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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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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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Falcons keeping game in perspective

Posted Oct 5, 2011

Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith is being careful not to attach too much importance to this Sunday’s showdown between the Falcons and Packers, in a prime-time game at the Georgia Dome.

“I think the game has a little bit more emphasis for us because it’s a conference game. We’re very aware of the circumstances when you get into December. It determines whether you’re going to get a chance to play in the second season,” Smith said during a conference call with Packers media on Wednesday.

In other words, Smith is stressing to his team that this is an important game because it’ll go directly to playoff tiebreakers, not because the Falcons should feel a need to settle a score from last season’s loss to the Packers in the playoffs.

“We don’t circle games on our schedule,” Smith said.

Prime-time TV, however, will no doubt use the Packers’ 48-21 win in the playoffs last year to build a storyline for this Sunday’s matchup. The Falcons had homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, but a red-hot Packers team behind a scorching-hot quarterback ended the Falcons’ season abruptly.

The Packers led 21-14 as the Falcons neared a half-ending field goal attempt that might’ve cut the deficit to four points. That’s when cornerback Tramon Williams stepped in front of a Matt Ryan pass and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown that broke the dam and began a flood of points. When the water had settled, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had completed 31 of 36 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns.

The Rodgers run continued through the Super Bowl and into this season.

“When you’re completing nearly three out of every four passes, there’s no doubt he has an understanding of the pass-offense. He knows where to go with the ball. We have to be disruptive,” Smith said.

To that end, Smith said last spring’s lockout afforded “an opportunity to drill down deeper than we ever have. I know we spent more time on that as a coaching staff than we ever have.”

In other words, the Falcons will be as ready for this one as they possibly can be.

“The motivation for us is it’s the next game. They’re the Super Bowl champs. We have to be excited about the opportunity to play them,” Smith said.

Ryan appeared to suffer some shell-shock from Williams’ interception. After a slow start to this season, however, he’s rebounded by posting 35 points against the Eagles, despite having been under a fierce pass-rush, and 30 against the Seahawks. The Falcons have been up and down through the first four weeks and, at 2-2, might be facing an early pivot point in their season this week against the Packers.

“Those things are always tough to get over,” Ryan said of Williams’ interception and touchdown return. “It serves as motivation in the offseason. Against a good team like Green Bay, you can’t make those kinds of mistakes.

“You know every possession is more valuable,” he added.

Asked to provide an assessment of his team through the first four weeks of the season, Smith said: “You get what you earn in this league. We’re 2-2 and that’s what we’ve earned. We’ve had some inconsistencies. We’ve got to play more consistently.”

Smith is a coach who believes in the value of a strong running game. The Falcons were No. 12 in the league in rushing last season but have fallen to No. 19 this year. His game plan will likely make a strong commitment to the run this week; Smith would no doubt like his team to dominate time of possession and limit Rodgers’ play time.

“At the core of what we want to do is we want to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and that’s something we haven’t done,” Smith said.

“It was definitely a learning experience for us,” he added of the playoff loss to the Packers. “They were the better team and we didn’t play very well. We’ll have our hands full this week.”

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