

Coordinator Joe Philbin even got a chance to get some playing time for first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod, who stepped in for Marshall Newhouse at left tackle in the first half.

“He’s a guy who’s improved a lot. We felt this was an opportunity to get a look at him and see where he’s at. That was the thought process. Get his feet wet and see how he grades out,” Philbin said. “Can he run a twist with a guy? Can he pass-block one-on-one? He competed hard. He represented himself well. All in all, it was a good effort.”

Philbin did not sign off on his offense’s total performance. He singled out four sacks, one of which resulted in a safety, penalties and a 27 percent conversion rate on third down as negatives.

“It’s the same old tune, unfortunately,” he said of the sacks.

What is he seeking in his offense between now and the postseason?

“I’d love to see us get better. There are tons of things we have to get better at,” he said.

One phase of the Packers offense did improve dramatically on Sunday. The running game gained 136 yards and posted a 5.7 yards-per-carry average, led by Ryan Grant’s 85 yards and 8.5 average.

“When he got to the second level, he made a couple of guys miss,” Philbin said.

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