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  • 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/



Vic Ketchman

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


If only they had practiced more

Posted Sep 8, 2011

Even after having thrown for 312 yards and three touchdowns in his first full-game action since the MVP award in last February’s Super Bowl, Aaron Rodgers still had enough energy left to take a couple of playful shots at the media.

“What would’ve happened if we had offseason workouts? Would we have scored more points than that?” Rodgers deadpanned to begin his postgame press conference, after having led the Packers to a 42-34 win over the New Orleans Saints in what was, yet, another eye-popping performance by the young quarterback.

All across the country on Friday, football fans will ask the question: Is Rodgers the best quarterback in the game today?

Yeah, but what if he had organized players-only workouts during the lockout? How much better would he have been?

Oh, yeah, Rodgers had this one planned. All he wanted was the opportunity to take a few shots, and the opportunity presented itself after the Packers defense turned back the Saints at the one-yard line on the final play of the game to preserve the win.

In case you tuned out football during the lockout, the Packers were broadly criticized for not organizing players-only workouts, as several teams professed to have done. The most publicized of those players-only workouts were those of the Saints, as organized by quarterback Drew Brees. Rodgers, specifically, was taken to task by media, some of whom are former players, for not taking the lead in organizing workouts for the Packers, as Brees did for the Saints.

Thursday night was payback time. Clearly, those players-only workouts were overrated, as the Packers went out to leads of 14-0 and 21-7 in the first quarter, and held a 15-point lead with 5:35 to play, when the Saints began their comeback. Rodgers and the Packers reduced the Saints to playing catch up all night, and the Saints never caught up.

“I thought Aaron was outstanding. He had a big night. That’s the way Aaron plays. He sets the standard and he’s off to a great start,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said.

McCarthy put together a game plan for Thursday’s NFL season-opener that no doubt delighted TV, fans, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and anybody else that likes points, points, points. You say you like defense? Well, there will be other games; this one wasn’t your kind of game.

The Packers and Saints, possessors of two of the most prolific offenses in the game, totaled 876 yards of offense, and that doesn’t include Darren Sproles’ 72-yard punt-return for a touchdown or Randall Cobb’s 108-yard kickoff-return for a touchdown.

McCarthy had this one pegged just right.

“We felt we had to get the game as high tempo as possible. It was a heavyweight fight and we had to get in as many punches as possible,” McCarthy said.

Rodgers got in 15 punches alone in the first quarter, and landed 14 of them right on the Saints’ kisser. Three of the 14 that landed were knockout punches.

The Packers were so aggressive offensively to start the game that it almost seemed as though they had been hypnotized to believe they were down by three touchdowns. Yeah, the coach likes to attack. Of course, the coach has Rodgers for his quarterback; that changes everything.

“When you play Gregg Williams,” McCarthy said, referring to the Saints defensive coordinator, “he’s going to attack you. You have to watch yourself; you can get too strategic. I’m of the opinion that the offense attacks the defense.”

The Packers won with offense on Thursday. They raced out to a big lead and counter-punched the rest of the night. Don’t be fooled by the final score or the yardage; the Packers dominated, right down to a nearly six-minute time of possession advantage.

“We had some problems defensively, but that’s a very good offense,” McCarthy said. “It’s about winning. We won the game. Quality of play is an area we have to improve on.”

The game came down to one play from the Packers’ one-yard line.

“I was saying to myself they have to throw here,” Rodgers said. “As hot as Drew was, you had to put it in his hands again. I’m glad they ran it.”

Maybe they practiced that play in players-only workouts. Huh?

“That stuff does not have a major impact on the game,” Rodgers said. “Offensively, we scored 35 points and we’re where we need to be.”

Where are they? By the looks of it, the Packers offense is in the same groove they were in when they won six in a row to finish last season. Clearly, that was an offense on Thursday night that did not appear to be lacking for practice.

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